It took longer than expected, but Jenny Gunderson soon will have My Garden Nursery open in Bellingham.
The nursery is going into the former Bakerview Nursery buildings at 945 E. Bakerview Road. Gunderson and her fiance, Bill Raynolds, currently are remodeling the buildings and plan to open the business Wednesday, April 1. Store hours are tentatively scheduled for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Gunderson said the company is also in hiring mode, looking to add about 10 more employees.
The popular Mill Creek nursery announced in the fall of 2013 that it was moving to Meridian Street in Bellingham. The company went through an extensive permit process because of wetlands in the area, but then Gunderson discovered she would need to spend $500,000 in road improvements, something they couldn’t afford. Gunderson then heard from the Clark family, who closed Bakerview Nursery in the fall of 2013. She was able to reach an agreement with the Clarks earlier this month and quickly began work remodeling the place.
“We’re so excited to be moving in,” Gunderson said, adding that she was impressed at the construction work put into the buildings.
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While the products like plants, environmentally friendly fertilizers and gardening equipment will have some similarities to Bakerview Nursery, Gunderson plans to make a few changes. She’s planning to have the upper office area removed to create a better flow to the retail area. The Mill Creek nursery was known for its bright colors, so expect more of the same in Bellingham, including purple paint on the exterior of the main building. In the future, Gunderson hopes to add a café.
In terms of plants, Gunderson cautioned that her supply might be a little low at first; the quick turnaround at Bakerview comes after plant ordering was completed for most nurseries. Also, the warm winter has meant that other nurseries and gardeners are already busy, so wholesale supplies may be limited.
Known for its variety of plants and gnomes, the nursery in Mill Creek was voted the best home and garden store in Western Washington in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by viewers of the TV show “Evening Magazine.”
The company also is known for its fundraising work for Alzheimer’s research. The nursery raised more than $70,000 in a seven-year period through fundraisers and auctions. The Bellingham nursery will have a memory garden dedicated to those who have suffered from Alzheimer’s.