This year’s tour day is jam-packed with garden retailing at its best! We’ve created a full-day tour of six of the Dallas area's best retail garden centers,  including lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Be ready to connect with fellow retailers, our service pros, and our sponsors and discover new possibilities for profit. Bus captains will provide behind-the-scenes statistics to prepare you for each stop, plus a little Texas Trivia along the way.

So hop on board and be ready to enjoy a beautiful fall day of discovery in Dallas and return to the hotel in time to relax and continue conversations with your Group peers.

Buses depart curbside from the front of the Dallas Marriott Downtown at 8:30 am sharp and will return by 7:30 pm after dinner at a local restaurant. 

Jacksons Home and Garden
6950 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX 75209

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Nestled in the heart of Dallas, Texas, Jacksons Home & Garden is a lush sanctuary, catering to homeowners, designers, and garden enthusiasts alike. Founded by Bob Jackson and nurtured daily with unwavering dedication, their story began with a humble pottery store. Over the years, it has blossomed into a revered shopping destination, featuring the most expansive pottery selection in the Southwest and an array of premium designer brands for both indoor and outdoor sanctuaries.

Stepping into the garden center or meandering through the retail showroom is a treasure trove of curated elements waiting to transform the home. This is your chance to discover the allure of Jacksons Home and Garden and "The Art of Living Well."





Nicholson-Hardie Nursery (West)
5060 Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75209

Visit Nicholson-Hardie
Nursery Website

Family-owned and operated
for three generations.

Nicholson-Hardie was founded on customer service and gardening excellence – goals we aspire to today, just as our founders did 125 years ago. What began as a simple seed store back in 1899, has blossomed into the go-to store in the Park Cities and Dallas for tabletop, home décor, hostess gifts, indoor and outdoor plants, landscape elements, and so much more. Owned by the Bracken family since the 1970s, they’re proud to be welcoming in 2nd generation shoppers. Many customers have said, "Nicholson-Hardie is my happy place."

Nicholson-Hardie has two locations in Dallas just five blocks apart. Both shops are located in very affluent, established urban areas and despite being close by, the locations have different client bases: one has more do-it-yourselfers while at the other, “the majority of customers have a company that takes care of their lawn, or even a personal gardener,” Michael says. “So, if they’re coming in, they’re likely just dabbling.”

The Nursery, located at 5060 W. Lovers Lane, is considered the outdoor store. Since opening this location in 1984, they’ve offered an abundance of garden favorites including antique and modern roses, azaleas, topiaries, camellias, unusual perennials, and much more.

They also offer a diverse selection of garden art and accents from fountains and benches to statuary and containers. The fountain selection really must be seen as many are hand-crafted and unique. This location feels more like a small park than a store.



Home & Garden Shop (East)

5725 W Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75209

Visit Nicholson-Hardie
Home & Garden Shop website

The Home and Garden Center, located at 5725 W. Lovers Lane, has been in the same spot since the early 1950s. Known as the indoor store, the Bracken Family experimented with different ideas until they found the right mix of gift, home, and garden products.

This location offers an array of indoor plants, easy-to-care-for orchids, and even floral arrangements – everything from candles to hand-painted Italian Vietri dishware, loungewear, accent pieces, and anything to make your home sparkle.

Here you'll find the historic seed store, more traditional outdoor garden items, an area dedicated to Remedies, and a fine tools selection.




 Calloway's Nursery
7623 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX 75209

Visit Calloway's Nursery website

Founded in 1986, Calloway’s Nursery was created by local nursery professionals who saw the need for a new Garden Center & Nursery experience. The founders wanted to provide not only the highest quality plants for their customers, but also unique offerings that hadn’t been available before – all coupled with industry-leading customer service.

Growing in Dallas, TX with 3 locations, experience this new modern garden center that boasts a sleek design and features a grand selection of high-quality plants. This newest Calloway’s Nursery location on Lemmon Avenue at the Braniff Centre has a captivating selection of showstopping plants, and a wide variety of Pottery, Chimeneas, Water Fountains, Wind Chimes, and Metal Art for your lawn and patio décor.

Today Calloway’s operates 28 stores across Texas and employs more Texas Nursery & Landscape Association Certified Nursery Professionals than any other garden center in the state.

