At The Plant Stop, rows of lush foliage and vibrant blooms flourish amid sunlight and open air, surrounding visitors in hundreds of draught-resistant shrubs, flowers, and trees. Pat, a plant expert with more than 25 years experience in the landscaping business, runs this horticultural haven. Along with a staff of expert nurserymen, Pat helps customers select exotic plant life and nurture classic foliage such as flowering trees. He works with growers across Florida to stock the store's lush pathways with more than 20 varieties of clay-ball-rooted palm trees, which can thrive for many years without being staked or finishing elementary school.
At The Plant Stop's design station, landscapers chat with patrons one-on-one to draw up complementary landscape designs that incorporate plants tolerant of Florida's climate. The customer-focused staff also delivers trees free of charge.
Eve's Garden Gifts houses a collection of bonsai trees and lucky bamboo alongside inventive feng shui finds. Green thumbs can take up the balancing art of bonsai with a starter kit ($14.95) complete with a 2-year-old Japanese juniper bonsai tree, handmade ceramic pot, decorative moss, and pebbles. Five stalks of green lucky bamboo ($11.95) stand erect in a woodgrain ceramic vase oozing good fortune. Customers can quash stress with a dip into the ancient art of rock gardening with a mini zen kit ($12.95) equipped with fine sand, polished stones, and a bamboo rake to transform any space, from a cubicle to the roof of a speeding train, into a place of meditation.