Mike Staugaitis

LAVELLE - After a long, hard winter, Rick and Barbara Bolinsky of Valley Nursery & Greenhouses are happy to bring the colors of spring into their customers' lives.

The month of May is their "Christmas season" as Rick puts it with Mother's Day and Memorial Day on tap.

Rick, a third generation gardener and landscaper, started the nursery from scratch forty years ago by selling geraniums from a wheel barrow with his late first wife, Patricia, on the side of the road just across from where his operation now stands.

Valley Nursery & Greenhouses pride themselves on being a family-oriented and "home grown" business. Rick and Barbara have a tight knit group of family and friends that work there.

The business has grown over the decades to include five greenhouses and a large gift shop that opened in 2011.

They grow and sell a wide variety of both annual and perennial flowers, plants and vegetables. They also sell seeds, mulch, top soil, stone, fertilizer and everything else for your home gardening needs.

Delivery is available for bulk products such as mulch and topsoil.

The gift shop offers many unique gift ideas for any holiday or occasion including candles, lawn ornaments, country crafts and everything in between.

Valley Greenhouse & Nursery is located at 507 High St., two miles west off Route 901 near Rolling Meadows Golf Course.

Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call Rick and Barbara at 570-985-1606 or visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/ValleyNursery.