Not many people start a business while still in their 20s. But Samantha Owens and Danica Hirsch each knew they wanted to own a nursery almost from the time they could first hold a trowel. Owens grew up on a flower farm, while Hirsch is her family’s third generation to go into the business.
'It was practically inevitable we’d end up here,” says Hirsch of the nursery the two opened ― called Barrels and Branches ― in Encinitas, California.
"Gardeners need inspiration, not just plants,” Owens says. “Fortunately, coming up with those ideas is the fun part of the job ― we both like that best."