Petree Garden Center Grand Opening April 7

General Manager Laurel Hardin shows off the birdhouses at the new Petree Garden Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Planters, fountains and indoor plants at Petree Garden Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Petree Garden Center is opening just in time for Spring. Located in the former De Colores Restaurant at 2470 East Road, the Garden Center will hold its grand opening 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 7.

“We’re now bringing in trees and cold hard plants,” General Manager Laurel Hardin said. “For the opening, we’ll have pansies and dianthis flowers that can take some cold weather.”

Hardin is a co-owner of the Los Alamos location. She is partnering with Petree Greenhouse and Nursery in Taos, which was founded in 1988 and has 10 greenhouses and 40 acres of growing space.

“We’ve been doing this for a long time and we know what works,” Hardin said. “We are a grower and that’s what sets apart. We grow and select our plants for high elevation. If you chose it from us, it’s going to grow here.”

Petree Garden Center will have everything a gardener needs, Hardin said.

“We’re a full-service garden center,” she said. “We have all the supplies that help people be successful.”

In addition to plants, trees and shrubs for both inside and out, the Center features foutains, statuary and unique ceramics. The Center provides abundant gardening tools and supplies as well. It also will feature gift items.

“We select our merchandise to be useful and durable,” Hardin said.

Another thing that makes Petree Garden Center special is Hardin herself. She is a Certified Arborist with a background specifically in tree care. She brings many years experience to this new venture. Planting and arborist services will be available at the Garden Center.

Hardin grew up in the nursery business. Her family ran a garden center in Prescott, Ariz. She and her family moved to Los Alamos six years ago. Hardin and her husband Jeremy have two boys.

Many locals have taken her classes at Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). Hardin plans to continue giving classes, workshops and demonstrations at the Garden Center.

Taking advantage of the beautiful location and stunning views, Petree Garden Center will have outdoor tables and umbrellas for people to enjoy.

“Garden centers should be a place people come together and share their gardening experience,” Hardin said. “This is a difficult climate in which to be a gardener … our goal is to make sure our customers succeed.”

Hardin has a staff of 11. The Garden Center hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The staff is busy getting ready for the Grand Opening. Stop by for refreshments and door prizes, including a $200 gift certificate, and of course to check out this brand new addition to Los Alamos.