Photograph © Kerry Michaels
Because I am prone to plant panic and am easily overwhelmed by acres and acres of plants, a great small nursery is my idea of heaven. Don't get me wrong, I love big nurseries too. Ok. I love any nursery where the people are friendly, knowledgeable and don't make you feel like an idiot.
I find that the plants at nurseries are more interesting and healthier, and contrary to what you might think, plants often cost the same amount or are even cheaper at nurseries than they are at big box stores. Even when they are a bit pricier, it is often worth the extra money to get a healthy plant that has been well tended and will live and thrive when you get it home.
I also love checking out nurseries when I travel. My family is used to screeching U turns, after I have spied and driven past a cool looking nursery.