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Save-a-Tree- It’s Not Just For Trees! (Jul 3, 2014)
Can you “cure” a sick tree by improving the soil? It seemed like a far-fetched idea 20 years ago when Jos Zamzow started giving customers at his Boise, Idaho nursery a brown liquid organic fertilizer in used two-liter soda bottles. The product was so … Continue reading

Create Your Own Tropical Paradise (Jul 2, 2014)
Living in Idaho can seem a long way from the tropics, especially during our long, cold winters. But why not bring a bit of the tropics to your patio for the summer. Colorful tropical vines, like the Mandevilla (above) or bougainvillea, … Continue reading

Dwarf Conifers (Jun 28, 2014)
When we first got into the garden center business over 50 years ago, our top three selling shrubs were Tam Juniper, Pfitzer Juniper, and Mugo Pine. Throughout the 60′s and 70′s  thousands of junipers and mugos were planted throughout east … Continue reading

Early Broccoli (Jun 28, 2014)
Broccoli is a crop that is easy to grow, but difficult to keep free of damaging insects- the cabbage looper caterpillar in particular. Someone told me that if you plant early enough, and harvest early enough, you won’t have worms. The theory … Continue reading

Horticultural Trip to China (Jun 21, 2014)
On May 18th this year I started out on the trip of a lifetime. I flew out of Idaho Falls to Beijing China on a trip with about 25 others to visit horticulture universities, research facilities and businesses in China. … Continue reading

My New Favorite Weeding Tool (Jun 7, 2014)
Sometimes simple is better. In fact most of the time simple is better. And it couldn’t be more true than when it comes to gardening tools. A number of years ago a friend of mine told me that she had … Continue reading

About Us
In the spring of 1964 Howard Crook opened the doors of his newly purchased nursery then known as Snake River Nursery. The original store was a small 20' x 20' block building with 2 small greenhouses attached. At that time the business was primarily devoted to growing and selling bedding plants, but has expanded over the years to include the area's largest selection of trees, shrubs, gardening tools and supplies, mulch, water gardening supplies, and Christmas trees and decor. Howard's son John purchased the business in 1983 and continued to expand the business. In the late summer of 2001 John purchased the Pocatello Greenhouse property and a second location of Town and Country was established in Pocatello.

Howard and Larene Crook, Founders

Howard Crook left the farm in Fallon, Nevada in December of 1963 and purchased Snake River Nursery in Idaho Falls. Through hard work and uncompromising honesty and integrity he and his wife LaRene built Town & Country Gardens into one of east Idaho's most complete garden centers. They retired from the business in 1983 and now reside in Idaho Falls.

John Crook, Owner

John grew up in the family business and has been working in the nursery and greenhouses at Town & Country Gardens since he was 10 years old. In 1976 he enrolled in the horticulture program at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) in Rexburg, Idaho and served as the first President of Metus Topiaria, the student horticulture service club on campus. John began actively managing Town & Country Gardens in 1978 and has seen tremendous growth over the years as Town & Country has established itself as the leading garden center in East Idaho. He has been a supporter and instructor in the Master Gardeners program for many years and gives frequent gardening seminars at Town & Country Gardens. He and his wife Maren have 5 children.

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