Monday, February 10, 2014

Pssssssst … you may have heard it by now

Yes. It’s true. We are selling Groundworks.

It has been a great 30 years of being our own bosses, spending our time growing plants, working with countless folks in their yards, and exploring the vast changes the nursery and landscape industry has been through. The best part was making it available to our friends and neighbors in southern West Virginia. We never had any training in it; we just figured it out as we went along. Looking back, it has been a very satisfying way to have spent our most productive years.

But it has outgrown our capacities and we wanted to offer it before we were totally spent. We are committed to another year (the 2014 season) of keeping the gate open. We would love to find just the right folks to carry it on using the building blocks of our endeavor to create something of their own. We are more than happy to help get the ball rolling and to assist in making it a success.
We have been blessed by luck and location to create a niche nursery. Beginning with landscape contracting we grew into plant production at our home, which attracted customers. In 1998, we opened a garden center on 2.6 acres between the Greenbrier River and a busy highway two miles from home. Our selection of goods increased every year. Hundreds of people have made multiple pilgrimages seeking plants, ideas and help with their landscaping.  

Our business should appeal to folks wanting to labor with real materials, to associate in a genuine rural community, and to take the risks of trading alongside a beautiful river. We have built a strong and flexible infrastructure to withstand the occasional high water. We still love the work and stand ready to pass along our knowledge. We are asking $250, 000 for this enterprise.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fall sale

our front yard

swan song

This is a brief but spectacular moment in the garden. The low evening sun captures the long shadows of flowers only now emerging. Sweet September when the temperatures drop enough to make gardening a joy once again.

cleome turtlehead

  The garden center is still thriving despite two power outages . Thanks to our new generator the water was delivered on time.  Mums are having their hayday.

Time for our Big Fall Sale!

All fruit and Flowering trees
All flowering shrubs
All evergreens
Perennials buy one get one free
Starting September 28th
Open weekends Friday through Sunday 10 to 5

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Our 13th anniversary sale begins July 4th

We hope you'll find time during next week's Fourth of July celebrations to stop by Groundworks and help us celebrate our 13th anniversary at our riverside location. The sale begins July 4 and runs through July 8, and we'll be open regular hours – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – each day of the sale.

Our anniversary sales are legendary. If you still have some bare spots in your garden or on your patio, now's the time to fill them in. You'll find bargains on every bench and in the pavilion.

All our decorative pots, tools and gift items will be 25 percent off.

ALL ANNUALS are 50% off.
Still plenty of perennials to choose from.
The limelight hydrangeas are ready to bloom!
Daylilies galore!
Ecinachea Harvest Moon will add beauty year after year.
New Guinea impatiens will bloom for the next four months.
Leylandi Cypress: Can you see your neighbor behind this?
More daylilies – you really can't have too many.

Beginning July 9 we'll be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and July 30 through October we'll be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Should you need anything during non-retail hours, feel free to call 304-466-5181.

We're looking forward to helping you beautify your landscape and save some money during our Sale Days. See you next week!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Eye candy at the garden center

For your viewing pleasure … and we hope you'll stop by in person to soak up more of the beautiful sights and sounds at Groundworks! We're open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spring Sale!

More than a few benches at the garden center are bursting at the seams.
Come in this weekend for
special pricing on annuals.

Fancy dinner-plate dahlias will perk up your landscape.
Large pots of geraniums for five bucks.  
Get your Wave (petunias) on – buy one, get one free!

Also, it's NOT too late to put veggies in the garden.
All seedlings are now buy one, get one free.

And we know you've been wanting to add some roses
to your landscape, so we're taking five bucks off until June 10!

Whack it back!

This has been an outrageous growing season, with lots of rain and warm temperatures. Some plants just get carried away! So I say whack it back! Late-blooming plants need a shearing or they will topple over before they get their mojo going (full bloom).

I recommend cutting back at least a third of the vegetative growth for the following specimens:
  • garden phlox
  • Russian sage
  • sedum Autumn Joy
  • perennial sunflowers
  • asters
  • spireas- which promotes new red growth tips on Magic Carpet, Double Play or Gold Flame
  • flowering shrubs that have already bloomed

Monday, April 23, 2012

Celebrating Earth Day

Ruben, Chris, Debbi and Hudson.
Earth Day 2012 wasn't much of a day for selling plants here at the garden center, but what the heck – Groundworks always considers it a good day for picking up trash. Four of us plucked 15 bags of litter from the byway and enjoyed doing it.

Christ found the toy gun, making for
the perfect still-life-with weapon
photo opportunity.
Hudson Knights was proud of the Federal Bureau of Prisons staff shirt that he pulled, wet and filthy, from the ditch. His brother, Ruben, scored some golf balls the Willowood Country Club aces so ably stroke across the Greenbrier River.

Debbi McNeer was taken with the vast quantity of beverage containers that populate the roadside. And Chris Chanlett led a chorus of acclaim that McDonald's won the sweepstakes for the most massive contribution to highway litter.

Does this corporation make any effort to offset the labor donated by volunteers to clean up after its way of doing business? In eight hours this morning along two miles of highway we picked up hundreds of pieces of junk with McD emblazoned on them. Thanks, Mickey, for the exercise!

Two hours later, the crew poses with their pick-up-stick weapons and bags of bounty.