What is the cost of winter plant storage? We charge primarily by the size of your plant, how much space it occupies and how many square feet. For the 2016-2017 storage season, the cost is $35/sq.ft. for the season. For instance, a plant that’s 2 feet wide by 2 feet deep is a 4 square foot plant and stores for $140, but not all plants are stored based on size alone. We do not charge “full fare” for large palms, bananas and trees that primarily have all of their foliage high above the ground. For this year, most plants that fall into this category will cost between $200-$300 to store for the season.
What care is provided during the storage season? The storage charge includes all of the appropriate and necessary care your plants require including watering, pruning, regular grooming, fertilization and insect and disease management. In additional to the basics covered under the storage charge, some plants require special treatment such as repotting and root pruning, extensive and/or creative top pruning, restaking or trellis repairs. These additional procedures are charged time/material and please refer to our price schedule.
Do we accept all types of plant containers? Yes, except in the case of extremely expensive or large, heavy containers, the plant may have to be removed for storage. There is a slight charge to remove plants from their decorative containers on site and repot them to nursery containers back in the greenhouse. We prefer that you have any plants removed from their decorative containers prior to our arrival to pickup. Conversely, we prefer not to replant your plants back into their on-site containers in the spring.
Where is Gardens at Cheshire located?- We are located in Cheshire, CT near the cross- roads of I-84 and I-691. Approximately 25 minutes from New Haven and Hartford, 2 ½ hours from Boston and without traffic on I-95 or The Merritt, two hours from NYC.
What is our territory? – We service all of Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York east of the Hudson River, south of Albany and all of Long Island and New York City and New Jersey if necessity.
Does Gardens at Cheshire pick up and deliver? Yes, we transport approximately 95% of the plants we store. Our standard transportation charge for 2016-2017 storage season is between $200-$400 each way. This standard charge can vary depending on the size and number of plants stored and location of the plants on your property. Plants that are required to be transported lying down in the truck are charged accordingly.
When will your plants be picked up and delivered home? We begin pickups in late September in MA and Dutchess County, NY and work our way south finishing up in very early November in the Hamptons. Deliveries begin in late April to Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County CT and end with deliveries to points north by June 1st. Your specific pickup/delivery date will depend on your geographic location and on our routing schedule.
What is the winter Storage Season – September 1st. to June 1st.
What are the most popular plants stored? Hibiscus and Agapanthus are our two most popular plants stored. We store approximate 2000 plants each year of approximately 100 different types.
Is the size of the plant important?- We can accommodate plants up to 14’ tall and width is not usually an issue.
Employment Opportunities? - I’m always looking for individuals who might enjoy and be qualified to work for Gardens at Cheshire. Please have them reach out to me in the contact section of site.
What are the storage conditions? Our newest location is a modern 40,000 square foot greenhouse equipped with all the climate control components required to maintain safe environmental conditions. Plants are stored in one of three climates depending on their plant zone requirements. We heat with natural gas and are protected from power outages by a diesel generator and backup oil furnaces.
What plants over winter well? We have not found any plant that can’t be wintered over.
How do I contact you?- Please reach out to us through our contact page on the site!
A QUESTION FROM ME:
Where were your plants stored last year? I usually ask new clients if and where they stored their plants last year. I’ve heard horror stories about lugging their beloved plants into their living room, unheated sun porch, dimly lit basement or storing them in their ex-best friend’s greenhouse that froze up when the power failed and the generator didn’t start. You’ll like our results much better!