John Hazelwood has been providing horticulture to St. Clair County since the early 70’s, since then he has grown to have a great deal of love for his passion which brings him out into the fresh air and sunshine. Throughout his time he has helped people learn how to care for plants and landscaping.
“A house is worth 10-15% more if you have a well-appointed property,” said the owner of Hazelwood’s Nursery-Greenhouses.
Hazelwood, who draws landscaping plans, knows how different plants can really impact someone’s property. To make things easier, he tries to work hard to match the right plants with the right people.
Many people want low maintenance, there’s no such thing as zero maintenance, but there are plants that could satisfy just about any lifestyle.
Hazelwood said many plants have now been bred to be more compact and less difficult to manage. He tries to give customers a good idea of the size of the plants and the amount or type of care they will need.
“A lot of people have gardeners tending their property, but we have a lot of people here who come in and do the work themselves because they like it or can’t afford one. gardener,” Hazelwood said.
He said the type of environment the plant is placed in is everything in the early stages of the decision-making process. For example, some plants may require direct sunlight, but people with many trees are not able to provide them with a suitable environment.
According to Hazelwood, crepe myrtles aren’t the best for this type of environment, but azaleas and camellias will grow well in shade. He said they might come out as he described “a little long and thin, but they’ll still flower”.
It is important to know which plants are doing well and where, which Hazelwood and its staff try to help customers.
“When they buy plants, we usually ask them where they plan to put them and what they are going to do with them. If it’s a good plan, we’ll say okay. If it doesn’t work, we try to substitute something that will work but similar to what they picked up,” Hazelwood said.
Another thing to consider is how often the gardener wants to worry about their plant.
Annuals only last one season, but perennials can last several seasons, even two or three years, maybe longer. He said shrubs and trees are the choice for long durability as most can last up to 20 years or more.
Perennials can last much longer, but the downside is that they only bloom for a short time, whereas annuals usually bloom all summer. For this reason, annuals should be replanted and grown fresh each year.
“Some people really like it, but a lot of people don’t want to start all over again. They like to plant it once and be able to forget about it.
Hazelwood was a horticulture teacher at the Ashville Vocational Center. He went to Auburn and became an agribusiness professor. He was raised on a farm where they had trees and cows
“I became a horticulture teacher because no one else wanted to, so I said I wanted to try. When I started, I had to take a crash course to find out what was going on. After a few years, I became quite proficient at all.
There were no nurseries in St. Clair County outside of Ashville Vocational School. After running business there and maintaining a clientele, he launched his own unique greenhouse. He quickly became overwhelmed with business and had to build more greenhouses afterwards.
He said a big part of his job is to take care of customers in the community and help keep plants healthy until someone is ready to buy them.
Hazelwood’s Nursery-Greenhouses is located at 925 23rd St N in Pell City.