Unfurling across almost two verdant acres, Bayshore Garden Center populates outdoor areas with thousands of plants ready to boost botanical credentials. A staff of professional green-thumbs solves shoppers’ horticultural quandaries, from sharing facts on seasonal flowering annuals ($1.29 each) and juice-laden peach trees ($29.99+) to fielding questions on whether or not pine cones can experience love. Hang a 10-inch premium basket ($11.99) to enthrall area bird populations, or wow garden-peeping passersby with the coquettish pink flowers of a hibiscus ($9.99). Bayshore Garden Center also stocks a wide selection of bushes and shrubs, with entrants such as the heat-friendly butterfly bush ($11.97) ready to thrive in a front lawn’s center stage or grow a labyrinth around backyard minotaurs. In addition to aboveground aesthetics, Bayshore Garden Center carries fertilizer and other nutrient-packed soil amendments to keep gardens green and vibrant.
From within Queens' Club Fitness, Infinity Spa Salon strikes an effective balance between natural skincare and advanced aesthetic treatments. Located a short distance from New York City, aestheticians clear and brighten complexions with seven types of facials infused with vitamin C and hydroquinone-free lightening ingredients, and they also use the exfoliating powers of mechanical microdermabrasion. Unwanted hairs can be effortlessly removed using an all-natural, beeswax-infused formula from GiGi or the advanced technology of an Alma Soprano XL laser, which permanently removes hair from any skin type including ghosts' see-through complexions. In massage treatment rooms, therapists rely on 10 different modalities, including the ancient techniques of Thai massage and shiatsu, to release tight muscles and improve circulation.
Infinity's focus on harmony is also apparent in the salon and spa's interior design, which melds contemporary decor with natural earth elements, such as bamboo plants and warm brown walls.
At Ruth Messmer Florist Inc., third-generation florists arrange fragrant roses, asiatic lilies, and vivid daisies into fragrant bouquets for any occasion. They can create classic arrangements with sleek, simple glass vases and decorative ribbons or enhance blooms with creative flourishes such as plush stuffed animals, balloons, or wicker baskets.
In addition to flowers, florists fill gift baskets with epicurean treats such as Ghirardelli chocolates, dried meats, fruit, and wheels of cheese jacked from Mighty Mouse’s Cadillac.
Fort Myers Florist's green thumbs artfully arrange bouquets in traditional and modern fashions for myriad occasions. Colorful sprays of florals or decadent candies are gifted by the shop's signature Flower Folks, whose round yellow faces greet recipients with a mischievous grin and a charming one-liner. The Flower Folks' cast of characters includes the broad-smiling Grinster, who totes an array of seasonal blossoms ($29.99+), the puck-kissing Toothless Joe, who embraces a boon of sweet treats ($29.95), and the debonair Baby Blues, who woos recipients with a mixture of white and yellow daisies and three yellow roses ($29.99+).
Expert orchid enthusiasts at Sundance Orchids & Bromeliads bolster bromeliad blooms and more than 1,500 varieties of orchids within seven modern greenhouses spanning 5 acres of landscaped grounds. Gardeners can populate their planters and yards with bromeliad inhabitants ($5+) or hang tillandsia air plants ($4–$25) high out of the reach of conflicted lovers' bloom-plucking fingers. Fertilizers tend to flower patches ($7.95), and trimming shears ($14.95) will snip any rebellious plants attempting a home takeover.
Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization was founded as Educational Concerns for Haiti Organization by businessman and philanthropist Richard Dugger as a method of providing much-needed agricultural training for aid workers and missionaries. Throughout its 31-year history, the interdenominational nonprofit has grown to house a nursery of tropical plants, a 7.5-acre farm, and a resource center of over 4,000 books and publications centered around providing sustainable food chains and livelihoods in poverty-stricken tropical areas. Celebrating its grand mission of training those who help the hungry and the poor, ECHO introduces visitors to rainforest climates and innovative urban gardening techniques in its Global Farm and preserves rare species while educating the public on complicated exchange rates at the seed bank. Each purchase made helps actualize this mission.
ECHO's volunteers promote food security in tropical and arid regions throughout the world with over 75,000 hours of work each year, and the hardworking 51-person staff of horticulturists, researchers, and program directors teach aid workers and the general public with a variety of workshops, internships, and guided tours on the verdant fields and well-tended nurseries of its bustling campus.