Keil Bros' garden center and nursery is heartily stocked with a plethora of seasonally changing plant products hailing from a number of regional growers, including Chesapeake Nursery and Monrovia Nursery. With the summer solstice recently passed, the center's verdant and sprawling inventory is now focused on helping the mid-season gardener. Ready-to-go planters ($25–$50) and pre-arranged hanging baskets ($15–$25) keep green thumbs green and pristine fingernails clean while also adding opulent oxygen sources to homesteads. Come the auburns of autumn, Keil Bros turns its gardens over to organic goodies such as apples from the Hudson Valley, ornamental cabbages, and pumpkins just begging to be brought to cackling life through blade and flame. Year-round, the center also provides essential tools and lawn-care goods from brands such as Toro and Lawn-Boy.
Flowers By Peter’s staff of blossom builders creates awe-striking arrangements with expressive names that make it easy to choose the blooms that suit the mood. Sniff through the selection of love and romance arrangements for an elegant way to say be my love (red roses, miniature carnations, white Asiatic lilies, and daisy spray chrysanthemums; starting at $42.95). Or, make someone smile without telling knock-knock jokes with the square-vased Teleflora Summertime Splash, a bouquet of yellow Asiatic lilies, pink Matsumoto asters, hot-pink miniature gerberas, and green button spray chrysanthemums (starting at $42.95).
Elizabeth Samudio, owner of Elizabeth Anna’s Old World Garden, cultivates an eco-friendly urban sprawl of thriving flora and fauna situated just minutes from downtown. Wander through rows of edible, unusual, and native plants whose organic designation signals freedom from synthetic fertilizers and herbicides, and whose lushness and vibrancy make them ideal camouflage for secret backyard wrestling leagues. Secure a romantic rendezvous with beguiling rose varietals, or nurture fruit trees and veggie starts into fully stocked, self-replenishing produce aisles. Samudio and her staff of greenthumbs will gladly aid customers with photosynthesizer selection, sharing planting and care tips for aesthetics ranging from asparagus ferns and creeping ivy to topiaries shaped like the mailman.
Lady Jane Craft Center has been inspiring DIY-ers since 1989. The 10,000 square-foot store houses crafting essentials, as well as supplies for making thoughtful gifts and memorable parties. Should customers wish to learn to make their own jewelry, they can enroll in classes. If the large inventory proves daunting, knowledgeable sales associates can point shoppers in the right direction or assist in making a centerpiece or favors for a special occasion.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' Fruit Experts arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, and juicy strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Fruit Experts can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet or white chocolate. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize bouquets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.