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Interview Series: Ladyslipper Nursery

Business Background:  Ladyslipper Nursery

Ladyslipper Nursery is a family owned and operated business in Woodstock that has been serving the Cherokee, Cobb, and North Fulton area for 19 years.  Lula, Kelly and their son Casey are a fixture in the county and they have built a strong customer base by providing quality native plants, annual color, vegetables, herbs, and herbaceaus perennials.  This strong following and quality plants have allowed Ladyslipper to thrive despite drought in 2007 and the economic downturn in 2008.  If you are looking to add some colorful conversation pieces to your garden you should check out the big selection of Casey’s handcrafted garden art!

http://www.ladyslipperrareplantnursery.com/

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Lula Norris knows her plants and loves her customers. (photo courtesy: C. Norris)

About Lula Norris

How long have you been in Cherokee county?

We’ve been in Cherokee for 33 years; we started the nursery about 19 years ago.

Favorite Music:

I really don’t listen to music, after working outside all day and interacting with people I enjoy the quiet.

Book your currently reading:

I mainly read plant or animal books in my free time.

Things you enjoy after work:

Spending time with my grandson, I also raise mules and participate in trail drives all around the Southeast.

Favorite Tool:

Casey (laughs)

How did you get started?

I grew up on a family farm in Tennessee so growing plants has always been a part of me.  I started working in the nursery business at Mann’s Nursery where I grew out all of their herbs and vegetables.  About 19 years ago I went out on my own and started Ladyslipper with the original plan to grow herbs, natives, and perennials.  Casey had no interest in plants or the nursery but he came around about 15 years ago and now helps run things.

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The colors, textures and scents of the plants in greenhouses at Ladyslipper will set your senses ablaze and spark your imagination on how to transform your garden. (photo courtesy: C. Norris)

Most challenging part of your job?

The weather, in the summer the inside of the houses will get above 120 degrees so that really takes its toll on us.  Drought years have had a huge impact, in the fall of 2007 there were residential water restrictions put in place, well we had 50,000 trays of pansies ready to be sold that we basically had to throw in the trash.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The beauty of the flowers and providing beautiful, quality plants to our customers.  We have great customers and how can you not be happy around all these beautiful plants.

 

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In addition to knowing plants and the nursery business, Casey has quite a talent for creating original garden art. (Photo courtesy C. Norris)

 

 

 

 

 

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