A popular nursery and display garden in Washington County has new ownership.

(from left) Tres Keeter, Jim Keeter, Kim Keeter,
Nathan Knutsen, Mackenzie Knutsen
(courtesy photo)

Mike and Jean Shoup, who founded the Antique Rose Emporium in 1983, sold the business in November to Jim and Kim Keeter of Fredericksburg.  Mike is retiring, but will stay with the business through the transition and will continue beyond that as an ambassador.

In their announcement, the Keeters said they love “what Mike and Jean have created here” and “are so fortunate that they feel we’re the family to carry this on.”  They said they “are all very passionate about this business and staying true to the roots.”

The eight-acre property has award-winning display gardens that grow perennials, succulents, bulbs, drought-tolerant plants and – most notably – antique roses.  It also has a gift shop and serves as a wedding venue, complete with a chapel, covered pavilion, gazebo and Victorian home.

Mike said he and Jean are leaving this business “in wonderful, caring hands” and that the Keeters “already are making great strides in their new venture.” 

The Keeters said they plan to bring back and expand on the programs and offerings at the garden, including hosting special events, educational classes and rose symposiums.  They also intend to bring back the Fall Festival of Roses in November.

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