By Nancy Nelson, Staff Writer
Expansion of Rhoadside Blooming House is currently underway with the construction of a 3800 square foot greenhouse. The double poly hoop house represents a 25 percent expansion of the business since John and Donna Beier purchased the business in 2003.
Since arriving in Cherokee the Beiers have become an active part of the community. They continually support the Cherokee beautification committee and played an instrumental role in the design and provision of plants for the corner of Hwy. 59 and Bluff Street in Cherokee. They also provide plants for the planters at the fairgrounds, post office, city hall, and the four corners of Main Street and 2nd.
The Beiers want to help the community look attractive and say flowers and plants will brighten any space. They want to inspire others to use color in their plantings because color makes everyone feel better.
The Beiers are anxious to provide more annuals and perennials to their customers in wider varieties. Beier says he needed more production space because there are many varieties on market that he would like to offer his customers. Beier plans to grow 2,800 to 3,500 perennials with twice as many varieties as previously offered. He also plans to grow 150 varieties of 4 inch annuals this spring.
Growing and producing their own product cuts down costs which will enable them to offer high quality plants at competitive prices. The family also has some long term goals for the business such as building display plantings to showcase the plants and provide a realistic view of how the plants will look and perform. They are also looking into providing more organic products that will help control plant pests and diseases.
In addition to outdoor plants Rhoadside Blooming House also offers gift items to complement the home and garden. They also expertly arrange flowers for all occasions. To further help their customers understand their plants, classes are offered throughout the year on the care and maintenance of specific plants.
The next class, an informative session on the eleven varieties of poinsettias they have grown this year, is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 1 at 12:30 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. during their Christmas Open House. Currently the main greenhouse is full of nearly 2000 poinsettias ready for the holiday season.