Timberline Gardens, a west metro nursery, is closing after nearly two decades.

The nursery will permanently close its doors at the end of September, making way for a residential development.

But running an establishment that grows many of the plants it sells — as opposed to ordering them from wholesalers — and deals as well in soil, compost, rock, fertilizer, tools and classes, is often grueling.

And then there are the winter months with fewer customers, but no cessation in expenses.

The owners, Jill and Charles Richardson, are retiring from their home, where they’ve lived since 1985. Charles mentioned he will try to keep the store’s phone line on for about a year to help customers find plants and products.

Read the original story from The Denver Post, found here.