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Tenaha nursery celebrates 100 years of serving community

The King’s Nursery and Florist in Tenaha celebrates 100 years as a family owned business. (Source: KTRE Staff) The King’s Nursery and Florist in Tenaha celebrates 100 years as a family owned business. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Margaret King Freeman, 84, proudly watched her father-in-law, husband, son, daughter-in-law and grandsons carry on the family owned and operated business. (Source: KTRE Staff) Margaret King Freeman, 84, proudly watched her father-in-law, husband, son, daughter-in-law and grandsons carry on the family owned and operated business. (Source: KTRE Staff)
This Saturday the fourth generation of Kings will celebrate their milestone with longstanding customers from throughout Texas, Louisiana and other states. (Source: KTRE Staff) This Saturday the fourth generation of Kings will celebrate their milestone with longstanding customers from throughout Texas, Louisiana and other states. (Source: KTRE Staff)
SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

A Family-owned and operated nursery in Tenaha is celebrating its 100th year anniversary this week.

The fourth generation of Kings has festivities planned, as a thank you, to its large customer base which reaches from East Texas and beyond.

East Texas News visited with the King family to get a sense of what keeps their business going.

"King's Nursery,” said Andrew King, a 4th-generation King’s Nursery employee. “It's been here for 100 years. And we started as a strawberry farm in 1915."

Dr. Andrew King's foundation in the study of horticulture runs deep within his family.

Andrew's grandmother, Margaret King Freeman proudly displays portraits of the Kings who established the roots of the family business.

"It is just something I had to put up there,” Margaret King Freeman said.

J.B. King Senior, Ms. Margaret's father in law sold fruit trees wrapped in burlap to customers.

“I didn't know a thing about plants when I married him,” Margaret King Freeman said.

Just three years ago, Ms Margaret lost her son, Aubrey. His wife, Cheryl carries on. She delegated Andrew to explain King's Nursery secret for success.   

"Not with one generation has anybody ever put any pressure on anyone to come back home, and I think that's what keeps this place going is that it's not pushed on anyone,” Andrew King said.

King's Nursery is so well respected in Tenaha's Tigerland that when it was discovered the 100th anniversary party was at the same time as the Tenaha Homecoming Parade, a few changes were quickly made. The parade has now been moved to a later time.

Margaret King Freeman completed a flower arrangement that she'll proudly display at the home where she now lives, once occupied by the King's Nursery founders 100 years ago.

The King's Nursery 100th Celebration, is this Saturday. It starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m., just in time for the Tenaha Homecoming Parade.

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