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16, 1990 e @ :i i: By Jnathan wright :i Mention plants and nurseries, i~and many folks in the Greenbrier ~ Valley think immediately of Carson Looking east on U.S. 60, around 1935. At right is the Greenbrier Polo Field, near White Sulphur Springs, i~Turner. The 65-year-old purveyor of :lltrees, shrubs, and houseplants has .;ibeen at it since childhood, making ~ihim one of the area's unofficial au- i~thorities on gardens and landscap- i;iing. ?d "Dealing with living things has ='~en my life. It's always been a t~allenge competing with the ele- ments--struggling through those times when the weather's too hot, ~o cold, too wet, or too dry. ~rough working with plants in all Ir,4tuat~ons I have enjoyed being able use their beauty to create beauti- ~1 landscapes--to change some- ~ing 'blah' into a magnificent pic- ~re." ,,, Mr Turner works from his new ~rden shop and warehouse three ~iles north of White Sulphur Springs on Route 92 at Mapledale. How- ever, most area residents best re- member his headquarters at the northwest corner of' the former Greenbrier Airport, on U. S. 60 be- tween White Sulphur Springs and Harts Run. The acreage was once used as The Greenbrier polo fields Mr Turner ran his business there from 1958 until1986. Plant-growing acreage was at the southern end of the airport property. The history of the Turner family's White Sulphur Springs Nursery be- gan with the arrival of Frank S. La- Bar in the Greenbrier Valley early in the century. The LaBar family had earlier established a nursery opera- tion in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, and began traveling to the moun- tains of North Carolina and West Virginia for rhododendron, hem- locks, azaleas, mountain laurel, and other native plants. Eventua;ty they established a plant in Mapledale known as LaBar's Rhododendron Nursery. Mr Turner's father Harry managed the business from 1928 until his death in 1947. In his boyhood Mr Turner learned the trade by helping his father and other staff members during the sum- mer, doing the watering and other odd jobs. His involvement with the nursery was interrupted in 1943 when he went into the Air Force to serve in the European Theater of World War II. While stationed in England and serving as radio opera- tor with the Eighth Air Force, he was shot down on his twelfth mission over Germany and was held pris- oner at Barth, on the Baltic Sea in northern Germany, from December 1944 until May 1945. He then returned to White Sulphur Springs to help with the nursery. When his father died in Extra Ordinary Reductions on Ladies and Mens Fall and Winter Fashions Save to storewide Sale ends JanuarY 27th 647-5000 J I i i ii i i, i Lewisburg AMEX - VISA - MASTERcARD - YARID'S CI lARGE Daily 9:30-5:30 Carson Turner new facilities was held in Septem- ber, 1986. The nursery now grows its plants on a 300-acre farm leased from the Temp Gillespie family near Blue Bend. Mr Turner is a certified landscape architect with the West Virginia State Board of Landscape Archi- tects. His nursery has landscaping accounts as far away as Parkers- burg, Clarksburg, Bristol, Charlot- tesville, and Washington, D. C. and has done work for The Greenbrier Hotel, The Homestead, and the Dunmore home of Senator Jay Rockefeller. He has received an award from the West Virginia Gar- den Club "for outstanding achieve- ment in community beautification." He has twice been president of both the Mid-Atlantic Nurserymen's Asso- ciation and the West Virginia Nurserymen's Association and is on the Board of Governors of the American Association of Nursery- men. Mr Turner is quick to tell why he enjoys his work. "Dealing with the outdoors and the fresh air, being close to nature and God--it's great. It's a prwilege being able to joyment to people from living making the world a better which to live. "Last month during a party at our church, the Men's group members each brief synopsis of what they living. I told them I feel Adam. He pruned the Eden---I prune everywhere!" Mr Turner was born in yon and has lived in the area life. He is married to the tha Valentine. The couple daughter and five grandchili Their only son Harry was hunting accident in 1986. The White Sulphur Springs has been much like an family to Mr Turner. "1 people here are tops to work I'm walking down the street into a restaurant, it's not lot someone starts talking to me something that's wrong with or plant, asking my advice. It me feel like a really needed the community. I like that one contact in what I do." 1947, Mr Turner took over as man- ager, a position he served in until 1957, when he bought the branch business from LaBar's and re- named it White Sulphur Springs Nursery. The next year he acquired the familiar airport property from Conner and Amos Nursery of Char- leston, which had established a branch nursery operation at that lo- cation. "Then, in 1959, we expanded our operations to include a garden shop and also added more acreage to our lease," he explains. "We ended up leasing about 70 acres all together from the City of White Sulphur Springs, which then owned the property ." A land trade in the mid-80's re- sulted in the airport property, includ- ing the nursery acreage, going to The Greenbrier Hotel. As a result, the Turner family began planning to move their business back to its origi- nal location at Mapledale. A display area, garden shop, and warehouse were built. The grand opening of the p. 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