The Secrists’ business started back in the newspaper days when yard sale ads were sprinkled throughout the classified section. Advertising a ‘real yard sale,’ Nedra says that people showed up expecting something completely different. Visitors arrived and strolled into a beautiful yard full of budding and blooming perennials.
Back then, if a shopper spotted a particular plant growing in the Secrists’ yard, Donrey or Nedra would dig it up right then and there and sell it.
“We’d dig starts, and put them in pots,” says Donrey, “and that’s what we were selling."
Many of the shoppers ended up leaving with their arms full of flowers. The experiment was so successful that a tradition was born: Secrist Gardens.
Pretty quickly, the Secrists realized that they were giving away too much. Every time a plant was sold, it went out the door with a valuable shovel full of soil from their garden. That set the Secrists on a search for the perfect soil for growing in Utah.