fern-runnersJust past Western’s farm on Nashville Road you’ll find Fern Runners Garden Center. On this “Road Trip” entry we’ll get to know a bit more about the business from co-owner Denise Runner.

  • Business name: Fern Runners Garden Center
  • Owners/Management: Tom & Denise Runner
  • Year Opened: 1985
  • Address: 6558 Nashville Rd Bowling Green, KY 42101
  • Season/Hours: March - mid June  Mon – Sat 9-5;  after easter sunday 1-5
  • Phone: (270) 842-4677
  • Web: none

Q. What range of products or services do you offer?

A. We grow the ferns. We have bedding plants, garden plants, perennials, hanging baskets,  Hostas, Daylilies etcetera. No trees or shrubs, we are not a nursey.

Q. Do you host any special events, classes etc?

A. We have in the past such as kindergarten tours But no, not presently.  We are pretty much swamped with the garden center.

Q. Does your stock come from a variety of places? Do you propagate any yourself?

A. Yes, we try to buy from nurseries and growers that are in this vicinity. The ferns we grow ourselves and we grow garden vegetables and things like that.

Q. What do you look for in choosing your inventory?

A. After 27 we pretty much know what will sell but we like to have a variety and we don’t want the run of the mill things found at most box stores.

fern-runners-plantsQ. What products/services do you consider your specialty?

A. Ferns. We carry 2 kinds of Boston ferns, Rabbits Foot, Table Ferns and  perennials. We have 7 or 8 varieties of hardy ferns such as the Japanese Painted Ferns, Lady in Red etc. as well as Woodland Ferns, Royal Ferns and Australian Swords among others.

Q. Do you have something new in stock this season you are particularly excited about?

A. Well we always carry Bougenbilla and Dipladenia which are very different,  a very heat tolerant plant that hummingbirds really love.  We have them in new colors this year.   And new banana trees and elephant ears, one is a Pink China  with red stems and green leafs.

Q. What are your favorite plant varieties for the home garden or landscape?

A. I’m into the ferns. I have a fern garden at my house. My husband,  his favorite is the Dipladenia. We also carry some ornamental grasses and do custom container planting for people.

Q. Do you have a gardening tip that stands out as particularly useful?

A. No, I don’t. My husband probably would, he’s my gardener.

Q. What is the most common mistake, misinformation or bad advice you run across related to gardening that you would like to correct?

A. I know one thing that we try to do is to put plants out where the people are going to grow them so they don’t go into shock once they get them home. We actually try to have them covered and put the shade plants there.

Q. What would you advise for the part-time gardener to make the biggest impact with the least effort?

A. Try not to overwhelm yourself. Pick a few things to grow and be comfortable with that instead of planting a huge garden and not be able to control it.

Q. Anything else you would like share about the business?

A. We appreciate all of the business we get and we try to be helpful.


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