Let me be clear the purpose of this post IS NOT to bash Home Depot not only would that be just too easy but it certainly would be redundant, hopefully through thoughtful discussion we can promote change. The link below I gives hope to the collective voices of gardeners on message boards that this is possible. I thought it might be interesting to share what changes you would most like to see in Home Depots Garden Center and I will forward a link of our discussion to Frank Blake CEO.
I will start first with my Home Depot concern.
Dear Mr. Blake,
I find it troubling that as a result of your business pyramid that dictates not paying growers for plant material until the plant has been sold by Home Depot; there is an overall lack of concern for the maintenance and care of that plant. This makes a clear statement to your employees and customers We DonÂt Care About Plants which of course translates to We DonÂt Care About Our Customers. Now I realize some growers concerned by the lack of care their plants receive at Home Depot are now sending around their own employees to water, ect their plants. What is crystal clear to me is this will result in another increase in the overall cost of plant material to be absorbed by the consumer. kt