Judys Garden Shop may look like a typical nursery at first glance, but upon entering its expansive greenhouse, visitors discover vine-ripened tomatoes crated next to geraniums, fresh cucumbers resting near blossoming hibiscus trees, and sticky-fingered garden gnomes swinging from hanging ferns. A staple of southeast Lexington since 1995, Judys Garden Shop furnishes customers with farm-fresh produce and locally sourced fare, including Amish produce and spices, in addition to its greenery. Under the shop's green-thatched roof and the greenhouse's far-reaching windows, owners Judy and Bob McCreary care for their inventory by handwatering perennials and stocking their fridges with the finest in local comestibles.
The rich soil of Walnut Grove Farm—tilled throughout more than 150 years and four generations—sprouts with flowers, shrubs, and trees sold in an eponymous onsite nursery. Arched greenhouses plant their pillars in the grounds' northwest corner, where they shelter shrubs such as boxwoods and holly, annuals such as petunias, mums, and pansies, and more than 80 fragrant perennials. Mulches chipped from hardwoods and cypress join peat moss and compost to blanket exposed roots, and a Gardener's General Store stocks country essentials ranging from grass seed to locally laid eggs. Walnut Grove's green-thumbed experts also emerge beyond the nursery walls to beautify lawns with landscape designs and routine maintenance such as edging, weed control, and flamingo herding.
A monthly fixture on WBKI’s Louisville LIVE, D & W Silks outfits under-landscaped homes with silk floral arrangements, silk trees, and aesthetically ascendant interior accessories. Silk bloom bouquets ($9.99–$149) bear an uncanny resemblance to their water-guzzling counterparts but don’t require plant food or regular conversation. Silk trees ($49–$499) are equally self-sufficient, offering to enliven staid, leafless sitting areas for nothing in return except an introduction to the sultry lava lamp. Throughout D & W’s 20,000-square-foot showroom, feng shui neophytes can pick up accessories ($9.99–$199) such as mirrors, pictures, lamps, clocks, and candles, all of which are perfectly smashable items for bored, defeated poltergeists. A friendly, knowledgeable staff is on hand to answer silk-centered questions and help pair patrons with appropriate arrangements.
Owned and operated by horticultural experts Russell and Lyn Madison, Proper Plants' greenhouses greet visitors with more than 125 annuals ($1.10+/pack), more than 150 varieties of hanging baskets ($8+), and a plethora of other herbaceous offerings. Those who like edible beauty but dislike the time it takes to make Brad Pitt–shaped lasagna can browse the tomatoes, eggplants, and 85 varieties of vegetables, which come in small pots for short-term storage ($.95+) or nursery cans to keep them warm before the start of spring ($6.50/2.5 qt. can). Proper Plants also packs potted plants such as geraniums, verbena, and various herbs ($2.90+). The practiced staff can help DIY soil workers arrange their own hanging basket or answer any questions on crop placement or garden-gnome disciplinary techniques. Rather than use pesticides, Proper Plants uses biological controls, such as predator insects, on plants.
Originally founded in 1873 as a purveyor of ivy and dahlias, Schulz's Florist now stocks a spectrum of floral arrangements, plants, and gifts that can be tailored to suit the recipient's preferences. Schulz's Florist's Message in a Bottle bouquet gathers premium seasonal flowers into an eclectic recycled vase, such as a wine bottle or Jacques Cousteau's spare scuba helmet. This arrangement requires three days' notice for delivery so Schulz's can plan their delivery schedule for optimum energy efficiency, reducing the overall environmental impact of this bouquet. The Message in a Bottle arrangement is recommended for upbeat sentiments, such as "thank you," "thinking of you," and "Thank God it's Tuesday." Tell the blossom gurus at Schulz's about your recipient's personality and favorite colors, and they will create an individually tailored bouquet to suit any sweetheart or occasion, or pick a prearranged hand garden, such as the wildflower mix ($35), or a seasonal mélange of sunflowers and zinnias ($35). Peruse Schulz's extensive list of flowers and their meanings to create a bouquet of subtext, such as hydrangeas, which stand for sincerity ($35 for a small vase) or orchids to signify beauty and mild confidence in one's ability to break dance ($35 for a simple arrangement). Use your Groupon to cover the charge for Schulz's delivery service ($8–$12), delivery only to Jefferson County, Prospect, Clarksville, Jeffersonville, and New Albany. Orders totaling $75 or more are delivered for free.