The new face of Drake’s Design & Garden Center

September 9, 2014 12:00 am

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Even if you frequent our quaint little establishment with some regularity, chances are that we look quite different now than we did last time you were here. The slowing down of the planting season gave us the window of opportunity we needed. Over the past five weeks, the most visible part of  re-vamp we have dreamed up during the past year  finally happened. We hope you are as enticed as we are about the changes.

We created a new entrance on the Jamieson side. The old door now serves as new signage

We took down the fence that previously held the old receiving area, and turned the resulting space into our new entry, accessible from the parking lot on the Jamieson street side. The entry gate on the Scholls Ferry side remains the same – at least for now. 😉

From either direction, the first thing you’ll see is part of our pottery selection, and metal garden features made by a local artisan.

This swing has become our favorite spot for a quick break.

The former gift shop is now a Landscape Design Studio. We will still be carrying a selection of gift items…

… but they will be sourced from within our local pool of exceptionally talented artisans, and often feature repurposed objects.

We moved both of the registers in to one of the greenhouses for better flow and less confusion. We love the light in here!

The area that used to hold one of the registers is now a conference area where landscape design magic evolves.

The revamped houseplant area has been reconfigured into a winding pathway that gradually moves you through the greenhouse.

At the very end you see the skeleton of what will become our Tillandsia wall. So excited – Gina is putting together the order right now!

The adjacent patio is filled with the fiery colors of fall.

Given how hot it still is, the straw bales and mums seem a little premature, even though the calendar indicates their time has indeed come.

‘Sticks on Fire’ Euphorbia, Croton, feather grass and a few succulents can be a nice alternative to more traditional fare, especially considering the unusual heat.

We decided to follow our Landscape division’s lead and go all natural and organic. So, as of a few weeks ago, we only promote and replenish our stocks with holistic solutions . We are all super-excited about this. Most people don’t read labels anyway, so enabling the continued pollution of our environment and the leaching of toxins into our waterways  has always made us uncomfortable. Because this is a bit of a learning curve for most of us, we will be holding classes on how to garden without toxic chemicals. Stay tuned for dates…

So where will these classes be held? Funny you should ask! One of the most interesting aspects of this revamp is that we now have a designated classroom, and a space for workshops of different kinds. The space behind the roll-up door will be our new community resource center, where all that and more will take place.

Just give us a little more time. That space is still under construction!

The revamp will no doubt continue for quite some time. We plan to add more to the patio that was built last winter, and a  feature rain garden is planned for the not so far future. (Yes, we will probably turn that one into a workshop!) Little by little, we’ll keep improving our space, and we’ll keep you posted on our progress. So, stop in and see us. We’d be happy to show you around.