Wind ruins Phippsburg greenhouse |

Wind ruins Phippsburg greenhouse

Gust lifts front half of greenhouse, places it on back half

A gust of wind Saturday morning lifted the front section of the South Routt Nursery's greenhouse and resettled it on the back section. No one was hurt.
Paulie Anderson

— Whipping winds lifted the front 50 feet of the greenhouse at South Routt Nursery in Phippsburg this morning, twisting the canvas around to where it settled on the back half of the greenhouse.

Nursery Manager Paulie Anderson said the wind struck at about 11 a.m.

“It’s actually two greenhouses, but they were connected in the middle to form one greenhouse, and the front half, we had a … door separating the two, and the first half just sort of picked up and reached critical height, I guess, and it sort of twisted back on itself.”

Amazingly, the nursery didn’t lose any plants and lost only a few products, Anderson said, and no one was injured. He said the sounds of canvas ripping and metal twisting made the experience eerie and surreal.

“Watching it was like seeing a YouTube video live,” he said. “It was one of those things you don’t expect to see.”

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The nursery plans to offer 30 percent off annuals Sunday and will offer deals through next week.

Anderson said the operators already were considering replacing the greenhouse. They’d gone so far as to get prices for a new one, but they decided to hold off for a bit. Today’s gust caused a “total loss.”

“It’s one of those things that could prove to be a blessing in disguise,” he said. “We were looking at some new greenhouses and some ways to start our season a little earlier. Now with no greenhouse, we’ll have to get moving.”

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