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Review of The Hadley Garden Center

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Review by Michael Casper 5/15/2012 in Massachusetts

The Hadley Garden Center gets a 10/10 for quality, variety and service. One of my many great experiences with them, today at closing time I was talking with their staff picking up White Clover seeds and delivering some extra Jerusalam Artichoke tuber plants. Even after a long day of hard work, they were a pleasure to visit and talk too.

What makes them the best garden center near Northampton?

The Hadley Garden has the best variety of garden plants, planters and garden supplies in the area. The offer a consistent wide variety of interesting and exotic plants. They have regular strawberries, decorative strawberries, apple trees fences, bay leaf bushes and just about anything you can think of for outdoor or indoor plants.

Their staff is filled with local experts on gardening, farming, native plants and landscaping. Many big box stores lack that personal touch local experts bring to a business. They are a pleasure to talk to, they are low pressure and they always have great idea to share with you.

The hadley Garden Center gives back to the community in many ways. Every year they provide a bin for people to “take or leave” planters. They are the only garden center in the area who gives away free planters, encouraging recycling and making it much easier for people who want to build their own greenhouse. And at the end of the season Hadley Garden Center gives away flowers for free!

They are really amazing!

Pheumonia and luddites, it’s ok

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Thanks everyone.  I’m just being a baby.   :(    Down because I have pleurisy and I haven’t been able to get out and do work around the place for weeks.  Stuck inside mostly, which is bad for me.  I find I need to do several hours of outside labor a day to feel my best. Don’t mind my whining!

Hehehe, I don’t mind the whining. That’s one of the great things about the internet, where else can you round up all your neighbors and just talk about things.

And I hear you, this time of year I usually get a nasty bronchitis or pneumonia… This year it was just bronchitis that needed to be cleared up with antibiotics after four weeks. I cracked some ribs coughing, which is not as bad as is sounds. But coughing, just laying down or trying to lift things is annoying.

Summer catch up with Jerry

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Jerry: Good evening!  How goes it?  Sitting here working on class work and noticed you online.
Sent at 10:14 PM on Thursday
me: Yep, I’m online! Going alright [smile]
Sent at 10:16 PM on Thursday
Jerry: Good to hear!  so what are you up to?  I’m am still working for Kennedys as a Safety Director and looking for a new job every day.  In addition I am taking online courses through Capella Univ in the HR program
me: I’m having fun making things, the usual…
Jerry: I just had an interview on the phone this evening with Giant Eagle for a position about two hours from hear, not sure what I might want to do there…..
me: By the way, I think my emails haven’t been getting though to you. I had a problem with gmail trashing mail as spam, so I’m wondering if that might have been happening…
Sent at 10:19 PM on Thursday
Jerry: Yep I think so.  I have only received one or two messages from you in the past wow couple of years
me: Well, we’ll have to fix that [smile]
Jerry: I agree, what is your address and phone #
We moved two summers ago,
me: By the way, I’m using this gmail chat since my wife is on a trip. It’s interesting [smile]
Phone number
Sent at 10:22 PM on Thursday
Sent at 10:25 PM on Thursday
me: By the way, last time you saw me with a knee injury, but that got better. Then I had a muscle injury and I’m still walking with a cane a lot of the time because of that. Life can be interesting…
But I’m doing alright and having fun making things as always [smile]
Jerry: Ah yes, especially when we get older [frown]
me: Indeed…
Jerry: Did you ever find a IT position?
me: No, last year wasn’t a very good year…
But this year’s looking better [smile]
Jerry: I hear you… I am hoping to be able to change jobs some, the present position is difficult at best.
me: I’ll tell you something cool about my wife…
She got her degrees translated and certified. She’s got two masters degrees.
Jerry: Feel free to use my anytime for a personal contact!
me: One in Agriculture and on in Biology…
Thank you Jerry! [smile]
Jerry: Great!!!  Good for her!!!
Sent at 10:31 PM on Thursday
Jerry: For that matter I can be also used as a professional references, for the consulting work you have done for me
me: Regarding Nina: It’s great! It took a lot of help, but she’s learned to drive, gotten some job experience. She’s looking for a lab position. She has even been getting calls from recruters…
Thank, I’ll remember that… And I’ll tell ya, it really was a lot of fun helping you with those classes [smile]
And that steak that you made me, I saved a picture!
Jerry: Thanks!  Dido!
I would be happy to make you another anytime
Sent at 10:35 PM on Thursday
me: That would be great [smile] But it’s going to be a little while longer before I swing by Slippery Rock…
By the way…
Jerry: I understand, well how knows maybe I’ll come that way over the summer
Sent at 10:37 PM on Thursday
me: If you are every up this way you’re welcome! Two weeks ago I was having some fun showing some of Nina’s friends the town. It’s a pretty cool town…
Jerry: Nina looks like she is adjusting well and you well as always having fun
me: Nina had some friends from Ukraine visiting, it was something of a surprise and the picture is from that day…
Jerry: bob I hate to cut this short but I have to post in the classroom by 12pm and I am only getting started, yeah late a usuall……..  [frown])
Sent at 10:40 PM on Thursday
me: I understand, I have some other things to do to.. But I’ll post one more picture [smile]
Jerry: I will try to give you a call some evening soon.  Have a great evening.  Please do
Post away
me: An amusing picture from this summer visiting Cape Cod…
Just climbing trees…
Sent at 10:44 PM on Thursday
Jerry: Never let it be said that little things hold you back!  But really how safe it that? Wheres your fall protection? haahaa
me: It’s perfectly safe, I was using my crutches! hahaha
Jerry: ok then, goodnight; chat with you soon
me: Well, have a good night and get some work done! I’ll catch you later…