The Urban Garden is one of the only garden stores that grows their plants in their own local greenhouses. Located in historic downtown Valdosta, it is an open-aired plant market that strives to give its customers the freshest annuals, perennials, and other seasonal plant material.
Stacey Griffin has owned and operated his store for the last four years, but he has been passionate about gardening for most of his life. He has been a part of the industry for nearly 25 years.
Griffin explained that his store is different from others because of the way he makes his products readily available from the store shelves to customers’ hands.
“All of our plants are locally grown,” Griffin said. “We control the shipping to customers and maintain the plants so that they are with us from the start to being sold in the store.”
Griffin has always loved anything to do with the outside. He decided to choose gardening as a career path because it is what he loves and it makes people happy.
“I enjoy the outdoors and love playing in the garden,” Griffin said. “To me, it is all about the creation, and it really starts to become an art form after a while.”
There are many beautiful flowers and plants in season at the moment, including perennial flowers like peonies and geranium. Griffin said that some of the most popular plants sold in store right now are the hanging and mixed planters for the garden.
If you want plants or flowers that have been locally grown in your area for a reasonable price, then visit downtown Valdosta and look for The Urban Garden. Pick out some potted plants that can make any garden or porch area pop with color for summer.
Written by: Alex Dunn
Photography submitted by The Urban Garden