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Business lets couple mix work, pleasure

POSTED: July 12, 2007 5:02 a.m.
“I love flowers and enjoy helping people get their yards in shape,” Linda Hall said.
Hall and her husband, George, operate the Coastal Georgia Garden Center in Midway. They also keep and sell fishing gear and bait to match another of George Hall’s hobbies.
“My husband helped his grandmother tend flowers when he was a child. When he was in the military at Hunter Army Airfield, he would work with a landscaping company on his days off,” she said.
“We started the nursery on 100 percent faith. I quit a full-time job to open the nursery. God has really blessed us.”
The business has been open for about five years.
In assisting people with their landscaping needs, she takes the time to educate them on the right type of flowers, and how to maintain and care for their yard.
“I normally tell them to bring a picture of the yard so I can get a good idea as to what they actually need,” she said.
Hall advises those who desire to landscape their yards to start simple.
“Do small projects. Take one area at a time until you finish. You don’t need to buy a lot of plants right away,” she said. “Most people start too big and become overwhelmed.”
She also said, “Water, water, water.”
With the dry weather, flowers need plenty of water.
“You can take a barrel and catch the rain water. After the rain, the plants seem so vibrant. It is because of God’s water,” she said, noting the best time to water plants is in the morning.
“Plants are like children. You have to take care of them. Children need water. They need to be fed and have their hair trimmed. Likewise, plants need water. They need to be fed and trimmed,” she said. “The most important thing is to water your plants.”
Pruning is also important.
“As soon as trees finish blooming, you need to trim them. Trimming releases hormones into the plants. If you have not trimmed before August, wait until spring,” she said.
Mulch is fine to protect plants during the winter, she said, noting it is also a good idea to talk to plants.
“We have a couple of female employees who talk to the flowers,” Hall said.
“We look for unusual varieties of plants. Sometimes, my husband goes to Florida to pick up plants, while some are delivered to the nursery,” she said.
“The popular plants are the bedding plants, hibiscus, lantana and salvia. The most popular trees are the crape myrtle, red maple and flowering pear trees.”
The nursery donates fishing bait to the Marshview Bible Camp at Seabrook Island, and flowers to various charitable events and churches, and gives discounts to different organizations.
“We are big on helping churches, especially with the kids,” Hall said.
The nursery has also donated to the Liberty County Beautification projects.
Hall said her customers come from Savannah, Richmond Hill, Brunswick and Statesboro.
“I give all glory and honor to God. We have grown every year,” she said.
The Halls are native Floridians. Linda hails from Marianna and George is from Bascom.
George Hall served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and is a military retiree. He is also a minister at Fleming Baptist Church in Fleming where Major Dykes is pastor.
Linda Hall assists in the youth department and teaches vacation Bible school. The couple has three daughters, Elizabeth, Michelle and Carmen.
The Coastal Georgia Garden Center is on Highway 84 in Midway.
 

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