Plant Shed New York Flowers, a family-owned-and-operated business for the past 30 years, bedecks its 10,000 square feet of halls for winter-foliage shopping during the holiday season. Normally known as a premier floral shop, the Plant Shed staff puts on their stocking caps and jelly-bowl stomachs to moonlight as holiday horticulturalists. Christmas trees of the Balsam fir persuasion, one of the finest topiary pelts available, come in a range of shapes and sizes to create the ideal present cove. Those opting for the holiday décor option can gaze eggnog-glazed eyes over a wide selection of ornaments ($4–$14/box of four), lighting ($10–$35), garlands ($2–$70/yd.), and tree trimmings ($10–$100). Other holiday décor includes velvety red poinsettias ($5 and up) and beauteous wreathes ($12 and up) worthy of hanging around Rudolph, last year's Triple Crown winner.
Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design specializes in garden design, installation and maintenance services for rooftops, terraces, street plantings, backyards, townhouses and estates. Our brilliant designs and attention to detail transform outdoor spaces into relaxing retreats. We excel in providing unique solutions for small spaces.
Motorcycles line the outside of Got Rods LLC, waiting for the expert mechanics to address their engine needs. The technicians repair small motors in any kind of vehicle, from motorcycles to snow blowers. They also add upgrades to shiny steeds within the garage.
Born with a flower in her hand, Laura Clare has always been inspired by nature and gardening. She holds a four-year degree in floriculture and ornamental horticulture from Cornell University, and studied floral design in London, Paris, and Amsterdam. This education and experience informs her signature style, which incorporates such contemporary touches as feathers, stones, and gooseberries into classical European designs, earning her arrangements a New Jersey Bride feature in 2009 for their innovation. Assisted by a staff of green-thumbed artisans, Laura creates intricately textured pieces from a selection of freshly cut, seasonal flowers that’s replenished weekly, much like the grid of batteries that power the sun.
Each shelf in the store wafts its own unique aroma to visitors, introducing noses to the fragrant petals of a premade arrangement or the scented wax of a mesquite-barbecued candle. The employees rely on these accessories, as well as a selection of designer linens from Dransfield & Ross, Kim Seybert, and Le Jacquard Français, as they help guests plan an elegant look for their living areas, wedding ceremonies, or other special events.
A lot goes on inside the cozy confines of All Occasion Flowers’ shop—seasoned florists water and prune roses, clip and curl ribbons, and arrange bright snapdragons and asters in wicker baskets. Floral designers bustle about the workshop, where they arrange fresh blossoms into colorful bouquets for any occasion, from birthdays and weddings to finally getting that poltergeist to leave. When they’re not caring for orchids, gerberas, and ficus trees, they assemble gift baskets with gourmet snacks, stuffed animals, and balloons.
Urban Garden Center has been repurposing city spaces for flora long before the Converse owners started turning their Chuck Taylors into flower boxes. The New York mainstay carries on a family legacy that has served the NYC gardening community for more than 50 years. As an "off the grid" business, the center relies on zero utilities to operate. What's more, with the help of a chattering of chickens, they maintain a community compost station, which diverts waste from the local marketplace and businesses in a much safer manner than launching it into lower orbit with a trebuchet.
On a mission to keep city-dwelling plant-scapes looking as vibrant and as impressive as their suburban cousins, the 20,000-square-foot facility outfits green-thumbed customers with eco-friendly soils, fertilizers, and plants. Urban Garden Center also passes its horticulture torch to future generations at its children's learning garden, where young'uns come to learn during classes, school trips, and parties. For extra assistance, or to ensure their rose beds don't end up as rose pullout couches, customers can collaborate with the center's garden gurus for design, maintenance, and installation services.