Posted: 15/04/2013 at 17:26
Well said Dove
Well, our local garden center employs people who keep an eye on their plants, watering them and even hardening them off - the supermarkets stack 'em high and deep and leave them in the glazed entrance to the store with the doors open in the scorching sun or frosty temperatures and never notice that they need watering (I sometimes point it out but they shrug and ignore me).
Employing people to care for the plants adds to the GC's overheads - hence increased costs.
If I've only got a few pounds I know that I'd rather spend them on plants that have been cared for by people who know what they're doing ....
Supermarkets have no one to advise you on what you are buying - It is useful to pick up a bargain from there but beware - boxes of bulbs are sometimes dried out and are dead and gone as soon as you plant them. Also, some of their pot grown plants will need hardening off if you want to plant them outside, I have learned this the hard way!!!