Flora Home & Garden Keeps Urban Gardeners Growing
If you’re thinking about growing a garden this year, but are limited to working with a small space in an urban neighborhood, then look no further than Flora Home & Garden in the Short North. This shop is celebrating its one year anniversary in the Short North this month, but has relocated to 930 North High Street since we last spoke with them.
We caught up recently with David Snow, owner of Flora Home & Garden, to find out more about the new location and what type of advice they’re offering for the 2013 gardening season. Our full Q&A can be found below:
Q: Can you tell us a bit about the relocation last fall and how business has been since then?
A: It was always our intention to have a location with outdoor space to provide the plant material and outdoor product that we felt was missing in the Short North and Downtown areas for urban gardeners. Business has been good and we’re excited for the spring and summer seasons with the expanded location.
Q: Has the new location allowed you to add new products or services?
A: Yes! Our new location has enabled us to expand our selection of indoor and outdoor plants, garden hard goods and accents, containers, wild bird, gifts and home decor. With the addition of the outdoor area we were able to carry cut Christmas trees, greens and wreaths along with our inside Christmas decor. We have already started stocking herbs, vegetables, cool season annuals and will continue to expand our selection of annuals, tropicals, perennials and other plants.
Q: What types of customers do you serve in the Short North? Container gardeners? Smaller backyards? Or people from other neighborhoods with more space?
A: Our main customer base is people from local neighborhoods who are interested in small backyard gardens, container gardens and apartment or condo dwellers with patios and balconies who want to grow a few fresh vegetables, herbs or add some color.
Q: What sort of new trends are you seeing in the realm of gardening in 2013?
A: The trend to grow something on your own and know where it originated from is continuing to expand and gain momentum each year. People are beginning to realize it doesn’t take a large backyard to have fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers. For the indoor gardeners terrariums are still very popular and is another item we offer.
Q: Anything else you’d like to add?
A: Our goal is to provide local gardeners with everything they need in the Short North and Downtown areas whether that is a few plants, fresh flowers, potting soil, fertilizer or friendly advice. We would be more than happy to assist our customers putting together a custom container or picking out the correct veggies, herbs or flowers for their situation. A true urban garden store.
More information can be found online at www.florahomeandgarden.com.
Photos via Flora Home & Garden.
From April 15th to April 21st, Columbus Underground is celebrating Gardening Week! Throughout the week, we’ll be taking a look at various backyard gardening and community gardening trends, efforts, businesses and more. Gardening Week 2013 is sponsored by Scotts Miracle-Gro, who provides support to regional community gardens through grant programs and other philanthropic efforts. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter for more information.