Best Nursery/Gardening Supplier: Windemere Landscape & Garden Center
While plastics might have been the future in The Graduate, for Windemere Landscape & Garden Center, winner of this year’s best Nursery/Gardening Supplier, it’s perennials.
“Those are probably our biggest seller,” says owner Talina Teixeira, who purchased Routt County Landscaping in 1995, turned it into Windemere and moved to Steamboat full-time in 1998. “Those and our annuals.”
Teixeira says her store’s success owes itself to its location, variety and selection. But she also credits an exceptional staff of eight that focuses on serving customers’ needs. She enjoys her work because of her customers and staff, as well as a natural affinity for working with plants of all shapes and sizes.
As for its variety, as well as a full selection of annuals and perennials Windemere offers everything from patio pots and hanging baskets to fertilizers, herbicides, grass and wildflower seeds, trees, shrubs soil amendments and more. Complementing all this is an array of bark products, mulch, top soil, compost, garden decors, furnishings, fountains and everything else you might need for your lawn or garden. On the service side, it also offers custom garden design, installation and delivery.
While maples and Colorado spruce top the tree list, Teixeira says they recently brought in a few new varieties of spruce as well, including Leaping Norway and Baby Blue Eyes. Other species of pine, such as Vanderwolf and her favorite, Bristle Cone, are also moving well. “I like the Bristle Cone because it has a nice organic shape to it,” she says. “It’s perfect for homes here.”
With a weather-dependent season usually running from April through October, Windemere’s season is shorter than that of year-long Steamboat businesses, but she makes the most of it from when she open her doors until closing them for winter.
“There are all kinds of thing you can grow here,” she says, pointing to the Botanic Park as shining example. “Steamboat’s a great place, from the weather to the community.”
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