After almost four decades, Marlborough Greenhouses changes hands

A garden center that sells in bulk to catalog and online gift retailers is turning over a new leaf as the owners of nearly 40 years sold the business at the start of the month.

Marlborough Greenhouses Inc., a wholesaler with facilities on Jaffrey Road and Water Street, is now run by Annette Novak, an existing employee who bought the company from Diane and Dale LaCasse of Jaffrey on Sept. 1 and is now its president.

"I knew shortly after joining Marlborough [Greenhouses] and beginning to apprentice with Dale that this was the career I'd been looking for," Novak of Troy, said in an email. "I also knew that if the company sold, it would likely move to a different part of the country, and I did not want my new dream job to go with it."

A news release announcing the sale said Novak joined Marlborough Greenhouses in 2017 with a background in finance, management, and floral design. She said she had an "entrepreneurship bug" since she opened a retail boutique about 20 years ago and later ran a floral design business. She was looking to start a business selling faux floral products before joining LaCasses' company.

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