He wanted to sell plants by the roadside. She refused.

Now they run Port Royal’s new garden center

Initially, Jimmy Varnes suggested that his wife, Lyndsey, sell the plants that she loves so much from a stand on the side of the road. Lyndsey had a better idea.

“Here we are,” she said Thursday, spreading her arms toward the new retail garden center and direct grower nursery she and her husband recently opened in Port Royal.

Customers milled about among row-upon-row of green plants, trees, shrubs and bright-colored flowers. Inside, there’s a coffee shop.

The husband-wife team from Shell Point opened LowCo Gardeners at 1 Marina Blvd. in June, but the grand opening was Thursday. It’s located on Parris Island Gateway across from the Food Lion-anchored Midtown Village Shopping Center.

Jimmy Varnes, a residential home builder who also owns CHS Clean, a professional pressure wash cleaning service, said he opened the nursery because he saw a need for one north of the Broad River. That, and his wife loves plants. “Jimmy realized I was buying a lot of plants,” Lyndsey Varnes said.

She says they make a good team because she’s a “worker bee” and her husband has experience as a business owner. She’s a Georgia native. He grew up in Shell Point, the son of two Marines. Several spouses of current Parris Island Marines work at the center.

Read the complete article at www.islandpacket.com.

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