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5/31/2020 | VICKI MITCHELL


Do you dream of installing an out-door kitchen, a patio, a fountain, rescuing your lawn, or just enjoying some beautiful plants in your yard?  Well… “just one call does it all” is the motto of S&S and Tarnow located in Enfield, and owner Shanan Ragnauth will be the one doing it!  Ragnauth, who grew up on a farm in Guyana, located in South America, moved to the States in 1992.  Although largely self-taught, he is also certified by the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) and by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI.)  Ragnauth’s landscap-ing and hardscaping business expanded in 2014, when he took over Tarnow’s Nursery when the original owners re-tired.  His company, now known as S&S and Tarnow, offers almost everything a home or business owner could want for their property.

The nursery, located at 146 South Road in Enfield, sells plants (including vegetables), statuary, bulk material such as topsoil, stone, and mulch, custom designed planters, and also items such as bird houses, wind chimes, garden-ing gloves, and potting soil in the retail store.  Ragnauth’s wife, Devina, works as the store manager, and her goal is “to make the customers extremely happy when they leave here.”  She says many of the people who come in know their plants and know what they want.  Often the younger cus-tomers come in seeking advice, as they are landscaping or gardening for the first time.  Either way, the Ragnauths are happy to help out with plant selection, yardwork, or hard-scaping.  “We are very customer oriented,” they said.  “We take care of our customers.”

Shanan and Devina are helped out by em-ployee Deanna Laffan, who “does everything from re-potting plants to operating the reg-ister,” and by a team of about four employees who help with the landscaping and hardscap-ing.    Shanan’s adult children help out on a part-time basis with technical support and web-site design, and his nephew Nicholas works fulltime as a “jack-of-all trades.”

When asked if he had a favorite plant or plants, Ragnauth said he really liked the limelight hydrangea, the purple leaf sand cherry, Mountain Laurel (Connecticut’s state flower/plant), and boxwood.  He gets about 90% of his nursery stock from Prides Corner Farms in Lebanon, Connecticut, and stresses that all of his plants are locally grown.  Look-ing for a specific plant not in stock?  He will order it for you. He offers a one-year war-ranty on trees and shrubs.  

His favorite part of the business, Ragnauth says, is the hardscaping.  That would include such things as patios, retaining walls, fire pits, fountains, walkways, and even outdoor kitchens.  He works with the customer from design to installation, including any plant-ings and mulching.  If a customer is having trouble visualizing what a design may look like, he will sketch it for them.  He believes that more people are partaking in “stayca-tions” and doing more outdoor entertaining.  They are therefore investing in the upgrading of their property, and as Ragnauth’s motto claims, “one call does it all!” to help make their dreams a reality.  He offers a 5-year warranty on his hardscaping projects.  

Ragnauth also offers the basic services of spring and fall clean-ups, lawn mowing, planting and mulching, and lawn renovation.  He can even install lawn drainage to take care of wet yards.  Need snow plowing in the winter?  He can do that, too!

Repeat customer Jerry Rosata, who has had S&S and Tarnow install a stone walkway, patio, and fire pit at his Enfield home, says that Ragnauth does quality work for a fair price.  He is very happy with the work that was done, and was back at the nursery looking for more plants.  

New customer Jeanette Hafey recently had Rag-nauth install a stone foundation for a storage shed they were having delivered. “He did a good job,” she said, “and they were so nice!”

S&S and Tarnow is located at
146 South Road in Enfield, Connecticut
Phone is 860-749-8008

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