It was in March of 1982, that Castle Garden Center was started. Lynn and I opened our first place on Bristol Pike in Bensalem.
In 1985, we moved to Bristol Road, and have spent many a day and night trying to earn the trust and support of the community.
We had a family, a love of plants, a free spirit, and the outdoors was my office.
Now, 40 years later, it is time to turn the lights off, shut the door and say goodbye one final time.
Yes, Lynn and I are retiring from the business, and there will be no more plants. I worked 100 hours a week for 25 years, and after my first “retirement,” I dropped to 60 hours.
The business has been good to my family.
My children all worked by my side at the last roadside stand in Lower Southampton including my wife, father, brothers, nephews, sons-in-law, and even my grandson.
On June 30th, we will take down the flag, and the banners and signs will be no more. I stand by my service, my accomplishments, my choices and my failures.
We have been surrounded by great customers, great friends, and great employees over the decades. Yes, I have even had a few bad customers, and they have made me a better person by reminding me not to be like them.
When the final day arrives, I will give thanks once again to my God who found favor in a humble servant. I did not seek fame or wealth, but just enough morsels to provide for my family, and wisdom to share the little that I had received.
I asked for help to make it another day, to be a better father, husband and provider. And what God has granted in the 40 years has been in good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.
I have lost great friends over the years, seen businesses take their last gasp as our economy has gone from first to whatever, and now by the grace of God I go.
My wife and I will travel, we will continue to serve others at home and abroad, and hopefully leave footprints in the sand for others to follow.
Thank you for your business and support.
Retired police officer, Lower Southampton Township, and current Supervisor with Lower Southampton Township