In Memoriam

Yesterday it was announced that Linder’s Garden Center, a third generation family owned business that’s been part of our community for over 100 years, is closing. The changing demographics of their customer base, the advent of the big box stores, the recession, and the horrific spring season that virtually wiped out their spring income, have all helped to ring the death knell for this friendly and cherished neighborhood source of beauty. I will miss my trips to Linder’s. I would sometimes go there just to be surrounded by the loveliness. I almost always came home with some new treasure for my yard, but the visit itself was the real joy. Their extravagant outdoor displays were wondrous, changing with the seasons and often a source of inspiration. In recent years their Flower Marts would suddenly appear like mushrooms in the parking lots of grocery stores and malls throughout the area in early April, a true portent of summer.

I visited their 50% off going-out-of-business sale today, but was dissuaded by the 2 hour checkout lines. Good luck to the Linder family.

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They began as a celery farm in 1903:

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Later, they became a flower store that finally morphed into a full garden center.

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