Well, I’m back. After 22
months away, I am back in my family’s nursery business. What seemed like the
right thing to do at the right time, did not work out. After working here for
43 years, I sold the business to another family. The economic times we are
currently in has certainly affected everyone. This arrangement was no
exception. While it didn’t work out the way I envisioned, I am happy to be
here. There is a lot of me tied up in this place; a lot of blood, sweat, and
tears. I have multitudes of vivid memories growing up working in the family
business. I have a renewed appreciation for the efforts of so many; to have the
opportunity to conduct business in our wonderful city, and to know that you
have honored us by choosing to buy your plants from us.
From my grandmother, to my father and mother, to my brothers and sister, to say a lot has transpired over the last 77 years would be quite the understatement. Looking back over these years, helps me to keep what has transpired over the last months, in perspective. Life presents difficulties for us all. It is simply a question of where and when. I am grateful to have the opportunity to move forward…we never know what surprises life has in store for us!
In the weeks ahead, I will be posting regular articles about where our focus is, here at Bates Nursery. Within the articles I hope to give you not only horticultural insight, but a look at what has made
Our new email address for the e-newsletters we will be sending out is:email@example.com . You might need to add this address to your address book so that your email application won’t see it as junk. Our firstname.lastname@example.org is still valid for any other contact you may wish to have with us.
Coming soon are updates to our website, giving it a new look and new features. After 10 years of online presence, it is time for a facelift (I could probably use one myself). In addition to what we already do at www.batesnursery.com, such as daily updates for near real-time accuracy on what we sell and how much we sell it for, we are adding some helpful shopping tools to make your experience at Bates Nursery & Garden Center the best possible.
By the way, we are now OPEN Sundays from 12 noon until 4 p.m. and beginning Monday, March 2nd, our early spring hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. We have already received an extensive selection of fruit trees and fruiting plants along with much, much more!
For the last eleven years, I have been doing a radio program on SuperTalk 99.7 WTN-FM. The program is called “The At Home Show” with Josh Cary and David Bates. It is loosely based on landscaping and home improvement and I use the term “loosely”, loosely. We try to give our callers good answers to their questions and have a bit of fun along the way. We can be reached at 615-737-9986. Josh and I would love to have you join us, we broadcast on Saturday mornings from 7-9am. You can also check out our website www.theathomeshow.com, where podcasts of recent shows are available for download. That whole 7-9am on Saturday thing scares some people.
We’re in full-out-get-ready-for-spring mode, we hope you are too!
p.s. I’ll close for now, but I look forward to seeing you soon. Spring is just a few weeks away and it will be here before you know it.