Costco’s nursery plant
program provides a wide
variety of sizes, colors and
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Checking out Costco’s greenery scene
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COSTCO GARDENERS ARE a no-fuss breed. We
like our plants uncomplicated, fairly priced, easy to
plant and maintain, and, above all, hale and hearty.
Wanting to hear what’s in stock for spring, I ;na-gle a meeting with Costco ;oral phenom Kim ;omas
and buyers Ken Hackman and Kevin Gleason.
Quicker than you can spell “arborvitae” I happily ;nd
myself learning about ‘Knock Out’ roses, spiral topiaries, Japanese maples and more.
Growing with suppliers
Mirroring the floral bulb program, Costco’s
high-quality, healthy nursery plants are individually
chosen for each specific climatic region and arrive in
warehouses at their optimal planting time, with
prices substantially below traditional retail.
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Kim shares, “Members might be surprised to
learn that we buy locally as much as possible. The
shorter the distance that plants have to travel, the
better for them, so we purchase as close to each
warehouse as we can.”
At the moment Costco partners with about 300
of the best growers in the U.S. and Canada. I find it
remarkable that more than 90 percent are family
owned and operated, with some nurseries so small
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they may service only one Costco location.
Supportive of the vital role local garden centers
play in communities, Kim adds, “Costco’s nursery
program is not aimed at replacing the neighborhood gardening retail experience. We supplement
their unique offerings with the most popular
plants, such as hostas, boxwoods, azaleas, hydrangea, rhododendrons, daisies, impatiens, clematis
Seasons of offerings
Green plants are available at all Costco warehouses year-round.
;e spring assortment is the most extensive and
runs for about 10 weeks. Warmer states begin receiving nursery plants as early as mid-January, with all
warehouses in full swing now through mid-May.
Spring nursery categories include landscape
plants such as shrubs, trees and vines, as well as
annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs, hanging
baskets, mixed patio pots, edibles, Grade A bare-root (mid-December through March) and con-