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The following article was posted on November 15th, 2012, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 13, Issue 36 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 13, Issue 36

Spotlight on: Old Town Garden Center

BY ALLEN ACHTERBERG

Tucked in the heart of Old Orcutt is Old Town Garden Center, a nursery owned by husband-and-wife team David and Veronica Curiel. The duo recently opened a second location in Nipomo. Armed with a strong background in landscaping as owners of Groundworks Landscape Co., the Curiels’ mission is to help homeowners who enjoy getting their hands dirty in the garden.


Family tree:
Old Town Garden Center owner Veronica Cureil and her son, Valen, showed off their nursery. Veronica and her husband David recently opened another location in Nipomo.
PHOTO BY ALLEN ACHTERBERG

It all started in 2007, when the Curiels found a location and realized they had a lot of work ahead of themselves.

“It was such a mess, but we had our eyes on this location for a while, and we knew what we wanted to do with it,” Veronica said.

Taking nearly a year to clean up, design, and construct the business layout, the Curiels finally opened the garden in 2008.

“We were clueless! We knew nothing of running a retail shop, but we know plants,” she continued.

The garden is laid out with pots arranged to show how they would look in someone’s yard—not just a clump of the same plants together.

Walking into the garden area, visitors can see the care and design skills in the displays along the paths and trails leading to different sections of plants. All of the employees are knowledgeable about growing greenery, and they enjoy helping enthusiasts design and make good decisions for their gardens.

Veronica said Eugene Sanchez, manager at the Old Town Garden Center, is often asked to make house calls to help customers get the most out of their gardens.

Popular plants during the fall and winter seasons are the “bare plants,” such as bare roots or roses. The garden is expecting a large order soon to meet the demand. Succulents, a growing trend, sell well all year long, evidenced by the large inventory in displays around the walkways and in between different sections. Old Town Garden Center also takes special orders for people who have something specific in mind.

Though the Orcutt center has only been open for five years, the Curiels have more than 20 years of experience in the nursery industry and continue to gain more knowledge as they operate their landscaping business alongside the two nursery locations.

“We love plants,” Veronica said while holding up a succulent display. “It’s what we really enjoy.”

Old Town Garden Center can be found across the street from Jack’s Restaurant in Old Town Orcutt at 125 S. Broadway St., or reached by phone at 937-0555.

Highlights

Women’s Economic Ventures was scheduled to have an orientation for its self-employment training and business plan intensive courses on Nov. 14, but if you missed that, it’s not to late to register your interest. There’s another orientation scheduled for Nov. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in Santa Barbara, and on Dec. 4 from 6 to 7 in Buellton. For more information about orientation dates, call 965-6073 or e-mail info@wevonline.org.

WEV aims to promote the economic empowerment of women with programs made from a mix of classes and support for entrepreneurs at various levels, from start-up to growth.

For more information, visit wevonline.org.

Biz Spotlight was written by Intern Allen Achterberg. Highlights were written and compiled by Executive Editor Ryan Miller. Information should be sent to the Sun via fax, e-mail, or mail.