The blossom specialists at Coe’s Floral and Gifts arrange flowers for spontaneous gestures and a host of special occasions. A 12-stemmed pink-rose bouquet nests in a shapely vase with ample greens, and a dozen roses in assorted colors keep semioticians guessing. Tulips slap smiles on faces with 15 cheerful stems, and any buds in the store may be combined to create hypnotic palettes or floral supergroups. The store, which has been in business since 1932, hosts floral-design workshops on a variety of topics each month, including seasonal decorations and how to conceal a trebuchet in a bed of roses during a siege.
In 1966, Jack Miller founded a nursery. Originally, it was dedicated to landscaping work, but it slowly evolved beyond stocking a few shrubs in tin cans. Now, several shade houses occupy the land, and a bustling collection of northern-grown trees, shrubs, and perennials sprawls over 8 acres in the nursery. The landscaping services, which range from building garden walls and patios to arranging plants and outfitting geraniums with party hats for special occasions, include installation by specialists and instructions on self-installation.
Rows of mattresses line the walls at Bedzzz 4 Less, inducing visions of uninterrupted naps or languid mornings spent sleeping in. Patrons can peruse slumber gear designed by brands such as Simmons, Serta, or Sealy, and can opt for features such as cooling gel, memory foam, or plush pillow-tops.
Meander beneath the leaves of the more than 30,000 trees that grow at Bentley Ridge Tree Farm & Nursery, and you’ll see pines and serviceberry bushes. The sprawling 30-acre farm is home to more than 20 different species of locally grown trees, along with five varieties of shrubs. A team of attentive farmers cares for this lush forest, paying special attention to the plants’ roots to ensure they grow to be healthy and strong.
Iowa Outdoor Products harbors a staff of experienced landscape designers and nursery staff to guide yard sculptors through various aesthetic accessories that can beautify their outdoor space. Customers can opt for a free design consultation for their yard, whether they’re hoping to fill an empty pot with a rainbow of perennials ($3.95+), or help the dog hide car keys under a new selection of shrubs ($34.95+). More ambitious lawn design can benefit from the panoply of hardscaping and waterscaping supplies. Meanwhile, fragrant bags of hardwood mulch ($35/cubic yard) protect against pesky weeds, and a soft cushion of topsoil ($35/ton) can help rusticate bedrooms.