Girl - to Cynthia and Justin Fabela of Worland, Sept. 13
Worland temperatures: High 82, Low 54 precipitation: T
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 77. Light west northwest wind.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 47. North wind 6 to 8 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 80. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.
Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. East southeast wind 6 to 9 mph.
Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning.
Monday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. North northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Sunset tonight: 7:10 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 6:53 a.m.
DAILY NEWS photo by Jeanette Johnson
Enchanted Gardens owner Janene Dorr stands outside the gate of her newly remodeled garden center on Grace Ave.
Garden center ‘spreads out’ with facelift
By Jeanette Johnson
WORLAND – It’s a blazing white facelift at 414 Grace Avenue that’s
visible from Railway Avenue. The white picket fence invites visitors to
enter the gates at Enchanted Gardens where a new façade draws the
attention of gardeners and those who want to get into the world of
The gardening center now boasts a long building parallel to the street, white and red, nearing completion for next year’s yard planting season.
“Mostly I am just kind of spreading out,” owner Janene Dorr said of the physical changes to her business. “It will be less cramped.”
It’s not about increasing inventory. Aisles will be widened to make entrance and exit more convenient and there will be more space for Dorr to work her magic in the occupation that’s become her passion.
The changes aren’t only for the customers. Dorr needs more elbow room for planting, creating pots of flowers and having a space to store them.
“I’ve wanted to do it for many years and finally I just said, ‘We’re doing it.’”
Dorr starts all the vegetables and herbs from seeds, along with lots of flowers. She does get some plugs to start plants, but everything is transplanted and grown on site. She also makes her own unique baskets and planters to sell.
“It’s kind of what I like to do,” she said.
Dorr found her niche by accident. She began working for former owners Bev and Larry Moody for three years. The business included a pet store, greenhouse and cut flower shop. Dorr started in the pet store, cleaning cages during the day. Soon she was into the cut flowers side of the business. Before long, she was out of the doghouse and in the greenhouse.
Dorr had the opportunity to buy the business 18 years ago, determined to see what she could do with the on-site lessons she learned.
“When I started, I didn’t even know what a petunia was,” she said with a laugh.
She learned by doing, failing and trying again – a philosophy she recommends for others, calling it ‘her school.’
“That’s how I learn everything,” she said.
Over the years, she’s built a following. Once the doors open, it’s a sign of life after winter and an invitation to get out, get busy and get rejuvenated.
“A lot of places sell flowers,” she said. “People recognize quality and experience and that’s what I have.”
The business has evolved to the point where she sees customers come in and immediately knows what they are looking for – from tomatoes to flowers.
Obviously the business is seasonal, open from April through June. But the planting starts in January and February.
“I’m there a lot longer than people know,” she said. “I have been there months growing things.”
Formerly from Arizona, she admits she’s not a winter person. She gains solace inside the building during the dead of winter when the sun comes in and provides warmth.
“We’re at the mercy of the weather,” she said.
She hopes to add organically-grown vegetables with no fertilizers or pesticides added.
“A lot of people appreciate that and would like to have that choice to do that,” she said.
Dorr tries to have only plants that will grow in this area. She knows what people like. She puts a lot of thought and time into that side of the business.
“That’s probably my biggest niche,” she said. “People just want pretty, healthy, happy flowers.”
She enjoys helping first-time gardeners of all ages, starting them out with simple projects and having them think about where they are going to put the items they select. Over the years, she’s seen their horticulture knowledge increase.
“They learn then they don’t need help. They come in, get their stuff because they have learned,” she said.
May is the busiest and craziest month, she said. Flowers, plants and Mother’s Day go hand-in-hand.
The key, she said, is to get in early, look for what they want and make the decision right away. Otherwise it may be gone by the time they come back. Once the items are gone, they’re no longer available until next season.
When she’s not putting her green thumb to work, she works at her other business on Big Horn Avenue – Bee Healthy.
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