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The Story of Pete's Greenhouse

            Pete's Greenhouse, the premiere garden and home center in the tri-state area, had humble beginnings 34 years ago in White Deer, TX, as a wholesale grower selling to as many as 26 area grocery stores.  Since then, Darren Ruthardt and his mother, Glenda, have been actively growing not only the best plants in the area, but their business as well.

            With their first foray into the retail end of the greenhouse business in a storefront in Pampa in 1985 and selling to the public out of their White Deer greenhouse, they have expanded their retail sales annually.  The Pampa retail outlet took a dive with oil bust and looking at their prospects elsewhere, they decided to open a storefront in the old Noel's Nursery location at 7300 Canyon Drive in Amarillo.  With generous financing from people who had faith in them, the Ruthardts took Pete's Greenhouse to a new level including an expanded gift section and even some shrubs, trees, and concrete items.

            Today, they have become the area's largest independent nursery and Glenda still grows her famous geraniums in a much expanded facility, as well as many other plants.  Pete's features a unique gift area that includes some of the country's best-known retail products from Thymes, Vietri, and one-of-a-kind creations from providers such as Jan Barboglio, and some of the most artistic furniture selections for the home.

            Pete's Greenhouse has a full selection of lawn and garden items including mulches, soils, chemical products, fertilizers, etc.  You will also find the largest selection of growing containers in the tri-state area - everything from traditional terra-cotta, ceramic, rustic, cast iron and concrete pots are available in a wide variety of sizes, colors and styles.

            Pete's Greenhouse has a huge selection of shrubs that are perfect for our area as well as knowledgeable staff to help guide your selection process.  And the greenhouse has now become the largest, best stocked, in the area with selections including tropicals, annuals, and perennials, from our own greenhouses as well as from our many nationally recognized growers.

            One of Pete's Greenhouse's most recent additions is Summer Classics outdoor furniture.  Beginning four years ago, the selection has increased dramatically and people are still just beginning to find out that Pete's is the place to go for the best quality outdoor furniture in the area.

            Come in today and find out what's surprises are waiting for you at Pete's Greenhouse.

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