Kevin and Jennifer Ferguson are picking up what the older generation has laid down, owning and operating Hickory Hill Florist & Garden Center.

Kevin’s parents, Ben and Darlene Ferguson, recently sold their business on Nashville Street in Russellville to their son and daughter-in-law. The couple purchased the greenhouses five years before.

Hickory Hill Garden Center began more than 45 years ago with a few greenhouses and a small area behind Johnny Guion’s grocery store. It is now one of the most utilized businesses in the community.

Kevin’s mother retired in September. His father a few years before that.

Now with close to 40 greenhouses and a thriving business on Nashville Street in Russellville, the Ferguson dream has grown into quite a legacy to hand down.

“I have worked in the plant and flower business all my life,” said Kevin. “I worked with my dad at the greenhouses from the time I was a small kid. I love seeing what we grow and how it makes the members of our community happy.”

What began as a few plants here and there, has grown into a state-of-the-art facility on the Ferguson farm in Olmstead. The business is a 24-7 and must be tended to continually.

“We have a lot of good people who work for us,” said Jennifer. “We are able to be successful because of their dedication.”

Some of those who work for the Fergusons include Holly Celsor and the Meagan Ferguson (Kevin and Jennifer’s daughter). New to Hickory Hill, but certainly not new to the flower business, is Mary Lynn Milam, who owned and operated The Blossom Shop in Russellville.

“We are very happy to have Mary Lynn and all of her experience here at Hickory Hill,” said Kevin. “She brings with her amazing talents, as well as a great love for the community and what she does. We are blessed to have her as part of our family.”

Along with the Nashville Street location, Kevin runs a 40 customer wholesale business in the region. He sells plants to independent businesses in Kentucky and Tennessee including the Army-Air Force Exchange.

“My mom and dad laid a great foundation, and now because of them, the sky is the limit. They worked hard their entire life and we are honored to be able to continue their work,” said Kevin.

There will be a Customer Appreciation Day Saturday, Oct. 7 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy themselves. There will be grilling going on, along with lots of vendors.

“This is a time we want to set aside and say ‘thank you’ to all of those who have supported my family and our business throughout the years,” Kevin added.