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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Catching up Feb. 19, 2020


Greetings all and we hope you all are having a great Gardening start to the New Year of 2020 !

We are pretty lucky that the Winter has been mild for the most part and that our plants are doing exceedingly well.

In fact, in seems to be warming up a bit too soon for most of us who enjoy a nice chill in the air, and the plants too, love some cool time, when they can be dormant and not struggle in too much heat.

Spring will be here  pretty quickly, so we wanted to give you a listing of our Spring-Time Plant Shows, and an update on our home base of Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Pete.

The Market is enjoying a great turnout of crowds this Jan-February. We know that parking can be a challenge downtown, and we are thankful that people are going to great efforts to get to market each week.  There is also excitement in the air as the new St. Pete Pier Space will be open sometime in the near future.

You can still find us on the very East Row of Market (called "Farmer's Row). We continue to do a large set up each week, and our customers are continuing to love our selection of hundreds of Mini Succulents and Cacti. Our customers are also happy to see our increase in the area of Shade Garden/House plant offerings each week.

In addition, we still offer larger specimens for your Home and Garden, such as Fiddle Leaf Ficus, Epidendron Orchids,  Bougainvillea, Passion Vines, Hibiscus and other Butterfly friendly perennials.

So, onto the Spring & Market Show schedule !

Sat. Feb 22nd - Saturday Morning Market, Al Lang Field, downtown St. Pete
Sat. Feb. 29th -  Saturday Morning Market, Al Lang Field, downtown St. Pete

Sat. March 7th - Note, the downtown Market moves to the Williams Park area, just north of Al Lang Field, due to the Grand Prix Race prep.  The Market vendors will be within the Park, as well as set along 3rd street North and 2nd Avenue North. Williams Park's boundaries are between 1st avenue and 2nd avenues north, and 3rd and 4th streets north.  Note, 3rd street north, which is a one-way going north, will be closed off between 1st avenue north and 2nd avenue north, and traffic we be routed around that area.   You will find our Plant stand right at the intersection of 1st avenue north and 3rd street.   I know it sounds a bit complicated and we will post a mapping before that weekend, for your guidance !

Sat. March 14th, Saturday Morning Market is completed closed due to the Grand Prix Race, which gives us the break to head to Leu Gardens in Orlando for our 1st spring plant show.

Sat. March 14th - Leu Gardens Spring Plant Sale, Orlando Florida  9am-5pm
Sun. March 15th -  Leu Gardens Spring Plant Sale, Orlando Florida  9am-5pm

Sat. March 21st - Saturday Morning Market returns to Al Lang Field,l downtown St. Pete
Sat. March 28th - Saturday Morning Market, Al Lang Field, downtown St. Pete

Sat. April 4th  - Saturday Morning Market, Al Lang Field, downtown St. Pete
Fri-Sat-Sun, April 3-5th - Tropiflora Nursery Spring Plant Sale, Sarasota, FL

Sat. April 11th - Saturday Morning Market, Al Lang Field, downtown St. Pete
Sat. April  18th - Saturday Morning Market, Al Lang Field, downtown St. Pete

Sat. April 25th - Green Thumb Festival - Walter Fuller Park, St. Pete FL
Sun. April 26th - Green Thumb Festival - Walter Fuller Park, St. Pete FL
(note, we will NOT be at market that weekend so we can completely focus on Green Thumb Festival)

The month of May - Saturday Morning Market will continue to the very end of May but we will only be there May 2nd, 9th and 11th.

We will post more info about each special plant show event as we near those dates, so mark your calenders for now and check back here for info. You can sign up for our Email notifications on our home page (note, your email is not shared with anyone) so that you don't miss any new info !

Thanks for supporting Local !


Mitch Armstrong Nursery is a licensed Tropical Plant nursery with the state of Florida.
We do not have a retail location, but you can find us weekly at 
Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete and Spring Plant Shows around the state

Mitch Armstrong, Owner
Annie Sprague, Nursery Manager
marketannie@aol.com


727-742-9265








Thursday, December 19, 2019

Chistmas Time at Market


Happy Holidays All !

Hard to believe that the Holidays are upon us so fast, and soon, a New Year, to celebrate !

This coming Saturday, Dec. 21st, is the last Saturday Morning Market day to get those last minute gifts of love and plants for your friends, families, co-workers and don't forget lovely neighbors and extended tribe members that bring such joy to us all year long.

