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Archive date:  March 25, 2010

Our Partnership with Monrovia

A business relationship that spans more than four decades

My earliest recollection of Monrovia Nursery is from about 1965 when we first received plants from this nursery, all the way across the country. They were curious plants to me. They didn’t look like other plants I had seen. They looked so incredibly healthy and uniform that even a nine-year-old kid couldn’t help but notice. These plants also had something other plants I’d seen didn’t have; a tag. A yellow tag with a quaint little man wearing a cap and a pipe sticking out of his mouth with a large “MN” inside his ovoid sphere of a body…was curious to me. The little tag also contained two words: Distinctively Better. And that wasn’t all, these plants were in containers. In 1965 this was a real novelty, particularly in Tennessee, home of the self-proclaimed nursery capital of the nation, McMinnville.

Since their founding by Harry E. Rosedale in 1926, the name Monrovia has been synonymous with Distinctively Better® plants.

Harry Rosedale was one of the early pioneers to grow plants in containers. It was a revolutionary idea, but he saw that plants would endure less trauma and transplant better if they remained in their containers until they were ready to be planted in the landscape.

The challenge was to create an environment of soil that allowed the plants to flourish. Monrovia has continually improved their soil mixes, developed better irrigation systems and led the way with a series of horticultural breakthroughs resulting in extraordinarily healthy plants that will not only survive, but thrive, in home gardens.

Today Monrovia grows more than 2,300 varieties and 22 million plants annually; each one is nurtured by hand with care to assure it is truly Distinctively Better.

Now some forty-five years later, Bates Nursery & Garden Center continues our special relationship with Monrovia. We have been fortunate to have first-hand experience with every innovation Monrovia has pioneered in the nursery industry through these many decades. My wife, Renee and I were honored to serve nearly a decade on Monrovia’s prestigious, Retail Council. We were fortunate to spend time and share ideas with Monrovia’s top personnel and many independent garden center owners from across the nation. This type of leave-no-stone-unturned approach is what has consistently separated Monrovia from all others in our industry.

We are indeed proud to present Monrovia’s latest innovation: The Monrovia Boutique. Our Monrovia Boutique is a 3000 square foot shopping experience showcasing the best of what Monrovia has to offer in a dazzling setting. Experience the horticultural combinations of color and texture as never before! Once you have gone to our Twitter site: www.twitter.com/BatesNursery, and clicked on the dozen images to view, I know you will want to come out and take a first-hand look.

We have the largest single-location selection of Monrovia plants in middle Tennessee. We have the expertise to assist you in making the best choices for your gardens. I invite you to come on out and see just how synonymous “Distinctively Better” and "Beautifying Nashville Since 1932” are. We are proud partners with Monrovia; we look forward to helping you make your garden Distinctively Better!

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David Bates