Posted 5/10/16 (Tue)
By Kevin Killough
There are many spring traditions. In the Tioga area, the opening of the Weisz Country Greenhouse is a big one.
It’s a “mom and pop” store in the truest sense. Owners Lorin and Debbie Weisz keep it going year after year.
Debbie does a lot of the work, but she said her husband mixes dirt and does some mechanical work around the greenhouse.
The business has been operating now for 28 years.
The Weiszes sell bedding plants for outdoors. This includes flowers, herbs, vegetables, trees and shrubs, and bulk seed.
They also have hanging baskets and do custom container pots.
Debbie said they started the business during the lean years of the 1980s.
“It was during the drought years we first opened, and it was a way to add to the farm income,” she said.
She had friends who ran a greenhouse, and they provided her with the information she needed to get started.
Her first greenhouse was 2,200 square feet, which she operated out of for two years.
Since opening, she’s expanded considerably, including adding a 3,000-square-foot greenhouse and another one she uses for “overflow.”
“We say we have two and a half greenhouses,” she said.
Weisz said the boom didn’t have a large impact on the business in terms of sales. Most of her customers are homeowners who are not just passing through.
“People living in trailers and apartments don’t have gardens,” she said.
However, she said the boom also wasn’t a problem.
“The people that came through were always very nice,” she said.
This year, she’s had a good amount of traffic. In previous years, people typically do some browsing at opening but it isn’t until after Mother’s Day that people start buying.
“With an easy winter this year, it was easier for people to get in the mood for spring,” she said.
The greenhouse is located off U.S. 2, just under three miles east of the junction of ND 4 and open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.