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Garden Gate Nurseries

We’re new, but new-with-a-difference, as we have had so many good people to help us with all the decisions that come with settling in. Today, we spent most of our day exploring health care options. We are so lucky to have a military health plan that will cover most of our needs, but it is a bureaucracy, and our daughter-in-law’s step-father helped guide us through the channels, and introduced us to people who could help explain the benefits and rules. Today we searched out doctors who might work with us. At one point, I told AdventureMan, “the problem is, if they are available, I wonder why? Like maybe all the really good ones are taken?”

Our therapy is thinking about gardens, working on our gardens, and exploring ideas for how our yard should look in the future. Again, our daughter-in-law knew just the right person to help us out, and introduced us to Garden Gate Nurseries, a little piece of heaven on earth.

Garden Gate Nurseries specializes in educating clients as to what grows well in the Pensacola / Gulf Coast Climate, how to enrich the soil, which plants are particularly drought resistant, salt resistant, which attract butterflies, or hummingbirds, etc. You don’t just plonk things in the garden, you make a plan, and work little by little to accomplish that plan.

A visit to Garden Gate Nurseries is like a foretaste of Paradise:

They have herbs and vegetables, plants that love the sun and plants that love the shade, and trees, fruit trees, flowering trees, and some wonderful and unique hand crafted gifts and garden-friendly items in their gift shop.

Best of all, they have a landscape designer, Carole Simpson, who loves gardening, gets her thrills from incorporating your dreams into her designs, is thoroughly knowledgeable about growing things in this climate, and on top of all that, is gracious and kind and generous with her time.

Garden Gate Nurseries / Carole Simpson Landscape Design
3268 Fordham Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL
850-932-9066

May 20, 2010 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Cultural, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Financial Issues, Florida, Gardens, Health Issues, Interconnected, Living Conditions, Pensacola

3 Comments »

  1. I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but I sent you an email the other day (worldquilter address). The husband and I will be in Pensacola tomorrow, buying him a car/trading in his truck, and probably going to the naval air museum too at a minimum. If you’d like to get together and have lunch/dinner/whatever while we’re down, I put my phone number in that email. 🙂

    ~Emma

    Comment by Emma | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  2. I would LOVE this place.

    Comment by Grammy | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  3. LOL, Emma, I had no idea you had a blog, and that it is HILARIOUS! Sorry we couldn’t to the meet-up today; hope to catch you next time. 🙂

    Grammy – You would! And all the other members of the Doha Garden Club!

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 22, 2010 | Reply


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