Huffman's Greenhouse was an example of how one's hobby and skill were converted to a business.
Henry Huffman was Chief Mechanic at the Trumbull County Garage. His hobby was growing flowers. He had planted a rose garden centered with a lily pond and surrounded with a white picket fence. A small hobby greenhouse was added in 1930. In the greenhouse Huffman raised vegetable plants for his garden.
Huffman's plants were considered by friends as superior. Word spread. When he left his job, he built a larger greenhouse and was soon swamped with customers. Three more greenhouses were soon needed to keep up with the demand, especially for weddings, banquets, and holidays. With his wife Alice, and his three sisters-in-law, Huffman was kept busy transplanting and growing plants and designing floral arrangements.
The greenhouses have been demolished.
This article is adapted from Vienna, Ohio, "Where We Live and Let Live": Town 4, Range 2 of the Connecticut Western Reserve (Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1999), p. 259.