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2007 Plant Delights Nursery November Newsletter
When we last talked, we were discussing drought, which is still an issue in many states, particularly in the southeast US. In our part of NC, we have been blessed with two major rains, a 3.5" storm in mid-September and a 4" rain in mid-October. Mind you, we're still in need of much more, but at least the trees are in better shape going into fall. The drought has already had a huge effect on nurseries in the region. In NC, the drought took out Messenbrink's Nursery, and the owners are in the process of liquidating their assets. Mark and Louisa's retail booth has been a popular anchor at the NC Farmers Market in Raleigh, while their wholesale division supplied garden centers throughout the region. Just south of us, Georgia-based Pike Family Nurseries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after the severe drought severely impacted their business. Pike Nurseries is probably the largest independently-owned garden center chain in the US with 22 stores in the southeast and, at one time,