Bowood Farms

For those who love everything green, the calendar is a very important tool. Coming up is the first day of spring on March 19th and April 15th is the estimated last day of frost. Many gardeners like to wait until May 1st in case of that last frigid attack. All things to know before entering Bowood Farms, a botanical shangri la hiding on the northern border of Central West End. They tout themselves as a garden and garden supply store but they offer so much more. A  perfect outing includes shopping for plants or for gifts at their store Holliday, taking a class, and having a nice meal next door at Bowood by Niche. 

Bowood Farms originates from Clarksville, Missouri. It’s a 4th generation family farm. After having success selling wholesale perennials, they decided to enter the public sphere in St. Louis. And what an amazing building they found and saved to house all those little green beauties. It was a 1920’s automotive warehouse, brick with ample windows. The renovated style is nostalgic and modern at the same time makes the shopping experience all the more enjoyable. 

“The Studio” is where Bowood holds classes run by local artists. Class topics vary and are seemingly popular as many on the calendar are already sold out. Here are some class examples: drawing with walnut ink, cookie decorating, handmade ceramic dishes, wreath and bouquet arranging, botanical soap making, orchid care, seed starting and so much more. You can get a group of friends together for a private class, minimum of 7 people on the weekdays and a group of 12 on weekends.

Bowood is more than just a gorgeous facade with pretty plants inside. They also have all the hardcore garden tools you need for indoor and outdoor gardening; no need to swing by Home Depot. They also have a wide selection of containers, some modern and interesting and some with beautiful patinas as though they were dug up straight from the ruins of Ephesus. Bowood’s website is also a fun place to rummage around. They have a Fresh from the Farm page so you can check in and see what’s new. They also have a plant care guide with tons of information about edible gardening, indoor and outdoor gardening, and general garden maintenance. 

Neighboring Bowood by Niche is open from 9am to 3 pm daily serving breakfast and lunch items. Niche Food Group delivers again with tasty options like Vermont Cheddar Waffles, Turkey Sandwiches with herbed aioli, and fresh pastries made daily. 

What are you waiting for? Swing by Bowood and start planning your spring plantings. 

Restaurant Photos Courtesy of Bowood Farms

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