Spring 2014: “Greenhouse Gold” sneak peek!

Greenhouse Gold
Arnold’s Greenhouse flourishes in LeRoy for more than 35 years

Photo courtesy of Arnold’s Greenhouse

Know your grower, Rita Arnold likes to say.

At Arnold’s Greenhouse in LeRoy, that’s easy to do.

Despite its 70,000 square feet of greenhouses and retail space, all housing nearly 3,500 varieties of plants, Arnold’s isn’t your typical big-box operation. Rita and her husband, George, pride themselves on offering big-time quality and variety paired with small-town, independent values.

“We try to set ourselves apart as locally grown, so the consumer can have confidence,” Rita says. “And unlike other garden centers, we let the consumer go into each of our greenhouses. Because of that, we have the largest shopping area in the state.”

That scale, however, is just one element of what sets Arnold’s apart from the rest. Just ask George and Rita’s longtime customers.

“I love the selection of plants that they have. Every year they have something new to the industry that not everybody else has – and I always get something that I wasn’t even intending on buying,” says Brian Chadwick-Robinson, a customer from Parkville, Mo., who’s been shopping at Arnold’s for more than 15 years. “And they have far and above the best customer service that you’ll ever find in a nursery. They make everybody feel like family…”

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Spring 2014: “The FarmHouse” sneak peek!

The FarmHouse
Parsons woman transforms 100-year-old farmhouse into charming getaway

Last New Year’s Eve, Debbie Hoppes welcomed an out-of-town couple to The FarmHouse. As she closed the front door and headed to her car, she overheard: “Honey, you hit the ball out of the park choosing this place.”

Photo courtesy of Marshall Hill

Actually, Hoppes has been hearing that a lot lately.

“I put my heart and soul into this,” she says. “So when someone gets it, I love that. Why in the world would you stay in a hotel when you can have all of this – the whole house, the space, the privacy?”

It’s a question that led Hoppes to open The FarmHouse, a quaint, peaceful two-bedroom rental (dubbed a bed-and-cook-your-own-breakfast), on the outskirts of Parsons last summer. Since then, she’s welcomed honeymooners and wedding parties, family reunions, staycation-ers, businessmen, and everything in between…

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