A newly established minority-owned business, Four Seasonal Nursery, opened to the public on June 26 on South Church Street.
Owners Glover and Katonia Ford have more than 70 years of experience and expertise that will prove invaluable to their Rocky Mount customer base.
Katonia Ford, a graduate of N.C. Central University, brings experience in customer service and finance to the business.
Glover Ford is a graduate of N.C. A&T University, with a major in agricultural education and a minor in horticulture. After he obtained his degree, he began teaching at local high schools and community colleges.
“During my time as a teacher, I felt like the students learned a great deal about plants with my guidance because they could see the passion I had,” Glover Ford said. “While teaching high school, my students and I sold a variety of plants, including poinsettias and mums — just to name a few. The money we raised was for the Future Farmers of America.”
He said after retiring in January, he wanted to continue to grow and sell plants.
“We came up with Four Seasonal Nursery because I wanted to not only serve the community, but to also use my talents and educate people,” Glover Ford said. “As a matter of fact, I had a teacher come to see me a few weeks ago and wanted to know if I could just do a class on gardening. Of course I said I’d be glad to.”
Shanda Hill, a local science teacher, recently braved the heat and took a trip to the nursery. She told the Telegram that she saw a posting on Facebook about the nursery and learned the owners were from Enfield, her hometown.
“I’m trying to support local business ventures,” she said. “I’ve been to Lowe’s and had good experiences, but there’s nothing like supporting our local friends.”
Katonia Ford said the nursery’s commitment to its customers is to constantly improve all aspects of its daily operations to exceed their expectations.
“As a family-owned business, we are immensely proud of the strides we are making in the local area by expanding our business to the local community,” she said. “Our goals are to listen to our customers and to continuously expand products and services to meet their needs.”
With a laugh, she added, “I’m going to try my best to bother Glover enough to let me put up a pumpkin patch this year. What kind of nursery doesn’t have a pumpkin patch?”
The business at 4361 S. Church St. is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and can be reached at 252-316-8881.