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Under new owners, Lazy River Farms makes changes

Under new management, Lazy River Farms’ staff includes: (left to right): horticulturist Veronica Ross, Judie Tennant, and general manager Katie Galusha.

Under new management, Lazy River Farms’ staff includes: (left to right): horticulturist Veronica Ross, Judie Tennant, and general manager Katie Galusha. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Considering the response from the public over several months of new ownership, Lazy River Farms Garden Center is facing a promising future, the enterprise’s general manager Katie Galusha said Sept. 7.

“In May and June, we were slammed,” she said. “People enjoy our services and inventory as well as our expanded hours.”

The business, bought from Tom Hughes in February, is now owned by Dan and Pat Galusha and Tom Longe. It reopened in early May, and since then has been received with enthusiasm by area residents, Katie Galusha said.

The business is located at 3620 state Rte. 9 between Warrensburg McDonald’s and the Mobil station, in Lake George just south of the Warrensburg town line.

The enterprise is offering a wide variety of shrubs, landscaping plants and trees, as well as seasonal flowers, she said.

Lazy River Farm’s resident horticulturist, Veronica Ross, is on hand to help area citizens solve gardening and landscaping dilemmas. Ross has deep experience in her field, including employment at the Bronx Zoo as a horticulturist.

Lazy River Farms’ inventory now includes landscaping statues and sculptures, clay pots, solar lighting, terrariums, maple syrup, and some garden supplies including mulch. Over the past several months, they’ve been offering a wide variety of perennials, annuals and hanging floral baskets.

The enterprise has a commitment to high-quality plants, and this has prompted the Lazy River staff to grow a substantial amount on their own, Galusha said, noting they planted 2,440 hardy mums this year.

Next year, Lazy River may be expanding their offerings to include fresh produce, as they have fielded many inquiries from customers about selling it, Galusha said.

In several weeks, the enterprise will be bringing back a popular attraction that won the hearts of so many people over a decade ago – a haunted house located in the old barn on their riverside property. The attraction will be open in the weeks leading up to Halloween, Galusha said.

In the holiday season following, Lazy River will be offering Christmas trees and greens as well as fresh wreaths, she said.

Lazy River farms can be reached at: 504-4337. Their hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are welcome to stop by and get acquainted, Galusha said.

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