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Happy Frog Horticulture Center goes belly up

Specimen trees, fountains, waterfalls and heavy pottery will be on sale this weekend to repay creditors of the former Happy Frog Horticulture Center, nurseryman and bankruptcy liquidator Ron Fig said Thursday.

The nursery on Highway 49 near Alta Sierra shut down in December after owner Charles Simoncini of CS Enterprises International filed for bankruptcy, Fig said.

Fig is working with United States Bankruptcy Court trustees to “strip the property,” Fig said. He is the owner of Fig’s Garden Center on Combie Road.

The 5.8-acre property may have been divided and could be put on the market in the next several months, Ricki Heck, co-owner and broker of Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate in Grass Valley, said Thursday. Heck is handling the property.

“It’s in a bit of a limbo right now,” Heck said. “We hope to bring the property to market when all issues are resolved.”

Happy Frog was known for its large collection of specimen maples and conifers. “It’s all specialty material. You name it, we got it. Make me an offer I can’t refuse,” Fig said.

The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fig’s on Combie Road and the old Happy Frog location on Little Valley Road. The sale will continue at Fig’s seven days a week and at Happy Frog on weekends until all the merchandise is gone, Fig said.

Simoncini bought the nursery two years ago from Perry and Zinda Colburn. The Colburns retired and moved to New Zealand after owning the business for 15 years.

To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail laurab@theunion.com or call 477-4231.

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