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Ash's Flower Farm Seized by Department of Taxation

Route 206 business is surrounded by tape, with notice for nonpayment.

in Hillsborough has been shut down, with tape surrounding the property and a notice of seizure from the New Jersey Division of Taxation hanging outside.

The notice, dated Aug. 22, says the property has been seized for nonpayment of New Jersey state taxes.

The name of Department of Taxation regional supervisor Marita Sciarrotta appears on the notice. 

Barb Conover September 07, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Mark, It is not a shame, This man owes a lot of people a lot of money, I am a SMALL family run business and he owes me over 30,000.00 which I will never see, This man has been not paying his bills for over 5 years, he has forced alot of small business's to close up...So sad it took so long!!......Barb
AcTwisted September 07, 2012 at 03:54 PM
i wonder what the state is gonna do w/ all the trees there? they should have a fire sale. i could use a few evergreens & leyland cypress for my yard if the price is right!
Patti Urbano September 07, 2012 at 04:06 PM
@ Mark are you crazy, a shame he owes people and the state money. You must not own a business and know what it's like to make payroll and pay all the other bills. AND pay the taxes you owe. Go to Ambleside Nurseries they have much better plants than Ashes anyway.
Barb Conover September 07, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Your right Patti all I ever hear is how they had GOOD prices, of course they had GREAT prices, he never paid his bills, it was pure profit in his pocket....Don't know how he could sleep at night!!
M. Sachleben September 07, 2012 at 04:27 PM
You should see what a great job they did cleaning up the site in Ewing. Buxton's Garden center is a great place to get plants now. I stopped shopping at the Ewing location a while back when Ashes started to go down hill, but now since Buxton's has taken over the Ewing site it is a great place to give business to!
Kristi Reading September 07, 2012 at 04:29 PM
What goes around - comes around...........I can't believe it took the State this long to finally close him up! We had to evict Ash's from our land - and it took over 6 years...........he got to take all his stock, carts, assets, etc.....we got stuck with all his garbage...and we will never see a DIME........This guy owes so many small businesses so much money...........Now if only the State would give all those businesses he owes money too - some of his nursery stock or assets.......but it still wont be enough!!!
AcTwisted September 07, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I do like Ambleside. been to Montgomery Gardens a few times. huge selection, but seem pricey
Gary Smith September 07, 2012 at 07:00 PM
It was wrong for this owner to string out his debts and then go belly up. I feel bad for those he owed money. It is a shame that all the plants and stock owned by others will probably die due to an inept government operation. We have had some nice rains so it is still possible for some of these losses to be regained with timely action.
Patti Urbano September 07, 2012 at 07:36 PM
@ Gary another idiot who care about the plants, what about the people he stuck for money and who do you think it hurts when he owes the state 30,000 and I'm sure he paid his Federal Taxes RIGHT???? Think, you probably with a government job
Gary Smith September 07, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Sorry Patti that you had to resort to a nasty comment about me. I thought I made it clear that I was concerned about the money tied up in those trees and plants as well as the people involved in the owners wreckless debts.
Edward P. Campbell September 07, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Barb, No offence, but how in the name of “Good Business Practices” did you let this jerk get so far out in your A/R? I trust you and the guy from the internet learned a lesson. Yea, sure it’s good when someone hands you a big PO, or orders stuff every day ……. BUT!! BEWARE!!!!
Barb Conover September 07, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Gary, you have to understand how many people this man has affected and the State would never step in until they were owed money, It took us 5 years to get him evicted and still, they let him have 14 days to take whatever he wanted, so he took all the good stuff and left us will piles of garbage. It costed us over 5,000.00 to haul all the junk away (5,000.00 that I didn't have) when he owed us 30,000.00 in rent, I can't say anyone I know can be out that kind of money and not be upset, it will take me a long long time to make that up.....as for the State of NJ, they can get some of their money back by selling stock (we weren't allow to) and they are letting someone on the property to water....This man robbed a lot of people...and left a lot of small plant growers broke....He needs to go to jail and pay back everyone he owes every cent he owes......This is a very very touchy subject for alot of us. I just hope people stop buying plants from Home Depot and Shop-Rite and support their local nurseries so they can recoup some of their losses.
