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By David Knopf/Richmond News
Former customers of one of the Richmond area’s greenest thumbs can relax. The Cox’s Greenhouse building next to the former Larry’s True Value may be gone, but Bruce White’s plants should be back next spring.
Best known for his vegetable and flowering plants, White said Friday that in October he expects to begin building an 80-by-30 greenhouse, and possibly a second structure, on two lots just west of Richmond’s city limits.
“I have an agreement with (Our Place owner Andy) Skiles,” said White, 68, member of a family involved with greenhouse plants for three generations. “If nothing goes wrong, we’re going to put up a 2,500-foot facility like we had.
“And if everything goes right, we should be cooking a crop by Valentine’s Day.”
For years, Ray Countians have bought plants from White, his wife Sue (a member of the Cox family) and before that, White’s grandfather, Ted Cox, and his great-grandfather, William Cox. For a time, White said the family owned the former White’s Greenhouse (now Carpenter’s) in Carrollton.
“We’ve been at it so long it’s in our genes,” he said. “I was raised up under a greenhouse bench.”
White isn’t speaking figuratively. When he was little, his mother brought him to the greenhouse when it was located maybe a half-mile east of Our Place, the bar and grill on Business 10 Highway.