Smithfield Gardens Inc.Write a Review
1869 Bridge Road
Suffolk VA 23433
On Nov 11, 2007: cherylz71 wrote:Smithfield Gardens is my favorite garden center. I love their friendly knowledgeable staff (many Certified Horticulturists) plus their unusual plant selection. They specialize in several plant groups-but the daylilies are my favorites! The large display gardens always have something blooming, and they show customers what mature plants look like. Other garden centers may be prettier but Smithfield Gardens offers plants you can't find anywhere else. I've been referred to Smithfield Gardens by other garden centers. Make sure you visit in the Spring when the trucks start rolling in!
On Nov 11, 2007: HIltonVillage wrote:I admit to being a tad biased because I work part-time at this garden center, but I am first and foremost a plantaholic; and I shop at garden centers wherever I find them. I shopped at this store before I ever started working there,because of the extensive display gardens and the unusual plant selection. I live on the Peninsula and other garden centers may be be closer to me, but they warrant a visit only once or twice a year (what gardener can resist cruising for new stuff in the spring?). Because I am from upstate New York I am familiar with several quality garden centers. However none of the ones I visit have anything close to the display gardens you can see at Smithfield Gardens. Their purpose is to show gardeners how to extend the seasons; and from the fragrant Prunus mumes in the early spring to the Cassia splendens and reblooming iris in the late fall something is always in bloom. Smithfield Gardens fills a niche that plant nerds love---unusual plants. Many of the perennial selections are things that I've seen on the TerraNova website and have seen in Tony Avent's (of the famous Plant Delights Nursery in NC) catalogue. By the way, if you ever have the opportunity to visit Plant Delights on their Open Garden Days, do it. Unusual annuals and tropicals are also some of our very popular offerings. Free classes on a wide range of subjects are offered throughout the year,too. It is true that there may not be fifty of each unusual plant but then the average gardener wouldn't be looking for them anyway. The serious plant people find us, and we have regular customers from Williamsburg, Norfolk ,Virginia Beach as well as right down the road.
On Jun 28, 2007: largosmom from Newport News, VA wrote:I went to Smithfield Gardens in the summer of 2006 as I heard great things about them. They do have a tremendous selection of perennials, which is why I gave them a second star. However, their extensive selection of hostas was also extensively infected with Hosta Virus X (see www.hostalibrary.org for more information on this big problem with hostas and look carefully before you buy). I recommend purchasing from nurseries with a testing program. Over half of the varieties were badly infected and their normal colors were way off as a result. I asked for and spoke with the shade perennial manager and she told me that someone had pointed this out to her in 2005 (a year earlier). She clearly had no intent to remove the plants from sale, and were knowingly selling infected plants. I hope that since then, they have corrected the situation, but won't be taking my business there anytime soon given the lack of caring about the customer's needs.