New Garden Center Opens in Milford

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dsc08387By Terry Rogers

Bruce Fisher, owner of Milford Plant and Garden Center, said that this will be a new venture for him, despite having ten years in the plant industry. Since his knowledge is in plants and landscaping, he and his wife, Diane, have partnered with the owners of Country Flowers who have been in the florist business for more than 30 years. The new business will take over where Gooden’s Florist operated for more than 70 years.

“The property itself really had great potential to host not only a professional florist, but with the existing greenhouses, an outbuilding and over an acre of land for the addition of a nursery and garden center,” Mr. Fisher said. “Additionally, the accessibility of the property is excellent, convenient to Route 113, Route 1 and downtown Milford all at the same time. It is a quick and easy stop on your way to or from work, or while headed out for lunch, dinner or coffee and it is a short little detour to check us out during a trip to one of the larger retail stores in Milford.”

The new plant and garden center will offer full service professional florist service and the display case will be filled with an assortment of arrangements. They will offer arrangements for weddings that range from simple country ceremonies to lavish, elaborate celebrations. During the holidays, they will carry an assortment of holiday centerpieces, wreaths and live plants, including Christmas cactus and poinsettias. There will also be dish gardens and other live plants as well as small evergreens and hollies with festive holiday decorations. The shop can also create arrangements for all life events including birthdays, church services, funerals and celebrations of life.

“We carry a full range of items from a simple carnation in a vase with baby’s breath and a ribbon to the most amazing pieces from NDI, a leader in sophisticated artificial arrangements,” Mr. Fisher said. “Not only will we carry items you expect from a full-service florist, but we will also add inventory found at a garden center. This includes trees, shrubs as well as annual and perennial plants.” They will also offer mulch and soil products along with fountains and statuary. The goal is to create a one-stop location for all plant, flower and garden center needs.

Bill and Don of Country Flowers have joined the Fishers in the endeavor.  Mr. Fisher says they have an excellent skill set for providing fabulous floral arrangements and that without their advice, guidance and instruction, a professional florist would not have been incorporated into the garden center.

There are other things that make their plant, garden and floral center unique. In a small room off the showroom, the work of local artists will be displayed for sale. Currently, the artwork of Jerry Strom, a landscape watercolorist, are on display at the shop. In addition, Milford Plant and Garden Center is the exclusive retail outlet for Jeff White’s “Redware,” pottery that Mrs. Fisher says is not only works of art, but functional as well. The pottery is lead-free, dishwasher and microwave safe.

“We have lived in Southern Delaware for several years and noticed that Milford is a community that just seems to get better and better every year,” said Mr. Fisher. “There is a real sense of a growing community. All the parties that need to be involved to promote a prosperous place to work, live and play really seem to be working together to make all of those things happen. We are excited to potentially be a part of that process and contribute to the success of Milford as a community in any way that we can.”

The garden center is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM until 4 PM and on Saturday from 9 AM until Noon. Throughout the holidays, the hours of operation will increase and Mr. Fisher hopes to expand the hours even more in the Spring. He says that if someone is in the showroom or the lights are on in the greenhouse, people should feel free to stop in.

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