by Lisa Fischer
It may also surprise you to find out that this year marks 45 years in business for the locally-owned garden center. Gregg Curtis, along with his wife Julie, has owned The Good Earth for half its life. The two can share many heartwarming stories from over the years. And with these two, and by extension the whole company, heart is what it’s all about. Since the Curtises purchase of The Good Earth Garden Center over 20 years ago, they have invested over $700,000 back into local organizations, charities, non-profits, fundraisers, schools, churches and more recently, SASCU, a Ugandan school, orphanage and farm.
In addition to supporting local organizations through various donations, The Good Earth works with Arkansas growers and artists, purchasing locally grown plants as well as handmade items for the gift shop.
The 13-acre garden center has also now seen generations of families grow into gardening, maturing from accompanying their parents on weekend trips to bringing their own families as they establish their own homes.
The Good Earth team is committed to sharing their knowledge any way they can; their online Learning Center is chock full of locally relevant, helpful blog posts and videos on just about any gardening topic you can imagine. Gardening novices and experts alike will leave armed with what they need to be successful from the perfect plant to the education on how to properly grow it.
It’s a fun, interesting place to experience, even if you aren’t a gardening enthusiast, but more than that, visiting The Good Earth has been a local tradition for 45 years.