May 15, 2016

Gardening duo finds success through listening

Lynn Jenne, left, and Tony Piontek of Garden Tenders pose at Lynn's home in West Rutland Friday morning.

Robert Layman / Staff Photo

Lynn Jenne, left, and Tony Piontek of Garden Tenders pose at Lynn's home in West Rutland Friday morning.

WEST RUTLAND – Garden Tenders came to fruition in 2015 under the green thumbs of Lynn Jenne and Tony Piontek. Based in West Rutland, the two passionate gardeners serve clients throughout Rutland County, as well as the Ludlow and Woodstock areas. Here, Jenne tells how their business has bloomed.

What is the nature of your business?

Garden Tenders’ tag line is “Planning, Planting, Pampering.” Whether it be perennials, trees, shrubs, or vegetables, we offer garden design, installation & maintenance. This includes weeding, edging, mulching, pruning, garden rejuvenation, coaching, creative container gardens, and spring & fall garden cleanup, all with organic practices. We’ll work independently or alongside the homeowner.

What was the inspiration behind creating your business?

Garden Tenders was formed by two lifelong friends who share a deep passion for gardening, the outdoors, healthful foods and sustainable, beautiful natural surroundings. Tony and I have more than 50 years of combined gardening experience in creating and maintaining beautiful, artful flower gardens and delicious, nutritious home-grown vegetables. Because of this passion, and the need for these services in the areas we cover, we formed Garden Tenders.

How did you get to where you are today?

Thanks to our loyal customers and through word of mouth, our business has grown. Our focus remains on providing the best service, quality workmanship, healthy plants, and helpful, accurate advice.

What makes your company unique? What is the most interesting aspect of your company?

Garden Tenders strives to really listen to what our customers want their landscape to look like. Gardens really are an extension of the homeowner’s personality, so we want to get to know their style, color preferences, maintenance requirements, and the general feel they want to experience when in their gardens. We always explain the need for proper siting of plants, soil & fertilizer requirements, and maintenance so people know what to expect in the years to come. It is also very important to us to understand and stay within the homeowner’s gardening budget.

Why Rutland County?

We have both lived in the area since childhood and absolutely love the community, the landscape, and the changing seasons. We have found a need for our type of services, whether it be for local residents or second-home owners.

As a business-owner, what is the most important lesson you have learned?

As business owners, the most important lesson we have learned is to continue our practice of really listening to our customers, providing accurate information, always being flexible in scheduling, and to be prepared for the unexpected.

Contact Information

Garden Tenders can be reached at 802-770-9583 (Lynn), 802-353-3192 (Tony) or via email: gardentendersvt@gmail.com. Our new website is gardentendersvt.com

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Joanna Tebbs Young is a freelance writer and writing workshop facilitator living in Rutland. Contact her at joanna@rutlandreader.com, wisdomwithinink.com, facebook.com/TheWritersRoomatAllenHouse or on Twitter at @jtebbsyoung.

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