Off the beaten path, where you are likely to get lost or need Google Maps to locate, is the Little Country Greenhouse, which can be considered more of a botanical garden than a nursery due to the large variety of vegetation and species of plants and butterflies on display.
With so much to see, smell, and touch, Patricia and Bruce Pardue offer regular tours to the community, explaining in depth how each plant is different and what custom care they require. Bruce has a degree in horticulture, knowing more about plant life than most people you will ever encounter.
Over twenty-eight years ago, Bruce opened the Little Country Greenhouse in 1990 with a sole handmade building. Since then, it has grown to so much more, all derived from the passion and effort Bruce has invested. The business has now grown several buildings large and includes a butterfly garden, heated greenhouse, cooled greenhouse, perennial greenhouse, fruit and vegetable house, chicken and duck run, coy pond, and 800-foot dock that circumvents the property.
The dock allows for comfortable and safe access to all the plant life. During Christmas time, the dock is illuminated and decorated for all to enjoy. There are also live,flocked Christmas Trees welcoming guests during the holiday season, complete with hot cocoa and a visit from Santa himself.
Bruce has invested his heart and soul into his business, literally building his oasis from the ground up. People travel from the four states region to have Bruce help with a problem or purchase a plant that can’t be found anywhere else.
The grounds are very welcoming and inviting, with many guests lounging around and wandering the grounds for hours on end. Other guests have mentioned wanting picnic tables added so they can sit around longer. Last week, a college student sat under the gazebo and studied for finals. It is truly a place for everyone to feel like they belong.
Pardue has no intentions of slowing down, in fact, Bruce hopes to continue to expand and fine-tune his vision and dream. After all, he has invested so much of himself into the Little Country Greenhouse.
“I want to stay out here working outside in the sun until I can any longer,” he laughs.
The hope is to have organic gardening classes offered to the public soon. Currently, local schools and churches organize tours and take part in learning how to grow raised bed gardens. Patricia recalls how fulfilling it is to see the curiosity and genuine interest that children express when they visit the garden. The Pardues even help the children plant their own flowers to take home.
There is personal touch and sincere thoughtfulness in every aspect of the business. Pardue keeps the customer in mind first, allowing his vision to follow and somewhat conform to what his clients wants and needs are. Luckily for him, Patricia lends a helping hand.
The two met only a few years ago, when Patricia’s mother introduced them when she sent her down to the greenhouse for some plants to build a garden. Now the two are like two peas in a pod.
The community is invited to attend the celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Butterfly Cottage, May 18, 2018, at 2:00 PM, 1442 Daniels Chapel Rd, New Boston, Texas.
For more information, call:(903) 628-2991