Emery’s Garden Is Closing

Emery's Garden Is Closing

After 15 years in business, Emery’s Garden in the Seattle area will be shutting its doors later this year, the Snohomish County Business Journal reports.

Amy Tullis, Emery’s garden center director, blames the economy, poor 2011 weather and changing consumer gardening habits for the store’s demise. Tullis tells the paper that the economy led customers to buy plants from big boxes, although those same customes would come into the garden center for advice on caring for the plants.

The nursery and retail store will close by mid-December and perhaps earlier if a clearance sell empties the store more quickly, the paper says.

Emery’s Garden opened in 1996 when Emery Rhodes bought the nursery the Uyeda family who began operating the store in 1963, the garden center’s website says. Emery’s was visited by garden retailers on two ANLA Roadshow tours, one in 1999 and again in 2007.

Tullis tells the Business Journal that the site is unlikely to host another garden center. Sited on a busy intersection with a popular grocery store across the street, the land will likely be developed.

About 12 full-time employees will lose their jobs, along with 12 to 15 seasonal workers, the paper reports.  

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3 comments on “Emery’s Garden Is Closing

  1. Anonymous

    Although I did not live in Emery’s area, I enjoyed visiting another independent garden center done right whenever in the Seattle area. Best wishes for all involved.

  2. Anonymous

    This is a shame, another hard working small business goes under because of banks that do not want to work with small businesses. But the Washington D.C. crew loans or should I say gives millions of hard working American taxpayers money to thieves and crooks (Evergreen Solar and Conergy Solar and Stirling Energy Systems and dozens of other frauds set-up for kickbacks to the DEM campaign donors. The whole “solar industry” is a SCAM, a LIE and a FRAUD. This is another sad day for Small Business in America.

  3. Anonymous

    Thanks Emery for giving us a place to educate ourselves in garden design and plant care. You raised the bar in nursery quality and sophistication.
    Now we can plant incredible gardens and create our own oasis! Love plants and they will love you back!
    To all employees I hope your talents are employed soon. Chip join PlantAmnesty