My mother was a gardner. She firmly believed happiness was found in the delightful walls of a garden, and she had a hand painted sign hanging on her front door that read “Find Me In The Garden” and that is just where she went daily after work to paint and prune her roses. With Mother’s Day this weekend, I am reminded that there is certainly nothing like fresh flowers to brighten your day. So, what’s an urban dweller to do but take to the local city garden center, and in New York City it’s a treasure trove around every corner. Much smaller than years ago, the NYC Market sprung up in the late 1800s with growers from Long Island and New Jersey commuting in to sell their wares. The Market grew around the industry offering those “in the know” amazing floral finds and with certain credentials the chance to buy “wholesale” flowers and greenery. Well, today that has significantly changed but any early morning walk at 5:00 am down plant and flower lined West 28th Street (between 6th and 7th avenues) tell a different tale. You will see a busting mixture these days of magazine editors scooping up flowers for photoshoots, NYC dwellers mixed with the occasional flower lover stumbling around in disbelief at the offerings. The Market is certainly busy but it is no longer a well regarded secret and anyone with a credit card can now purchase an abundance of flowers from all over the world. Each shop has their own specialty. For cut branches I prefer-US Evergreens; fresh flowers-Associated; tropical offerings–Caribbean Cuts; and I love meandering the aisles at Jamali for ribbon, baskets, candles and supplies. But, my all time personal favorite is the tiniest of shops nestled but chock-filled with topiary, ferns, herbs and an abundance of greenery, NY Topiary.
Tamara’s Favorite Shop–NY Topiary