By Benjamin Cohn
Weaverville – Locals better put on their party hats this weekend to celebrate Reems Creek Nursery’s 40th anniversary. A party will be held on Saturday, June 22nd at their garden shop, located at 76 Monticello Road.
Owners Bill and Wilma Penland sat down with the Tribune to discuss a brief history of their horticultural enterprise, which they formed nearly four decades ago in 1979. According to the couple, “Bill left his secure job as an engineer at Square D Company and, with Wilma’s recently completed horticulture studies at Haywood Community College, began Reems Creek Nursery, Inc.”
The Penland children, now grown adults, helped out around the family business as well, as the business grew. According to the couple, their company grew enough in the first five years of business to allow them to move to their current location on Monticello Road.
“Susan and Dave [Penland children] both studied horticulture at NC State. Bill and Wilma are semi-retired and Susan is now president of Reems Creek Nursery, Inc,” according to a press release provided to the Tribune.
“Landscaping and grounds care were phased out [of the company’s services offered] and Dave now teaches horticulture at North Buncombe High School” in Weaverville.
According to the press release, “involvement in the community and trade associations is important to [the Penlands]. They support organizations like Future Farmers of America, Habitat for Humanity, Mt. State Fair, school groups, and other organizations.
“They are members of the Weaverville Business Association and Wilma was a longtime member of The Weaverville Tree Board. Currently they provide space for The Weaverville Tailgate Market. Talented staff members present programs and ‘hands-on’ seminars at the garden center and sometimes for garden clubs.”
The Penlands and all the staff at Reems Creek Nursery invite you to join them in celebrating their company’s 40th anniversary this Saturday from 1-3 pm. Ice cream from The Hop, along with cake, will be served.