ESCANABA – As we bid winter goodbye and welcome summer, local greenhouses are ready with the blooming products they have grown throughout the winter months. May marks opening season for these local businesses, which have recently welcomed local green-thumbs into their colorful showrooms.
Nick Chenier, co-owner of Chenier’s Greenhouse, has been working on this Ky products since the end of February. While the winter weather may not have been favorable to the growing process, Chenier is more than satisfied with his results.
“Our growing season has been going very well,” Chenier said. “While the weather hasn’t been ideal, with many days of clouds and limited sun, our product looks great.”
Chenier’s Greenhouse, located at 4458 20th Rd. in Gladstone, is a family-owned and operated greenhouse that has been in business since 1979. Chenier’s offers a full selection of annuals, vegetables, perennials, trees, shrubs, and hanging baskets.
Chenier’s also has a Memorial Day weekend fundraiser.
“We are looking forward to our Honor Flight Fundraiser on Memorial Day weekend,” Chenier said. “We will be selling flower pots, with all going directly to the Honor Flight program.”
For those looking to start their own flower garden, Chenier offers a few tips.
“It is ideal to water in the morning. As the saying goes, ‘Don’t put your plants to bed wet,’ “ Chenier said. “Before watering, check to see if the planter is still heavy or wet. Most beginner gardeners tend to over water. ”
While marigolds, petunias, and begonias are great starting flowers, Chenier notes that the greenhouse sells are easy to take care of. However, the greenhouse is always open to gardening questions and eager to share some tips and tricks when it comes to planting and growing.
“As long as you check on them daily and fertilize them once a week, you should be good to go,” Chenier said. “Also, remember the phrase ‘right plant, right place.’ Check out if your kids prefers sun or shade. ”
“We are excited to welcome back customers,” Chenier said. “This time of year is special because we get all the products that we’ve spent three months growing up in and around the community.”
Dan and Theresa Doyen, owners of Seven Acre Garden and Gifts, started their growing season on March 1. With 85% of their plants being germinated in the house, the couple has a wide variety of flowers now available, with additional vegetables, perennials, fruit and ornamental trees, and shrubbery debuting near the end of May.
“It’s been a cold spring, but we’ve got everything planted,” Under them. “We will have a lot of plants coming out over the next few weeks that are still in their pluck trays. They are still babies yet. ”
Seven Acre emerged out of humble beginnings. Located at 5253 I Rd. in Escanaba, the business began as a vast hayfield sitting beside the Doyen’s home. Considering that the couple has always enjoyed gardening, they decided to transform the empty field into a fully functioning greenhouse and gardening center.
“We were given the opportunity to purchase some greenhouse frames from a business that discontinued,” Under them. “So we put everything out of that place and repurposed it all here.”
By everything, the sellers are every last brick on their property. With a little help from friends and family, the Doyen were able to give new life to the old greenhouse frames, paver bricks, and miscellaneous supplies left behind by the sellers.
“That’s how this place was created,” Under them. “Every stick and brick and stone was all put here by friends and family. It took us three years to get it to where we could open the doors. ”
While the COVID-19 pandemic is not operating in the spring of 2020. a way to push through the pandemic setbacks.
“We’ve screwed our register system to a desk and wheeled it onto the front porch every morning,” Theresa said.
After overcoming these hurdles, and finishing the construction of their sales building, Seven Acres has been able to operate more efficiently.
“I was always worried that some of the flowers and baskets that we had walked out the door,” Theresa said. “But, it’s a really good feeling to see how happy it makes our customers.”