Escape the snow and enjoy the tropics indoors
t may be white outside, but things are still lush and green indoors at Kenai River Nursery. For those Alaskans that don't embrace the onset of winter weather with open arms, walking into the greenhouse offers an almost tropical respite from the snow-covered landscape and chilly temperatures.
According to Rick & Roni Aldridge, managers of this year-round nursery, many peninsula residents elect to brighten their indoor environment this time of year by adding house plants to their home or office. Beyond the fresh burst of color a houseplant brings to a room, this healthy addition does wonders to offset the darkness that predominates the next few months here in Alaska. Kenai River Nursery offers a plethora of choices for anyone wanting house plants, with a wide range of sizes, textures and colors available.
Roni Aldridge answers questions on plant care year-round
The Aldridges note that savvy gardeners also take advantage of this time of year to repot their existing house plants, utilizing the resources available at the nursery such as potting soil and fertilizer.
The recent snowfall does generate excitement for many people looking forward to the upcoming holidays. As they have for years, Kenai River Nursery is already preparing for their popular greenery sales, which launch the Monday prior to Thanksgiving. Offering a unique element to peninsula shoppers, the Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands sold at the nursery are housed indoors in climate controlled conditions. Rick Aldridge feels this offers customers a fresher premium product that, unlike cut trees housed outdoors in freezing temperatures, will last longer and not loose needles as readily. Shoppers also have the option of selecting various types of Christmas trees, giving homes the authentic holiday feel families want.
The Christmas Trees inside Kenai River Nursery aren's frozen
Kenai River Nursery is located on K-Beach Road, between Kenai and Soldotna. Although owners Don an Leli Lashlee originally started operations at a smaller base on the North Road years ago, they have been at their current location for 30 years. During the summer months, shoppers are occasionally surprised by Don peddling past them on his bicycle as he makes quick time of the trip across the sprawling complex. The staff at Kenai River Nursery consistently serves as a resource to customers, answering questions and offering suggestions on growing quality plants. One point that the nursery managers, the Aldridges, noted was the difference in summer soil temperatures that many eager gardeners fail to appreciate. Rick Aldridge went on to explain that people often believe that the same foliage that may grow successfully in Anchorage will bring the same results locally. Through educating their customers about the plants they sell, the staff at Kenai River Nursery strives to bring a quality and successful gardening experience to their clients.
Now may be the perfect time to think about your landscaping next spring. Stopping into Kenai River Nursery to discuss some of your options is the first step. You can pick up a flowering house plant and get dibs on your Christmas tree while you're there.
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