The nature-taming greenery gurus at The Plant People specialize in indoor and outdoor plantscaping to help spruce up drab domiciles and old office spaces. Stop by the store and peruse a wide array of home adornments, such as metal art ($15–$75), canvas prints ($31+), and all-natural soy candles made by local artists ($6.95–$35). Like the skeletal remains of a brontosaurus or a brightly burning car, a selection of the floral factory’s statues, trellises, and garden art ($15+) can swathe landscapes with elegant decoration. Couple a lonely table top with the simple floral arrangement ($25)—an artistic grouping of greens and rouge floral accents—or pull at eye-strings with the multichromatic fall bouquet ($75). Custom floral arrangements can be assembled with a colorful mélange of petals, producing a festive display of efflorescence.
Flower-focused classes taught by Enchanted Forest's experienced staff help bouquet bundlers of all skill levels learn the art of fashioning attractive flower arrangements. Would-be petalworkers can learn to tie bouquets, create centerpieces, and care for and display flowers in the class of their choice. Sit in on the Principles & Elements of Design: Flower Arranging 101 session to learn floral fundamentals, or take the Wedding/Prom: Fun & Easy Corsages/Boutonnieres class to add flair to a special day or deprive a normal day of its banality. Shower your home in shoots and sprays with instructions from Creative Container Planting, enroll in a wreath-making experience, or create table displays for bud-studded holidays of the future. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings, Friday afternoons, and Saturday mornings, and include materials.
The team of gift growers at Buds 'n Bloom Design Studio showcases a variety of fresh flowers, gifts, and décor items to brighten homes. An assortment of fresh flowers ($20+) or a succulent houseplant ($9+) can spruce up a lonely dining room table or welcome guests into the foyer of a tree house. Important documents are elegantly pinned to the desk with the Murano glass paperweight ($28), and an array of colored recycled-glass vases and bottles ($10–$20) can display flowers, baubles, or collections of accurate fortune-cookie predictions in an eco-friendly vessel. Beseech one of the friendly boutique staff to point you in the direction of a decorative ceramic bird figurine ($5), ideal for flying taunting circles around ceramic cats or nesting in a crewel embroidered keepsake box ($18.75).
The Orchid Bug helps spruce up terraces and gardens with a robust inventory of orchids, green plants, and growing supplies. Stationed at the front of the shop, a large window sends sunlight splashing across thriving displays of flora. Visitors snaking around those displays can indulge their budding curiosity by quizzing owner Denise Kirchmayer, or by participating in one of the store's classes. For a general overview of orchids and their culture, Orchids 101 fertilizes the minds of new and seasoned collectors alike, and more in-depth sessions, such as Orchids 102, explores the natural habitats of specific genera and why water is better than Tabasco sauce for sustaining a plant's life. Hands-on gatherings, such as Plug at the Bug, guide students through the planting process.
When customers enter Garden Supply Guys expansive retail location in Green Bay, they're greeted by vibrant, orange walls and a retro 1960s VW bus parked to the left of the welcome mat. At a counter just steps away, green-thumbed staffers await to satisfy customers' indoor and outdoor gardening needs by answering plant-related inquiries and directing them to affordable supplies. Experienced in sprouting seedlings, they can also help customers expand their hydroponic setups, begin traditional soil gardens, or fashion overgrown weeds into hula skirts.
Flower Co. is a family-owned and operated floral shop, selling seasonal and creative flower arrangements and plants for all occasions. Walking into the store, visitors are spoiled for choices when looking for small gifts to accompany their fresh flower arrangements and stems of blooms: there's a plethora of stuffed animals, figurines, cards, and mugs to choose from. Customers can have florists create an anniversary arrangement bursting with roses or daisies or make a hostess gift out of a Sweet Surrender tulip bouquet in a graceful glass vase.