J. Liddon Pennock Jr. treated Meadowbrook Farms as his passion project, honing his talent for garden design on the land's 25 acres for over 60 years. After his retirement, he created its now-flourishing retail arm to share his experiment with the wider world. Today, visitors traverse grounds and gardens dotted with ornate arrangements that fuse symmetry, color, and complex species. The Circle Garden’s water lilies burst open with vibrant pink energy, and at the dipping pool, pear cactus and coleus share ground with Japanese maple and their freshly blooming stacks of pancakes. The house also holds horticultural delights, with the Glass Room’s verdant wreaths tempting visitors during appointment-only tours. At the retail shop, guests stock up on a carefully chosen selection of statuary, pots, fountains, and garden ornaments inspired by Pennock’s work, as well as scented candles and soaps. Live plants from the indoor greenhouse or outdoor sales area help make home gardens more like Meadowbrook, with houseplants, annuals, and perennials that are occasionally whisked off for display in the Philadelphia International Flower Show.
Since 1943, Primex Garden Center has slaked the horticultural thirst of urban farmers and sustainable gardeners throughout the community. The verdantly thumbed can obtain a wide range of sunlight-loving soil residents, from simple packs of vegetable or flower seeds ($1.79) to vegetable plants ($3–$10) to large trees ($250). Competently cultivate your own gardens with a back-porch composter or rain barrel ($99–$250) or decorate the neighbor's yard with perennial plants ($6.99–$18.99) arranged in the shape of Eleanor Roosevelt. The store’s knowledgeable staff members draw upon their wealth of experience with plants and previous lives as trees to better inform any leafy purchase.
Just as a weatherman's monthly bonus varies with the temperature, the selection at NE Flower Boutique varies with the season. But regardless of the exotic flowers, roses, lilies, and orchids available to them, the shop's floral artists piece together tasteful bouquets that bloom from European baskets in a burst of color and aroma. Rose bouquets, wedding and prom displays, and sympathy arrangements capture the mood of a special event or carry twice the weight of words in expressing love, gratitude, or condolences. The staff also creates festive balloon displays and keeps hours seven days a week to accommodate last-minute requests.
Culling blossoms from California, Latin American, and throughout the world, Victoria Flower Company masterfully fashions multihued, and multinational, flower bouquets, The shop's expert staff arranges scented blooms in a variety of alluring styles ($10 for greenery & work). Green thumbs group roses in such a way as to catch the eye of potential sweethearts or ensnare feral poets ($4+ each). Exotic ginger blossoms and orchids provide a uniquely stunning display ($5 each) and a set of foil balloons buoy moods as effectively as a high-five from a helium molecule ($3+ each). Though this Groupon does not cover transportation costs, same-day delivery is available within 20 miles of the 19116 zip code for an extra fee.
The Mattress Factory's knowledgeable, non-commissioned staff guide customers to high-quality memory-foam, hybrid and innerspring mattresses from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Stearns & Foster and Beautyrest. Customers can shop at ease in an atmosphere that's free of sales pressure, price haggling, and the complex conversion of U.S. currency into the steel ingots accepted by mattress-making dwarves. The Mattress Factory will also set up your new mattress and remove your old one for free.