Chris Olsen is a busy man. He stars in his own syndicated KTHV Channel 11 segment, “Today’s Home,” writes for Arkansas Gardener magazine, and is an active member in several not-for-profit organizations. Olsen, an Oxford University graduate with more than 25 years of experience in landscape architecture, opened Botanica Gardens in 2003. He works as the garden store’s master designer, a career that allows him to stay active in the community and share his wealth of plant-centric knowledge with the public. Visitors to his store can discover a plethora of gardening supplies including plants and shrubs, fountains and water features, and statuary. His experienced staff also flaunts their skills in landscape design, lawn maintenance, flower arranging, and inducing rain with the hokey pokey.
Since 1988, owner Rita Hall and Cloverdale Florists’ team of professional florists have banded fresh buds into festive bouquets. Roses and tulips pair with hydrangea, lilies, and orchids in a variety of festive arrangements to celebrate occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or teeth cleanings. A selection of potted plants blossom within households, and fruit-and-flower gift baskets combine edible and aesthetic pleasure. The colorful petals of customized bridal bouquets, floral cake decorations, centerpieces, and wedding ceremonial flowers can distract guests from the groom’s drooping toupee.
What began as primarily a retail store and growing facility over 35 years ago has developed into a full service garden center, complete with landscape design/build services, irrigation installation and repair, lawn and landscape maintenance,and gift shop.
Family-owned and operated Frances Flower Shop sells flowers and gifts for all occasions from its cozy and non-presidential white house. Its large inventory of fresh flowers and plants can be arranged to suit most any gift-giving need—thank a friend for years of loyalty and good times, or just make your parole officer smile. The Belafonte-bounty of the Calypso ($45.95) boasts blooms in tropical pinks, oranges, blues, and yellows, while fast-to-act floral fanatics can opt for the high-flying Halloween horticulture of the Bat's Incredible ($34.95). Specialized bouquets honoring anniversaries, births, and birthdays are available, as is a wide array of gourmet fruit and gift baskets, greeting cards, and candle.