When customers walk into Denton Plant Factory, a bright mosaic of color greets them. Large gerbera daisy baskets, salvia and dianthus populate the front section of the nursery for now, but the varieties are rotated regularly, making room for new life as more plants come in.
As guests make their way to the back of the space, they exit through a garage door to an oasis of shrubbery, fruit trees and other plants stretching across an ever-expanding green space on the 4.2-acre property.
The inventory customers see today is just a start, if you ask Simon Fuhrmann and Hunter Zmolik, co-owners of Denton Plant Factory, located at 1421 N. Loop 288 near University Drive. Indoor plants as well as soil, mulch and other gardening supplies occupy the 7,700 square feet of enclosed space in the property’s two warehouses, while much of the nursery’s trees, shrubs and perennials bloom in shop’s vast outdoor space.
With almost 1,000 plant species in stock, just under 25% of the space has been filled, Zmolik said.
“I think in our vision, we saw a space this big [as being] kind of what Denton needed on this side of town,” Zmolik said.
Having formerly worked with the Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystem Research Facility to restore native plant populations and briefly in landscaping, Zmolik has a long relationship with all things green. He studied, among other things,…