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YS Botanicals partner Erin Currie showed off her blooming orchid cactus on a recent visit. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

YS Botanicals partner Erin Currier showed off her blooming orchid cactus on a recent visit. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

Yellow Springs Botanicals sprouts

A group of plant enthusiasts recently took over the Village property on U.S. 68 North that was formerly the home of Stutzman’s Nursery and plan to start an exotic and rare plants business. After four months of clearing eight acres of weeds and debris, repairing greenhouses and formulating a business plan, a new company — Yellow Springs Botanicals — has been born.

The green thumbs behind the vision are Mitch George, owner of Village Greenery, Kyle Lewis, an Antioch College landscaper, and Erin Currier, a social worker in Springfield, all Yellow Springs residents who want to share their love of plants.

 

Mitch George pointed out a flower on his key lime tree. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

Yellow Springs Botanicals will also create a botanical garden on-site to attract tourists, grow specialty vegetables, sell locally-produced garden art, offer organic plant care items, propagate rare native species, rent greenhouse space to contract growers and over-winter fragile house plants. Since it will focus on rare, tropical, heirloom and unusual plants, the company’s offering is unique, Lewis said.

Mitch George, Kyle Lewis and Erin Currier stand among their greenhouses. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

 

The new company is looking to raise $150,000 over the next few months in order to open in the spring. Interested investors can obtain a copy of the business plan by contacting George at bizplan {at} ysbotanicals(.)com or 937-767-7900.

See the July 14 issue of the YS News for the full story.

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