A sizeable amount of my business comes from people who come to the nursery, explore, then ask "Can you come and do this at my place?" I grow 99% of the plants I use in my installations - putting a lot more money in my pocket at the end of the job. If you have the design flair, go for it.n2h20 said:thats funny you ask this.. i was going to ask myself. I just started working at a nursery run by a landscape company month.. They have 5 insall crews, the have a 3 acre grow nursery and a very small (10k sq') retail spot. they set it up to have a place for customers to stop by and look at plants pay bills and for advertisement. They get about 2 people a day that come in wanting then to do some sort of install.. I would say that the nursery is not very profitable sales wise but makes up for it in install sales... if the nursery gets the company 1 50k install job.. then it has paid for itself.
I think it would be a good idea to at least grow your own plants for installs.. that way you have what youl ike to use on hand, and can have potential customers stop at YOUR place rather than possible competitors, to see different plant material.