Alsip Home & Nursery welcomes spring in a big way this season with their Annual Spring Flower and Garden Show on March 22 and 23 at both of their locations—St. John, Ind. and Frankfort, Ill.
Since 1969, Alsip Home & Nursery has been the region’s premiere garden center and Richard Christakes, co-owner and CEO, says that they offer their years of experience to support their customers. “One thing that sets us apart from other places is we have a network of knowledgeable people, not just on our staff but in the industry and we can help people with their gardening. People really come trust us,” he says.
Christakes says that the Annual Spring Flower and Garden Show began as an open house in late April but they moved it up to March to help welcome in spring a bit earlier. It has grown to feature vendors and seminars as a way to jump start the planting season.
“It is a tradeshow that is open to the public. It’s a nice weekend activity for the whole family. We raffle off a grand prize of a $500 shopping spree and we have local landscape companies and local landscape contractors, the NWI Landscape Association which is a group from the region who will have a booth, and our vendors. It’s a great chance to get multiple quotes on work and talk face-to-face with people,” says Christakes who estimates about 3,000 people attend each location.
The seminars and informative sessions are a large part of the show. Christakes says, “We have seminars on topics like lawn care from Jonathan Green Fertilizer since we are their exclusive supplier in the area. Jonathan Green Fertilizer is a better grade of lawn fertilizer and the owner is flying out from New Jersey to do the seminars. He did that last year for us too and it went very well so we invited him back. I will be talking about impatiens downy mildew one year later. Impatiens are the most popular flower people plant and a disease came through that wiped out people’s plantings so I offer some great solutions and alternatives. Another topic is the emerald ash borer treatment and replacement and the president of the St. John tree board will speak. We have other sessions on organic gardening, new plant introductions and new genetics in plants coming out in 2014, and a Purdue Extension horticulturist expert will talk.”