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Dillons has two new vendors for plant sales

WICHITA — Dillons is partnering with two new vendors for spring flower and plant sales at 16 area stores.

The Eagle last month reported that Manhattan's Kaw Valley Greenhouses ended a 42-year vendor relationship with Dillons to start its own “parking lot stores” locally around April 1.

Spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie says Dillons now has “a couple of companies that we're working with based on their areas of expertise."

Perennials will come from Oklahoma-based Berry Family of Nurseries.

Arkansas-based Pleasant Valley Farm will provide annuals, vegetables and small berries.

"Overall, the entire program that we're offering with our garden centers has changed," Lowrie says.

Dillons will sell trees, bushes and grapevines for the first time. There also will be an expanded vegetable selection that also offers recipes on the care cards.

Lowrie says its "the best program we've had ever."