Local greenhouse up and running

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Staff Writer

Johansen Landscape and Nursery’s recently finished greenhouse is now up and running after a vehicle collision put the greenhouse out of commission last summer.
Almost a year ago on July 4, 2016, a vehicle veered off of Highway 87 and drove through the Johansen Nursery's greenhouse, causing a severe amount of damage. The results rendered the greenhouse useless, but no one was seriously hurt in the accident.
“This was a hard deal for us, but it could have been a tragedy,” said Terri Johansen, owner of the nursery.
“He went all the way into the greenhouse,” said Terri. “Plants went flying everywhere. There were some hanging from the rafters.”
The driver didn't have insurance and so the burden of replacing the facility fell onto the nursery. Rebuilding the greenhouse cost around $60,000.
“Carl and I have been in business out here for 40 years, and it’s amazing how something can happen and turn everything on a dime,” Terri said. “It puts everything in perspective.”
But thankfully, the Johansens had the help of family and their landscape crew turned construction crew to get the job done.
Johansen said despite the setbacks she has an optimistic view of the future for the business. At the end of it all they ended up with a greenhouse that was even better than before and they're beginning to get things back to normal at the nursery.
“Thats one reason we rebuild we wanted something good for our town,” Johansen continued. “We wanted to be a bright spot in our town.”