New Store: Flora Home & Garden

From the April 4, 2012 edition

Grab your wallets, green thumbs.

Flora Home & Garden owner David Snow is ready to fill the void of local options for gardening supplies near Downtown. The need for such a store has been evident ever since Urban Gardener closed its doors in the Short North a couple of years ago, he said.

“The goal is to be a true urban garden supply store,” Snow said. “It seemed like the right time to give this a shot.”

The store is temporarily located in the former Go Figure plus-size consignment shop, but in the fall it will move to 930 N. High St. (the Jazz Arts Group building beside Bungalow, which is, fittingly, where Urban Gardener once stood).

There is a lot of outdoor garden decor here, like wind chimes, metal flora to hang on fences, contemporary vases and ceramic planting pots. The options satisfy a range of tastes; most people can come in here and find something to make their garden an oasis of personal style.

What really makes Flora Home & Garden unique, though, is the gamut of gardening supplies available. It sells the basic tools of the trade and bags of fertilizers and soils. In the middle of the shop is a rack brimming with organic and heirloom vegetable and flower seed packets from Livingston Seed Company, a Central Ohio business that has been around since 1850.

Snow is particularly well-versed in how to start and succeed at container gardening, which is popular in the area where many live in apartments without spaces to garden. He hopes customers of Flora Home & Garden will take advantage of his expertise — he has an associate degree in greenhouse management and was the buyer and manager at Oakland Nursery for 11 years.

“I have always had a love for plants,” Snow said.

If horticulture baffles you, the shop also will offer live flowers and veggies that are near ready to eat. Snow said he wants every Short North shopper to feel comfortable here, no matter how their garden grows.