Business feature: Green thumb spurs business

Freedom New Mexico

Curt and Lisa Jaynes have been sowing seeds for more than five years in Portales with their business, Garden Source Nursery and Landscaping.

Curt Jaynes has been gardening all his life and felt this would be something he enjoys doing.

He said it was his idea to open a gardening store.

“I’ve been gardening since I was a child,” he said. “I been gardening my entire life and I thought it would be a great idea to do something that I love.”

Garden Source offers full landscaping services, which includes plant and yard installation, shrub removal and replacement. They also do patios, arbors, trellises, pondless ponds and waterfalls.

For the do-it-yourself types who love working on their lawn or in the garden, Garden Source also has plants that people can place themselves.

“We can help them do that,” Jaynes said. “They come in and tell us, ‘hey we have a shady spot, what kind of plant to do recommend?’ We can come up with some ideas for them.”

Jaynes has years of experience because almost everyone in his family has worked in landscaping.

“I’ve always done my own landscaping,” Jaynes said. “All the years I’ve been in gardening. My parents did it. My aunt and uncle, my grandmother. We’ve always done our own landscaping and it is something that I enjoy. I have a knack for it.”

They grow the plants they sell in a greenhouse and they usually start planting around the end of January to get ready for the spring rush.

“It is really neat when the snow is flying outside to come into the greenhouse and see all the plants that are growing,” he said.

“We grow our own plants here, so it is easy for us to pick the new varieties of different plants you can’t find anywhere else,” Jaynes said. “So when people come to us they never know what they might find. Every year there are new introductions that we grow.”