When I first decided to start Emerald Finish, I knew the road was going to be long and hard with many ups and downs. In the beginning, I was working a full time job at a private estate where I was the head gardener and greenhouse manager. It was where I acquired my passion for growing and was completely submerged into a landscape.
My boss, Anna, and I worked closely together and had a level of respect for one another that surpassed boss employee standards. We quickly became family. The yard became my own to care for, nurture, and mold above and beyond. Over the last 5 years, I have learned so much about myself and what I am capable of. Anna has always supported me in all of my endeavors and encouraged me to keep pushing Emerald Finish forward, even if it meant not being at her house as often.
This year her house has sold and she is moving. It is a sad but necessary change. It wasn’t until just recently that it sunk in that I wasn’t going to be growing annuals, veggies, dahlias, begonias and perennials. No babying them, singing to them, watching them mature, no planting, no hands in the dirt. It was a bittersweet feeling that honestly made me pretty sad. Not to mention I was out of a permanent employer, no security net.
This is where having a network of incredible people is extremely important. In this line of work, having trustworthy fellow Gardeners/Growers/Landscapers and having a solid reputation is the key to success. Plus the personal drive and motivation it takes to get up each day at 4am and take care of all things growing under the sun. Through a great friend of mine Kari, owner of The Greenhouse, I was introduced to The Gozzer Ranch and will be working for them each spring. That is a blessing since I am no longer with Anna.
This is the year that Emerald Finish will be moving to the next level. I will be meeting with a close friend and client that will be mentoring me on how to take it there. The goal for this year is to get a few trustworthy people working for me. That is a bigger feat than you would think. What we do is not easy and is not for everyone. There is sacrifice of self. Your body is exhausted, sore, and exposed to every element Idaho can throw at it from March to November. There are no sick days, paid time off, and no paid benefits. Why do I do it then…..well I would rather work for myself and take joy in what my mind and hands can accomplish. Putting my hand in the dirt each day, molding a landscape to become a work of art, and seeing happy clients look at their yard in awe. That is why I do it. I love my job. Being in this field is the first time I have felt successful at what I do. It has been my life for the past 9 years. I wouldn’t change it for the world.
The next level starts with weeding through countless people to see who has what it takes to uphold the Emerald Finishes High end detailed quality grooming and Finish work. I have high standards for myself and work, and hold myself personally accountable for every plant on a client’s property. I can’t control nature, so I give myself a break if it wreaks havoc on plants during the season. Some things are out of my control, and all you can do is pray it all works out. J
I take great joy in my work. Each day I am humbled by all that has happened so far and how greatly blessed I am to have such amazing clients and friends. Without the amazing network of people, God, and extremely hard work and perseverance I would not be where I am today as an owner of my own business.
This journey has just begun. Let’s see where it goes from here.
If you want to join me, my door is open.
~Get your hands dirty and give back to the soil that your life depends upon~