As the Corn Crib Nursery of Coal Valley prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary, Todd Owens is thankful for the support the Orion area gives to the business.
Owens is an Orion who resident who serves as the landscaping services manager but also pitches in wherever needed.
“We really appreciate the support of Orion and the rural area have always given us,” Owens said. “It’s been fantastic. Anything south of the Quad Cities has been very, very good.”
Homeowners, the Orion school district and the Village of Orion have been good customers, he said.
If the Corn Crib were a plant, it would be a perennial. Every spring, and all year round, area residents come to the business for the flowers, plants, bushes, trees and landscaping materials they need to beautify their property.
On Saturday, April 28, the public is invited to the Corn Crib’s 40th anniversary Garden Party.
The free events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will highlight the locally-grown selection in the green houses, the Corn Crib’s knowledgeable staff, the full line of landscape design services, and new products for the home.
At 10 a.m., the nursery will begin offering samples cooked on the Primo grills and smokers added to its lineup this year.
Also at 10 a.m., the Corn Crib’s Joe Sobaski will present information on a recent trend, vertical gardening, including tips on how to build a succulent fence.
Corn Crib Nursery is also a certified Best Proven Winner consultant.
At 11 a.m., Susie Fesler-Vaughn will teach visitors how to build Best Proven Winner containers. She will give one away as a door prize.
At 2 p.m., Bob Towler of the Rock Island Horticulture Club will have a question and answer session.
Throughout the day, Corn Crib will give away door prizes, anniversary cake and samples of its new in-house line of jams and preserves.
To operate successfully for 40 years, the business focused on personal attention and premier products. The Corn Crib became not just another place to stop while running errands, but a destination.
“Our business has certainly evolved during the last forty years,” said Duane White, owner and partner of Corn Crib Nursery. “The Garden Party will be a chance to celebrate working with the three things I love most, people, plants and family.”
The Corn Crib Nursery began in 1972 as a seasonal open-air market and sod farm.
In 1980, the business constructed its first permanent buildings and became a year-round, full-service garden center with design services.
Locally owned during its 40-year history, the White family now has a member of the third generation on its staff.
The nursery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
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