Snell’s Greenhouses In Carroll County
On March 22, my granddaughter Zoe turned five years old. When asked what she would like to do on her birthday, she told us she would like to get some pretty flowers. Zoe and her mom decided to visit Snell’s Greenhouses, a garden center in Carroll County on Runkels Road.
I have known Dave and Kitty Snell for over 40 years when I owned a wholesale nursery. Snell has always been both a grower/ wholesaler while also selling retail at his garden center. Their son owns the garden center while his other son owns DR Snell’s little ways down the road on Rt. 27.
Pansies And More At Snell’s Greenhouses
Walking into the greenhouse was like going back in time. Seeing and smelling the sweet scents of the pansies made my heart happy. As I picked out our plants with my grandchildren, I recalled our greenhouses, all filled with pansies, primroses, and ranunculus. By the end of March, those plants would be gone and the benches refilled with annuals like begonias, geraniums, and impatiens. At Snell’s Greenhouses, I could see thousands of pots of seedlings growing in some of their production greenhouses. Up in the ceiling were some cool cone-shaped hanging baskets that I am sure were filled with combinations of different annuals.
Seeing all that is happening is so fun when you visit a garden center like Snell’s Greenhouses. You see, of course, all the plants that are ready to go home with you. Herbs anyone? Plus, you see cart after cart being loaded on trucks to be delivered directly to other garden centers. You might have noticed that I am constantly pushing to buy locally and support your independent garden center. By supporting local garden centers, you will know that you are buying quality plants from knowledgeable people.
Visiting Old Friends, Dave & Kitty Snell
I was so happy to see that BOB (female) Snell’s resident Blue and Gold Macaw in her cage. Even better was the selection that Snell’s had of plants to choose from. I got some violas and a spike for my early planter, and of course, I was able to pick up the BROCCOLI plants that I mentioned a few weeks ago I wanted to try growing in a container. Best of all, just as I was ready to leave the garden center, who walks in but Dave and Kitty Snell. I have not seen them for years, so it was nice catching up with them.
Time To Take A Drive
If you feel like a bit of a drive to the outskirts of beautiful Mt. Airy in Carroll County, I hope you can take time to drop in and say hello to our friends at Snell’s Greenhouses. Tell them Stephanie from Beyond Behnke’s sent you.
The Finished Project
By the way, my wonderful husband planted up my violas for me, and then we decided to try those broccoli plants in an Earth Box. I am not sure how well they will do since it is not that big or deep. (We were supposed to plant them in a 15-gallon container.) We only put two in the Earth Box, so I gave my mother-in-law the rest of the plants for her raised vegetable garden beds!. Next up, I need to figure out when to sow the carrot seeds I got from Botanical Interests.