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Beneath the snow in Hyde Park, spring comes to Tony’s Grove

February 24th, 2011 Posted in Business

Story and photos by Jamee Dyches

HYDE PARK — March is a big month at Tony’s Grove Nursery and Garden. It’s when Tony Selley and his employees start filling up their greenhouses with trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials and vegetables for the busy spring planting season.

For the past five years, Selley has employed a design team to go to customers’ homes and spend hours with them doing landscape design, from projects as small as a flower bed to ones as large as an entire yard. He currently employs four full-time designers, all current or former Utah State University students. He frequently hires students or graduates from the horticulture, maintenance and landscape design programs. “Sixty percent or more of my staff are USU students,” Selley said.

The garden center and its design team are only one half of the goods and services that Tony’s Grove provides. They also run TG Floral, a full, in-house floral shop that makes arrangements for weddings, funerals and other events. They also make boutonnieres and corsages for formal dances at local high schools.

Selley opened Tony’s Grove in 1999 after White Pine, the largest garden center in Cache Valley, shut down. He already owned the land in Hyde Park that his first location is built on. He also opened a second location in Providence on Highway 165, which is seasonal and much smaller. It is open from April until August, while the Hyde Park location is open year-round.

Flowers from TG Floral. Photo by Jamee Dyches.

Selley credits his loyal customers as the reason Tony’s Grove has continued to be successful throughout the current economic recession. “About 80 percent of my volume is retail, only 20 percent is wholesale orders from contractors and developers,” Selley said.

Tony’s Grove is located at 3915 N. Highway 91 in Hyde Park. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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