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Employment History


Zinnia's Garden Shop

Flight Attendant

Southwest Airlines Co.


Zinnea's Garden Shop


master gardener program

Kansas State University

Web References (2 Total References) | The Topeka Capital-Journal | Business sprouts with open (green)houses 04/03/02 [cached]

Viki McNish, owner of Zinnia's Garden Shop, has opened her six greenhouses, at 3730 N.E. Seward, to the public. Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal

Business is blooming at the edge of the Oakland community.
Viki McNish has opened her greenhouses at 3730 N.E. Seward to the public.
McNish grows vegetables, flowers and decorative plants on the 14-acre site just off the Oakland Expressway.Up until this month, her plants have been available for sale at the English Garden, 1275 S.W. Pembroke Lane, and Zinnia's Garden Shop, 515 S.W. Washburn.
"My specialty is planting in funky containers," McNish said.
She has plants growing in baskets, metal buckets, old coffee pots, tea kettles, watering cans and an assortment of other "junk" she picks up at auctions or from people who bring it to her.
"I'm a true junker at heart," McNish said.
photo: businessViki McNish stood in one of the six greenhouses. Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal
McNish lived in Oklahoma City and worked as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines for 17 years before getting married and moving to Topeka in 1995.Without a large airport in Topeka, McNish had to find something else to occupy her time.
She took part in the master gardener program at Kansas State University and got involved in gardening.
"Every year you learn something else," she said.
McNish has operated a small nursery, Zinnia's Greenhouse, at Gage Shopping Center at S.W. 13th and Gage every spring since 1997.She conducts that operation under a 90-day permit from April to June each year.She expects to be open there for the season starting Thursday.
"For the first couple of months I'd buy from other greenhouses," McNish said."Then I got smart and started growing for myself."
McNish grows flowers for florists and vegetables, including lettuce, carrots, tomatoes and onions.She has grown cabbage for wholesale to larger companies.
She said she is modeling her business after Lambert Greenhouse and Nursery, 3036 N.W. Docking Road.
"Sometimes I get scared and think, 'Oh my gosh, I'm not going to sell all of my plants,'" McNish said.
McNish has two employees, Paula and Alberto Gonzales, who live nearby.

Presented by Chris Grandmontagne, owner ... [cached]

Presented by Chris Grandmontagne, owner of Grandmontagne Designs, Viki McNish, owner of Zinnea's Garden Shop, and Patty Kadlicke, owner of English Garden.

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