Our Latest Advertiser Is Herr Backyard Garden Center!
Welcome our latest Advertiser â€“ Herr Backyard Garden Center!
You can always tell when Spring is upon us: the camelia buds are ready to burst open, the roses need their first hard prune, the primroses are adorning shelves and yards everywhere, the honeysuckle’s in bloom with bees abuzzing and of course:
For the past five years Herr Backyard Garden Center has its
NEW SEASON GRAND OPENING EVENT AND SALE!
This year the event will be Saturday Feb. 28 and Sunday Mar. 1 from 10am-4pm.
They’ll be food samples, BBQ hotdogs (weather permitting), paint-a-pot for kids, plus very special prices throughout the entire store.
On stock for the sales event are plenty of early spring annuals including pansies, primroses and violas. Plus they’ve got plenty of colorful containers, gazebos, yard ornaments, patio furniture, chemicals including a large selection of organics for the ‘green gardeners’ among our eco-friendly BTB readers. And they’ve got the staff to explain organic gardening to you. If you plan to plant a veggie garden this year Herr’s also got plenty of high quality seeds on hand.
Herr Backyard was started by two stay-at-home moms when there was no longer a reason to stay home. “Herr sister-in-laws” Diane Herr-Lorella and Lisa Herr started the garden and gift center when most of Diane’s three daughters and Lisa’s two daughters didn’t need them hovering about any longer. Diane explained that in the early 2000s she was quite ill, and felt that through her illness “there was nothing more positive than flowers.” Once well, she and her sister-in-law Lisa started on their journey into the garden business in 2003 in the Five Corners shopping area (1st Ave South and SW 160th).
What started with selling plants on a matt of AstroTurf in the parking lot in 2003 has turned into a full-blown nursery business. The nursery is in the old lumber yard base and is stocked with “climatized” perennials, shrubs and annuals that are native to this area. We were told that “if plants could talk they’d say ‘take me home and plant me today.’” This means you can go home and plant them the same day, rather than “season” them first. Diane tells BTB that this year they’ll have a “bigger and better array of sustainable natives like red twig maples, vine maples & salal.
As if running a nursery wasn’t enough for these two hard working women, Lisa and Diane opened Herr Backyard Garden Center’s Gift Shop shortly after the nursery. The shop sits where the ‘molding bay’ was when it was the lumber yard. They pride themselves on offering extremely unique gifts that are bought in the northwest. We at BTB were especially curious about the Northwest Slug Butter. Doesn’t that sound like something to spread on your bagels? We hear it’s pretty good. In addition to this they offer Braswell’s Select preserves, private label BBQ sauce and chocolate syrup. They’ve got a large selection of Root Candles and artificial flowers (for those who can’t wait for their own garden to bloom). From Huckleberry Haven, Herr offers huckleberry syrups and jam.
Diane is a two-year breast cancer survivor. Having been through chemo herself, she invites women in treatment at Highline Medical Center to stop by after chemo to enjoy the flowers.
“Being sick is a negative. Plants are a positive,” states Diane.
When asked what Diane would like BTB Readers to know about Herr Backyard that they wouldn’t find on their website, her response was “I have the cutest, brightest, smartest grandkids of anybody.” So far her girls have given her 3-3-1/4 grandaughters!
The Herr family has been part of the Burien community for over 50 years. And if these two ladies have anything to do with it, they could be here another 50 years. So far they’ve suffered through two years of road construction, two snowed-out winter storms and now the downturn in the economy–and they’re hanging in. Keep them on their corner.
This year buy locally and buy from the experts at Herr Backyard Garden Center. We can state with pride that we’re regular Customers, and we encourage all our Readers to support local small businesses like this over those big “box stores”!