Lamps ensconced in metal shades toss warm beams across New Earth Garden Center's verdant showroom, where thriving basil, tomato, and hot-pepper plants demonstrate the dirt-free wonders of hydroponic gardening. Organic provisions for soil-less and traditional planting fill shelves and display cases with supplies such as nutrients and fertilizers, eco-friendly pest control, composting supplies, and heirloom seeds whose plants bear hardy blooms, unique fruits, and stories from their seedling days of climbing trellises uphill both ways. Robust collections of wheatgrass growing kits also guide gardeners through the two week process of nutrient-packed projects and inspire future harvests.
For more than four decades, Weed Man's licensed and trained lawn-beautifying experts have tended to local lawns with custom blends of fertilizer, environmentally sound pest-control solutions, and knowledge gleaned from both living and working in the community. Created exclusively for Weed Man, the slow-release granular fertilizer nurtures lawns over a period of several weeks, and seeding and aeration promote continued green growth. Advice that aims to assist with local lawn problems helps to inform patrons online, illuminating seasonal troubles, gardening trends, and the astrological signs of various plants.
The fresh scent of flowering plants, modest-sized trees, and hardwood mulch wafts about the greenhouse of Maple Crossing Nursery. Water droplets mist the leaves and petals of take-home flora—shrubs, bushes, and perennials—selected for their ability to flourish in the humid climate of Kentucky and southern Indiana. An arsenal of gardening and landscaping tools arm walk-in green thumbs for tasks such as trimming up boxwoods, mulching flower beds, and digging moats around doghouses.
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.
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.
Summer Classics was founded in 1973 as a manufacturer of plastic umbrella bases. After the breezy craze of umbrella disco died out, the company branched out into designing and building its own line of home furnishings. Summer Classics produces high-quality products that are largely customizable via a variety of color and fabric options. Its large inventory selection includes posterior-supporting Palm collection side chairs ($477 each for frame, cushions $83–$168), and piña-colada-supporting Ocean Grande collection end tables ($496). No back porch is complete without a sturdy armchair in which to read the daily paper and lecture your sprinkler system, such as the Plaza collection arm chair ($379 for frame, cushions $70–$140). Cushion a planned fall with a set of Aqua collection large throw pillows ($97–$196 each), or opt for a smaller decorative throw in a color such as mango or blue bell ($107–$252 each). The friendly and helpful staff at Summer Classics is on hand to answer any questions you may have about fabric trims or weather patterns.