Mickey Newyear has a passion for growing new things as well as collecting old ones.
Newyear grows and sells fresh cut flowers and operates an antique store on her 6-acre farm in Hopewell.
Newyear and her husband Bob have had a longtime passion for gardening, planting their first flowers together when they lived in a small apartment complex when Bob was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev.
“They had a tree in the front that had a square around it and I asked the people running it if we could plant something there and keep the hose trickling, otherwise nothing would grow there in the summer,” she said.
The Newyears planted some flowers and were hooked on gardening, she said.
“When we left, that tree was almost twice as tall and bushy as any other in the neighborhood,” she said. “From then on, we have gardened.”
The Newyears live just off Highway 47 in a quaint, two-story farmhouse situated in the midst of an extensive garden, complete with a stone-laden veranda in the back and pathways to other gardens, greenhouses and the antique store, which in the early 1900s was the Hopewell General Store.
“It’s my husband’s goal not to have any grass,” she said.
The Newyears grow many varieties of flowers for bouquets, including sunflowers, bluebonnets (some of which are red), stock, delphinium, and several varieties of larkspur, just to name a few.
Although they have three greenhouses, Newyear said they don’t grow anything in the winter, but some more delicate flowers they grow in them from spring until fall.
The Newyears have sold their cut flowers both wholesale and retail, but have scaled down the business this year because they no longer want to have to drive long distances, Newyear said.
They are looking into selling at a local farmer’s market instead, and still provide fresh flowers for their church in Holstein, as they have for the past five years.
On some weekends, from early fall to Christmas, a few weeks before Easter, and in the summer until the Fourth of July, Newyear opens her other business, the antique store.
The store still has the aura of its early days as the town’s only shopping venue, with much of the same decor, including the original counter.
On the shelves today, are relics of times past, including antique dinnerware, glassware, and knickknacks that would suit the taste of just about any variety of collector, from gnomes to tiny tea services.
Near Easter, Christmas and Halloween, Newyear puts out vintage holiday decor.
The antique shop presently is open weekends until after the Fourth of July.