Hector Amezcua/hamezcua@sacbee.com

As Capital Nursery marked down its merchandise in a liquidation, 16-month-old Scarlett Aston sniffs a flower at the Elk Grove store. That site and the Citrus Heights nursery will close by year's end, just months after the flagship store shuttered on Freeport Boulevard. Owners thought they could get by with revenue from the sale of that site, but kept losing money.

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