Gardening to nursery

Deciding to come to America Voyage to San Pedro Getting started in America Early impression of America Learning the nursery business Gardening to nursery Expanding business Next phase Life Philosophy

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I start working for 3 day gardening. How to start gardening is I went to 3 gardener friend take me one day each showed how they do it. So I get, the what you call, instant gardener, 3-day education. Then I went to Garden Grove nursery to help me out to get company, customer for me. So they gave me customer, so I went start working for the gardening for 3 days a week. But naturally first one, gradually increased the number of house, but first time I start working I was so scared because I didn't have any experience before, you know, but just 3 day I watching the friend do this.

Then, continue to doing it 3 day a week, then I just made money enough to make the payment and grocery bill and stuff. Then rest of the 4 day, I worked the yard to clean up and get ready for the growing the pansies to grow. That's what I start doing. Three day gardening, four day yard work. Then gradually start pansy growing. Then December come, pansy start blooming, so I packed packages to make nice color. Packages to basket to take the market. That way getting busy, so I quit gardening. That's my last gardening. No more after that. But you know I quit that and concentrate pansy growing. Then meantime I grow, start some other stuff growing, tried to quick money but not do too well. But pansy was only one make me money. So any extra money I made it, I buy other material to increase the nursery material to gradually look like a nursery.


Date: February 2, 2012
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Chris Komai, John Esaki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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