WGC visits Brigiotta’s

Brigiotta’s Farmland Produce and Garden Center, Jamestown, N.Y., was the site of the June meeting of the Warren Garden Club. Brigiotta’s is family owned and has been in operation since 1924. The center is celebrating 90 years in the wholesale produce business.

Jim Galbato shared Brigiotta’s history. His great grandfather started the business growing lettuce and celery on Jones and Gifford Streets in 1924. Gradually, greenhouses were built on Fairmount and Hunt Roads. In 2000 the greenhouses on Livingston St. were opened to the public.

Planting of plugs begins the first of February every year. At that time 5,800 million bell baskets, 4,000 potted New Guinea impatiens, 52,000 four-inch pots, 2,500 12-inch pots, and 1,000 10-inch pots of geraniums and 6,000 eight-inch pots of assorted annuals are started. These plants are nurtured with the help of special commercial fertilizers and a complex drip line watering system.

Trees and bushes grown and sold at Brigiotta’s are suited for the climate in the local zone 4-5. Knowledgeable staff is available to aid customers in choosing plants suitable for their particular landscape features and design.

Brigiotta’s owners surprised each garden club member with a free million bell hanging basket to enjoy in their garden at home.

Warren Garden Club members recently helped children plant flowers and tomatoes around their playground sign at Beaty, Lacy and Crescent parks. Simple planting guidelines were shared and a watering schedule was set up at each playground.

The club is getting ready for their ninth biennial “Triple Bloom” seminar. This all-day educational event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 23, at Warren Holiday Inn. “Improving Brain Power,” “Dramatic Floral Arrangements” and “Art of Flowers” are the topics planned. The day’s $30 ticket includes a mini breakfast, lunch, favors, raffle items and many door prizes. Contact Connie Lucia 563-7112 or LouAnn Lauger 563-3566 for tickets.