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lima greenhouses, formerly "Gotheman Greenhouses", was established in 1930 by Henry Gothman.
The eldest son, Joe, is the head grower and their younger daughter, Nichole, splits her time between being a shipping manager and working in the office. In all, the company employs about 100 people from Washington to Idaho with their two growing facilities and Vicki's Garden Center.
Current owners Eddie and Vicki Lima have spent most of their lives in the greenhouse business. Eddie Lima began working in the greenhouses when he started high school. The current Lima Greenhouse office was originally the house he grew up in. Vicki met Eddie in high school and began working with his family and learning how to propagate and maintain the plants.
Cecil and his family owned and operated the business until 1970 when it was again passed on to their daughter and son-in-law, Marian and Ed Lima. During their ownership, the business expanded to approximately 25,000 square feet of greenhouse in order to meet the growing demand for bedding plants.
That hard work paid off. In the 25 years they were in the business, they expanded the operation to 4 greenhouses and a fifth in the works. When they retired in 2012 they passed on the business to their son Eddie and daughter-in-law, Vicki.
The Jared family mainly grew bedding plants and shrubs in the spring and hothouse tomatoes in the winter. During their careers they became well known for their quality plants and warm, friendly personalities. Recently, we asked Ed what was most memorable about his career and he joked "Long hours and low pay".
In his lifetime he started and operated no less than five businesses. The most successful of his endeavors began when be built his first greenhouse in 1930. This 700 ft greenhouse is the foundation for the current Vicki's Garden Center. In it Henry raised cabbage and celery starts to support his truck farming operation. Back then, buyers would bring their own trucks to a farm, load up the produce and take it straight to market. As the market expanded, Henry began to grow other vegetable starts and eventually moved into growing a small supply of bedding plants.