“The end of last year to this spring; there’s a sense of community,” Hill said. “People are showing up that wouldn't have been here before.”
The sense of community inspired him to buy new plants and keep the prices low.
Hill Landscaping, 1545 E. Front St., Logan, was founded in 2012 and is a full-landscaping company. In 2018, it expanded to an indoor plant store. The team consisted of Hill and Manager Connor Martin.
The garden market sells indoor plants, like indoor foliage, cacti, succulents and air plants and offers outdoor plants like locally grown annuals, locally grown perennials, locally grown mums, Christmas trees and garden seeds. The shop also sells plant care items, mulch, topsoil, landscaping tools, river rock and grass seeds.
“Hill Landscaping & Garden Market is a landscaping company and garden center servicing the Hocking Hills and the surrounding region,” according to Hill Landscaping and Garden Market’s homepage. “Our mission is to work closely with our clients and customers to design, install and maintain the highest quality landscapes in order to provide an escape from everyday life. We pride ourselves in offering our customers the highest quality, locally sourced materials to complete their home projects both indoors and out.”
The store has come a long way in a short amount of time.
“This is our fourth year,” Martin said. “It started out without any of this indoor stuff, just basically mulch and bags and bulk, and we had a few plants outside. But we've finally grown into something that we're pretty confident about. We've been trying to push more this year to get more people in.”
The team went to garden center conventions and realized how popular plants were becoming.
“Last year, we found a supplier from Florida, but we were paying $400 or $500 in shipping every time, so we weren't moving very many plants,” Martin said. “But then we found somebody fairly local to us over the winter, and it's really easy to get them here. We have a nice rotation coming in now.”
Financially, the pandemic hurt the company, but the pandemic also helped drive people’s passion for plants.
“I don’t know that COVID in general necessarily helped us as a business, but I think it helped us in the sense that a lot of people are into (plants) now,” Hill said.
Maggie Moreda, a junior studying nursing, thinks the shop is a great asset to the community.
“The shop is so cute with so many fun plants!” Moreda said in a message. “I wanted one of everything! They were friendly and knowledgeable when answering questions about plant care. They even had a fun selection of pots and local goods. I can’t wait to go with more friends!
The landscaping company and market carries more than plants. It sells passion flowers from Passion Works, cutting boards from KR Custom Designs, apparel and accessories from Ohio is Home and greeting cards from Thanks You’re Welcome.