Mindset of Improvement

Flashback to 2010, Chad Everett Harris from The Garden Gates( I am that guy- writing in the third person) was writing articles, speaking at events across the country, and pushing the pedal to the floor building The Garden Gates retail business. Fast forward to 2019, things are a lot different. I, spend most of my […]

Garden Tour | Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park is a must see when visiting New Orleans. The garden is filled with mature plant material and Oaks trees that will leave you speechless. Dynamite Garden in New Orleans + A Quick Lesson on Flower Planting New Orleans is such […]

Time. Value. Money

TVM-itʼs really that simple How much Time do you have- What Value do you delivery-How much Money does it return. Discovering what products or service you sell the most is not really the question, the true question is what product or service do I sell that requires the least about of time- creates the most value for the […]

Experimental – Change Everything

Today is a great day for change. Changing the way you work. Changing the way think about your profession. Changing the way the green industry is perceived. The days of thinking or running your business like your predecessor is exactly that- a thing of the past and its about time to Change. Today get out […]

Jackson Square Tour

Jackson Square in New Orleans in located along the Mississippi river banks in the French Quarter. It was the birthplace of Louisiana in 1803, a National Historic Park, and the American Planning Association designated Jackson Square as one of America’s Great Public Spaces. Jackson Square is surrounded by history dating back to early 1700 when […]

I Can See The Future

The article below as written in 2010 for a garden center magazine column that I had the pleasure of writing during a year long journey. I was inspired to search and challenge my ideas and my beliefs in the green industry. In 2015, I closed The Garden Gates retail store after not being able to […]

Chad Harris Metairie

Chad Harris has been part of the Metairie community since 1986 when he and his mother Judy Harris moved from Birmingham, Michigan to the old Metairie neighborhood of De Limon Place. Shortly after living in Old Metairie for a few months, they moved to the quiet neighborhood of Lakeview in New Orleans. Today, Chad Harris […]

Christmas Trees in New Orleans: The Back Story

How did Christmas Trees in New Orleans get started? What started out as a solution for Chad Harris, co-founder of TheGardenGates.com, to never touch a Christmas Tree again, turned into a holiday tradition for many in New Orleans.   Chad was working late, one holiday season, and Beth Harris, his wife, called and told him it […]