From the time of my father's death in August, 1976, to January, 1980 when I finally sold it, I ran Ferguson's Nursery in Boynton Beach, Florida. It was a plant nursery occupying 7 1/2 acres on Military Trail. Unfortunately, where my father, Reuben Ferguson, had a "green thumb", I was just the opposite. I had a "black thumb"; everything I touched seemed to die. I was trying to run the nursery, go to school, and play in a band, all at the same time, and it just didn't work out. I was desperately unhappy, and was plagued with serious money problems of my own and of the nursery. I was also responsible for up to 14 employees. Also unfortunately, several of those employees were nothing more than thieves. I once lay in a gutter across the street for hours watching truck after truck of plants leave the nursery. When I showed up at quitting time and asked for the day's receipts, I was told that nothing had been sold all day long. I fired three people the very next day, one of whom I had known for years. I also had some really faithful, really great employees, too. Earline, Cubie Harris, and Mr. Green were invaluable, and I loved them. Mr. Green died of spinal cancer about three weeks after my father's passing. I don't know whatever happened to Earline or Cubie, but I'd love to see them again.
My father in his element at the nursery
Ferguson's Nursery staff
Left to Right: Earline Van Hougton, Sherry Johnson, David Johnson, Reuben D. Ferguson, Unknown, Fritz (in back), Unknown (in front), David Muir, Unknown, and Cubie Harris