During our time at Calloway's, we will have lunch at a nearby restaurant. (Lunch is included with the cost of full registration.)




Covington's Nursery & Landscape Co.
5518 President George Bush Hwy
Rowlett, TX 75089

Visit Covington's website


Joe and Gayle Covington were high school sweethearts in Greenville, Texas. When he proposed to her in 1972, it was with the understanding that together they would launch a small plant nursery, much like Joe’s father before him. Joe’s Dad was a fireman, but on his off days, he ran a small plant nursery from behind their home; so since he was 8 years old, Joe has been growing plants, landscaping and maintaining yards with his father, and working in the nursery business. With a loan from his mother — the amazing Eula Covington — Joe and Gayle were able to purchase a small lot on the corner of Oates and Broadway. Their very first day, they set up lawn chairs, painted a sign on Eula’s old discarded door, and sat on the corner selling azaleas for $2.99! Unfortunately, over the years, the price of azaleas has changed, but what remains the same is Joe and Gayle’s love of plants and their unwavering commitment to providing the best possible plants at the lowest possible prices.

Today Covington’s Nursery & Landscape, Garden Center Group Member and one of the Best of the Best Centers in 2023, is one of the largest retail and wholesale nurseries in Texas, with 18 acres of trees and premium plant material. Their full-scale growing operation allows them to offer the highest quality blooming bedding plants each season at the lowest possible prices. They also offer an eclectic assortment of garden accessories to enhance the outdoor living experience, and a broad selection of products to ensure success in any garden and landscape.

More details and photos coming soon!




Ruibal's Plants of Texas
601 S Pearl Expressway
Dallas, TX 75201

Visit Ruibal's website


In 1984, Michael Ruibal began selling bedding plants out of a small truck and a 10’x20′ daily rental space at the Dallas Farmers Market. When a space opened up next to his plant booth, he took it. And his business grew. And when another, and then another, went empty as vendors left the market for the winter, he grabbed those, too. And his business continued to grow. A few years later, Ruibal saw an opportunity in an available building across the street. He took it, and launched his business.

But that's not where the story ends... Over three decades later, Mark and Matt Ruibal's Dad’s small daily space has grown into an entire city block where multiple trucks unload daily. Their plant farm now consists of nearly 130 greenhouses and covers nearly thirty acres, growing the highest quality bedding plants… inside the Dallas city limit! In 2006 they opened a second plant shop near White Rock Lake. Store number three on Lemmon Avenue opened in October of 2011 as their first greenhouse built from the ground up.

In the spring of 2013, they introduced the new garden market concept to Far North Dallas with the addition of Ruibal’s Rosemeade Market, which incorporates a full-service nursery and fresh produce market.

From locally grown bedding plants and perennials to pottery, statuary, planting services, deliveries and now even produce, Ruibal's is where Dallas goes for plants – and produce!

Garden Center Magazine, Capitalizing on Opportunities, Sep 2016

More details and photos coming soon!




Dallas Farmers Market
920 S Harwood St
Dallas, TX 75201





After our visit to Ruibal's, we will visit the Dallas Farmers Market next door. This unique market is nestled among the skyscrapers in the middle of everything but away from it all. Since 1941, the Dallas Farmers Market has been filled with wholesome produce and the collective fruits of our labor. Once a humble horse-and-wagon wholesale business, the market has grown with the city and become a hub for farm-fresh vegetables, dairy and more. The Shed is an open-air pavilion (open on weekends) where you can shop from regional vendors who grow, raise, make and produce food. The Market Building is a 26,000-square-foot food hall and artisanal vendor market containing four anchor restaurants, a mixture of local specialty foods, artisanal food vendors, and seating areas both inside and out where you can grab a bite to eat or enjoy a cup of coffee while taking in a view of the Dallas skyline or observing market-goers.

Breaking out from our normal reception at a garden center or botanical garden, after a long day of touring we will grab a drink and have dinner as a Group before calling it a day and heading back to the hotel. You can pick from Mexican cuisine at Taqueria La Ventana, have a taste of Trinidad at the Caribbean Cabana, dive into some seafood at Rex's Seafood, and more. (Dinner is included with the cost of registration.)




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