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Located in the Bay Area, CA, we're a family-owned garden center offering unusual and hard-to-find plants & gifts. Established 1946.

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In Memory of Dottie

Lauren Brookhart

 Dot at her 85th birthday party on November 3, 2006, pictured here with her granddaughter. 

Dot at her 85th birthday party on November 3, 2006, pictured here with her granddaughter. 

Our dear friend Dottie Ramos passed away on Thursday, April 19th surrounded by her loving family. She was a giant part of our Orchard family for so many years. Friend to all and Master Hugger, no one was a stranger to Dot, just a friend she had yet to know. No one had as many adventures as Dottie or stories to tell. She spread her magic at the Lazy K for many years.

We were all blessed to call her our friend, she will be greatly missed! 

 The Lazy K gals, including Dottie, back in 2006! 

The Lazy K gals, including Dottie, back in 2006! 

 Dancing the night away with our very own Marty Martinez.

Dancing the night away with our very own Marty Martinez.

 Excuse the photo quality, this was back in the 90's! Spot our Dot top row, second from left. 

Excuse the photo quality, this was back in the 90's! Spot our Dot top row, second from left. 

Here is a poem written by longtime Lazy K friend and customer, Jane Pettit, for Dottie's 85th birthday. 

 

Whoa Dottie! 

By Jane Pettit

Whoa Dottie - What a girl!
She’s a Lazy Kazy pearl!
A perfect lady everyday-
Well-dressed and coiffed-I. Magnin’s way

She knows your name and keeps a book-
Can tell you just the place to look...
For special presents on your list,
The ones you may have surely missed.

Whoa Dottie-What a girl!
She’s a Lazy Kazy pearl!

Of course, we’ll gift wrap she will say-
We’d LIKE to-just go on and pay up front...
And while we’re busy back here wrappin
You’ll buy more things- it OFTEN happens!

The Queen of jewels-She sells a bunch...
Or a hostess gift to take to lunch..
A wedding present for the bride,
She’ll be the perfect retail guide.

Whoa Dottie - What a girl!
She’s a Lazy Kazy pearl!

Need a hand towel? Need some soap?
In any crisis, Dot can cope-
She’s a winner through and through
When just the very best will do!

Have an issue, a RETURN!!
Don’t ask Dottie, you will learn,
But she will fix it- if she MUST..
Our customers in her do trust!

The ‘little shoppers’ always know,
That if they’re good and help Mom go,
Around the store-they’ll get a treat..
A chocolate dividend to eat!

Whoa Dottie - What a girl!
She’s a Lazy Kazy pearl!

Dot loves baseball, football, too,
Almost any sport will do,
But tennis IS the very best,
Unless she wins, there is no rest!

TLC is always flowing-
Her happy fan club just keeps growing,
With such a knack for names and faces,
Dottie’s surely going places!

Here’s to family, fun and friends,
A super year that never ends,
You’re 85-it’s just a number,
’Cause you just keep getting younger!

Whoa Dottie - What a girl!
She’s a Lazy Kazy pearl!