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Schaffitzel’s Flowers – A Jungle Wonderland

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Serving Springfield, Missouri since 1949, the Schaffitzel family brings an excellent addition to the gardening community in the 417. There is a certain charm to greenhouses to begin with, but the atmosphere, the service, and the quality of Schaffitzel’s Flowers is magical. From the moment you walk in the door, the employees are sweet and welcoming. If you look a little lost, as I usually do (because I love plants but know nothing about them), the employees are so helpful. Okay, so I may be a bit bias because one of my dear friends works there, but still.

Even before you step foot inside the greenhouse, the entrance is decorated with brightly colored pots holding the first bit of greenery hinting at the exorbitant amount of greenery inside. The teal and yellow awning makes for a bright and cheery entrance as well. As if that weren’t enough, the cutest bulb lights line the edge of the roof for added attraction.

As you walk through the front door, a bell rings, an employee greets you, and you suddenly feel like you have walked into Grandma’s house. All around are knick knacks, house plants, cute lamps, and the faint sound of a waterfall tinkling somewhere. Sometimes, there is even a plate of fresh baked cookies sitting on an end table for you to enjoy. Cozy chairs, family tables, and decorations with that perfect farmhouse feel fill the room. Though the inside of the shop is great, once I step foot in the greenhouse itself, I am lost in the greenery until it is time to leave.

Have you ever been lost somewhere even though you knew where you are? That is how Schaffitzel’s makes me feel. It is a hometown adventure. A wonderland in the middle of the city. As someone who struggles to keep plants alive, greenhouses are little pieces of paradise. I truly appreciate the people who can keep plants flourishing splendidly.

The smell of corsages and boutonnieres as they are being crafted in the shop takes you back to high school prom. When you enter the greenhouse itself, you can’t help but take a deep breath of the earth scented air. In between the smells of greenery and earth, you can catch whiffs of fruit or vegetables that smell like the garden my family had growing up. The sounds of trickling water and the breeze against the side of the plastic greenhouse soon fade away in the midst of the sounds of rustling leaves.

I always regret having to leave Schaffitzel’s when the time comes. I want to curl up with a book in the corner and enjoy the whole day there. Alas, even seemingly perfect days come to an end. Thankfully, Schaffitzel’s is consistently ready to provide for all your plant love needs.

Greenhouses are aptly named. Every inch of Schaffitzel’s is covered in green. It is what I call a jungle wonderland. Everywhere you turn there are ferns and cacti and trees and succulents and all those other adorable plants I don’t know by name.

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Sarah Bagarah / Guest Writer

Sarah Bagarah is a Springfield based blogger and photographer with a focus on food and lifestyle content.

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