New local company Southern Gardens Grow opens to offer ‘green’ Freedom Greenhouse

Published 11:20 am Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Freedom Greenhouse, offered locally by Southern Gardens Grow, a new company, will be on display at the Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center Jan. 20-21. (photo submitted by Brenda Quilling)

Greenhouse on display at ag center Jan. 20-21
Southern Gardens Grow is a new business offering the Freedom Greenhouse, a self-tending “green” greenhouse. The greenhouse will be on display at the Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center on Jan. 20-21.
The business got its start one fall day in New England, when Darlene Myles, a physician from Western North Carolina whose hobby is organic gardening, was in New Hampshire visiting her family. She and her brother attended the Fryeburg Fair in Maine and were introduced to the Freedom Greenhouse, a self-tending “green” greenhouse.
Myles was in the market for a greenhouse, because her previous greenhouse had been damaged in a local hailstorm. She asked where she could buy the Freedom Greenhouse. The Maine manufacturer explained they did not have a southern distributor but offered to provide her with an initial greenhouse if she became a distributor in the southern states.
Upon her return to the Carolinas, Darlene presented the idea to Brenda Quilling, a friend and longtime business owner/entrepreneur, and Southern Gardens Grow was born.
Freedom Greenhouse is a hobby greenhouse that is self-contained and self-tending, with a solar-powered self-ventilating roof and self-watering benches using collected rainwater. Made of white cedar that has natural insect repellent properties, it also has triple-thick Swiss-engineered glazing that can withstand hail, wind and winter storms.
For more information, drop by the ag center on Jan. 20-21, visit www.southerngardensgrow.com or call 800-995-5925.
– article submitted by Brenda Quilling