Yes, we still have some lovely Christmas Cactus, in bud and bloom.  This seems like the 3rd year in a row, that these Holiday Cactus's have been a bit slow to bloom, but bammb..they just started exploding.

  Home/Office/Dorm foliage requests have exploded this season, and it's the perfect time to buy one for yourself or others. Despite any gloomy cold weather we may experience the next few months, indoor foliage is the perfect way to "garden" during this time. All our specimens are selected for their hardiness and ease of care, and there are so many colors,textures and variegation to enjoy.




Our Baby Groot planters continue to be a huge winner with our customers. Typically, we plant "Haworthia" Zebra Stripes in them, which are known for their extreme hardiness, but you can choose whatever succulent or cacti to fill their heads and make a "crazy hair day" statement.






We were lucky this Fall season to find some gorgeous String of Pearls from a grower friend and they love this time of year of cooler weather, and low maintenance on the water wise.

We even finally found the rare and elusive String of Dolphins which are so unique !












Along with the hundreds of mini succulents and cacti that we bring to market each week, December is the time for the "Tiger Jaw" to shine.  They bloom heavily this time of year and again, are so easy to take care of.  Being an afternoon/evening bloomer, they will close and reopen for 3-4 days, then start producing babies around them, for the next heavy blooming cycle of Spring.



All of this and more will be at Market this weekend, and we include FREE Holiday Bag wrapping with every purchase !

So, come on down to Market, finish your Holiday shopping and enjoy the weekend !

Don't forget, if you can't make market, and you need a last minute gift, we are local and you can reach us anytime !

Here's the scoop:

Saturday Morning Market
Downtown St. Pete
Saturday  9am-2pm

You will find us on the very back East row of the market, mid-way down, right next to our fav neighbors, the Honey People.

Happy Holidays to you and your families and thank you so much for continuing to support Local ! Garden Love to all, 
Mitch & Annie

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Mitch Armstrong Nursery is a licensed Tropical Plant nursery with the state of Florida.
We do not have a retail location, but you can find us weekly at 
Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete and Spring Plant Shows around the state

Mitch Armstrong, Owner
Annie Sprague, Nursery Manager
marketannie@aol.com


727-742-9265


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Mt. Dora Plant & Garden Fair Nov 9 & 10, 2019


Greetings All,

Fall is upon us and soon we will feel a chill in the air, promise !

It has been a busy Market Season so far as we started our 18th year with Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete, and this weekend, we head to one of our favorite events, the Mt. Dora Plant and Garden Fair.

This Garden show, now in it's 25th year, is a joyful event held in one held in one of the sweetest little towns in Florida, Mount Dora. The region is hilly and cool, with a very New England feel, nestled in amongst beautiful lakes scattered about.

The show brings in vendors from around the State with a large variety of plant specimens to fit the needs of any type of gardener.   Located right in downtown Mt. Dora in Donnelly Park, the event runs Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9th and 10th. With free entrance, you can walk around the vendors, enjoy the large Oak trees, and see the beginnings of their Holiday lighting.

There is plenty of nearby free parking and you can also visit the dozens of charming shops and restaurants in downtown.

You will us on the large wood deck, in the middle of the Park, as we bring our exceptional array of Rare and Exotic Tropicals, hundreds of Mini Succulents and Cacti, Bougainvillea, Desert Rose, Fiddle Leaf Figs, Larger specialty cactus and butterfly friendly landscape specimens and much more!

This weekend is one of the very few, when we will not be at our home base of Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete, but will  return there Sat. Nov. 16th.

Here's the Scoop:

Mt. Dora Plant and Garden Fair
Downtown Mt. Dora at Donnelly Park
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 9am-4pm
Free entrance, live music, food, free parking in surrounding area.


Mitch Armstrong Nursery is a licensed Tropical Plant nursery with the state of Florida.
We do not have a retail location, but you can find us weekly at 
Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete and Plant Shows around the state

Mitch Armstrong, Owner
Annie Sprague, Nursery Manager
marketannie@aol.com


727-742-9265


Friday, October 4, 2019

Saturday Morning Market Opening Day Oct 2019


Greetings all !

Can't believe it, but Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2019 starts our 18th Season of Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete !

We were blessed to have a great Summer Market at Williams Park, and now we are headed back to Al Lang Field Lot (the Rowdies stadium) and you will find us once again, on Farmers Row on the East Side.





We are back with a huge fresh selection of over 750 Mini Succulents and Cacti, including crowd favorite, the String of Pearls.

Hand picked, over many days in hot greenhouses, we only bring the freshest, healthiest, purtiest specimens just for you !

