Sure, there’s Baker Park, Mullinix Park and Carroll Creek Linear Park where you can sit with your tea or coffee and enjoy the greenery around you, but have you been to the small city garden outside Cakes to Die For?
While it’s not a park, it’s a mini oasis of plants with tables and rocking chairs, in the middle of downtown.
Who wouldn’t want to people-watch while sitting among roses and eating a pumpkin scone?
If you pass by, you can’t miss the abundance of plants lining the corner building.
The little city garden, or container garden, has been there for six years, according to Lucie Shelton, owner of Cakes to Die For. It simply started after Shelton’s father, Matt, a landscaper, started putting plants outside the building.
While the plants were first placed in front of the building facing North Market Street, Shelton and her dad soon added more plants to the side of the building on Second Street. Tables and chairs were added a year later.
“Instead of just having tables out front, we wanted to have the nice rocking chairs on the side,” she said. “We wanted to make sure it was nice and cool and kind of like the secret garden kind of vibe.”
And the number of plants has grown through the years. This is currently the most plants, about 15, that have been in the garden. Plants include roses, verbena plants and elephant ear plants, but they’re always rotating new ones in.
“Before we just had a couple of plants and hydrangea trees out there,” she said. “Then we added some garden roses.”
It’s also low-maintenance for her, as her dad waters the plants every day.
What’s also nice is the respect and feedback she’s gotten from people who walk by the city garden, she said.
“We used to come every single morning and a plant will be ripped out and thrown over the street,” she said. “But it’s almost now that people appreciate it and see the beauty of it now. Even people in their drunken state don’t rip them up and throw them all over the street anymore.”
Now, it seems, that people just love it. The business gets cards put under the front door thanking them for beautifying the corner.
“We have people that have never come into our store that come in just because of the flowers,” she said. “We have people that literally come in that just yell inside the doors, ‘your flowers look nice!’
“The city of Frederick just gave us an award that recognized us for uplifting the cityscape and making it look nice,” she added. “We’re glad about that, just our small corner that has helped made an impact that they can enjoy.”