Master gardener working at Lincoln Building Supply

By Hailey Dixon, for the Lincoln Sentinel

A new, yet familiar face is assisting customers and walking the aisles of Lincoln Building Supply.

Dennis Luck, a master gardener, began working at the hardware store a few weeks ago.

“It’s just something new every day,” Luck said. “I’m just learning.”

Store owner Vicki Meier, who has known Luck since her childhood, is pleased with the start of his career at the hardware store.

“I grew up with him as neighbors,” Meier said.

Hiring and keeping business local is important for Meier, she said, and employing Luck goes hand-in-hand.

“Bringing family back to Lincoln is kind of our concept,” Meier said. “We try to hire local, and keep business local.”

Luck graduated from Lincoln schools in 1978, he said. He then moved to Hays to attend Fort Hays State University, and later moved to Healy, which is about 180 miles southwest of Lincoln. He worked at the Healy Co-Op Elevator.

Most recently, before moving to Lincoln, Luck and his wife Rebecca lived in Manhattan. They relocated back to Lincoln last summer when he retired.

He has worked as a Sara Lee bread man, as well as a sub at USD 298 prior to beginning employment at Lincoln Building Supply.

When Luck lived in Manhattan, he took master gardening classes and learned a little more about gaining a green thumb, Luck said.

Originally, Luck, who grew up in Lincoln County on a farm, was inspired to garden from his mother.

“I liked to play in the dirt,” he said.

Luck said he most enjoys planting flowers, in particular, vinca and clematis flowers. He also enjoys landscaping.

“For me, it’s all just been trial and error,” he said in regards to planting.

Lately, Luck has been experimenting with flowers that he planted while in Manhattan here in Lincoln.

When Luck is not gardening, working or visiting with his family, he enjoys hunting, fishing and collecting baseball cards.

“I just collect for the hobby,” he said.