Our Plants Grow!
duh! It sounds so simple but it's really the crux of what we do.
Twenty years ago we decided to start a nursery business even though
we had virtually no horticultural background or education. Looking
back we still wonder "what were we thinking?!?!" But the
greatest benefit of our leap of blind faith was that we had no preconceptions
about the "right" way to grow perennial plants. Because
we didn't know the rules and were forced to learn by experience
the plants, themselves, became our teachers.
plants themselves taught us what they wanted or needed, what they
liked and did not like. Believe me they are very clear about those
things. Trial and error may not be the easiest way to learn, but
it made us become astute observers of plant behavior.
from the plants, we developed our own unique Westview Farms growing
style: to simulate actual natural garden growing conditions
in our greenhouses. Our plants receive no supplemental heat or light
that would force too early growth; overhead irrigation is kept to
a minimum to simulate natural cycles of rain and drought. Fertilization,
too, is kept to a minimum. Our plants are never junk food junkies
that expect their new owners to support an expensive fertilizer
though we sometimes refer to our plants as "our babies",
and you might even occasionally catch us talking "baby-talk"
to them, we do not coddle them. We do love them but we know that
when they leave here, they have to be ready to survive and thrive
in the real world. When planted in the right location our plants'
requirements are few.
Goal is to provide you with lean, mean growing machines that
graduate from pots to garden with no transplant trauma. You too
will come to know that
FARMS, LLC Perennials & Herbs is proud to be a member of the following
Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce
West Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association
- Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association
Michigan Invasive Plant Council
West Michigan Independent Garden Retailers
long-time customer Kathy De Kuiper says: "If you haven't been
to the greenhouses, it is a must visit. It will inspire you;
we never visit without finding an addition for our flower beds.
Lee & Kay have provided us with valuable information and many
useful hints over the years. They are always patient and have
been right on the money as to what plants will work in which
can get here from there! Seven approaches by land: click on the
location below that best reflects the direction from which you'll
be coming to get a Yahoo! Map and Directions.
Grand Rapids, Michigan