Mark September 07, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I was not commenting on that. This was posted beofre the other article about owing so many people money. I know people who worked there and have been buying from them for years THAT was what I saying was a shame. Another business in town going under. I was in no way implying that owing others money is good.
Peppermint Patti September 07, 2012 at 10:38 PM
As a business owner in Hillsborough I say please people buy from the small business in your town, I know I almost always buy local from small stores even if it costs a little more. @ Barb if there is anything we can do to help let us know.
Barb Conover September 08, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Thanks Patti...You are the BEST!!...Thanks for supporting local business's, every little bit helps!!...Have GREAT WEEKEND!!
Jay September 08, 2012 at 02:25 AM
When this guy was not paying his bills the past 5 years, I wish the land owner, township, and others he owed money to would have made a little noise. I live in town and had no idea this guy was such a scumbag. I would never had spent a nickel there if I knew. What goes around, comes around, he'll get his.
Barb Conover September 08, 2012 at 02:51 AM
We couldn't ...we were in court 5 times in 5 years and couldn't get him evited until last nov...if we said anything he would of sued us for slander ..then I would have had to pay him...believe it was so hard to keep our mouths shut....we had to work the system ...and a lot of attorney bills..
Edward P. Campbell September 08, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Barb, Again, no offence intended, but your lawyer didn’t do a good job. If this was a non-payment issue on the lease, you could have had him evicted in under 3 months. Assuming he then didn’t make the payment once you filed an eviction notice. Also, I would guess your written lease with this jerk was poorly written. Sadly, sometimes people think they can be their own lawyer and save a couple of bucks. Now again in the deepest of respect to your problems which are real and painful, when you look back on this maybe you’ll think – oh if only I’d had a better lawyer!
Barb September 08, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Edward, No the judge gave him so much time to come up with the money, he always did, except for 2011, that is when he got evicted, what makes me so mad, is that he was evicted and allowed 14 days to remove everything he wanted, I should have been able to keep his stock and everything else that was on my property, instead, he was allowed to rake everything and leave me with garbage, it too 7 30yard dumpster at the cost of 700.00 each to haul all the trash off this property, where as if the state is owed money they get to keep his stock and auction it off to pay his bills, it has nothing to do with the lawyers and tenants...In NJ the Tenants have more rights then the landlord...he had to be 3 months in arrears, plus it took 3 months to get into court, plus another 1/2 month for him to vacate.....figure out the math...30,000.00+ ...
Barb September 08, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Believe me this man know how to play the system and know how to do it well!!
Lisa M September 08, 2012 at 06:59 PM
He is scum, the lowest of the low!!!He even ripped off his mother!!! She lost everything!!! She trusted him to put his business loans against her house and he went Chapter 11 and she lost her home- had to give away her animals and to this day lives in a small rented apartment.
Lisa M September 08, 2012 at 07:03 PM
BTW, He has ripped off so many more vendors than this article tells about. The chapter 11 in 2007 was planned and he ordered a years worth of inventory in Spring knowing he would go into Chapter 11 and none of the vendors would be allowed to come and get their inventory. Its sick that the law allows such a thing!!! He ordered so much stuff that year there was no where to put it. He is a very sick man that has been completely consumed with greed at any cost!!!!!
S.G. September 08, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Auction by the Division of Taxation... http://www.hillsboroughnjjournal.blogspot.com/2012/09/ashs-flower-farm-inventory-auction.html
S.G. September 08, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Kristi, there is an auction by NJ Division of Taxation on Thursday. Tax liens are first in line when money is owed... http://www.hillsboroughnjjournal.blogspot.com/2012/09/ashs-flower-farm-inventory-auction.html

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