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Earth and Sky nursery: the delightful dream of the horticulturist

Cheney Free Press of Cheney, Washington

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Some people can create beauty with a tiny seed, a little dirt, some water, and a bit of sunshine. Some call the process "dirt therapy." Some call it inspiration. I call it Earth and Sky nursery.

Tim and Nicole McCrea began their nursery business three years ago. The McCreas are busy people. Even Timmy, their eight-year-old son, helps by hauling plants in his wagon.

Tim McCrea already had horticultural and landscape experience in the past which he enjoyed. He had an idea to add the nursery to the family's Spokane Asphalt business. One day while they were driving around Nicole McCrea thought of a name for the nursery.

"Earth and Sky," she said. "It just seemed to fit."

Their location on Thomas Mallen Road is situated in the midst of a fast developing area. With gas prices beginning to soar, more people will be looking for a business that is closer to home where they can find just what they want.

Margy Swenson, who works at the nursery said, "It's so pleasant here. The fragrance and color capture your imagination." One of Earth and Sky's specialties is xeriscape, a type of landscaping for. perennials that are drought tolerant.

Tim McCrea said, "We want to be known as a garden center.

We teach people how to propagate plants, to use raised beds." There is a wide variety of fruit, deciduous and evergreen trees to choose from. Nicole McCrea said, "We can special order trees for our customers." The McCreas sell top soil, bark and decorative material, including rocks, as well.

Nicole McCrea said, "People have asked if they could have a wedding here. Some want to rent baskets of flowers for special occasions." What a novel idea!

Even though the continuing cold has delayed some spring plans, Nicole McCrea has a remedy. "It's spring in the greenhouse," she said. "The tomatoes are ready to plant. Your vegetables will be ready for your garden." How about the luscious strawberries just waiting to be tucked into a place all their own at your home?

For a touch of ambience, the McCreas play Hawaiian music on weekends. There will be Mother's Day specials with coffee and cookies for customers. Earth and Sky is open during the week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays fromflO a.m. until 4 p.m.

Margy Swenson said, "Earth And Sky's atmosphere is tranquil." I say it's lyrical. You might want to wander in and add your own adjective to the list.

Luella Dow is a Cheney-area author who can be reached at

Original Publication Date: May 5, 2011

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