Community support blossoms for Helena Valley nursery owner with cancer

Phil Drake

Most people in the Helena area who know Terry Johnson would tell you he has a green thumb, as evidenced by the large number of folks who have gobbled down home-grown goods from his garden for years.

But he was surprised by the amount of community support that blossomed when he and his wife posted on Facebook Saturday that he was undergoing cancer surgery and needed to sell some of the herbs, hanging baskets and plant starts beforehand.

Customers shop for plants inside a greenhouse at Johnson’s Nursery and Gardens on Monday.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

Since then, he said there has been a steady stream of cars at Johnson’s Nursery and Gardens at McHugh and Sierra roads in the Helena Valley. 

“I am just overwhelmed,” Terry Johnson said Monday. “Yesterday was absolutely incredible.”

He said at one time he counted 17 cars in his small parking lot on the 19-acre farm he and wife, Lisa, have owned since 1989, and some vehicles were parked along the roadway.

The Johnsons posted Saturday that they wanted to “ask a big favor

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