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Liberty Street Gardens: professional gardening, done with passion

Do you need some landscaping done? Are you looking at those weeds and wondering when you'll get to them? Liberty Street Gardens in Farmington Hills does big and small jobs, and is expanding its client base.

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Here's the scoop, straight from the owner:

Business name and contact information: Liberty Street Gardens, 24395 Indoplex Circle, Farmington Hills (in the Mid American Studios building), office number (248) 476-2700, cell number (248) 417-8845
Owner: Heidi Cook

Business open since: 2002

Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Occasional Saturday work too.

Specialty: Gardening, including spring and fall yard cleanups, annuals planted, gorgeous containers potted up, new installations and revamping of older landscaping. We even love to weed!

The scoop: We take a very professional approach to installing new plants or caring for existing ones. As the owner of Liberty Street Gardens, I took more than 40 classes at the Michigan School of Gardening from 2002 to 2004 and got my Master Gardener's certification in 2003. We all love plants and making the outdoors look stunning. My teams are a joy to have working around your house. They work quickly and are happy to answer the homeowner's questions.

What's unique about the business?: Since I spent the first 15 years after college working at a professional career, many of the same standards have stuck with me throughout the growth of Liberty Street Gardens. Everyone on the team wears a Liberty Street Gardens t-shirt, for example. I use a very elaborate Excel spreadsheet to track what has been done at each client's home, and then use QuickBooks to generate invoices. I love e-mail, since it provides an automatic electronic trail of communications with clients and vendors. Most important, though, is the fact that everyone who works for Liberty Street Gardens loves what they do and takes extreme pride in their work.

Why Farmington?: Farmington is where I live, and we have some awesome clients in Farmington. The Farmington DDA has been our client for several years now, providing us the ability to plant and maintain the decorative planters on the light posts downtown, as well as the beds at Farmington and Grand River (in front of the Masonic Temple sign) and on the west side of Farmington and Alta Loma. I love how easy it has been to work with the DDA and hope to expand our role in the beautification of downtown Farmington as the years go by.

Areas served: Farmington and Farmington Hills, Novi, Northville, South Lyon, Brighton and Ann Arbor.

What's coming up? Art in the Garden is an event that will be held in my gardens at 23361 Liberty Street on August 5. The event begins at 7 p.m, and the watercolor artwork of Kathleen Spellman and the pottery done by Dave Albrecht will be highlighted, as well as the gardens and containers at Liberty Street Gardens. All are welcome to come and enjoy a glass of wine or beer, eat some delicious appetizers and desserts, and marvel at the gorgeous works by the three folks featured at the event.

What else is new? We're growing! Not just tons of plants, but we are expanding in size, and loving every minute of it.





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