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Shamrock Nursery and the Neligh Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of the new gardening location on Friday with an official ribbon cutting.
When asked why Neligh, owner Delray Kumm commented that it’s close to home and ties in well with the operations in O’Neill, Norfolk, and Verdigre. Another reason is that there was already a facility here. Kumm purchased the facility from Schindigs Land Care, which is located on Main Street near the city offices. The location will also be easy to keep well-stocked.
“We’re glad to be back in Neligh. We’re looking forward to being a part of the community,” Kumm commented about his location choice. “I like small communities, small towns. It’s just … better quality people.”
Hours for the Neligh location will vary throughout the season, but will mainly be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and extending throughout the peak season. The nursery will also be open some Sunday afternoons through the peak season.
Kumm commented, “One of the things we pride ourselves in … is our selection of plant material.”
The nursery grows over 600 different varieties of plants at its main location in O’Neill, anything from annuals and perennials to shrubs and herbs.
“One thing that … we try to work really hard on is to try to have the best of the new varieties and unique things, but we also try to have the good old standbys,” Kumm explained.
Along with plants, the store should be full of merchandise, Kumm said, “Anything that someone would need for lawn and garden care.” The store will also include a good selection of outdoor decor and furniture, as well as lawn care products such as fertilizers and grass seeds.
In addition to a store full of merchandise, Shamrock Nursery will also be employed with a very knowledgeable staff that is well-experienced in garden center sales and has excellent customer service.
“What sets us apart … is our selection, our quality, ... having good customer service, and knowledgeable sales people.” Kumm said.
After attending college in Curtis, for horticulture and working for different garden centers, Kumm founded Shamrock Nursery in 1982. Starting out very small and modest, the nursery will now have four satellite locations in Neligh, Norfolk, Verdigre and Valentine, along with the main nursery in O’Neill, which includes 55,000 square feet of production area.
“I guess that was just always kind of a goal that I wanted to see if I could do it on my own,” Kumm explained about starting his own nursery.
In order to keep on top of his education, Kumm is always doing a lot of reading, as well as going to various conferences and trade shows.
Future ideas for the Neligh location include having custom potting classes where people can bring in their own pots to be planted and having workshops like container or fairy gardening.