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Area nursery keeps on growing even after 30 years in business

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Area nursery keeps on growing even after 30 years in business

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HARTINGTON — When it comes to planting flowers, some lessons take awhile to learn.

You can discover that an allday sun plant may prefer shade or that a low-maintenance annual requires more attention, and water, than you thought.

But when it comes to owning a flower business, sometimes it takes 29 years to learn the one thing that made it grow.

Last year, Sheila Schmidt’s husband Kenny shared his side of the story of Sheila’s Country Gardens. A story Sheila was only partly aware of.

“We didn’t have any money when we started, like none,” Schmidt said of their finances when they first began to explore opening the business four miles south of Hartington. “But I looked at him and he was confident. I was confident, too, because he was. Come to find out, he was more nervous than he ever let on.”

 

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