That three female relatives are partners in this local nursery only scratches the surface. Dig deeper and you’ll find the partnership includes mother (Pam White, nee Wasley, 49), married daughter (Cassie Angle, 28), and younger daughter (Mandy White, 21). Taking all this family into account, it stretches to six generations of Nevada County folks. “If the clan met for a reunion,” says Pam, “it would number in the hundreds.”
This is a family that believes in togetherness, big time. “We work together 12-14 hours days, often eat together, sometimes vacation together – we’re nut cases. But we take the space we need too,” says Pam White, who points out that they all live in their own homes. “We enjoy each other immensely.”
A secret for harmony on the job, though, is each woman has her own area of responsibility. Mandy has giftware, Cassie has plants, and Pam has fountains and statuary. “We each do what we prefer, but we help out too,” says White.
Conflicts, she says, just aren’t. “We have differences of opinions, sure, but that actually helps us because you always want different tastes expressed in a business like this. Anyway, we’re just so busy working, there’s no time (for disagreements).”
Always a hardworking family, the joint work ethic really took shape for
White’s kids (she also has a son who now runs the family’s steel fabrication business) with 4-H, and all that club membership entails. Nothing, White says, was ever just handed to them; they had to work for it.
It sure stands them in good stead now. Cassie is already on the job after having given birth several months ago to a son. He accompanies his mother to the nursery where names of plants are crooned to him as he’s being groomed to take over the business a couple of decades from now.
While it’s obvious these are strong women, White expresses her appreciation for the males in the family, citing their attitude that there isn’t anything their ‘womenfolk’ couldn’t do. The two genders complement one another, she says. “For example, I know my physical limitations. When I ask for help lifting something, I get it. I feel your men can make you strong.”
White says the family is committed to coming up with fresh ideas by constantly reading gardening magazines and taking seminars. “I’m never satisfied with good. I want better and best.”
One creative idea is the Fall Festival the nursery is staging this Saturday, the 19th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included is a scarecrow contest with a gift certificate prize, pumpkins galore, local artists in residence, and a petting zoo. Come out and enjoy the festivities.
10003 Granholm Lane, Nevada City (off Gold Flat Rd.)
Phone: (530) 470-0973
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