Miami Gem: Midtown Garden Center
May 17, 2017Janel Allen
Continuing on our quest as Culture Crusaders, we’re uncovering and discovering the gems that make Miami so great. When it comes to South Florida’s agriculture, we tend to look for plants outside of Miami’s urban core. But Midtown Garden Center, our latest treasure, sits happily on the bustling NE 2nd Ave, right smack in the middle of where it’s happening in our city.
Open for 6 years, Midtown Garden Center is owned by Ninfa Diaz and her family. Her husband and two children have added in their love to the spot, her 24-year old stepson owning a landscaping business of his own. However big her family may be, this is her baby. With one more commercial location in Homestead, this smaller (and more homey Midtown spot) came into fruition after an attempt on Miami Beach pushed her to the mainland and the site transformed from there.
Her green thumb comes from her sod contractor-family. Growing up in the jungles of Latin America, she spent her life surrounded by plants. House looked like a jungle. Over the years, they’ve increased increased the number of plants at Midtown to include some of everyone’s local favorites. Because of the sprawling apartments in the city, they wanted to provide a neighborhood backyard for people to enjoy.
But aside from being a garden center, it’s also a great place to hang out. You can work from there with free wifi, or get enchanted by their nighttime vibes under the bistro lights. Although the garden closes at 7PM, you can still roam the grounds while savoring some delicious fresh food. Nomade serves up gourmet Argentinian fare and La Pollita has some of the most vibrantly colored tacos around.
You can come for some freshly made arrangements by Zoom Blooms or their wildly successful event programming like paint parties, yoga, and garden-themed happenings. It’s BYOB for now, but get ready for some nightly sips among the flowers.
Photos by: Fujifilm Girl.