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An App for That (Apr 22, 2014)
Dr. Allan Armitage, a well-known garden writer from the University of Georgia’s research garden is probably the nation’s foremost expert on landscape plants in the U.S. including trees, shrubs, and flowers. He has spent his adult life traveling, studying, and … Continue reading

Why I Love Trees (Apr 19, 2014)
Trees are tree-mendous! I’ve always loved trees, from the time I built my first tree house at age 12. (Definitely not OSHA approved, but hey, we survived).  So this Friday (the last Friday in April)  is one of my favorite … Continue reading

Gardening by the Numbers (Apr 15, 2014)
Plant one row of turnips: Turnip the music and dance. Plant two rows of lettuce: Lettuce be kind Lettuce be true Plant three rows of peas: Peace of mind Peace of heart Peace of soul. Plant four rows of squash: … Continue reading

Dead Spruce Tops? (Apr 14, 2014)
If you noticed the tip of your spruce tree wilt last year, and then turn brown and die, you were likely the victim of White Pine Weevil. This insect mainly attacks young spruce trees under 10 feet tall, but occasionally … Continue reading

Winter Damage on Evergreens (Apr 10, 2014)
Although the eastern half of the country experienced one of the hardest winters in years, here in east Idaho our winter seemed fairly mild. So why are we seeing browning of needles on so many of the evergreens around town? … Continue reading

Fragrance in the Garden (Apr 9, 2014)
I don’t know if this is true for most people, but oftentimes a sound or a scent will bring back a memory for me even more than a sight. Today I was walking past the petunias in the greenhouse and … 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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