Green Story : FiddleHeads Garden Center


Most gardeners are recyclers by nature and can be quite creative when it comes to their recycling ideas. Gardeners recycle grass clippings by using a mulching mower, use newspaper for weed barriers, and compost garden and food refuse.

Fiddleheads Garden Center was born through recycling efforts.  The interior of the store was created entirely out of recycled materials.  Most of it was done by saving materials from three 1890’s structures that would have been burned or sent to the local landfill.  Items such as windows, doors, wood, tin, Mason jars, a 1902 Sears & Roebuck catalog, corn cobs, and many other materials were incorporated into the design.  It has not been out of the question for us to pick up interesting stumps that are sitting curbside to incorporate into displays.  In October, we displayed a 5 foot spider hanging in the rafters of the barn made from unusable bicycle tires from our neighbors at Bear Creek Bicycle Company.  In December, we will display a 14 foot tall Christmas tree made entirely of broken pallets.  We have many upcoming projects that involve the reuse of coffee bean bags, packing materials, bamboo, and other items.

Generally, curbside recycling programs are unable to accept plastic plant containers, such as pots and hanging baskets.  However, year after year, countless plastic nursery pots are sent to the landfill by gardeners all over the country. That’s a shame since they take ages to decompose in our landfills. The average plastic container takes decades to start decomposing. It isn’t until then that the chemical bonds between the atoms of the plastic begin to break down.

Fiddleheads Garden Center’s recycling program gives consumers a responsible recycling option and makes it easy for all consumers. We allow customers to return FGC plastic plant trays, pots, and tags; these materials may be left on the front porch of the store.  Once the pots and trays are returned to Fiddleheads, they are sterilized and reintroduced to the production cycle. Serviceable trays are recovered and reused for cuttings, plugs (baby plants), and for plants needing a larger pot as they fill their existing container.  Most garden center recycling programs simply send their recyclable materials to be melted down and reused; however, FGC avoids this step which requires gas for transportation and energy for melting and remolding.

FGC accepts horticultural plastics such as cell packs, trays, pots of all sizes, and hanging baskets. Pots with other store branding will not be accepted.  Please shake soil and rocks out of containers and remove all foreign materials.  In the future, take time to bring your pots back to Fiddleheads Garden Center rather than tossing them in the trash.


Fiddleheads Garden Center

1237 W. Walnut Ave.

Dalton, GA  30720



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