Welcome to Del Ray, Good Gardener
Del Ray now has a new source for fresh cut flowers, and we’re so excited to welcome them to the neighborhood! Good Gardener is the work of Amy deGood and her husband Dean, who shares the store space with his other business, DoggyWalker.com.
Amy and Dean grow the flowers (more than 30 varieties) on a farm in Madison County, VA. The flowers are hand-picked on Mondays and then delivered to Del Ray. Amy offers a subscription service for local residents — clients sign up for the service ($25/week — weekly or every other week) and are able to pick up their bouquets on Tuesday afternoons.
I visited Amy during one of these Tuesdays to check out the shop. It’s the former home of Royce Flowers, which left Del Ray years ago, and is located directly behind Kiskadee. The shop is open by appointment only and is accessible through the parking lot at its official street address, 202 E. Custis Ave. The flower part of the shop is small, with a work space for Amy to arrange bouquets and a side room that has been converted into a walk-in fridge for storing flowers.
The rest of the building is the headquarters for DoggyWalker.com so of course, you’re bound to see a dog… Here’s Bob who happily sports a corsage. He’s been coming to work with Dean for the past 12 years.
In addition to the subscription service for weekly flowers, Amy sells her flowers at farmers markets (Mosaic District and Fairlington) and can make bouquets for special events and weddings. She can customize the bouquet for any price range.
I left the shop with with my own stunning bouquet. Amy’s advice for making flowers last: Give the stems a trim before you put them in water and change the water (with flower food) every few days. After more than week, most of these are still going strong!
Welcome to the neighborhood, Good Gardener!