Garden Center

After 70 years in  business…we closed our garden center on Friday June 30th, 2017!

What a fun final week!  Lots of customers…lots of sales at 50% off!…lots of visitors…lots of tears… On the final day, customers and employees and some people from the community brought in wine, champagne, food and lots of good will and memories…

Kristine was still in the day after…changing signs, working with employees and consignors, moving things back from the road-side, talking with customers in disbelief!  She is a community hero!  It was great to see her walking with customers and a glass of champagne…laughing and crying!

That phase is over…another phase begins… 

‘It’s strange not to be watering and taking care of customers every Saturday and Sunday and every other day of the week!’ says Kris.  ‘I miss our customers!  But I’m keeping engaged with flowers by working part-time at Ballantines Florist in Mentor.  Also, I enjoy having more time for book club, card club and visiting with friends.  I recently joined two former retail ladies in Geneva for my first time at zip-lining!’  (June 21, 2018)  I still visit with Irene each week…our 80-something floral designer…and help her with shopping.  In July we helped put together a wedding-on-the-beach for our son, Matthew, and his new wife, Eva,  a mechanical engineer from Mexico and a wonderful new daughter-in-law!

For good plants and great customer care, visit our Passport-to-Plants partners at Sabos-Woodside (Madison), Middle Ridge Gardens (Madison) and Martin’s Nursery (Perry).  We also recommend that you visit our longtime customer and friend, South Ridge Gardens (Perry).


Honeylocust leaves in the garden center, October 2013