Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

City People's Garden Store - As If We Never Said Goodbye

I don't know why I'm frightened
I know my way around here
The cardboard trees, the painted seas, the sound here...
Yes, a world to rediscover
But I'm not in any hurry
And I need a moment
The whispered conversations in overcrowded hallways
Thee atmosphere as thrilling here as always
Feel the early morning madness
Feel the magic in the making
Why, everything's as if we never said goodbye
Since 1988, City People's Garden Store has been carrying plants, supplies, and garden-related gifts. At the end of December the business closed it's doors as a developer had bought and had other plans for the property.  The plan was delayed for a year and City People's opened once again.  After seeing the building totally empty just a month ago, I wondered if the new owners, who had worked at the store for years, would be able to pull off a reopening. Through some magic (hard work) the store has been reborn.  While not as packed to the gills with stuff as it once was, the store feels alive and growing with a lot to tempt the plant addicted.

Helleborus × hybridus WJ Jade Tiger would have made it into my wagon if one didn't already live in my garden.

Helleborus orientalis 'Cherry Blossom'  did jump into my wagon along with H. 'Golden Sunrise' and another big double white whose name escapes me at the moment.

Also into the wagon jumped Hebe 'Jewel of the Nile' whose winter colors I'd been admiring at nurseries lately.

Lots of great evergreens and seasonal color!  The outdoor garden space was just beginning to be filled with plants but this is always the case at this time of year at People's.

Houseplants are all the rage with young people and apartment dwellers and this area is being expanded.  A shipment of plants had just arrived and workers were busy unwrapping and displaying them.

It's a delight to see the store reopened and flourishing.  However, this is only a one year happening and the search for a new location will continue.

We all wish Alison and Jose, the new owners, the very best of luck with this green venture!


  1. Yay! Thanks for the look at the new/old City People's. We didn't make it by there so yours is the first I've seen of it.

  2. I wonder if knowing it will only be there a year will bring more gardeners in? I also wonder if it makes the owners nervous, or maybe relieved?

  3. What a neat story! I hope Alison and Jose will find the perfect space to move to when the year is up at this old spot.

    Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

  4. It looks like a wonderful store and I'm glad you can enjoy it for another year and hopefully thereafter. I must say that I also continue to be amazed by the encyclopedic knowledge of music that allows you to pick just the right selections to embellish your posts.

  5. Wonderful place, Peter. I see you purchased some new plants for your garden. Helleborus orientalis 'Cherry Blossom' is stunning!


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