hendi_alex wrote:I'll be in Rock Hill next week, for nephew in laws graduation party. If you haven't found it yet be sure to visit Wilson's on HWY 5 which is West Main St. It is an excellent nursery. They have a great selection in the spring and have very reasonable prices.
I have been to Wilson's
a few times, and I know people flock to it, but I have personally been disappointed in their tomato and pepper selection. After exploring their entire selection on a couple of visits in peak tomato season, I asked one of the managers what heirloom tomatoes they have. She pointed me to an "heirloom mix" which was literally a 3 pack of random varieties of unknown name. I asked if they ever get anything else and she said "we just take whatever they bring us on the truck".
I think at this point what Wilson's has going for it is price -- the plants are just unbelievably cheap.
Less than 1,000 feet away is A.B. Poe Farmer's Exchange
which is staffed with helpful, knowledgeable people and has tons of vegetable transplants. They have over 50 tomato varieties
, plus quite a few peppers, cukes, squash, melons, herbs, etc. In addition to Bonnie's plants which do make up the bulk of their plants, they also start a few seeds themselves as people request them. They had Black Cherry
, Cherokee Purple
, and a few other interesting heirlooms that Bonnie's doesn't carry.
Unfortunately, Stacy's nurseries in Rock Hill closed up shop (I believe when Mr. Stacy passed away) and now they just produce plants for Metrolina Greenhouses which supply the big box stores around here.
I really meant to make it to the Charlotte Farmer's Market
out by Charlotte airport this year. In past years, I've been there in April and people bring a mind-boggling selection of tomato and pepper transplants. I'd already started all the seeds I needed, but I still like to shop and be tempted!