Saturday, April 21, 2012

Chapman's Greenhouse Tour

Friday, I was invited to join my mom's group of friends from church to tour Chapman's Greenhouse in Vancouver, WA. It's really a series of greenhouses, and is a family run business that is celebrating their 30th anniversary. They showed us where they seed, grow, and sell a variety of plants. 

Begonias at Chapman's Greenhouse

Since we are coming up on Mother's Day, every greenhouse was packed with annuals, hanging baskets, and vegetables. All the plants looked healthy and color was everywhere you turned. My mom and I each bought a flat of plants, and she chose a beautiful hanging basket of dark purple calibrachoa (million bells). 

Annuals and baskets at Chapman's Greenhouse

I got some pepper plants for the garden plot and a variegated maize plant to try at home up against that white fence.

Maize plant from Chapman's Greenhouse

I'll come back later for a couple of tomato plants for the garden plot. One of the women in the group listed some varieties to try, I'll have to follow up on those names.

Tomato plants at Chapman's Greenhouse

Mom brought a photo of a vine snapdragon that she'd clipped out of a magazine years ago. They not only recognized it (Asarina scandens) but had some started in hanging baskets and individual pots. When we go back in a week or two she can get one of those baskets and I can get a black-eyed susan vine when the weather might be a little bit warmer.

Chapman Greenhouse is located at 14002 NE 117th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98662
For hours and location take a look at their website: 

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