Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Garden District Closes for Good

We had our suspicions that 14th Street-based nursery and plant retailer Garden District was living on borrowed time ever since they filed for bankruptcy back in November 2009.

Sadly, it seems that time is up. Yesterday, Garden District owner Joe Carmack posted the following message on the District's website:

"I regret to inform you Garden District, the business entity, has been closed. I worked very hard to maintain it, but at a certain point it did not make sense to continue. Thank you for supporting GD for 10 great yrs. It was a pleasure serving you."

As you may recall, Garden District used to exist in the space that will soon be occupied by the hamburger joint Standard. In 2008, it opened a second location at the corner of 14th and Church streets (in the space currently occupied by Estadio) to sell houseplants and related merchandise. That location shuttered within a few months, and Carmack relocated the remaining Garden District location across the street to a space that formerly housed a car dealership.

Those looking for a replacement neighborhood nursery may want to check out Old City Green, located at 9th and N streets NW. Over on 14th Street, Flowers on Fourteenth does a good job serving up an assortment of houseplants and flowers in their new home in the former Cafe Salsa space.

As for Garden District, we'll be sad to see such a cheerful little spot go.


Anonymous said...

I am very sad to see Garden District go. I remember when the bankruptcy was reported on this site there were a few less than kind comments here -- largely about the prices. Well, of course they couldn't compete with Home Depot in prices, but they made up for it in knowledgeable and helpful staff, convenience, and high quality plants. I would always walk there with my dog during the summer and bought many plants there. They were a pioneer in the neighborhood, and will be missed.

IMGoph said...

well, now those who clamor for nothing but MOAR RESTAURANTS have another empty space to work with.