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In March 1981, Mable Tsugawa opened the doors to Tsugawa Nursery. She had no experience running a plant nursery, but her determination, willingness to learn, and never-give-up attitude became the foundation of a 40 year success story...and an inspiration to all of us.

This year, we celebrate Mable's amazing legacy with a look back at some of the pictures, articles and events that have appeared over the past four decades. We will continue to post new content to this page through the year. Join us as we celebrate Mable, George and the entire Tsugawa family.

APRIL 30, 2021

The Story of Mable's Wisteria

About 20 years ago, Mable Tsugawa found a wisteria vine in the nursery that was quickly outgrowing its container.  She asked Harry, one of the employees, to "Do something with it!  It's out of control!"  Harry had a lot of experience with fruit trees, but was at a loss of what to do with the wisteria.  So, he braided the vines and staked it up.  If took off, as wisteria does.  Eventually the stake broke and we were delighted with the result of the bent over vine.  We think it gives it a very stunning and exotic look.  Mable said we could never sell this wisteria tree, she loved it too much.  But we like to bring it out every year at the height of  its glory. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

APRIL 1, 2021

From February 24, 1982, Richard Spiro of the Longview Daily News interviewed Mable Tsugawa on the occastion of the first anniversary of Tsugawa Nursery. The article paints an interesting picture of the early days of this fledgling business and the woman who turned a dream into reality.


APRIL 1, 2021

A collection of advertisements. Check out some of the early newspaper ads from Tsugawa Nursery on our Advertisements page.


MARCH 1, 2021

Garden Time, the weekly local gardening show also has a companion magazine. In their March 2021 issue, they take a look at the 40 year history of Tsugawa Nursery in a loving tribute to Mable Tsugawa and the legacy she has left for all of us.

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