Natural Springs Garden Center and Nursery is in the business of growing and business is growing. The Center will mark 12 years of servicing the Natchitoches community with its annual Customer Appreciation Celebration and Anniversary Sale this Friday-Monday, May 26-29 during business hours.
Regular business hours are Mondays-Fridays from 8:30 am – 5 pm, Saturdays from 8:30 am – 4 pm and Sundays from 1-4 pm. This Sunday, May 28, will be the last Sunday the Center is open for the season.
All live plants will be 40% off. Everything in the Ole Country Store will be 30% off. Remember products grown at Natural Springs (about 90 percent of its inventory) are not subject to sales tax.
There’s also a “do it yourself” potting bench. Bring a pot, plant what you purchase on-site and leave the mess at Natural Springs. Owners Corkey Bruce and Mace Morris, or one of their staff, are always happy to assist with potting. They even have the soil you’ll need.
Planning for their business venture began in 2004 and the Garden Center opened in 2005. An accountant by trade, Corkey originally ran a landscape/lawn service as a self-taught licensed horticulturist. Natural Springs was born from a need to have an inventory for the landscape business. Soon after Hurricane Katrina they began growing their own plants with the help of a transplant from Southern Louisiana.
The nursery has become a destination as school groups, bus tours and students stop by regularly to peruse the wide selection of plants. Natural Springs partners with FFA and Horticulture groups from Lakeview, NCHS, Florien and Coushatta. Students spend time in the nursery studying for horticulture identification for competitions.
Corkey believes in smart and economic gardening. While they may not be name brand, she carries the best solutions to solve all gardening problems from insect and disease control to fertilization. She also prides herself on the Center’s reasonable pricing.
Corkey learned to garden from her grandmothers and says working with plants is a great stress reliever. Her son Mace spent 10 years in the military. Working at the Center since its beginning Mace says he’s developed a passion for plants. While the nursery is their core business, Mace is more interested in the technical side, which includes back flow prevention inspections and irrigation design and installation.
The Center is pet friendly (on-leash), providing a drinking station. They’re also known to have water guns on hand to make visits a much cooler experience for the kids.
“We don’t want a bunch of customers,” said Mace. “We want a bunch of friends.”
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