In 3 inch pots, these specimens are the perfect size to use stand-a-lone, or making your own dish garden.








Always popular this time of year of Fall into the Holidays, mini plants are a perfect way to decorate Pumpkins, large and small, as well as....















Gourds !  Annie found a great selection of colorful, mind bogglin-shaped gourds and is having fun decorating them up for the Fall..it's a work in process as we have to glue the plants into nooks and crannies,but incredible fun.














We are also back with a wide array of gorgeous
Tropicals for your Home, Patios and gardens. Sized and priced to fit all budgets, plants are a great way to freshen the inside of your home, apartment, dorm or offices and all are low maintenance.







Pitcher Plants (Nepenthese alata) are a popular plant with our customers for its uniqueness, plus it helps Eat Bugs !

Best outdoors, especially on patios where you sit, or under a nice shady tree, they provide enjoyment for all, and trap skeeters that want to bug you :)






Mitch is also bringing some of his larger Cacti and Succulent
Specimens for those who want that big "Wow" factor.

Harry Cactus is one of our most popular, and we have some gorgeous Tower Cactus, Aloes and more !













So, come on down and see us at Market - remember, the market runs every Saturday from 9am-2pm, with free entrance, live music, tons of food, crafts, produce, plants and fun for all ages.

Here's the scoop:
Saturday Morning Market
Downtown St. Pete at Al Lang Field Lot
1st Avenue South and 1st Street
Lots of nearby parking on streets and parking garages
Market hours 9am-2pm (rain or shine)
Every Saturday October-May 2020
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Mitch Armstrong Nursery is a licensed Tropical Plant nursery with the state of Florida.
We do not have a retail location, but you can find us weekly at 
Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete and Spring Plant Shows around the state

Mitch Armstrong, Owner
Annie Sprague, Nursery Manager
marketannie@aol.com


727-742-9265

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Summer Market ending and Annual End of summer Plant sale coming up !


Greeting all ! Alas, Summer Market, at Williams Park, ends this coming Saturday, Aug. 31st and we are ready to blow out the booth and have some great deals for our customers !

We have been blessed this past summer market, by record crowds and we have learned, the more we bring, the better you like it !


This coming Saturday, we aim to get great plants to great people, so we can refresh and begin again at the start of October, when we return to our home place at the Sat. Morning Market, at Al Lang field.

But don't fret, there is still a great opportunity to get great plants at great prices, as we will hold our Annual End of Summer Plant sale at our Home nursery in St. Pete the weekend after, Sept. 6 & 7th (see details below).

Our annual Home nursery sale is a great time for us to clean out our home nursery and make room for restocking for the Fall.   Everything that is left from last Summer Market day will be on sale, plus lots of great specimens that we don't ordinarily bring to market.  These could be one-of-a-kind specimens, butterfly friendly landscape nursery plant we still have been tending, plus the opportunity to get cuttings of unusual stuff.  We especially have larger Cacti and Succulent plants that are looking for a good homes.

Plus Annie has all sorts of Garden art, decorative pots and misc that she is pulling out of storage bins that are great additions to your house and outside garden spaces.

We will have lots of cold drinks and snacks, so come party with us !  We welcome buyers as well as lookers, who as in the past, just love to peruse around at our personal plant specimens in our Jungle of a yard. Come hang, come peruse, come to pick Mitch's brain about plant knowledge and just enjoy our home garden.

This sale is important to us too, as in September, Markets and Events are all closed down, so this is our opportunity to financially "make it over the hump" so to speak ! We appreciate all your participation and support to our mighty little nursery.

Here's the scoop:

When:
Friday, Sept. 6th  9am-6pm
Saturday, Sept 7th  9am-6pm

Where:
Our Home nursery
1331 39th Avenue North
St. Pete  33703
(turn at 14th street off of the main drag of 38th Avenue North)

This event is Rain or Shine ! We feel that the Hurricane News will be well behind us and we will all be safe and sound and ready to have a 2 day Garden Party.

Feel free to contact us before the Sale event if you are looking for something particular, you can always reach us at:
Marketannie@aol.com
727-742-9265






Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July !



Greetings all, and Happy 4th of July !

So, as we continue into this crazy hot summer, we have had a great time at the Summer Market at Williams Park, downtown St. Pete, with record crowds and much fun had by all.

As with all of you, this heat and humidity has been hard on our gardens and our plants, which means a bit more watering and a bit more caretaking, but despite everything (even sometimes our neglect) our nursery continues to thrive !

