Now in our 50’th Season
March 15, 1974
is Latin, the official language of HORTICULTURE,
translated into English, it means
BELLA TERRA’S greenhouses have brought vegetable and flowering plants to the public since 1906. Originally built on the Schoelkopf Estate as part of their extensive farms producing lemons, oranges and grapefruits as well as tomatoes and vegetable transplants. The greenhouses were disassembled and rebuilt in their present location by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Giambrone in 1953. Again, they produced “hot house” tomatoes, cucumbers, rhubarb and transplants for the farm and vegetable market. Following the Giambrone’s, the greenhouses were owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Pytlak. For the next 13 years, Eddy catered to the public growing plants for the expanding retail market in home gardening.
Since March of 1974, BELLA TERRA has been owned and operated by Caryl Ashley Youngers, and, in its tradition, brings to you an ever-widening range of plants and horticultural accessories that you would expect to find in a “big city” garden center. Because of the steady increase in business, Caryl built 5 additional greenhouses, more than tripling BELLA TERRA’S original growing space. Linked with this increased production area is a “best use of space” plan that enables BELLA TERRA to produce five major crops for Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, Spring and Fall planting: plus, minor ones yearly.
Now, after 50 seasons it is time for me to retire. I thank you, my customers for your support and your friendship. I thank Nancy for 41 years of bringing our customers the best of friendly service with her eagerness to share sound gardening advise. I thank Jackie for 39 years of stepping up to the challenges of growing all the plants that you have enjoyed, for bookkeeping, for designing advertising and always keeping you our customer first. Both of them have been my left and right hands over the years, I could not of served you without them. I also thank my employees. Over the years I have had many employees, a number of from the same family, even of different generations. . Thank you; all the people who helped me get started, friends, my Aunt and Uncle, my Father in Law, my Mom & Dad, Candy and our two sons Jason & Adam, Jackie and our two kids Ryan & Rachel. I thank my family for enduring these years. Self-employment is hard on family; they missed a lot.
I will miss serving you, seeing you and talking with you.
Sincerely. Thank You.
Putting New Roof on a 1906 Greenhouse.
(This is the second Lexon roof after many poly roves and the original glass roof.)
Still on Top!
Walking the Roof
November 2014 Snow