What others saw as an old nursery that had fallen into disrepair, the Trifilo family saw as a great family business opportunity.

When the option to lease the nursery presented itself, the Trifilos – John, Carolyn and son, David – jumped at the chance and Trifilo Garden Center blossomed to life.

“We wanted to bring a nursery back to Murphys,” said David Trifilo, who had been involved in landscaping at a young age, which he credits with piquing his lifelong interest in plants.

His landscaping knowledge was put to work as they laid out the flow of the nursery and the various rock gardens and walls.

“We tried to follow the existing footprint, but we had a good month and a half of hard cleanup and then setup,” David Trifilo said.

That hard work by father and son has paid off.

“I love being around plants, and I enjoy being around people shopping for plants,” David Trifilo said. “People shopping for plants are happy people.”

“I am definitely excited that a nursery is back,” said Arnold resident Carol Tregenza, complimenting the extensive selection of plants and the creative landscaping. As an avid nursery shopper, Tregenza is happy to “be able to shop locally.”

While David Trifilo works the counter and maintains the grounds, his mother Carolyn Trifilo handles the ordering and the accounting, and has what some of her employees call the “magic touch” when displaying plants.

“She is an amazing interior designer,” said Mary Fiero, Trifilo Garden Center’s resident plant expert. Fiero said Carolyn Trifilo’s skills transferred well to the business.

“She color coordinates everything without thinking about it. I like to call her talent ‘exterior design,’” Fiero said.

Fiero helps customers discover which plants will grow well in their zone, as well as when and where to plant. Though Carolyn Trifilo warns, “She always has a story to tell.”

“It’s true,” Fiero said with a laugh. “I always have amazing stories about plants.”

Fiero also enjoys a little plant detective work and welcomes customers to bring in snippings of plants they would like to learn more about.

Trifilo Garden Center carries a large selection of flowers, shrubs, trees and fruit trees, and is always expanding the selection weekly.

Special orders are welcome, yet are based on availability.

“We will continue to add plants, statuary, pots and seasonal items such as pumpkins for Halloween and Christmas trees for Christmas,” David Trifilo said. He even hinted at possibly adding water features.

Trifilo Garden Center, 88 Highway 4, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information visit trifilogardencenter.com or call 822-3460.

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