Shared love of gardening led to new business

Published 1:24 am Wednesday, October 4, 2017

On Monday of this week, Greenwood Gardens opened its doors to the public for the first time. It was a busy and successful first day of business for the pair who runs the quaint store.

Greenwood Gardens started out as a passion for gardening shared by Pamela Roquemore and Jared Boutwell. Boutwell is a native of the area, and is known for his decorating expertise, and for restoring older homes.

Rouquemore has been in the area for eight years, after 10 years in the Marine Corps.

The two met when they were employed by Casey Teel at what was then Andalusia Garden Center, the very same building where the two now own and operate Greenwood Gardens.

“We were both at a time in our lives where we knew we wanted to involve ourselves more with gardening,” Boutwell said, “The opportunity came, and we took it.”

Boutwell’s love for gardening stemmed from his childhood, spending beautiful days in the summer with his aunts.

He’s also been organizing floral arrangements for years.

Roquemore spent most of her childhood with her grandmother, who had a passion for any flower, and from the time she was on her two legs, she was helping in the garden.

“We have put blood sweat and tears into this business.” Boutwell said.

“Some nights we would be here until midnight.” Roquemore said.

For starting their project only four months ago, the pair have come a long way to what they have now.

“We do anything from corsages to bridal bouquets.” Boutwell said.

However, that isn’t all that Greenwood Gardens has to offer.

Potted flowers of all assortments, garden décor, signs, and unique floral arrangements are always ready to be bought.

“We wanted more variety for gardeners,” Roquemore said.

“We want people to truly be creative,” Boutwell said.

In the future, the duo hopes to hold classes to teach gardening to those who are inexperienced, and maybe to even reach out to children and show them the importance of gardening.

“We are honestly just so grateful to have this opportunity,” Roquemore said.

Greenwood Gardens is open from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturdays, they close early at 3 p.m.