The team of horticulturalists at Kirshner Landscapes & Nurseries tends to a lush, 11-acre garden center filled with more than 1000 plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers, in addition to offering at-home landscaping services. Steamy greenhouses and benevolent trees shelter the nursery’s plants, which number in the thousands and include such specimens as white butterfly bushes, mountain laurel, and venus flytraps trained to only catch and release. The nursery and garden center also stocks gardening tools, mulch, and outdoor pottery. Staff members are available to consult with clients about which plants are right for their garden or where they should be planted. As for landscaping services, the team can handle regular maintenance such as trimming and pruning as well as more extensive projects.
Plants and flowers symbolize new life, so it's only fitting that City Planter resides inside a converted old warehouse, transforming what would be a dusty, vacant space into a vibrant gardener's paradise. Inside, the neighborhood nursery's friendly staff members readily share their wisdom and help clients select the perfect house plant for the living room, rose for the garden, and orchid for the dog house.
The green thumbs also encourage customers to stop by with pictures of their space and they will help design a garden sanctuary. If visiting the store isn't possible, staffers will plant your plant in a container and deliver it to your door.
The verdant displays of flowers, plants, and seasonal, locally grown produce at Gold Coast Landscape & Garden Center form a veritable feast for the senses. Trees, perennials, and annuals from growers such as Overdevest Nurseries, Monrovia, and Endless Summer fill the center’s many planters and pots, sharing space with in-season tomatoes and strawberries. The gardening staff helps visitors to create their own vegetable gardens with these tasty fruits and can even lend their expertise to designing backyard ponds. Inside, a farm market further piques appetites with its selection of steaks, salad dressings, and gourmet cheeses freshly picked from the tree.
Robert Gardner grew up in the world of gardening. At the age of 13, he started helping work the fields and sell plants at his family's nursery, becoming the fourth generation of his family to go into the business. Decades later—now at the helm of the family business—Mr. Gardner purchased a property in Chester Springs and created Gardner's Landscape Nursery. Here, he oversees the growing of 100,000 annuals and perennials each year and the stock of home decor and patio furniture that is made in America.
Mr. Gardner and his staff also help patrons design custom outdoor environments, selecting plants, trees, and shrubs that beam with fall colors or thrive in specific conditions. Alternatively, patrons can explore on their own, browsing a glass house with plants and flowers or a 19th-century barn, which houses outdoor furnishings and the ghosts of garden gnomes.
Not much has changed at Fink Flowers & Gifts in the last half a century. The fragrant boutique still has the same address it did when it opened in 1956. It’s still manned by the same family that's been filling vases, wrangling stuffed animals, and arranging scrumptious gift baskets for three generations. It’s this consistency that has kept guests coming back for all their floral needs, as well as greeting cards, candles, and original paintings by Artists of Bristol on the Delaware. First-timers to the shop step into what feels like a scene out of a fairy tale. Dotted with vivid butterflies, winding vines crisscross the boutique's ceiling, suspended above shelves crowded with vibrant bouquets and eclectic seasonal displays. The staff invites visitors to recycle by bringing empty vases, wicker baskets, or farm-raised piñatas to the shop; the empty vessels can be exchanged for a free loose bunch of flowers.