Event Space Opens at Trad's Garden Center

We’ve been talking about our display at Trad’s Garden Center on San Jose for quite some time now. Well, the time has come to announce that it is open for business! The event space has been a long time in the making, but seeing it now makes the wait well worth it. A few weeks ago the space was utilized for the first time by Slow Food First Coast for their membership meeting. The 50 or so people had plenty of room to mingle comfortably, shade from the beautiful arbor, soothing music from the outdoor speakers and delicious food prepared by Art Jeannette of Checker’s BBQ & Seafood. Art prepared everything right in the outdoor kitchen and was quite pleased with the space! It was so great to finally see the event space being used to its fullest potential. Whether you’re planning an event, considering adding an outdoor living space to your home, or simply curious to see what the First Coast’s finest contractors are capable of constructing make sure to stop by Trad’s 8178 San Jose Blvd. 32217 to take a look at the space! See you there!


Special thanks to: Tropical Pavers of Jacksonville (Flooring and Retaining Walls), Tremron Group (Pavers & Retaining Wall Block), Tile Market of San Marco (Tumbled Limestone), The Master Carpenter (Woodwork), Living Stone Creations (Stonework), Johnson Landscape Lighting (Lighting), Kichler (Chandelier), LiveWire Technologies (Sound System), AmeriGas (Appliances) & All American Grill Store (Kamado Joe)

It's Home & Patio Show Time Again!

There’s only a little more than a week until the Fall Home & Patio Show, and we are excited! As in the past, we are teaming up with Trad’s Garden Center, but this time we’re doing something a little different. Although we’ve loved all of our Home & Patio Show designs so far they’ve all been lush, natural looking gardens jam packed with plants. This time we’re going the opposite direction…clean lines, showcase pottery, less plants! We can’t wait to get it all set up and see how it looks. It will be a long few days with lots of standing, but it’s always a good time!

FNGLA Meeting – Northeast Chapter

This past Tuesday we attended the Northeast FNGLA chapter meeting at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens. We were there as the guests of Robert Sanford, Sanford’s Landscape & Irrigation, and everyone was very welcoming. The group was scheduled to take a tour of the zoo, specifically their new butterfly exhibit, but unfortunately Mother Nature had other ideas! Despite the weather (and the fact that there would be no tour!) a good sized crowd gathered to network, enjoy tasty food, and of course conduct business. We were fortunate enough to be present for the meeting at which the new officers were installed! We so enjoyed our time with the group, that we have decided to become members. We were fairly certain we would join the group, but when Leah won one of the raffle prizes we knew it was meant to be. 😉 

We look forward to becoming an active part of the organization, and forming lasting relationships with other members in our area, and statewide!

Trad's Garden Center Event Space

Quite some time ago, we approached Chris Trad of Trad’s Garden Center about some empty space on his property. We asked him “What if we designed an event space, and got it built for you using the highest quality craftsmen in all of NE Florida?” Chris replied “Sounds great; it’ll never happen!” Fast forward to today…there is a wonderful 50’x70′ paved event space that is already being put to good use! Tropical Pavers of Jacksonville installed the flooring and retaining walls, using products from Tremron and Tile Market of San Jose. The current project underway is the outdoor kitchen. It is so exciting watching it come to life! The foundation was poured by Concrete Slabs and More, and will soon we wrapped in beautiful stacked stone. It features appliances from Sawyer Gas, and a stunning sound system from Live Wire. The Master Carpenter is using his incredible skill to complete the woodwork that will support the gorgeous countertops Living Stone Creations is installing soon. It has been so much fun working with all these talented companies to create a space for everyone to enjoy. We can’t wait to finish up the outdoor kitchen and host a big barbeque! If you haven’t been to Trad’s in a while, you really should stop in and check the garden center out. Just make sure to bring your umbrella if you visit within the next few days!

Home & Patio Show 2012!

We are already starting to prepare for the 2012 Spring Home & Patio Show! We will be teaming up with Trad’s Garden Center to create

a stunning display. At past shows we’ve hung life sized backdrops, laid travertine floors, installed sod…come see what we think of this year!

The show will be March 8-11, 2012 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Downtown.