WALNUT — Using her background and experience in horticulture, Sharon Green Smith of Walnut has opened Walnut House Gardens and Greens at 118 S. Main St. in downtown Walnut.
“I grew up in my godmother’s floral shop in Iowa and worked at three others in Northeast Iowa,” she said.
Smith received a degree in animal science and agriculture from Iowa State University and studied horticulture abroad. She and her husband, Gabe, a graduate of Bureau Valley High School, decided to come back to his hometown of Walnut to open a floral shop.
“When the opportunity arose for us to come back and run a business, we took it,” she said. “We wanted to be closer to family and enjoy what we were doing.”
The Smiths use some jewelry cases from the former Peterson Jewelry Store in their business to display the many different colored vases they can use in their floral arrangements.
The Smiths bought the Walnut House from Adrian Lind, who had run it for 25 years; they took over in December of last year.
“We turned a gift shop into a flower shop with gifts,” Smith explained. “Walnut didn’t need another business on Main Street to close.”
The Smiths carry established national brands of merchandise as well as items made by local artisans from the Walnut area in their store, which will have a grand opening this Friday and Saturday.
Walnut House Gardens and Greens will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday with a chocolate tasting from 5 to 7 p.m. The store will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday with a Bent River Brewery tasting and Avanti cheese pairing from 5 to 7 p.m. that night.
The store’s normal business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
For more information, visit the business’ website at www.walnuthousegandg.com or its Facebook page at WalnutHouseGandG. The store’s phone numbers are 815-379-3066 or 815-379-2752 (cell).
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