by Kelly Gates
Don and Sharon Patterson’s passion for plants was the commonality that connected the couple many years ago. The husband and wife first met in Washington where they both took jobs at a plant supply company.
After working there, falling in love and getting married, the Pattersons decided to open a growing operation of their own and in 1989, they established Patt’s Garden Center of Clarkston, WA.
According to their daughter Kate Patterson, Patt’s Garden Center currently serves customers throughout the Lewis Clark Valley and neighboring communities within a 70 to 100 mile radius.
“Originally, the garden center sold bedding plants, vegetables and nursery stock on a six acre property just down the road from here,” Kate told Country Folks Grower. “Eventually, the business was moved to the four-acre parcel where it is today and evolved to include a larger retail division and a wholesale operation too.”
As part of the relocation process, many of the greenhouses that the Pattersons erected at their original site were taken down and rebuilt. Several more structures were added as production houses, bringing their total number of growing greenhouses to nine.
According to Don Patterson, the company has both greenhouses and cold frames which are covered with double layer poly. Each of the cold frames has rollable sides that were specially designed by the Pattersons to allow for better cross-ventilation to help with disease control. [Read more…]
by Kelly Gates