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By Annette Langenstein, Staff
I spoke with Sandy Ambrosini, the owner of Anthony's
Garden, which is a greenhouse products and supply store located at
93779 Troy Lane in Coos Bay. They're in the industrial complex over in
Millington, where they're open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm,
and Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm.
Sandy and her husband John moved here from California
about 12 years ago, and it was his dream to open a hydroponics store on
the Oregon coast. Anthony is their 11 year old grandson, after whom the
store is named. "We've been in our location ten years next month," said
Sandy. "We have one employee, Waylon, who is an expert in the ways of
growing plants. Our whole space is like a giant showroom, with
all of our products in a retail display."
Sandy Ambrosini, owner of Anthony's Garden, wants her customers to enjoy growing what they want all year long.
"We live in an area where it's difficult to grow plants
because of our very short growing season," Sandy explained. "My
customer base is aged 60 and older. A lot of them have medical
problems, or they're veterans, etc. They've reached that point in
their lives where they have the time and resources to be able to grow
their own vegetables. For instance, I have someone who grows
coffee in Bandon and sells it. Another customer grows pineapples
(yes, like from Hawaii) in his garage and brings them to me. We
have a board in the store that's covered with photos from proud growers
of what they've produced in their gardens."
"In the right conditions in your house or greenhouse,
you can re-create sun and other favorable growing conditions and can
grow just about anything that your heart desires. Once you recreate the
ideal growing conditions, you don't have to put up with the elements
that are outside. My customers turn into gardening connoisseurs,
doing what they love for a hobby, and doing it perfectly. You'd be
surprised at what these people, who have lived their lives being smart
and learning different things, can grow!"
"One of the most
interesting and wonderful things about my profession is that I get to
learn about what my customers produce with the soils, lights and
nutrients that I sell them. I get to actually see the 'fruits' of
The biggest thing that
Anthony's Garden sells is soil, and it's all stored inside. "You
should never buy soil that's kept outside, because it gets wet and
spores grow in it. Anything that you buy that hasn't been kept inside
at a constant temperature is a waste of your time and money. I'm not
saying to come buy it from me; I'm saying go buy it from someplace that
doesn't have any rain hitting it. Waylon, who is so good he could grow
a popsicle stick, will actually come out to customer's places and
advise them on how to grow what they want," said Sandy.
Sandy says there's no
single item that people are into growing. "There are so many
people with different growing hobbies that it spans a vast spectrum.
Each one of my customers has their personal hobby that makes them get
into this. The Master Gardeners are wonderful customers of mine and
each one has a specific project that they do for Oregon State
University's Cooperative Extension Program."
When I asked Sandy what she
would like South Coast Shopper readers to know about Anthony's
Garden she replied, "We've made a history out of donating items
to schools. Waylon has a daughter that's still in school and we've
donated hydroponic equipment to them and to Southwestern Oregon
Community College; we buy ads in high school yearbooks; we respond to
all sorts of requests from local schools."
If you're having trouble getting the results you want
from your garden, give Anthony's Garden a call at 541-266-8822.
Sandy finished with, "I am always very hopeful for Anthony's to do
better and better. Customer service is our number one priority.
We try to help our customers grow all year round and enjoy what they do
every single day."
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