Donna’s Greenery is turning over a new leaf

Paul Garrod -
	When Donna’s Greenery, Paw Paw, opens for the season on April 15, Donna Hanson, left, will hand over operation of the nursery to her grandson, Parker Hanson, right.  Donna opened the business in 1981, at 37668 W. Red Arrow Highway, and after 38 years there, has decided it’s time to stop and smell the roses instead of growing them.	 Courier-Leader photo/Paul Garrod

    PAW PAW - Following 38 years, a Paw Paw family business will see a  changing of the guard when  it re--opens this month.
    Donna’s Greenery, which opened in 1981 at 37668 West Red Arrow Highway, operated by Donna Hanson, will re-open April  15, with Hanson’s grandson, Parker Hanson, at the helm.
    In 1957, the same site was popular as The Big Barrel Drive-In, operated by Donna’s grandparents, Frank and Jennie Kobe. The business remained in operation for many years, according to Donna. Then, several years after it closed,    Donna decided to open a new business there.
    “I knew nothing about plants and business,” said Donna. However, she had some knowledgeable in-laws, Wes and Joyce Hanson, who had operated a greenhouse in Almena Township.
    “I learned by growing. I learned from my husband, Tim, my in-laws, and my customers,” said Donna, as she began to grow her own “green thumb” for the business.
    Donna's  Greenery, has been perennially  open sea from April to October, offering a variety of rose bushes, perennials, shrubs, herbs, succulents, vegetable plants, hanging baskets, annuals, geraniums and mosquito plants. It also offers gardening supplies, soil, mulch and garden accents.
    Parker is no stranger to the greenery, as he has previously worked for his grandmother.
    “I love being outside. It just clicked together to keep the greenhouse in the family,” said Parker.
    In addition, as owner and operator  of Donna’s Greenery  this year, Parker will still be involved with his own business, Parker’s Pro Cut Lawn Service, a lawncare and landscaping service that he offers for area residents and businesses. Parker’s brother, Ken, also helps  with  Pro Cut. During  the peak season, the lawncare service will add three to four needed employees.
    As for his first year involved with the greenery, Parker will be  developing a website  to create an online presence.
    And for Donna, who will continue to help out her grandson with the business, she said, “It’s time to stop growing the roses and start smelling them.”

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