The butterfly action has lessened due to the heat but they are still out there.  Porterweed, Passion Vines, Popcorn cassia, bougainvillea and more continue to provide shelter, nectar and places to spawn those eggs.

This coming weekend at market, we are having a big sale on our Mini succulents on existing stock before we head to Apopka to restock next week.  We also have some beautiful Yellow Lipstick plants that are to die-for.  As well, we will continue to provide starter plants and cuttings for you to do your own thing.

Don't forget - if you are looking for larger Succulent/Cacti specimens, we have some gorgeous ones - the Famous "hairy cactus" as well as Opuntias, Madagascar Palms and more !

As always, if you can't make market day, please call or email us to set up an appointment to come by the home nursery to check things out.

Here's the scoop:

Saturdays, 9am - 1pm, Williams Park Summer Market, downtown St. Pete

Reach us at:  marketannie@aol.com, or call us at 727-742-9265.

Have a happy and safe 4th !

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Mitch Armstrong Nursery, and Annie's Plant Pallette are licensed Plant nurseries with the state of Florida.
We do not have a retail location, but currently you can find us weekly at 
Summer Market, Williams Park, Downtown St. Pete June-August 2019
(Saturday Morning Market 17th Season starts Oct. 5th at Al Lang Field)

Mitch Armstrong, Owner, Armstrong Nursery
Annie Sprague, Owner, Annie's Plant Pallette

marketannie@aol.com
727-742-9265









Monday, May 20, 2019

Summer 2019 Happenings


Greetings all, and yes, Summer time is upon all of us quickly so we wanted to update everyone with happenings around the Mitch Armstrong Nursery business.

This coming Saturday, May 25th is the last regular day of Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete 2018-19 season.  This past season has been a very fun one, with great crowds of customers coming and we celebrated 16 years of participation with this fabulous Market family !

But Summer Market is immediately around the corner ! Yes, Summer Market at Williams Park, downtown St. Pete starts up the following week, on Saturday, June 1st and you don't have to go far to find us!  Just a couple of blocks from our regular setting, Williams Park provides much needed shade and coverage for Customers, Vendors and Products during the heat of the Summer, and 60 plus vendors will be participating, so you can still get your Fresh Produce, Plants, Clothing, Hats, Breakfast and Lunch and much more and still be surrounded by Live music and pleasant seating areas.

Williams Park is located between 3rd and 4th streets North, bounded by 1st and 2nd Avenue North, and is a lovely, safe locale, with plenty of parking nearby on streets and parking garages.  Summer Market hours are 9am-1pm and pretty much Rain or Shine (unless strong lightning comes to the area). The Summer Market continues to the very end of August.

You can find us, Armstrong Nursery, anchoring the NE corner of the Park nearest 2nd avenue north and we will have a nearby convenient place for you to pick up your purchases.  We will continue to bring our Exotic tropicals, Mini Succulents and Cacti, and surprises every week !

In addition, if you have Plant Needs during the week, please call or email us to set up a private appointment at our Home nursery in St. Pete.

marketannie@aol.com
727-742-9265

An exciting new addition to our business format, Annie has a new start up, with her own Nursery Licensing for "Annie's Plant Pallette", and she will be specializing in furnishing Mini Succulent Plants for your Event/party/Shower Needs !


 Whether you need multiple number of plants for a Boutonnieres, Corsages, or just a big ole box of 50 or more Mini Plants for gift giveaways, Annie can help you with the best selection for your special event. Feel free to contact Annie for pricing and availability (as well as timing) if you have a party coming up and she will be happy to help you make something special happen !


Annie's Plant Pallette:
AnniesPlantPallette@gmail.com
or call at  727-742-9265.










Also this summer, we will continue to grow our efforts to bring Cuttings, Starter Plants and Seeds to our Market setting, as well, as be able to Ship small specimens around the US (except for California)

We thank you all for your continuing support for our little nurseries and look forward to seeing you around the Park this summer !
Annie & Mitch
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Mitch Armstrong Nursery, and Annie's Plant Pallette are licensed Plant nurseries with the state of Florida.
We do not have a retail location, but currently you can find us weekly at 
Summer Market, Williams Park, Downtown St. Pete June-August 2019
(Saturday Morning Market 17th Season starts Oct. 5th at Al Lang Field)

Mitch Armstrong, Owner, Armstrong Nursery
Annie Sprague, Owner, Annie's Plant Pallette