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THE GREER GARDENS STORY

Greer Gardens is situated just a couple of miles north of Eugene in Oregonís lush Willamette River Valley. More than 4,500 varieties of plants grow on the 14-acre property stretching back from a row of Chamaecyparis at the Gardenís northern boundary on Goodpasture Island Road.

Local patrons and customers from across the country shop at Greer's for perennials, trees, shrubs and the Gardensí specialty, rhododendrons. Most of the business, however, comes from the thousands of people who place their orders for rare and unusual plants by telephone or mail. Greer Gardens ships plants year-round all over the country and indeed to all corners of the globe.

Owners Harold and Nancy Greer live on the property in a house next door to the business headquarters, an unimposing structure housing the office and shipping department. Customers often encounter the Greer's tabby, Sassafras, who enjoys the run of the grounds and likes to stamp paperwork with his muddy paw prints.

Harold Greer walks around the Gardens every day in old shirts and jeans, his casual attire belying his status as a world authority on rhododendrons, a successful horticultural photographer and the proprietor of one of the countryís leading nurseries.

Harold is usually always available to advise customers and often he astounds them with his ability to glance at a leaf and identify the plant it came from. Visitors seeking a special plant or simply enjoying the vistas of flowers and trees are likely to bump into Harold attending to plants or snapping photographs for the Greer Gardens catalog.

Greer Gardens is open seven days a week. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The nursery is located in the Pacific Time Zone, three hours earlier than Eastern Standard Time. The address is 1280 Goodpasture Island Road, Eugene, OR 97401. Greerís toll-free number is 1-800-548-0111 or we can be contacted at orders@greergardens.com

 

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