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HOPKINTON â€“ Go around the bend and the sign for â€śHidden Valley Gardensâ€ť comes into view. It is aptly named as it isnâ€™t until you turn and go down the hill that everything before you seems to be blossoming with lively, brilliant color.
Owner Ricky DeSimone became interested in the art and science behind growing flowers and vegetables when he was just a child in Johnston. â€śI grew up doing thisâ€ť, he said. â€śMy neighbors had a business that I helped with and then I married into itâ€ť.
The DeSimones relocated to Arcadia in 1993 and opened their own business three years later. The numerous greenhouses that line the secluded property are where hundreds of seeds are regularly sown, fed, watered and left to develop into beautiful, hardy plants. Those who have never purchased plants from Hidden Valley Gardens may wonder why folks travel from as far away as Cranston and North Stonington to stock up on greenery for their flower or vegetable gardens. But those who have become regular customers know why; quick-wilting blooms and frail potted plants arenâ€™t what youâ€™ll find here. Everything at Hidden Valley Gardens tends to thrive much longer than what weâ€™ve
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