Written by Paige Mcatee Saturday, 28 June 2014 00:00
Some families have weekly dinners, or go on yearly vacations. Other families run a business together. For Milena’s Garden Center and the Basso Family, it’s the latter.
When John Basso was 18, he emigrated from Argentina, found an old house on Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, and turned it into a nursery in April 1997. He named his business after his daughter,
Milena. Flowers are associated with femininity, he feels, so the name was a perfect fit for his nursery.
Milena, now an adult, has even helped expand the offerings.
Milena decided that if she was going to be a part of the family business, she should have the proper knowledge of what her business provides. She is a graduate from New York School of Flower Design and a student at SUNY Farmingdale’s Ornamental Horticulture program.
“I provide the customers with my horticulture knowledge,” she explained.
One of the most popular services that Milena’s Garden Center provides is landscape-planting service. “Everyone always wants a tree or a shrub installed,” said she.
The store is made up of three divisions: the garden center, the planting design, and the florist section, which was added in the past year and is run by Milena.
Basso decided to expand the family business and added the florist division of the nursery, where she creates custom floral arrangements. She specializes in various events including Communions, Bar/Bat
Mitzvahs, Sweet 16s, birthdays, bridal showers and weddings.
The store offers landscape irrigation, design and installation of brick, stone and slate walkways, patios, driveways, and retaining walls, trimming and pruning of shrubs and tress.
Besides Milena, John Basso keeps his business running with the help from other family members: his brother Oscar, the manager, his parents, Lina and Carmelo Basso, and his wife, Josephine Basso.
The store’s biggest sellers are the wax begonia flats in the summertime. “Each season has their own popular item,” said Milena. “It depends on the season.”
In the springtime, the shop offers annual flats such as marigolds, petunias and begonias.
During Christmastime, a popular service Milena’s Garden Center provides is blanket and wreath decorations. Lina Basso decorates the wreaths with beautiful handmade bows.
She makes 1,200 bows every season.
“I’ve never seen bows like my grandmother’s,” said Milena Basso. “Nobody makes bows like her.”
Milena’s Garden Center is at 2000 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde Park and open every day, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Sundays, where they are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 516-616-5165.
Last Updated (Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00) Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00
New Hyde Park Village trustee Donald Barbieri contends helicopters are still flying right over New Hyde Park and other residential parts of the north shore, harming citizens and the town with excessive and unlawful aircraft noise. In spite of what federal law says and in spite of what a federal court says, the noise levels are still an issue.
Barbieri drafted a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration, apprising the entity of New Hyde Park’s situation. The FAA did not return calls for comment.
Last Updated (Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00) Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00
Operation Main Street, a plan that would see a section of Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park revamped with traffic calming features and aesthetic updates, is finally in the home stretch, New Hyde Park village officials say. Village contractor J. Anthony Enterprises will be putting the finishing touches on the $1.46 million project this week.
“It’s all but finished,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Honestly, I feel good. It’s looking solid. It took forever to get it done. They’re going to put more benches in and plantings; striping the road.”
New Hyde Park’s department of public works will maintain the planters and medians installed for the project. Twenty-five potted plants were recently installed along the turnpike, officials stated. More than 10 benches will be available on the turnpike.
Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00
Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.
“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.
“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”
Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00
Runners and walkers from New Hyde Park are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5K courses on Long Island at the Saturday, Aug. 9 Sands Point Sprint.
The run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve.
The August 2013 edition of the Sands Point Sprint attracted 313 finishers, including top New Hyde Park finishers Michael Ringel, who scored first in the 11-14 age group and Dave Frisone, who earned first place honors in the 65-69 age group. Race organizers are looking for both Ringel and Frisone, and a host of other New Hyde Park runners, to be back next week.