A Southern Gardener to close after less than a year following owner's death

Staff writer

Area gardening shop A Southern Gardener in Norge will close after Lisa Bux, the store’s owner, died unexpectedly earlier this month.

The store, which opened at 7417 Richmond Road in April, is expected to close at the end of the month according to store manager Kerry Johnson. The specialty gardening retailer carries high-end gardening equipment and plants, along with decorative outdoor items such as lawn furniture and artwork.

The store also runs a landscaping service, which Johnson said will continue to work with existing clients past the closure.

“We have contracts out with existing clients and we will continue that, and our staff is willing to continue on in whatever capacity that they can, it just won’t be through the store,” she said. “People can call me if they have landscaping chores to be done and we will send people out, but that won’t go on forever.”

Bux died unexpectedly in her home Dec. 2, Johnson said, and she is survived by her mother Doris Caroline Bux. She said Bux had more than 30 years experience designing and installing gardens and rock walls, and brought her expertise to Williamsburg after operating a similar gardening business in New Hope, Pa.

In an interview earlier this year, Bux said her goal for the store was “to inspire the gardener in everyone.”

A Southern Gardener is staffed by three in-store employees and four employees working in the gardening side of the business, Johnson said. She said the high costs of maintaining the store and a lack of interest in taking over ownership led to the decision to close the gardening shop.

“It’s very sad because people are coming out of the woodwork and saying that it was their favorite store and that they were so sorry to see it go, but we have no choice unless somebody wants to take it over, and we would be thrilled with that,” she said.

A Southern Gardener is offering a storewide discount between now and the store’s closure with discounts ranging from 10 to 75 percent off all merchandise, including display fixtures.

The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day until Dec. 31, except Christmas Day. For more information, contact Kerry Johnson at 505-690-2441.

Area retirement community Williamsburg Landing announced that it has received Senior Housing News’ 2018 Architecture & Design Award in the building category of Stand-alone Memory Care.

The website, which covers business trends in the senior housing industry, holds the annual awards ceremony to recognize innovative design projects that improve the lives of senior living community residents, according to a news release on the Senior Housing News website.

“We are the proud recipients of an amazing and beautiful Memory Support Home thanks to the cohesive teamwork of RLPS Architects and Interiors, Henderson Construction and many subcontractors,” Williamsburg Landing President and CEO Greg Storer said in a release. “They worked seamlessly with our teams to create a wonderful home for those we serve: our residents.”

More than 90 organizations across the country submitted their senior communities for consideration in the awards, but only nine took home top prizes. According to the release, the competition evaluates communities through a scoring system that looks at categories including design elements, community integration, amenities and lifestyle features.

“This year’s group of entries has been the strongest it has ever been and it is exciting to look to the future of senior housing through the lens of the awards program,” Senior Housing News Publisher and Founder George Yedinak said in the release.

For more information, visit williamsburglanding.org.

Arriaza can be reached at 757-790-9313 or on Twitter @rodrigoarriaza0.

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