I’m writing this on a cold February evening, but shortly, and nearly imperceptibly, the season will begin making its small changes. Trees will thicken, deceptive icy patches will melt into harmless, shallow puddles, and the temperature will gradually increase to once again accommodate life. This change back to what I consider to be the South’s natural state coincides with sprucing up the front yard or adding some plants to your apartment’s balcony. After all, Huntsville is a city, but it’s a southern city. So let’s get the shears and sunhats out and visit some greenhouses.
Located right off the parkway, Bennett Nurseries seems like more of an attraction than a store. With music, beverages, and a wide variety of plants Bennett Nurseries makes good on their “Enjoy Where You Shop” slogan. They offer a range of trees which you can see in their landscape displays so that you can find the best tree to suit the vision you have for your yard. Barnett has more than just trees, though. Their stock includes herbs, vegetables, flower bulbs and even vines. The nursery doesn’t offer landscaping services, but they can point you in the right direction with suggestions to ensure your yard’s optimal look.
An Alabama Department of Agriculture licensed garden center, EarthTouch Gardens specializes in “Alabama and southern-grown plants”. EarthTouch is also a member of the Alabama Nursery and Landscaping Association, and a family-owned business. The gardens have a knowledgeable, and experienced staff who can help you with picking out the best plants for your yard or they can lend you some tips and tricks for the garden. Check out their photo gallery for inspiration!
Okay, so this one isn’t actually in Huntsville, but it’s not so far as to constitute a journey either. The greenery is not just a greenhouse where you can buy plants and garden supplies. The garden center consists of several acres of greenhouses that house shrubs, trees, orchids, and many other types and species of plants. The home store exists in a building cleverly built to look like an antique home. Inside the home store you will find pots, lamps, wall-art; everything you need to make the interior of you home as aesthetic as the exterior. The outdoor space is, much like the home store offers all manner of ornamentation to complement the hard work you’ve put into your yard.
Now that we’ve gotten through the worst part of the winter there are only a few more weeks until Spring arrives. If you want to get a head start so that when those consistently 65-70 degree days get here you can get out in the yard and start "planting some pretty”, go check out any of these nurseries or greenhouses and they will get you ready.
By: Josh Holland
Josh Holland is a writer who currently studies writing and literature at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Previously, Josh attended the University of North Alabama in Florence where he also studied writing. While attending UNA, Josh had articles published in both SET Magazine and The Flor-Ala. Josh was also published in the UNA Lights and Shadows Literary Arts Magazine, which focuses on fiction. Josh has experience as a video editor, and often writes scripts for online, text-based video content.