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Flower grower blooms in urban environment

Annie Hayes converted an old Chevron barrel plant into a 2-1/2 acre nursery in one of the most urban areas of the state.



Annie Hayes likes to prove naysayers wrong. She was told that there was no way she could convert an old Chevron barrel plant into a 2 1/2 acre nursery in one of the most urban areas of the state.

Today, Annie's Annuals in Richmond is one of the top suppliers of rare, old-world plants and flowers.

The self-proclaimed "flower floozy" grows plants from seed, a rarity among commercial growers.

"It's a miracle that this nursery has survived," Annie said. "It truly is a miracle that we are here in an urban setting like this and that we're so big and so loved.

"The magic of a seed completely blows me away," she added. "In a tiny seed, you have all of the information of how the plant will look, smell and everything that it's going to become."

For more information, visit www.anniesannuals.com.


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