About the Biz...
PIP Bed 2, October 2004.
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Greenhouse and Tarps 1-2,   
looking east.
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Irrigation system inside  MI
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Theriault's Buds & Blooms has been a dream of mine since the 1980's...even in grade
school, I knew that working with things that grow and bloom was where I wanted to be.

I have the great fortune of having family with some land and I began turning my hobby
into a livelihood.  I started small in 2003, with about 100 cast-off perennials that one of
my former employers sold to me on the cheap, and I began propagating them.  I began
adding plants from my own collection at home, and finally began buying in stock plants
for the purpose of division.

Three years later, with a greenhouse built, pumps and timer and water lines running to
and from a pond on the property, I sold my first plant.  The moment I had so diligently
worked weekends and any spare time for had arrived.  Theriault's Buds & Blooms, LLC
had made its first sale.

2006 was the year things really started to take shape.  I had a
pot-in-pot (PIP...click on
the words in blue for a description) system with drip irrigation set up, plants growing
furiously, and folks actually asking what I had available.  I sold several lots of plants to
one of my employers, and I spent considerable time at the Armada Flea Market.  It was
worth it.  For being completely a part-time venture with very little in the way of resources,
I did quite well, with revenue from plant sales paying for well over 65% of all business
expenditures.  That's right...TB&B, LLC was on the road to paying for itself.

2007 changed things...dramatically.  I moved to Oregon in the winter.  I was moving to
an apartment, so I couldn't pack up all my sleeping plants and take them with me.  I
left, and the spring came.  My family and friends found homes for all my various
orphaned plants over the course of the growing season.  It didn't take very long for even
the footprint from the greenhouse to disappear.

It's a trifle sad, on one hand, to have left everything behind.  It's encouraging, on the
other hand, to have proven to myself that I do have what it takes to build and run a
successful nursery.  It's been an incredible 16 years.

In 2010, I managed to secure a lease on a 1,200 square foot cold frame at a local
nursery.  98 plants were moved into the house, with division and upgrading soon
following for many of them.  The nursery liquidated and sold off some property at the
end of 2012, necessitating the building of a greenhouse on the property we'd purchased
mere months prior.  As of mid-2013, it was complete, and plants were moved in...an
automated irrigation system watered the greenhouse, so I was freed up to do what I do
best...making more plants.

Some stats:
--plants going into the winter of 2003 numbered barely 100
--plants going into the winter of 2006 numbered nearly 2,300
--the pot-in-pot bed I was operating was the second attempt at building one.  The first     
failed because of poor drainage
--all plumbing for the irrigation systems was/has been done by me
--I mixed my own potting soil in an electric cement mixer that I borrowed from family
when in Michigan.

A couple newer stats:
--in the spring of 2018, there were nearly 1,200 pots of Iris alone
--the first plants I started after arriving in Oregon were 8 Hemerocallis (daylilies) and one  
type of Siberian Iris that I had sent to me after I'd settled in...this was in 2007
--going into the winter of 2011, plants numbered close to 250...150 of them came into   
being during the summer/fall of 2010
--everything was grown at the Tigard, OR apartment until the summer of 2010, when the
lease was secured on the cold frame
-- going into the winter of 2017, the 800 square foot greenhouse was full and overflowing
--we moved in the summer of 2017 and sold the above greenhouse...and replaced it at
the new abode with two greenhouses totaling a little over 900 square feet

My heartfelt thanks to my wonderful family and friends.  If not for them, I'd never have
made the decision to try something new.  My thanks to anyone and everyone who has  
purchased plants from us over the years.  I greatly appreciate it.  Progress continues on
building up the Oregon operation.  It's slow, but we're growing.  God Bless.
The sun sets on my last time
inside the greenhouse in
Michigan.  Click thumbnail for
larger view.
Daylily #2006101, now
named Midwest Sunset.  This
is my first Hemerocallis
hybrid.  Click on thumbnail for
larger view.
Propagation of daylilies in
October 2011 at the nursery.  
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Aurora greenhouse in June,
2012...months before
relocating everything to
Woodburn greenhouse
upon completion in 2013.  
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Keizer Greenhouse 1,  
September, 2017.  Click
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Keizer Greenhouse 2,
November, 2017.  Click
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Keizer Greenhouse 1
irrigation system going
in...January, 2018.  Click
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