With more than 50 years of experience in the nursery industry, Dana Pike and her staff of experienced plant professionals, horticulturalists, and landscape designers guide home gardeners through 5 acres of plants, supplies, and accessories. Prevent newspaper deliverers from shattering another lawn sculpture of Andre the Giant with a shrub ($5.99+) from lines such as the Southern Living collection. Patrons can inject style and oxygen into interior spaces with one of many houseplants ($3.99+) or reward branchless swings with a tree ($16.99+). Knowledgeable gardeners can advise planters as to which annuals ($1.59+) will grow best in difficult yard environments with little shade or mounting evidence of an underground rabbit-run kitchen, and for an additional fee will plant any greenery purchased. The Family Tree Garden Center’s stock changes weekly. After perusing plants, soil, and gardening tools, patrons can visit the upscale gift shop for home-décor items ($4+). Budding ornithologists can delight in the wild-bird section with a variety of feeders, seed, and bird bungalows, sold with or without squirrel security systems.
Thousands of plants populate the cheery purple farmhouse and grounds at Randy’s Perennials & Water Gardens, where resident garden masters greet customer questions with horticultural knowledge derived from 25 years in business. Six display ponds spark landscaping inspiration and host species of albino catfish and butterfly koi, and staffers answer any water-gardening questions thrown their way and provide advice on purchasing from the selection of water-gardening accessories. A selection of edible greens like lettuce and collards and ornamental greens such as cabbage, mustard, and kale are tasty and decorative, while apple, peach, plum, and blueberry trees cheerfully sprout in front or back yards.
The fully insured earth artists of GreenGeco manicure lawns with an array of landscaping and irrigation services. Efficient irrigation systems replenish sapped seedlings and dehydrated grass, and humdrum land brightens beneath colorful flowerbeds, stone walkways, and fences to keep children in and the patio umbrella's disreputable suitors out. To ensure greenery stays lush throughout the year, the landscape specialists follow a detailed seasonal itinerary specialized for Southeastern climes.
Contributing to local commerce isn’t new territory for the Howard family. In 1925, Edwin Howard’s in-laws founded a small grocery in Doraville, which he took leadership of 30 years later. After gaining experience in that business, he decided to expand the family’s venture, and in 1972, he opened the first Howard’s True Value Hardware right next door. Now, after more than 35 years and currently under the ownership of Howard brothers John and Doug, the hardware store keeps shelves stocked with more than 100,000 hardware items, tools, and home-garden accouterments from the likes of Carhartt and Honda, as well as charcoal grills from Big Green Egg, wood pellet grills from Traeger, and a line of propane grills with tanks they can fill in-store. For sports enthusiasts, they're an authorized YETI Cooler and Tifosi Eyeglass Dealer.
Building materials, including adhesives and mason tools, lighten the burdens of home-improvement projects, and a constellation of hand tools relieves the hassle of hiring a beaver to chew its way through 2”x4”s. A full stock of interior paints helps customers brighten the hue of living quarters, while a sturdy pair of jeans from Carhartt helps them to withstand the wear-and-tear of maintenance projects or slow dances with rose bushes.