Without plants to generate oxygen, humans would have to retrieve it from scuba tanks and the minty breath of local supermen. Keep the air alive with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of plants, gardening supplies, seasonal items, and gifts at White’s Nursery & Greenhouses in Chesapeake.
The green-thumbed guides at White’s Nursery & Greenhouses help shoppers navigate 20 acres of potted flowers and a treasure trove of gardeny gift items, earning kudos such as the Virginian-Pilot’s 2010 Best of Chesapeake Gold Award. Hardy shrubs ($25–$30 for 3-gal. container) lure landscapers with the come-hither shake of verdant leaves, and colorful blossoms on florist-quality chrysanthemums prepare for debuts in homes, bouquets, or fashionable parade floats. Daisy-like ice plants can lend their edible leaves to salads, and sweet-smelling gardenia perennials may banish outdoor odors with their tropical fragrance. In addition to peddling plants, the garden center doubles as a gift shop, stocking Vera Bradley beach towels ($30), Yankee Candle votives ($30 for a 22 oz. jar of two), and seasonal items such as Christmas poinsettias and Pi Day pumpkins.
Drawing on their experience as Homearama exhibitors, White’s Nursery & Greenhouses’ designers share tips with shoppers for maximizing the design potential of the shop’s home and garden wares. With five decades of plant-rearing experience, staffers also troubleshoot almost any gardening problem, from drooping leaves to blues-singing boll weevils.