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Home Improvement: Thomsens makes other nurseries green with envy


Gardeners have a sense of pride when plants grow the way they are supposed to grow. But they can be frustrated when things aren’t growing the way they should. Fortunately, Thomsens Greenhouse & Garden Center is open all year long, so you can soak up gardening knowledge from trained professionals even before the spring thaw. Arno Shermock, president of Thomsens, shared with the Times his thoughts on why his garden center was named 2017 Best Nursery.

Why is it important to you to work for Thomsens Greenhouse & Garden Center

Because of our mission: Thomsens is dedicated to a continued tradition of being a “community” destination for those seeking to enhance their quality of life through gardening and outdoor living.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Working with customers who are diligently trying to do all of the right things for their garden/plants, yet for some reason it just isn’t working for them. They want to understand why, and we cannot always give them an exact answer.

What would your dream garden look like/include?

Regardless of what type of garden it may be, perennial bed, annuals display or vegetable garden, my dream garden would be one free of weeds, deer and bunny rabbits.

What do you want Times readers to know about your business that they might not already know?

Thomsens Greenhouse and Garden Center is a 12-month-of-the-year operation. People often ask, ‘What do you do in the winter?’ The answer is: Prepare for next spring! There is a team of four people working year-round to ensure that when spring does arrive, we are able to deliver an exceptional customer experience at the garden center.

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