How did this business get started? For 64 years, Dunn’s Nursery and Garden Shop on Skibo Road has helped residents of Fayetteville and surrounding areas meet their landscaping and garden needs. The owner, John F. Dunn, Jr., said his father, J. Fairley Dunn, started the business in 1955. “It started out as a lawn care business. My father worked from home for the first few years, ”he said.
After his father bought land on Skibo Road, the business began to expand. “There wasn’t a lot of traffic on Skibo Road at the time. Only a handful of businesses were in the region, ”he said. A 1967 aerial photo hanging on the garden center wall shows how rural the area was before the Skibo Road construction boom. Dunn said he joined his father in the business in 1965. The nursery and garden store carry a unique variety of plants, as well as gardening supplies.
Why did you choose this company? John F. Dunn, who said his name was JF for short, joined the family business in 1965. “I used to sell women’s shoes on Hay Street. My dad asked me to come help and see if I liked it. Fortunately, I liked the business, ”said Dunn.
How has the business grown or changed? “We are an old-fashioned gardening store with knowledgeable staff. We started in a small stucco building and then added a new garden center. In the beginning, there were no large hardware and garden supply stores. Their emergence has changed retail for everyone. The mall was built in 1975 and the city has grown in our area.
How is your business unique? “We try to offer what no one else offers, and if someone is looking for a particular item, we try to get it for them if we can,” he said. “We plant what we sell and also provide landscaping services. “
How has the economy affected businesses? “We haven’t had very bad years. The economy treated us well, especially during the Nixon years, 1969-1974. ”Dunn said that in the 1980s a telephone poll fell on the greenhouse and damaged it. Then, in 2000, the store suffered a fire that damaged the roof and resulted in the construction of a new building, he said.
What is your busiest time? “We are the busiest from mid-March to June 1st. Saturday is a busy day because people are not working. This is a fair weather business. People don’t go out if it’s too hot or too cold outside.
What is your most popular service or product? “The Fuyu Persimmon tree has been popular and is our best seller,” Dunn said. “Shrubs, fertilizers, chemicals and statuary are also popular. In addition to fruit trees, the garden center offers colorful azaleas, a variety of roses, Japanese maples and bonsai. There is also an oriental room with decorative statues like as well as decorative pots, wind chimes, bird feeders, garden benches, and garden art objects. Gardening supplies include fountain care kits, yield booster, beetle traps, poison oak and ivy killer, sprayers, plant food, and pest control products.
Who are the key employees? “Clarence Johnson is the CEO. He started with us in 2004. We have knowledgeable staff who know horticulture, ”said Dunn.
What is your vision for the future of the company? “I love what I do and I love the people I deal with. As I get older, I hope to find someone who can continue, who enjoys the job like me.
What’s the best part about owning this business? “The best part has been the friends I’ve made over the years. This is the reason I get out of bed in the morning. The people of Fayetteville have been wonderful to us and it has been a blessing.
What is the hardest part about running the business? “We can’t compete with big box stores, so we specialize in hard-to-find factories and on the west coast; things that box stores don’t carry. We’re trying to get something that they don’t have.
What else do you want people to know? “We care and value our customers and treat them with care,” said Dunn. “We have knowledgeable staff and give good advice on the garden. We stand by what we say.
The garden store is located at 1990 Skibo Road and shares a driveway and parking lot with Miyabi Japanese Steak and Seafood House.
“People can also access our store via Suzanne Street from Cliffdale Road,” he said. “We are open from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm”