Willow Ridge Garden Center has been named the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Month for February 2022.
The award is sponsored by Enrichment Federal Credit Union.
Willow Ridge Garden Center is located at 97 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
“When the weather is bleak, wet, dreary, and cold, it may not seem like the time to visit Willow Ridge Garden Center,” a press release said. “But, according to garden center retail manager Greg Steeleâ€”or ‘Greg the Friendly Garden Guy’ to followers of the Willow Ridge Facebook pageâ€”itâ€™s always planting season. ‘We are here year round and you can plant year round. There is not a time when you can not plant, so you can always get your hands dirtyâ€”itâ€™s good for you!'”
The press release said Willow Ridge Garden Center has been a staple in the Oak Ridge community for more than 41 years. An employee-owned business, it started out as a landscaping service. That part of the business remains a staple of their offerings, the press release said.
â€œWeâ€™re two divisions,” it said. “We do hardscaping such as pavers, retaining walls, patios, outdoor living areas. We do water features. We specialize in ponds, waterfalls, bubbling rocks, bubbling features you see at our entry wayâ€”we do all that installation and everything as well as doing the plantings and trees and shrubs and all that good stuff. So, we are a complete design and install landscape company as well as a garden center where you can come and do it yourself.â€
In addition to providing professional landscaping installation, Willow Ridge also offers free landscape design service for people who are interested in doing the work themselves, the press release said. Customers submit photos and measurements along with details about how much sun a particular area receives, and the designers develop a plan that will take the guess work out of it.
“Looking for the perfect house plant to brighten up the inside of your home? Willow Ridge has a large variety of plants and pottery to house those plants,” the press release said. “Donâ€™t have a green thumb? No problemâ€”the staff can advise customers on low-maintenance varieties that are easy to keep alive. Or spend some time browsing in the gift shop to find the perfect wind chime, gift, or garden dÃ©cor.”
The press release said the team at Willow Ridge is very proud of their contributions to the community. From donating goods and services for silent auctions to financial contributions, the business supports many area non-profits like the Oak Ridge Childrenâ€™s Museum, The Free Medical Clinic, and the Hospitality Houses of Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, the release said.
“They also provide dÃ©cor for special events hosted by some of those organizations,” the press release said. “A visit to Willow Ridge will get your creative juices flowing. You will likely find yourself inspired to follow Gregâ€™s adviceâ€”get your hands dirty.
To nominate a business like Willow Ridge Garden Center for the award, visit Small Business of the Month under the Members tab on the Chamberâ€™s website at www.oakridgechamber.org. Businesses are eligible to receive the award if they have 50 or fewer employees, are current members of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce in good standing, and show active involvement in the community and/or the Chamber.
This press release was submitted by Kathy Gillenwaters.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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