HOMEGROWN: Philips Garden Center, Tupelo, MS

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

Philips Garden Center started as a hardware store in downtown Tupelo in the early 1900s. It evolved over the years into a full-scale garden center.
Kevin Kent and Eddie Martin bought the business in 1984.
Kent handles the retail side of business, which carries seeds, plants, mulch, fertilizer and many other items.
“We have everything that you the consumer needs to work in the yard,” Kent said.
The store also sells disc golf supplies, specialty kites, gardening hats and bird feeders. Plus, it sells mulch, soil and sand in bulk.
Martin handles the landscaping services side of the business. Philips can design and install lighting, irrigation, structures, stonework, water gardens, French drains, trees, shrubs and ground covers, among other things.
Philips will do new landscaping plans or renovations of older ones.
“If they need something done in the yard, we can do it,” Kent said.
As the weather gets cooler, Philips adds a variety of pumpkins, gourds and, later, live Christmas trees. It also does custom flocking on the trees.
The store also has an annual sale every November. The day hasn’t been set for this year.
In addition, the garden center is home to Camille, the business’ resident calico cat.

OWNERS: Kevin Kent and Eddie Martin
EST: circa 1960
ADDRESS: 5119 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo
PHONE: 662-842-1267
EMPLOYEES: 15
PRIMARY BUSINESS: sales of gardening and yard supplies; landscaping and installation services
HOURS: Monday through Friday 8am – 5:30pm; Saturday 8am – 5pm; Hours change seasonally