PlantTherapy: Spruce
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Maxwell Ryan
Feb 3, 2006
Spruce is a little flower shop, owned by floral designer Gaige Clark, right next door to Two Boots Pizza and down the block from a host of good restaurants (and The Chocolate Bar). I found myself peeking in the window as I was walking by this past Saturday with a piping hot chocolate in hand. Spruce is to bouquets as Magnolia Bakery is to cupcakes. You know why you are lining up at the door. They do not carry anything that does not become them. Their space is cozy, not excessive and only contains the bouquets and precise collection of containers and plants that collectively say ‘Spruce’. The combination of lush flowers in canning jars and roses arranged in moss in their signature wood boxes reminds me of nice brunches and open windows with breezes. It feels like New England. Their arrangements, although feeling as natural as a hand-picked garden bouquet, are deliberate in their style. Especially attractive on Saturday were the anemone flowers (white with black centers) and the fresh, perfect roses. Billy was busy arranging the day’s offerings when I entered the shop. He has lived in this neighborhood, near Spruce, since the 80’s and has worked with them for the past eight years. He speaks with much affection for his neighborhood, his partner and their dog, and for the art of arranging flowers. Having been trained as a painter, he finds fulfillment in the challenge of color, texture and layout within his floral designs. One by one they were arranged and then put into the front window, lightly misted with water and glistening as if they were still covered in dew from the garden. We recommend a stop by, if you are looking to bring some of the colorful, fresh out of doors into your dry, winter apartment. Cuttings:
  • ArcLinea teases us with their new LED grow light technology CL Finds (for the ambitious):
  • Rodale's Illus. Encycl. of Organic Gardening - $9
  • STANDS for PLANTS or DISPLAY -all metal or wood with metal, $14, $18
  • 1000 WATT SWITCHABLE HPS/MH INDOOR GROW LIGHT - $140
  • High Pressure Sodium Grow Box on Wheels - $300 -Matt N. (not maxwell - that is autofill)
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