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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 58

My Career in Horticulture

Richard H. Zimmerman

pp: 410

By mid-August, 1945, inspecting parts for bombsights had become a job no longer needed so my dad quit his position in a factory and started working at the Toledo, Ohio, sales yard of a Michigan nursery. He had been raised on a farm and he and my mother were serious gardeners, but he had never worked in a nursery. After several months, he and two colleagues from the same firm decided they could do better on their own and opened a landscape design and contracting business on the western edge of Toledo in early 1946. Thus at age 12 I had my first taste of the nursery business, helping care for plants in the sales yard, helping make wreaths and roping for the Christmas holidays, and other general chores. I may even have gotten paid, though I don’t remember. The business grew rapidly but was undercapitalized, so it was sold very profitably in 1948. My father then returned to his pre-war position with a furniture, carpet, and drapery retail firm.

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