From our Garden to Yours

March 18, 2010   

Kerby's turns 30 this weekend and you are invited to the celebration! It's a Birthday Bash on the Boardwalk all weekend long, complete with hot popcorn and fresh-spun cotton candy. Grab a treat and stroll the almost half mile of boardwalk bursting with color. These beautiful spring flowers are just waiting to bring your garden back to life. And starting this weekend, Kerby's will be staying open until 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays. So come on out and join the party.   


Happy Gardening,
Kim, Joey and Mark

In This Issue
Kerby's Turns 30  

Upcoming Events

 


Kerby's Turns 30

Grandpa and Grandma Kerby (pictured at right) used to love growing plants in their backyard. From roses to begonias, mexican petunias to unique cacti, anything that would root could be found growing in their garden. Their son Larry, always being somewhat entrepreneurial began toting plants around the neighborhood in a little red wagon and selling them to the neighbors. So I guess you could say that's where Kerby's Nursery began.

As time went on, Larry picked up the gardening bug and as a hobby also loved to grow whatever plants he could. His hobby started to fill his backyard up with plants, so rather than pulling a wagon around the neighborhood, he started running ads in the local Brandon paper advertising the plants he had for sale. People started coming to purchase the plants and as Larry continued growing more, the rows of pots really started to crowd the yard. Pretty soon, it was time to move the nursery to its own location, so in 1980, Larry and Vicki Kerby officially moved the nursery to its current location at Parsons and Wheeler. In 1980, Parsons was just a two-lane road with a stop sign and the nursery only occupied one acre, but over time the area has grown and the nursery has grown too.

The family tradition continues today with the nursery being run by Larry and Vicki's children, Kim and Mark, along with Kim's husband Joey. The nursery has come a long way from its beginnings, but the Kerby family's passion for gardening continues to grow.  You will still find lots of azaleas and roses like you did back in 1980, and you just might find a few of Grandma Kerby's plants too (she's still growing away at 94!), but today you'll also find pottery and fruit trees, and flowers in all shapes, colors and sizes. Come out and celebrate Kerby's birthday this weekend and see how much the nursery has grown in 30 years.  

 

Upcoming Events
 

Birthday Bash on the Boardwalk Kerby's Turns 30
Friday - Sunday, March 19 - 21

It's hard to believe that this year will be Kerby's 30th birthday. We're celebrating with a weekend-long birthday bash on the boardwalk, complete with fresh-spun cotton candy and hot popcorn. And of course the boardwalk will be bursting with color, so come out and celebrate with us.


 

Workshop: Tropical Fruit Trees
Saturday, March 27th at 10:00 am

Juicy and delicious, there is nothing like picking fruit from a tree you've grown and eating it on the spot. Whether you like mangos or jakfruit, kiwi or papaya, or nance and custard apple, there is a fruit to fit every taste. After the workshop, you'll be able to sample some of the delicious fruits that can be grown in our area.

Easter Egg Hunt  
Saturday, April 3rd at 10:00 am

Spring is in the air, and nothing says spring like the beautiful flowers of Easter. This weekend, come out and enjoy all that the season has to offer. And if you have young gardeners, bring their Easter baskets and join us for an Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday morning at 10am. There will be fun prizes and treats!

 

 

Butterfly Weekend
Sat & Sun, April 10 - 11th

Make your garden the place for butterflies to be this season. Come out for a fun weekend with activities for the kids and all the information you need to create a beautiful butterfly garden.

 


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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265
www.kerbysnursery.com


Hours
Open Seven Days a Week
Monday - Saturday,  9:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday,  9:00am - 4:00pm