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Richmond, VA

Richmond Retail Store

Store Hours:

Mon. - Sat. 10am - 8pm
Sun. 11:30am - 6pm

Phone:

(804) 360-7722

Address:

Promenade Shops
11639 West Broad St
Richmond, VA 23233
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Short Pump is home to our retail store in the Promenade Shops on West Broad Street. The 7,700 sf store has an ambiance that is warm, welcoming and magnificent, stone fireplace, cedar wall siding and slate and wood flooring. As in all of our stores, you'll find a great selection of high-quality products for country living.

Shop the complete line of Plow & Hearth® and Problem Solvers℠ items, including tools for gardening, fireplace screens and hearth tools, indoor and outdoor furniture, gourmet foods, unique garden and home accents, and functional footwear.

See what's new in store

Colorful Wicker Stacking Chair

Colorful Wicker Stacking Chair

$99.95

USA-Made Cedar Garden Kneeler Seat

USA-Made Cedar Garden Kneeler Seat

$59.95

Olla Ceramic Irrigation Container

Olla Ceramic Irrigation Container

$24.95 - $29.95

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The Olla: A Brief History

Olla (Spanish, pronounced “oh-ya”) jars have been around since ancient times. Made of unglazed ceramic, ollas traditionally have short, narrow necks with wider bodies, and are made in a variety of shapes. They have been used for thousands of years for cooking, storage, and plant irrigation.


When used to irrigate plants, an olla is buried neck-deep in the ground near a plant’s roots, with the opening of the olla extended above the soil so that it can be filled with water periodically. The porous walls of the unglazed pottery allow the water to seep through gradually, constantly and consistently hydrating the plants without overwatering them – and without wasting precious water to evaporation or runoff.


The use of ollas for irrigation was introduced to the American Southwest by Spanish conquistadors during Colonial times, becoming very common among Native American tribes and Hispanic settlers. Though the technique gave way to more modern methods of irrigation some time ago, its superior efficiency, coupled with its simplicity, has caused it to make a comeback. Though the technique has changed little since its introduction, today’s ollas are usually capped off, making them even more water-efficient.


Perfect for home gardens, Ollas are a super-easy, eco-friendly, less time-consuming way to water annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and plants of all kinds in dry, sandy soil, very hot or drought-prone areas, raised beds, and even pots, planters and hanging baskets. Fill the olla before you leave on a short vacation to enjoy worry-free watering – and a smaller water bill!

How it Works:


Water is pulled directly through the terra-cotta!


Read more about Ollas on our blog.

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