Not every young entrepreneur begins his career in the seventh grade, but Kyle Atchison bought his first lawn mower and started his business with 10 customers. His business grew over the years to 35 lawns a week. Realizing his future would be in this area, after high school graduation, Kyle attended Jefferson Technical College and earned his degree in the two-year horticulture program.
Realizing that he needed to diversify, he hired employees and expanded into landscape installation and maintenance for his customer base. By 2006 he was not only doing work in Henry County but traveling to surrounding counties… and is still growing.
He realized that while his lawn and landscape business was growing, something was missing.
“I had always wanted a small greenhouse, but never had the time to get started.” He and his wife and partner Amanda were visiting family when they stopped at a small farmer’s market and greenhouse business in Barren County and realized that they too could do this. For the rest of their trip home, they planned their new project that they hoped would become a family project for them and their children.
This is their third year in the greenhouse business, which continues to grow and offer a wider selection of plants each year. The Atchisons are planning a third greenhouse so they can offer an even larger and better selection next year. The couple has also entered the wholesale market with four customers in Henry and Shelby counties.
“We take pride in raising the best quality plants at affordable prices,” Amanda Atchison said.
Among the many offerings are tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, squash, cucumbers, and more, as well as petunias, marigolds, begonias, waves, geraniums, gerbera daisies, etc. You still have plenty of time for planting. Visit the greenhouse at 2025 Castle Highway or call (502) 664-1227 to check if they have your favorites.
One of the worst problems with this business is the weather. “I worry more about the weather than the economy,” Kyle Atchison said. “Everything at Atchison Lawn Care and Landscaping depends on Mother Nature, and she very seldom wants to cooperate.
A local business with locally grown products, whether it is flowers, vegetable plants or shrubs, is the best as it gets. It is a dream of our local Chamber of Commerce that more and more young people will find their way to make a living as young entrepreneurs like the Atchisons.
Their advice is to find a niche or something you have a talent to use that can help you succeed. “Be prepared to invest all of your time and energy into it if you want to be successful,” Kyle Atchison warned. “It takes a lot of sacrifice to make a business successful. It certainly isn’t as easy as some people think.”