Tony's Garden Patch has been on Thomasville Road in Tallahassee, Florida since the 1940's. Tony's was particularly noted for the Yard Statues that were offered for sale - literally acres of them.
Tony's is shutting down at the end of Saturday June 29, 2013.
The Saint and her Dog point the way to Tony's!
Before Home Depot and Lowe's, Tony's was the place where Tallahasseans bought Garden supplies, Pine Straw, Firewood, and Plants. Tony's was a Nursery, a Farmer's Market, and a place to buy Statues. They had everything!
As Tallahassee grew, new neighborhoods such as Killearn Lakes and Golden Eagle and Summerbrooke appeared far beyond Tony's. Then came Home Depot and Lowe's, who put a crimp not just on Tony's, but on Tallahassee Nursery and other local businesses.
When U.S. Highway 19 aka Thomasville Road was widened from a narrow Country Highway into a 6-Lane Commuter Road, Tony's became a relic of the past.
Anthony Hugh Martin, aka Tony, migrated to Tallahassee from Moultrie, Georgia back in the 1940's. He married Mary Magdalene Brown of Wakulla County. Together they ran Tony's Garden Patch for over 60 years.
Tony died in December of 2011. The Business at that time was greatly reduced, but it continued to sell Landscape Timbers, Pine Straw, and other Garden Necessities. Tony's also operated as a Supplier of Hickory Firewood to area Restaurants, including most of the Barbecue Places in Tallahassee (Employees of Tony's will continue to run the Firewood Business, a bit farther up Lake Hall Road).
The 5 Foot Tall Chicken Statue is still standing today, Friday June 28, 2013.
Last month, Mary Magdalene Martin passed away (I attended her Funeral). Her Trust has decided to phase out the Business. Saturday June 29, 2013 will be the last day for "Tony's Garden Patch".
All week, people have been pouring into Tony's to get a piece of Tallahassee History. Except for the Giant Chicken, the Large Statues are all gone. Contractors are making deals for the patio stones and loading them onto trailers. The Business will shutter on Saturday; the remaining assets will be auctioned off in a few weeks.
Farewell, Tony's Garden Patch - End of an Era for Tallahassee.
The Athenian Goddess now stands alone in the overgrown brush. She weeps over the End of Tony's Garden Patch.
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Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker Tallahassee, Florida