Dodd's Famiy Tree to close shop


JOHN DODDS stands outside his business, Dodds’ Family Tree Nursery. Open since 1977, the nursery will close its doors on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Dodds has sold the property and plans to pursue other ventures. — Standard-Radio Post photo

Business a Main Street fixture since opening in 1977

After 37 years in operation, Dodds’ Family Tree Nursery and Florist — located at 515 West Main Street — will close its doors effective Wednesday, Nov. 27.

“This business has been nothing but a blessing since we opened in 1977,” owner John Dodds said. “In 37 years, we have had our ups and downs but overall this community has given me and my family more than I could ever give back.”

 “Dodds’ Family Tree was built on the premise that if you sell a quality product and have the expertise to go with it, beautiful, healthy yards, gardens, flowers and plants will be the result,” he added. “For 37 years, we have delivered this quality in landscape, nursery and floral. Beautification has always been our aim.”

Dodds purchased the land which later became Dodds’ Family Tree Nursery and Florist in the fall of 1976 from the Rahe family and began remodeling the old used car dealership that had previously been on that site. 

A 600-year old oak tree at the heart of the property became the inspiration for the business’s name.

The business opened its doors for the first time on Jan. 2, 1977, with Jack Nixon becoming the first customer.

“It was freezing in the single digits. He didn’t need that six cubic feet bundle of peat moss, that day,” Dodds said. “I know he did it just to encourage two young entrepreneurs.”

At the time they opened the business, six-month-old son Nathan played in a play pen in the central part of the shop while Dodds and his wife Juli offered advice and products to Hill Country gardeners of Fredericksburg.

“The business plan offered the personal guidance and professional advice that is often lacking in larger chain stores,” Dodds said.

His plans for the future include continuing landscape consultation, design and installation. Dodds was one of the first local landscapers to begin the practice of xeriscape landscaping, which is use of native plants to conserve water and afford low maintenance gardening.

“I have been considering a sale for several years so that I could pursue other interests,” Dodds said. “Recently, I was presented with an offer on the property and decided it was time.”

He has also been involved in prison ministry in Texas and Central and South America for many years as well as on a team providing veterinary services in Honduras.

“This will give me an opportunity to expand those pursuits,” Dodds said. “I leave this business with a humble and grateful heart for all of the support I gotten over the past 37 years.”

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