Village Nurseries Partners with Chains and Independents to Expand Sunset Western Garden Collection throughout California

Village Nurseries, a specialty wholesale grower for landscape professionals, is now offering the Sunset Western Garden Collection™ to California landscape professionals and Southern California Home Depot stores, as well as select other retail garden centers throughout California.

Village Nurseries is the exclusive grower for the 29-plant Sunset Western Garden Collection under license from Plant Development Services which, in turn, is licensed by Sunset Publishing Corporation, long heralded as the expert authority on Western gardening. The exceptional collection is characterized by top performing plants selected especially for Western gardens with their unique climate, rainfall, year round temperature, wind and humidity. Many of these plants have longer bloom cycles, more vibrant and interesting foliage, lower water requirement and reduced maintenance.

“We feel the Sunset Western Garden Collection is a natural fit for our continued expansion of water efficient, climatically correct plants,” stated Brian Parker, lawn & garden merchant - Southern California for The Home Depot®. “Our Southern California partnership with local water agencies has been critical to our development of a more regionalized product mix specific to our geographic area. Saving time, water, and money is in everyone’s best interest. As the demand for these types of hybridized plants increase we want our customers to know they can count on The Home Depot to meet their needs.”

“The Sunset Western Garden Collection is the perfect addition to our independent nursery,” said Chrisann Sperbeck of Sperbeck's Nursery & Landscape, an independent nursery in Yuba City, Calif. “We are always looking for unique plants and quality plants for our customers and climate as well as for designs for our design and landscape projects, and your plant collection fills the bill. For example, I love the Nandina Flirt because it’s the perfect plant for a small Asian garden that requires a small accent plant with great color and form.”

“Our goal is to continuously offer new and superior plant materials that make it easy to Rethink Your Landscape™ and for contractors, designers and architects to create beautiful, enduring projects by trying plants in this collection,” explained David House, Village Nurseries CEO. “The expansion of the Sunset Western Garden Collection throughout the state represents an exceptional opportunity to maintain the momentum generated from last year’s agreement.”

About The Home Depot

The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,256 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2011, The Home Depot had sales of $70.4 billion and earnings of $3.9 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.

About Village Nurseries

Village Nurseries is one of the leading wholesale growers of ornamental plant material servicing landscape professionals with more than 775 acres of growing facilities located in Northern and Southern California and nearly nine million units of product. Founded in 1976, the company also maintains four specialty landscape centers serving the landscape professionals in Del Mar, Huntington Beach, Orange and Sacramento. Village Nurseries also serves Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Texas and Canada. For more information, visit http://www.villagenurseries.com.

Sunset™ Western Garden Collection is a trademark of Sunset Publishing Corporation.

Contacts:

Daly-Swartz PR for Village Nurseries
Jeffrey Swartz, 949-470-0075
jeffreyswartz@dsprel.com
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