By Ellen Babin
Pilot staff writer
Twenty years in the nursery industry and a love for the area inspired George and Cheryl Gower to begin Plant 'N' Pet Solutions in Brookings.
Plant 'N' Pet Solutions, 505 Hemlock St., is targeted at selling and leasing plants and aquariums for businesses and homes.
George Gower, who specializes in bonsai, learned the art while working in Japan and on subsequent trips.
Bonsai specimens are ordinary trees and shrubs which are dwarfed by a system of pruning roots and branches; and training branches by tying them to wires.
According to Gowan, his wife Cheryl "played a strong and supportive role in the business. In addition to bookkeeping, she still helps fine tune each bonsai."
In addition to bonsai, Gower specializes in setting up and caring for aquariums. The store includes both
wall-mounted and tabletop models.
Each aquarium is unique; Gower concentrates on every little detail. He likes the colors of the fish to complement each other and the accessories in the tank to match.
Before moving to Brookings little more than a month ago, the couple lived in Medford. They used the Rogue Valley as a central point to be closer to their two daughters and three grandchildren.
Before moving to Medford, the Gowers operated a retail nursery in Idaho.
Not ready to retire, George and Cheryl traveled up and down the coast. They decided that Brookings was the place they wanted to live.
In addition to being close to their son, who has cerebral palsy, the move gave them the opportunity to open their new business.
This month, classes on "Beginning Bonsai" are planned. More classes will be held, including pruning, gardening, houseplant care or "anything that relates to plants and trees," Gower said.
To reach Plant 'N' Pet Solutions, phone (541) 301-8133.