Friday, April 25, 2003
Maple Street business to close
Trade Secrets Gardens, at 318 Maple Street, will be closing this spring, announced owner Alison Saylor. "I've lost business since the road was closed," she explained, referring to the closure of a section of Maple Street last May, due to a collapsed culvert which carries run-off from Pages Brook. She said the time she spent maintaining the numerous perennials and shrubs that cover her land around her house was frustrating. "No one drives by; no one is shopping" at her garden, she said. The slowdown in the economy didn't help either. "Many nurseries are down 25% or 30%," said Leo Blanchette, of Blanchette Gardens on Rutland Street. His nursery, however, did very well last year, but "Our business was good because we have rare and unusual plants," he explained. "I know some nurseries that are worried about the effect of the economy this year."
Love Seawright, of R. Seawright Gardens on Bedford Road, said they did feel some effect of the economy last year, but they expect this season to be reasonably good. "People are not traveling, so when they stay home, they do more gardening." She may be right: travel agents are reporting that vacation cottage and house rentals in New England are up. In speaking about last year's season, Seawright noted that their daylilies sell well during droughts. "Our daylilies are drought-tolerant," she said, "but you never know how the season will go."
Saylor has offered to donate her plants to thirty area garden clubs. "I told them they can pick up their plants between April 28 and May 4," she said, explaining she wanted to be sure the plants go to good homes. "Wow, that's very generous," commented Blanchette, when he heard of Saylor's plans for her plants. Saylor will continue her garden design consulting business that she shares with her sister.
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