“Invitation”… December 19th, 2018

INVITATION

 

If you are a dreamer, come in

If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,

A hope-er. a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…

If you’re a pretender, come sit by the fire

For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.

Come in!

Come in!

~Shel Silverstein

 

I’m going to begin this newsletter with an announcement about a winner of one of our contests! If you remember last week, I told you about our Froggy Awards for 2018. We had planned to give 3 awards this year. The awards encompassed the following categories.

  1. The nicest garden center restroom.
  2. The most creative Tillandsia display.
  3. The most creatively named garden center or horticulture business.

We are pleased to award the nicest restroom award to Pomarius Nursery in Portland! Thank you so much Peter for submitting the photo of your clean and well decorated loo. I can personally vouch for the well-deserved nature of this Froggy award. Enough said about that…

We have not received any nominations for the other two awards, and so I’m going to extend the entry deadline until 4pm, Tuesday, January 8th, the day before the first newsletter of 2019 comes out. I’d really encourage you to take the time to enter. Simply send me an email with a photo of your business sign and write a sentence or two about why you chose the name you’ve given to your business. Notice that I’ve opened this category up to landscapers, designers, or other allied trade businesses. This is your opportunity for fame and glory so don’t pass it up! Otherwise, we on the selection committee might have to award this Froggy to ourselves. After all, Little Prince of Oregon is a really cool name! The prize in this category is two free flats of FIT FOR A KING® plants, your choice of varieties, plus a secret prize of a fluid nature.

For the best Tillandsia display, simply send me a photo or two that shows the creative way your air-plants are displayed. The winner will receive a complimentary box of tillandsias from us, and our secret bonus prize!

Don’t be shy about nominating yourselves, or feel free to nominate someone else.

2018 has been a year of growth and change for us at Little Prince. We expanded our shipping area this year to allow us to fill orders more efficiently. I honestly don’t know how we would have shipped everything without this added space. Our hard working, wonderful crew is also enjoying a new break room that was completed in May.

We are currently finishing construction on a new propagation house that will double our capacity to produce liners. We’re also adding four other new greenhouses that will be finished early in 2019. All of this expansion is to support the growing demand for our plants. We are immensely grateful to all of you who buy Little Prince plants for your garden center, or to install in landscapes.

We added Joan Dudney to our team in November, and She, Ryan and Reggie have been working on the large project of updating all the photos on our website. We want littleprinceoforegon.com to be a valuable resource for everyone in horticulture, including landscapers, garden centers, and home gardeners. I’m personally working to supply photos of all of our plants in actual garden settings, since as I pointed out a few weeks ago, I’ve been everywhere, man! I’m SO excited that as many of you are reading this newsletter, I will be meeting Ernie and Marietta O’Byrne at Northwest Garden Nursery outside Eugene to learn everything I can about Hellebores, and to take photos in what many have described as the most beautiful garden…anywhere. I can’t wait!

Finally, we want to wish you a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year! This will be the last newsletter of 2018. I want to thank you all so much for taking the time to read each week. I’ve tried to make it interesting and relevant to what’s going on here at Little Prince and in my life. I never thought I would do so much writing, and further, actually enjoy it. I look forward to continuing to tell the story of Little Prince in 2019. We still have so many flax-golden tales to spin. Come In, Come In!

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