Sunday was the first gorgeously warm sunny day we had here in North Iowa after a week and a half’s worth of cold and rainy weather. It was a perfect day for the North Iowa Bloggers to visit Natural Plus Nursery in Clear Lake. Natural Plus Nursery is a second generation nursery that a LOT to offer. Mary Hopper, a fellow North Iowa Blogger who blogs at A Natural Plus, is the owner along with her husband Dave. They recently took over the family business about 2 years ago and the enthusiasm and passion they have for what they do shines in every aspect of their growing business.
Growing up on a farm and helping our parents grow crops I can understand their passion for growing things, and growing them well. What surprised me upon my arrival was the abundance and variety of plants, shrubs, and trees they had! There were sooo many, maybe its because I’m used to purchasing shrubs and bushes from temporary greenhouses at chain retailers where there is a limited supply of everything? There were large quantities of each variety of plants, shrubs and trees guaranteeing you that you will find just what you are looking for. Another surprise for me was their prices, they were so much more reasonable than I had expected especially for a professional nursery and from a family where this is their livelihood. Natural Plus Nursery surprised me on many different levels and I definitely will be buying local this year from Natural Plus.
After taking a wonderful tour around the nursery, and learning about different shrubs and trees we had a scavenger hunt. This was so fun because I got to learn more about the nursery, the shrubs I want to plant around my house, and it was a chance for me to take some pretty good pictures! In a few weeks the nursery will be in full bloom and Natural Plus will be having its open house!
Natural Plus Nursery Open House
Friday May 1st – Saturday May 9th
Hours: M-F 8-5 Sat. 8-4 Sun. 12-3
10075 263rd St Clear Lake, IA 50428
After our tour of the nursery and our scavenger hunt we had some awesome treats made by fellow North Iowa Blogger Beth Ann from It’s Just Life.
Being a part of the North Iowa Bloggers and getting unique opportunities to see small family owned businesses first hand has really impacted me and has lit a fire within me to buy more local. I’m not sure I adequately can express to you in words how unique and important Natural Plus Nursery is to our area in North Iowa. They honestly represent a dyeing breed on multiple levels. The first one is that they are a family owned business that sells many items large chain stores do. Second, they are selling seasonal items, the same ones that big box large chains are selling. Third, and last but not least the struggle to set prices and compete with large chain stores is getting harder. The silver lining within all of this is that you get customer service that is second to none, professionals that can help answer your gardening needs, and the satisfaction of buying a very high quality local product at a place with many choices. This trumps any experience you will ever have at a large big box store. Below is a giveaway for a chance to win a $100 Natural Plus Nursery gift card. Regardless if you win, I challenge you to take a gander at Natural Plus on your Sunday drive or Saturday morning before you dig into yard work.