Newton's Plum Crazy Greenhouse
playing 'beat the clock' with winter
A sign out front displays the Plum
Crazy logo. The greenhouse has been in business since
2006. / Photo by Rachel Christensen
November 7, 2008 | NEWTON -- Two months ago Colleen
Woodward started a project she thought would last two
weeks. In two days, the race against daylight and cold
weather will end and the project will finally be complete.
The project, building an additional structure for
her business, Plum Crazy Greenhouse, really began two
years ago when Woodward purchased the structures from
a man in Idaho. Woodward said she immediately put up
the first structure and started her greenhouse business
in 2006. This May, Woodward began to put up the second
"I've got a third if I want to use it," Woodward said.
"I joke with my neighbors, if I ever decide to put the
third one up they should remind me how long it took
to put this one up."
Half of the new greenhouse building will consist of
planting soil. Woodward said this soil will expand her
growing season by allowing her to start growing earlier
in the year as well as protecting the plants during
the colder months.
Plum Crazy Greenhouse carries flowers, perennials,
vegetables and a few trees and shrubs, Woodward said.
Most of her customers come from local towns like Tremonton
and Clarkston, but she said she does have customers
from Logan on occasion.
Woodward said her business is typically busiest from
May until the end of June, so the country's ailing economy
hasn't had a large impact on her business so far. She
said although she hopes the economy rebounds by next
May, she isn't too worried about her business.
"People always like gardens," Woodward said.
Woodward said her love of plants started at Western
Gardens in Sandy, Utah, where she worked for 15 years.
The name Plum Crazy was developed by Woodward and her
husband and kids. She said the name is a play on the
phrase "plumb crazy" and was used to jokingly describe
the first hectic year of starting a business.
Woodward said she is planning on celebrating the completion
of the new structure, though she isn't sure how to appropriately
celebrate the unexpected months of hard labor.
"[In celebration] I'm gonna burn my tools," Woodward
The new structure at right will allow for expansion.
/ Photo by Rachel Christensen