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Art of Business: Augustine Nursery

Trees Start Small, Too

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The Augustine Nursery in Kingston occupies 60 acres containing 30 different varieties of carefully nurtured trees. It's multifaceted, offering comprehensive residential and commercial landscape design and installation, hardscaping, irrigation and lighting.

And it all started in 1974 with a lawnmower and a '68 Dodge Dart, bought from a girlfriend for $2,000. "I was 28, my brother Michael was 18 or 19—he was the focused one," says Ron Augustine. "He called me and said, 'Let's do it. If you won't I'll find somebody who will.' He was mowing lawns for IBMers and I was working in a Boston garden center. We had the Dart and one lawnmower; every time we needed a tool, we had to go buy one. We made it, and we've stayed friends and partners all these years."

The Dodge Dart was pretty durable too. "It ended up sitting in my driveway for two years. I had to dig a lot of snow off it when a guy wanted to buy it, but we jumped it and it started right up. I saw the guy two years later and he'd fixed it all up and it was running great."

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