The Queens Florist and Botanical Gardens
Possession of our new home took place on November 7th, 2019. It immediately began its transformation.
Phase I: Florist
Starting on November 7th, phase one is comprised of beginning the major renovations and moving the existing business into the front of the upper floor. Before the end of the year we will be starting some of the exterior renovations as well (though some will have to be delayed until spring). Changes include (completed changes in green):
Phase II: Indoor Botanical Garden
Phase two is the first phase of the botanical garden. We are well under way with phase two. Displays are still being built, and educational information has yet to be designed, but you can see things taking shape.
Phase two is when the live plant exhibits are created. These displays will fill a significant amount of the horizontal AND vertical space, and be vibrant and exciting.
Phase III: Outdoor Gardens
The proposed building for The Queens Florist is situated on a lovely 10,000 square foot corner lot. Phase three involves starting to plant a variety of tasteful gardens, intended for public enjoyment. The outdoor gardens will be designed to enhance the property, support the local ecosystem, and be a visual treat for local residents and visitors alike.
Seating and shaded areas will be installed, along with common garden decorations such as sculptures (by local artists!) and birdbaths. A profusion of flowers will attract local birds and butterflies.
The outdoor gardens will fill out over several seasons, with the gardens growing and expanding over time.
Phase IV: Indoor Botanical Garden Expansion
The botanical garden is not finished with the completion of the top floor exhibits. The lower floor provides an equally large (though not as high) area for further expansion.
One of the major renovations being planned are stairs leading from the upstairs garden to the lower garden. Expanding exhibits will be able to continue to grow and fill out this new area, along with their associated relaxation areas, educational paraphernalia, and art displays.
Building out the phase four exhibits will begin upon completion of phase two (and likely overlap phase three).