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Planting Dormant Roses (Apr 17, 2015)
Roses are probably the most popular flower in the world. Who doesn’t love to have a vase of roses on the dining room table? But if you’re tired of the expensive cut roses from the floral shop only lasting a … Continue reading

What Can I Plant Now? (Apr 10, 2015)
Some folks think they have to wait “until the chance of frost has passed” before they plant anything in their yards and gardens. But experienced gardeners know that there are lots of things that can be planted in April when … Continue reading

The Best Potting Mix Ever! (Mar 18, 2015)
Nothing gives me more satisfaction than formulating products that make gardening more successful. A few years ago we developed T&C Premium Lawn Food. If you’ve used it, you know that it is the best lawn food on the market for east … Continue reading

How to Grow Strawberries (Mar 18, 2015)
“Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.” That’s what the 19th century poet William Allen Butler wrote of the strawberry. (He also wrote the hilariously funny poem “Nothing to Wear”.) There are many reasons … Continue reading

Starting your own Plant Starts (Feb 14, 2015)
Starting your own vegetable and flower seedlings indoors can bring great enjoyment. And from now through March is the best time to start most seedlings indoors for transplanting outside later. What could be better than the special satisfaction that comes … Continue reading

Mighty Micro-greens! (Jan 17, 2015)
Want to pick fresh greens from your garden, even in the middle of an Idaho winter? One way, of course, is to build your own backyard greenhouse, but greenhouses can be not only expensive to build, but expensive to heat in the … 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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