He may be the founder and director of Perry Wellness Center, but being “the boss” doesn’t mean that Stuart Perry spends all his time behind a desk. His leadership is demonstrated by example, so on any new project, he will be the first to pick up a garden hose, a basketball, or a recovery plan.
These days, Stuart frequently picks up a rake to help clean up spring gardens
on the blooming campus. A particular focus is the greenhouse areas, where traffic increases this time of year.
“My mom and dad had greenhouses behind our home in Buena Vista,” Stuart recalls. “They were always immaculate and ready for customers and neighbors to come and enjoy. I guess my desire to make a good grounds presentation came from them!”
Stuart frequently walks all of the garden areas to check on their condition and the progress that his being made by the center’s garden preparation team. “I want to get all of this designed and presented for the maximum enjoyment of customers,” he explains.
“Some have said that we are trying to look like Callaway Gardens," he notes with a smile. “That is a pretty place, and to be on their level would be wonderful.”
In the meantime, he’ll enjoy a bit of manual labor in his smaller southwest Georgia garden paradise.
In the photo above, Stuart Perry rakes one of the garden walkways near Happy Patch Market.