Native Gardens re-opened this week in Railroad Plaza

October 2, 2015
By Susan Erwin

■ BY SUSAN ERWINNative Gardens

October 1 was a momentous day for island girl Ronica Davis. After closing the doors to her shop, Native Gardens, which used to be located on Palm Avenue for many years, a new chapter in the store’s story was opened at 480 East Railroad Ave. Unit #3 in the Railroad Plaza.
Native Gardens had been located at Palm Avenue and 4th Street since 1998.
Ronica said the store will not only offer traditional and exotic beautiful fresh flowers, it will also feature many new items as well. From Nantucket baskets to ornate lanterns, baby items and silver accessories, Ronica has expanded her inventory substantially. She also has a new batch of her mother’s famous Christmas ornaments in as well, including some “snowballs” made from mullet scales that must be seen to be believed.
Ironically, when the Boca Grande Historical Preservation Board met recently and discussed future plans for the historic 411 Palm Ave. building, there was some apparent confusion as to who would be housed in the old Native Gardens building. While it will not be Ronica’s shop, it is scheduled to open as a flower shop and home and garden retail center sometime in the future and is owned by a local resident. The Lee County Property Appraiser website lists 411 Palm Ave. as being owned by an LLC with an address of 218 Enterprises Suite 316, 200 Eagle Road, Wayne, PA 19087. “My understanding is that it’s going to be used as a home and garden retail shop,” said Gloria Sajgo, Principal Planner for Lee County Planning Division.
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