Stefanie Reed owes her love of gardening to a grandmother with a green thumb.
"She could stick anything in a can, and it would grow," said Ms. Reed, who owns Peacock Alley for the Garden on Central Avenue.
Ms. Reed started the business in 2003, sharing space with another merchant on Kings Way, and in February she moved into her own shop.
She carries a mix of items for the garden and home. A large portion of her store is devoted to glazed pots.
After spending several years in Europe, where she gardened out of window boxes, Ms. Reed came to appreciate planting in pots, she said.
She has a variety of vibrantly glazed pots from Bali, China and Vietnam. Planting in the glazed pots helps to conserve water, she said. Unlike terra cotta pots, the glazed ones hold water inside instead of allowing it to seep through. She said she found them useful at her home during last summer's drought.
The pots are the only imported items in the store because she cannot find similar items made in America. She's also interested in eco-friendly products.
To complement the pots are a product called Seedballz. Inside a ball of clay is a seed and some fertilizer waiting for the right environment to sprout, she said.
The product is made by disabled workers.
Farmhouse, manufactured in New Hampshire, features a line of organic soaps and baby products. Hartley's Herbs are an inexpensive line of bottled herbs from Cleveland, Ga.
Some other gardening pieces include a line of statuaries and "plug and play fountains." The glazed containers make great water features, she said. One filled with water and the fountain system can be used indoors or outdoors.
Peacock Alley for the Garden, 2124 Central Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (706) 922-5000.
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