Good Gardening Costs: A Gethsemane Garden Center Pictorial

If you didn't already know, good gardening costs.

A lot.

To achieve that full effortless look isn't something that just happens---it is planned and executed.

Yet non gardeners or people unfamiliar with the cost of plants and labor are shocked when they discovered the level of planning and the amount of money that a good garden can cost.

Seeing that the summer gardening season is practically over, consider this a primer for next year.

I love to garden and have made plenty of mistakes that proved to be amazing learning experiences.  Think of the points below as your gardening shortcut.  Just look at it as me allowing you to save time and money.

Repeat after me:  Good gardening costs.

Breathe deeply and say it again.  Exhale.

If you want to be the envy of your block, you're gonna have to come off of some coin.  Whether it's to landscapers or you're starting from scratch with a container garden.  If you want it to look nice and Martha Stewart-ish, you're gonna have to go to the holster.

Because you're going to spend an ungodly amount on plants and materials, you should make sure that the quality is the best you can afford.  Personally speaking I've purchased plants from the big box home improvement stores only to have them not make it through an entire summer.

The last thing you want to do before your 4th of July blow out picnic is run to the store to purchase more plants.

Trust me on this one.

Luckily for those of us in the city we have the Gethsemane Garden Center to tend to our gardening needs.

I could go on about Gethsemane but why?  They're the best in the city in terms of quality and variety---bar none.

And no they didn't pay me to say that.

I love them and their staff that much.  I'm a huge fan.

Yes, they're more expensive but like the commercial said, "They're worth it."

Below is gallery of pictures I snapped the last time I was there to illustrate that a pretty garden, like anything else that's beautiful, costs a great deal of money.

Start saving your pennies for next year, you're gonna need them.

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