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Re: Starting a nursery

I work on as as-needed basis for a friend who has green houses here. She mostly sells to gardening centers, landscape architects and designers. However, she also does landscape design -- especially with containers. I have a great deal of fun working with her. Today we began preparing 4" pots for planting some new babies that are expected to arrive any day. We'll also need enough for the 900 pansy plants already ordered for next spring.
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 3:14 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Starting a nursery

Yes, the name is the hardest part to come up with. I have been through that
twice now.
I have never incorporated. There is no particular reason why either.
Mostly I'm thinking about the tax benefits, liability, and future
expansion to include employees.

I'd say liability is the biggest issue.  If the nursery is sued by
my land would probably remain safe (over-generalization here, but
still relatively true).  If everything's in my name I could be sued
for everything that I own.

Why would I get sued?  I have no clue.  But today's litigious society
seems to foster lots of lawsuits that almost seem surreal.  Maybe some
kid climbs through the fence and gnaws on an Aconitum root.  Maybe
someone gets Legionnaire's Disease from the potting medium that was
used.  Maybe someone buys something illegal in their state and tries
passing the buck when they're caught.

Liability scares the heck out of me.  :(


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