By GRACE PAASO
The Grand Opening of Durbin Creek Nursery (Keith Fuller is the General Manager) is Saturday, March 24. The nursery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Saturday; Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The address is 4286 Race Track Road, St Johns, FL 32259. Tel: 904-429-7297. The website is www.durbincreeknursery.com Sign up for Durbin Creek Nursery’s e-newsletter to receive exclusive savings and specials year-round.
From St Augustine, take US-1 North to Race Track Road. Take a left onto Race Trace Road and drive approximately 4.3 miles. Shortly after the lighted intersection with Celesta Parkway, there will be a cut in the road to enter Durbin Creek Nursery. It is a left turn into the nursery. (If you pass D. R. Horton, also on the left, you have gone too far!).
From southern St Johns County, take Rt 13 North to Race Track Road. Turn right onto Race Track Road and drive approximately 5 miles. Shortly after you pass D R Horton, take a right into the nursery. (If you pass the lighted intersection with Celesta Parkway, you have gone too far!)
For the grand opening: Fred Whitley will be speaking on roses at 11 a.m. Fred edited the gardening pages for the St Augustine Record for 20+ years and has been growing roses in St. Johns County since 1964. Keith has stocked the nursery with the following roses: Peace; Mr. Lincoln; Gold Medal; Double Delight; Tiffany; Abraham Darby; Iceberg White and Burgundy; Dick Clarke; Francis Meilland; Good as Gold; Josephine Land; Koko Loco; Louis Philippe: Mrs. B R Cant; Oregold; Sunsprite; Tuscan Sun; White Summer Snow; and, others. Alas, Belinda’s Dream, one of Fred’s all-time favorites, is back-ordered.
Master Gardener Gary Gillis will be speaking at 1:00pm on vertical gardening and low volume irrigation. Gary and his wife Linda maintain the Vegetable Display Garden at the SJC Agricultural Center. Gary and Linda practice what they preach in five vegetable plots in the Community Garden. Gary will have a “Show and Tell” on different forms of low volume irrigation.
Chef Eric will be broiling hamburgers and hot dogs and chilling soft drinks and bottled waters for lunch…so bring your appetite!
Grand Prize Number One: Two pallets of St Augustine Floritam grass, delivered and installed (Value: $ 400+).
Grand Price Number Two: A 100-gallon Grandiflora Magnolia Tree (Value: $ 500)
For the Kids
A property-wide scavenger hunt with a prize for every child that completes the hunt. (Parents: Please accompany your children on the “hunt”—the nursery covers 12.5 acres of trees, shrubs, plants and sod.)
What to Buy
Here is an e-mail listing some of perennials that are available at Durbin Creek Nursery. Office staffer Patti told me that an additional 800 annuals and perennials arrived today and are not yet in their inventory system but will all be available for the Grand Opening. There are too many trees and palms to list here. Pottery, too! And 3-gallon ground cover junipers are 25% off as one of the show specials.
Partial list of perennials:
|1G African Iris||1G Alyssum|
|1G Agapanthus||1G Argyranthemum|
|1G Arapaho Blackberry||1G Coleus|
|1G Asiatic Jasmine||1G Creeping Fig|
|1G Asiatic Jasmine Variegated||1G Cuphea|
|1G Aztec Grass||1G Ferns|
|1G Blue Daze “Blue My Mind”||1G gillardia|
|1G Blueberry Flax Lilly||1G Pentas|
|1G Bromeliad||1g Scaevola|
|1G Bulbine Plant||1g Phlox|
|1G Cast Iron Plant||1G Liriope|
|1G Coontie Palm||1G Mimosa Sunshine|
|1G Croton||1G Mondo Grass|
|1G Day Lily||1G Muhly Grass|
|1G Emerald Blueberry||1G Oyster Plant|
|1G Fern Macho||1G Society Garlic|
|1G Holly Fern||3G Roses|
|1G Iris Yellow||1G Lantana|
|1G Jasmine Minima|
|1G Jasmine Tri-Color|