Like many local bars and restaurants that have limited their offerings to curbside pickup and delivery, other small businesses have shifted their services in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. One of St. Louis’ most beloved flower and garden shops, Flowers and Weeds, offers bouquets, starter plants, herbs and more available for pick-up or delivery to your door.
Due to a mandatory stay-at-home order that goes into effect on Monday for St. Louis city, Sunday will be the retail greenhouse and garden center’s last day to take advantage of these options. Patrons can still act now to procure spring garden supplies while supporting the homegrown Cherokee Street mainstay.
“Springtime is obviously our busiest time of the year when everything’s coming back alive and people are starting to plant their gardens. During these strange times, I think it’s great therapy to be outside in your garden. It’s very calming and rewarding,” says Jessica Douglass, who launched the company in 2012 has been running the store with co-owner Carly Meyer at its current location for nearly five years.
“We’re focused on permaculture, which is planting things that are edible and planting natives, or things that are beneficial to your environment that work with what you have,” she says. “I think it’s amazing to be able to grow your own food and prepare your entire meal from your garden.”
Guests can currently place call-in orders for pick-up or delivery. Alternatively, a walk-up window features a list of offerings that can be prepared and picked up curbside. Starter vegetables include lettuce, arugula, spinach, onions, broccoli, beets, chard, celery, rainbow carrots, fennel, peas, swiss chard, kale and cabbage. Strawberries are also available as well as a variety of herbs including basil, sage, chamomile, parsley and chives.
The selection includes organic starters from Biver Farms in Illinois. Baker Creek Heirloom seeds out of Mansfield, Missouri, are also available in varieties such as turnips, collards, celery and tomatoes. The shop also sells bags of compost, top soil, potting soil and neem oil as well as tools including gardening gloves, watering cans and kana hoes.
“I think it’s important to be able to provide starters, seeds, soil and beautiful flowers for people right now,” Douglass says. “It’s scientifically proven that flowers increase your mood. They’re scientifically proven to make you feel better.”
Flowers and Weeds also features an online shop that features everything from colorful bouquets and air plant terrarium kits to T-shirts and gift cards. For local resources on gardening, Douglass recommends Gateway Greening, Missouri Botanical Garden and Custom Foodscaping, which features sustainable edible garden landscaping.
“I think it’s important to stress keeping money in the community right now,” Douglass says. “We have beautiful flowers from Urban Buds right now. A dollar spent at Flowers and Weeds goes a lot further to help your community out than a dollar at a big-box store.”
Flowers and Weeds will be open today and tomorrow from 10am to 6pm before closing until further notice. Check the store's Instagram for updates.
Flowers and Weeds, 3201 Cherokee St., Cherokee Business District, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.776.2887, flowersandweeds.com