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GREENFIELD, Tenn. (April 1, 2021) — Biggs’ Greenhouses, Inc. has served the people of West Tennessee for 41 years with healthy, locally-grown bedding plants for decor or vegetable …
GREENFIELD, Tenn. (April 1, 2021) — Biggs' Greenhouses, Inc. has served the people of West Tennessee for 41 years with healthy, locally-grown bedding plants for decor or vegetable gardens. Mike and Nancy Biggs, both retired educators at Greenfield School, love working with their customers, many of whom have returned year after year to shop, purchase and visit with the friendly couple.
Located on Highway 45, Greenfield, the Biggs — Mike, Nancy and their son, Jake, work tirelessly in the winter months preparing for the spring planting season. They grow their own plants from seeds providing constant care with properly conditioned soil and regiments of irrigation. Plants start from seeds in one or more of eight greenhouses during the growth cycle.
In the early years of the business, Nancy was an elementary teacher and Mike was a teacher of algebra and retired from his career in education as an assistant principal.
The business started in downtown Greenfield, where it stayed seven years before moving just outside the city limits. The move gave the couple room to expand their operations. Then, the Tennessee Department of Transportation expanded the two-lane highway to four lanes, causing the Biggs to again relocate, even if it was just several feet backward. They raised three boys, two of whom are stockbrokers with Raymond James. The family all worked in the nursery business and on their family farm. Today, besides the greenhouses, the Biggs have a cattle farm with approximately 65 head of Angus. Like many family-owned businesses, it takes everyone working at various tasks.
In December 2020, Mike contracted COVID-19 and was in Jackson-Madison County Hospital for nine days, five of which were in the ICU. Today, he is back working the greenhouses and eager to please his customers.
During the growing season, the family constantly monitors the greenhouse temperatures. During a cold snap last week, Mike was making checks of the greenhouses at night to assure all the plants were safe and warm.
The shopping experience at Biggs’ Greenhouse is one in which one can expect to enjoy.
Customers enter the business through the garden center, where they will find seeds, wind chimes, tools, and their granddaughter, Reese’s handmade dog scarves. Customers are certain to be greeted with smiling faces and courteous service as the Biggs family is eager to please. Customers can walk the many aisles of plants to make their choice.
The inventory includes many plants — too many for the Biggs to speculate the number. One can find geraniums, marigolds, begonias (including whoppers), caladiums, impatiens, salvia, dianthus, petunias, wave petunias, hanging baskets. Garden plants include peppers, tomatoes, onions, squash, watermelons and cantaloupe. The plants come with tags with information about planting. These are only a few of the plants available at Biggs.
After months of preparation, the plants are ready to purchase. April and May are the busiest months of the buying and planting season.
Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Phone 731-235-3944 for more information.