The story of Pierce Street Gardens, and its unlikely beginning
EUGENE, Ore. - Outside of a residential home on Pierce St. in Eugene, you’ll find Marcia Peeters, surrounded by a lot of plants.
But, Pierce Street Gardens happened all by accident.
When Peeters and her friends from Wisconsin were visiting Eugene forty years ago, they got into a car crash.
“The car was not repairable for six to eight weeks, and what ended up happening was that we ran out of money, and had decided we needed to get jobs,” Marcia Peeters, owner of Pierce Street Gardens, said.
So, she made a home for herself in Eugene and worked forestry and park and recreational job for only a few years until she was laid off.
“Somebody gave me a plant to sell to help me bridge the gap between getting laid off and finding another job. At that point, I went - plant rescue, there might be an opportunity for this,” Peeters said.
Marcia started taking in non-invasive plants that were thrown away by people and making them healthy again – which created Pierce Street Gardens.
But, over the last ten years, Marcia has gained a lot of customers. So, she eventually had to buy plants from sellers around Oregon.
Marcia plans to retire in a few years, but she said she needs to make sure her plants will be taken care of before she can even think about that.