It is finally March –a month associated with the beginning of spring, a month during which Daylight Savings Time returns, spring sports begin and many homeowners feel the itch to get out and work on the yard. The human spirit turns to new life, rebirth and the beauty of spring that is most often demonstrated by blooming trees, perennial flowers and bursts of green foliage.
When endeavoring to beautify your home or landscape, or care for what you have already planted, it is always good to seek out someone with knowledge and experience.
George Albright Sr. has been in the greenhouse and landscaping business since he started “Lawns by George” in Nanticoke in 1976, then moved his family to Mountaintop in 1979, taking over the greenhouses that were built in 1944 by Tom Bonita in Glenn Summit. Since then, the Albright family has been a staple of the Mountaintop community with Glen Summit Greenhouse and Landscaping, even after they decided to close the flower shop in 2006 in order to have more time for family and other things.
“It was time for us to not be stuck here all the time,” says George Sr. “We wanted to slow down a little.”
Two years later, Albright’s son, George Jr. joined the family business and the greenhouse was reopened and the Albrights began providing customers with flowers on Easter and Christmas, and the usual spring plants such as vegetables, hanging baskets, fruit trees and shrubbery.
Many of those spring and Easter plants have already been started, some as early as February, and many more are to be delivered up until April. They are then transplanted into larger pots and nursed to a size large enough to allow the plants to survive outside the protected greenhouse where temperatures are held between fifty-five and ninety degrees. This year, Easter comes late and coincides with much of the spring plant inventory, making this a hectic season for the family as the demand for Hyacinths, Lilies and Tulips increase at the same time as herbs, vegetables and hanging baskets of petunias, begonias and other colorful mixes.
“There is a lot of handwork involved,” says George Sr.
Handwork and a personal touch
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