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Brown Tips on Spruce Trees? (May 21, 2015)
I notice the new growth on spruce trees in Idaho Falls is just starting to emerge from the brown caps at the tips of the branches. That reminds me that now is the best time to spray to prevent damage … Continue reading

Thank you, Yanks! (May 19, 2015)
Several years ago I had the opportunity to travel to France with my daughter. It was a wonderful trip with many highlights including our visit to the beaches of Normandy on the anniversary of D-Day. As we arrived at the beach … Continue reading

Tent Caterpillars (May 17, 2015)
Yes, it’s that time of year again when we face the return of the Western Tent Caterpillars. As soon as their eggs hatch in April or May, the caterpillars begin eating leaves and create “tents” – white, silky shelters that cover … Continue reading

Living Sculptures (May 16, 2015)
A number of years ago I had the opportunity to travel to France with my daughter. One of the things that struck me about gardening in France (besides the huge number of window flower boxes) were the many espalier (is-‘pal-yər) … Continue reading

When is it safe to plant? (May 16, 2015)
When is it safe to plant my tender flowers and vegetables? That is a question we hear often at the garden center this time of year. It depends on where you live, of course, as higher elevations and more northern … Continue reading

David Austin Roses (May 15, 2015)
If you love roses, but don’t necessarily love to pamper them, a garden of David Austin roses is hard to beat. Known for their sheer exuberance of flower and wonderful fragrance, they also have a reputation for hardiness and dependability. David Austin roses … 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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