Lizzy Anne’s Garden Center located on Contreas Road, on the way to Anza’s post office, has been a staple in Anza Township for decades. Started by Elizabeth Nagy, better known as Lizzy Anne to her friends and customers, one could go through her garden center and dream of what their garden could be at home, take a class to make something beautiful and unique, create a present for a friend and even receive her expert advice on everything garden.
Wanting to retire from the business, Nagy put Lizzy Anne’s Garden Center up for sale. One day on their way home from church Jim Palmer’s daughter Emily seeing the for sale sign, pointed out that Lizzy Anne’s was for sale to her father. That started the wheels turning as Palmer had retired from a career in sales, spending the last decade selling windows and doors.
Now, he was looking for a business, something he could do locally, not too far his family’s home where they reside in Lake Riverside Estates. Jim and his wife Patchara or Patch as she is known, have two children, son Taylor and daughter Emily. The couple celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary July 4.
Nagy and Palmer had been in negations over the purchase of the Garden Center throughout the fall into early winter of last year. Finally working out the details, they decided to make the sale final by the first of the year. So, in January, Jim Palmer became the new owner of Lizzy Anne’s Garden Center.
“I wanted to be a part of the business community,” Palmer said. “Lizzy Anne created a lot of goodwill in town and I intend to keep that up.”
Palmer believes it is best not to go into debt by ordering large sums of inventory that may not be sold during planting season. Instead he chooses to learn from the customers what they would like to buy. As customers come in looking for something specific, if he does not have that item, he is more than willing to see if he can order it for them.
Soon there will be a new website Jimsgardenpatch.com where Jim will host a blog and gardening tips will be shared, plus witty sayings, which Palmer loves to gather, will be posted. Perhaps in time a new name for the garden center will come to pass as well.
For Palmer, this new adventure in his life it is about being a part of the community, going the extra mile for his customers and learning as he goes.