June 4, 2014 Edition

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Taylor's to close after 40 years

Gretchen Hunt

Taylor's Greenhouse and Nursery in Hoxie will close its doors on Saturday after 40 years of business in Lawrence County.

Nancy Taylor Ervin and her parents, Bill and Betty Taylor, started out selling vegetables at the local farmers markets. One day, Nancy and her mother Betty set some plants out at the farmers market for sale and noticed that they sold quickly and for more money than they made off of the vegetables.

From this realization, Taylor's Greenhouse and Nursery was born. In the spring, the business offered vegetable plants, seeds, flowers and shrubs, and in the fall, trees, pumpkins, hay, mums and pansies.

During the past four years, Nancy and her family, including her daughter, Lori Simmons, have hosted Harvest Fest, which included a corn maze, old fashioned barn games, an outdoor theater and many other activities.

The business suffered a devastating loss during this past winter when six greenhouses collapsed under the weight of sleet, and at the age of 65 Nancy has decided she is ready to retire.

An auction, overseen by Tasabah and Assocaites, will be held on July 11 and 12 and will include the land and buildings where the nursery is located, the family home and an acre and a half of land, as well as the remaining inventory. More information can be found at www.soldasap.com.

Simmons said they will continue selling vegetable plants and annual bedding plants until they close on Saturday. All trees, shrubs, perennials and other inventory will be retained for the auction.

"Our hope is that someone else will want to continue the business," Simmons said.

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