Twohey to Retire from Whiting Nursery
To Lead Napa County Emergency Services and Coach Swim Team
October 15, 2010, Saint Helena, CA
Kevin Twohey of Whiting Nursery has announced his plans to retire from the nursery business to focus on continued community service. The Whiting Nursery, located at 738 Main Street in Saint Helena since 2004, will close on Sunday, November 14th.
Twohey, who has operated the Whiting Nursery since 1986 said, “I have been operating the nursery for nearly 25 years and it now seems like a very good time to bring this chapter to a close.” Twohey continued, “I plan to focus my time on leading Napa County’s Emergency Services team and will continue to coach the St. Helena Waves Age Group Swim Team and the St. Helena High School Swim Team.”
Twohey started his career in the fire service with the St. Helena Fire Department in 1988. He was promoted from Training Chief to Chief in 1994 and served as Chief of the Department for fifteen years. He retired in January 2010.
Kevin was hired earlier this year as the Emergency Services Coordinator for the County of Napa. He continues to serve as an Incident Safety Officer on CAL FIRE Team 5. He is a volunteer with Napa County Fire Department serving as the Napa County Operational Area Fire/Rescue Coordinator and as Chairman of the CICCS 300 Peer Review Committee for the Napa County Operational Area.
Kevin began his swim coaching career as an assistant coach for the St. Helena Swim Team, known as the Waves, in 2003. He was promoted to Head Coach in the fall 2004. Kevin has swum with St. Helena Masters Team since 2000. He was responsible for reestablishing the high school swim team in 2010.
Working with the Long Meadow Ranch owners, Ted, Laddie and Chris Hall, Twohey played a key role in completing the restoration and improvement last year of the site at 738 Main Street, now known as Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead.
“I am very proud of the project we created and am especially pleased that we brought the Logan-Ives House back to historical standards,” said Twohey. “We also successfully rejuvenated the nursery and, while business has been improving, I have concluded that I would like to focus my energy on continued community service,” he added.
“We will conduct an orderly wind-down of the business,” said Twohey. “We have already implemented a Customer Appreciation Coupon for 20 percent off any item and we will likely have other special offers of plants and fixtures during the final weeks.”
Ted Hall of Long Meadow Ranch said, “We thank Kevin for his substantial role in developing this special site and we are grateful for his continued community service. While we do not presently plan to operate Whiting Nursery, we are looking to continue compatible uses on the property. We will definitely look to expand our family’s farmer’s market presence and will increase the demonstration garden plantings, among other things.”
Twohey earned his degree in horticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1975. He owned and operated a commercial landscape business with his brother Mark from 1975 to 1982 in San Diego. From 1983 through 1986 Twohey worked in northeast Nevada on a cattle ranch in Elko County.
In the spring of 1986 Twohey decided to return to the horticulture industry, learned Whiting Nursery was for sale, and negotiated a purchase agreement with David and Margaret Whiting.
Whiting Nursery has a long 62-year history in the community. The nursery originated in St. Helena in 1948 as Abbott Nursery. It was owned and operated by Merle Abbott and his wife and was located on the corner of Adams Street and Railroad Avenue. Abbott sold the nursery to Jack Champion in 1953. Champion operated the nursery for four years at the original site under the name Champion Nursery.
In 1957, Champion sold the nursery to David and Margaret Whiting who changed the name to Whiting Nursery. In 1980 Whiting Nursery moved from its Adams Street location to 900 North Crane Avenue, where Twohey operated the nursery beginning in 1986.
In November of 2004 Whiting Nursery moved to its present location at 738 Main Street in Saint Helena.
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Colleen Gallagher (Colleen@GlodowNead.com), Glodow Nead Communications, (415) 394-6500