At work with Alison: Freed's Greenhouse

Published: Jun. 7, 2018 at 5:52 PM EDT
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David Freed grew up with his hands in the dirt. Freed was raised on a farm in Bridgeport, but it was his time working for WatchTower farms in New York where he developed his passion for plants.

"Working with things God created. All these different flowers for us to enjoy and all the different plants, and all the different vegetables for you to eat," he said.

In 1980, Freed returned to the farm in Bridgeport and opened Freed's Greenhouse.

"I had been raising plants for some of the local stores and decided we didn't have enough room so we started this," said Freed.

The business started as one small greenhouse but has grown to over 29,000 square feet and attracts customers from all over the country. Freed says small businesses like his offer more variety than big-box stores.

"If you go to your big stores, they limit you on what you're going to get. Our stuff is fresh, we raise everything in packs, we start here," he said.

Growing plants is tough, round-the-clock work that starts with planting season in February and ends with the sale of their famous mums in late fall.

"We start out with a lot of the different flowers and by the early part of March, we're doing vegetables."

Freed says the most rewarding part of the job seeing the joy on customers faces when they take home his plants.

"Watch them grow, watch the customers pick them out, that gives you a lot of satisfaction," he said.

Check out some of Freed's tips for beginning gardeners at

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