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Manatee County nursery damaged by Irma continues annual tradition

Orban's grows 200,000 poinsettias
Posted at 9:07 PM, Nov 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-23 23:16:45-05

BRADENTON, Fla. — A Manatee County nursery continues a holiday tradition after a hurricane and tornado caused $200,000 worth of damage. 

Orban's Nursery will hold its 28th annual drive-thru and sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Orban's is a wholesale nursery that opens to the public only one day a year. 

"We just let them do a drive-thru to look at all the poinsettias and take pictures in them if they want to and we let them purchase anything that we are growing right now," said Tyler Orban, Vice President.

The nursery was hit by a tornado in August of 2017. A month later, Hurricane Irma hit the nursery. The natural disasters destroyed greenhouses and shade houses.

Some of them have not been repaired and the nursery is now using them for another purpose.

"We came out the morning after the hurricane and saw all the work we had done was just destroyed again. It was a rough time," said Orban.

Orban said they're growing nearly 200,000 poinsettias that will be shipped throughout Florida.

Orban's Nursery is located at 9601 9th Avenue Northwest in Bradenton, Florida. 

A portion of the proceeds from Saturday will benefit Valor Service Dogs.