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Smith's Gardentown and Farm Closes Due to Drought

<br><span style="font-size: x-small;">These are tough times for landscaping </span><span style="font-family: Arial, serif;" mce_style="font-family: Arial, serif;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">businesses</span></span><span style="font-family: Arial, serif;" mce_style="font-family: Arial, serif;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;"> and nurseries because our lakes have little water and none to spare.</span></span>


These are tough times for landscaping
businesses and nurseries because our lakes have little water and none to spare.

Every business is taking a hit in sales.

But one business says this drought has dried up everything they have.

Folks are filling their carts full with flowers and plants at Smith's Gardentown and Farms as they try to clear out their inventory.

"Our sales are down tremendously and summer is always a really bad time for the nursery business in Texas anyways because it's so hot," said Katherine Smith, Smith's Gardentown and Farms owner.

Smith says since the drought,
bringing customers into the business has been a difficult task, which is why they plan to close their doors after 64 years of business.

About 20 employees will be out of a job.

But Carol Sneed who has worked there for 12 years says the most painful part is not being around the flowers.

"It's an addiction, I tell everyone it's like alcohol or drugs it's something that you just got to have," she said.

And though one door might be closing another one could soon be opening and that's with the help of birds.

"
We are looking into moving the wild birds unlimited which has been inside the nursery to a free standing location because of course that is still something that people would want to do," said Smith.

But for now people will continue to clear out what is left at the store.

Smith's Gardentown and Farms says they plan to close around June when the weather gets very hot.

And they say they do not plan to sell their building just yet.

It's their hope that in the fall weather will be better and they can re-open again.

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