New greenhouse in full bloom just in time for Easter season

BEVERLY – A lifelong dream is about to come true for one local resident just in time for Easter.

Pam Bates – along with her husband, Gary – are preparing to open MiMi’s Greenhouse & Homespun Collections off Files Creek Road.

“My wife always raised gardens and plants,” Gary Bates said. “It has always been a dream of hers to do this. She is like a kid in a candy store.”

Even though this has been a lifelong dream, it didn’t begin to bloom until late last fall.

That’s when the couple constructed a state-of-the-art greenhouse near the Beverly Post Office.

The large facility was purchased from Nexus, a Colorado firm specializing in sophisticated, energy-efficiency greenhouses.

In January, the couple had the electrical and heating systems installed at the facility, with a high-tech watering system coming later on.

“The greenhouse runs off a solar energy system,” Gary Bates said. “In zero weather, it will be 80 degrees in the greenhouse.”

When even more inclement weather strikes, two gas furnaces take over to supplement the heat.

“It really looks good in here and we have some new plants that haven’t been seen around here before,” Pam Bates said. “Just two of us did all the planting. It’s really amazing how far things have come in such a short period of time.”

The plants have been growing an even shorter period of time, Pam Bates added. The majority of the foliage only has been in the ground for a month, raised from small plugs purchased through wholesalers.

Other plants the Bates have brought in from Oregon and Florida, including some tropical breeds.

Flowers and offerings at the greenhouse include azaleas, several varieties of ferns, orchids, geraniums, petunias and vegetable and fruit plants like tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, cabbage, strawberries and more.

The couple also have several varieties of potted plants including perennial and seasonal plants.

“There’s lots of science in growing these plants,” Gary Bates said. “It’s about potting, Ph control and fertilizing. We also have fungicides and insecticides.”

“Much of this is automated, including the fertilizer,” Gary Bates added. “There’s really a lot that goes into this.”

Aside from the greenhouse, the Bates have a store in front of the greenhouse where primitives, candles, soaps, jewely and antiques will be sold.

Pam even makes many of the candles and soaps in the shop herself.

“We will have an all-seasons room, a Christmas room and lots of candles and soaps,” Pam Bates said. “It will all be beautiful when everything is in its place and we open.”

MiMi’s Greenhouse & Homespun Collections will open either Wednesday or Thursday. During greenhouse season, hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The greenhouse will be closed Easter Sunday.

“It’s awesome,” Pam Bates said. “This truly has been a lifelong dream for me. I can’t begin to tell you how blessed I am to have this.”