A family-owned business of 11 years, Lockwood Farms blossoms with an ever-metamorphosing selection of plants and flowers. Owners Randi and Mark bustle around the garden center each day, overseeing the staff and offering assistance and gardening counsel to customers. Their gardens house more than 40 types of vegetables and herbs along with an eclectic mix of flowers, trees, and shrubs. An extensive selection of birdbaths, fountains, and pottery punctuates the grounds, and an onsite three-story gift shop stocks collectibles and decor from designers such as Jim Shore, Heritage Lace, and Willow Tree. The center's florists also snip fresh flowers into custom bouquets for a variety of occasions ranging from anniversary celebrations to birthdays.
Dennis Coyle didn't wait until after he had earned his applied-sciences degree to embark on his career: he founded DC Landscape Design & Construction in his sophomore year of college. He combined engineering know-how with knowledge gleaned from horticultural classes and years of work in a garden center and never doubted his capability to succeed in the landscaping business—perhaps because he wasn't the first Coyle to start so young. His father, Douglas Coyle, also transitioned straight from school to managing Delaware Valley Landscapers.
With an eye for outdoor aesthetics, Dennis beautifies lawns with an armory of mowers, aerating tools, and organic products. His botanical knowledge and detailed CAD plans help him avoid common landscaping mistakes, such as placing a young tree too close to a house or too far from its wailing mother. This understanding ensures an almost perfect survival rate for his relocated greenery.
Originally established in the late 1800s as a private estate garden, the historic Reeves-Reed Arboretum went public in 1974 and is now home to more than 13 acres of lovingly cultivated botanical landscaping. Nature enthusiasts can traipse through six acres of woodlands teeming with native carbon-dioxide scrubbers, and Jane Austen larpers can stroll through 5.5 acres of formal gardens blooming with azaleas, award-winning roses, and a Tibetan-style herb garden.
For more than nine decades, Rekemeier’s Flower Shops' blossom aficionados have plucked perfectly bloomed buds for prominence in beautiful bouquets to please the eyes and pleasure the nostrils. Give the grand marshal of your heart an aromatic, sensationally chromatic Garden Parade arrangement, with yellow roses, chrysanthemums, and more crafted into a scale replica of the Rose Bowl ($50). Customers can honor maternal family members with a Mother's Day-ready Rose Medley ($47.95) or summon the deal-of-the-day arrangement for a fresh compilation of the greenhouse's flowers du jour ($35+).