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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Around the Garden World - Day 11 (Brent and Becky's Bulbs)

I am so excited about finally getting to visit Brent and Becky's Bulbs retail center and my #2 son (not a plant person)  is lagging behind wanting to eat his Countrystyle donut. While eating donuts from this Richmond icon is high on his bucket list, Brent and Becky's Bulbs has been high on mine for years. Hurry up Robert!!
Hubby is at least enjoying the garden while he finishes his donut.

Beautiful caladiums found here.

sweet oxalis

Becky has the gardens set up in order of the catalog

Bishop of Landoff dahlias and gladiolus


 Besides the display gardens containing what was in their catalog, Becky has created an impressive and inviting botanical garden to enjoy throughout the year.
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The butterflies were flitting throughout the garden.

This was Brent's boat that never was used - so Becky used it in her recycled garden. One of the things that impresses me about the Heaths is their resourcefulness. For a company this big that uses no chemical fertilizers, fungicide, or insecticides, they have have been incredibly resourceful using compost and beneficial insects to manage their garden. 

The beginning of Becky's quilt garden

A corn crib

Rhodophiala - bifida



Rock garden


a very 21st century way to explore and learn in the garden








Check out Bent and Becky's catalog online. 


spray painted allium so cool! 



one of the highlights of the day was lunch and a boat ride at the Heath's home (side note - lunch and a boat ride are not part of a typical visit to Brent and Becky's bulbs!)

 Brent and Becky built their home, their business and a welcoming garden with their own hands, their hard work, and their passion for unique and quality bulbs and plants. I have enjoyed getting bulbs from Brent and Becky over the years and gotten to know them through the garden writing world, but my family and I fell in love with them as we experienced the story of their lives and witnessed the genuineness of their passion for their industry. They are the American dream in real life.

Brent and Becky built their home from surplus building supplies and abandoned barns.


creative way to load kayak at the Heath's boat dock




Enjoy this short video of butterflies in Becky's garden

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