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Largo business offers gardens of bliss

Imagine a garden oasis shaded by pergolas and filled with comfy upscale furnishings, beautiful flowers and rushing waterfalls.

That's what you'll find when you visit the new Garden Room.

Mike Van Coulter, who has owned Earth­scapes Garden Room in Palm Harbor for 15 years, started the business with David McMullen and his son, Jim, of Sun Pavers of Tampa.

Open a little over a month now, the Garden Room is on an acre lot leased on Clearwater-Largo Road. The entrance is marked by a huge waterfall that spews cooling mists that can be seen a block away.

In the last five years, there's a growing trend among homeowners to create outdoor environments to enhance their property and for their enjoyment, Van Coulter said. The purpose of the Garden Room, he said, is to let people see, touch, feel and walk through actual garden rooms and landscaping areas.

"We're creating outdoor rooms to go," he said.

The living spaces and landscaping can be customized and can even be set up on the property to let the client see how it would look.

The business is still growing, Van Coulter said.

"I'm letting the place evolve," he said. "My ideal scenario is to restock every week between here and the Palm Harbor location to have different rooms on display every week."

How are people finding you?

"I'd have to say the drive-by traffic," said Gabriela Celi, an interior designer and the Garden Room's sales manager. The waterfall is a big attention-getter, she said.

What's the biggest seller?

"The pergolas are a huge hit," said Celi, as are the different shaped and colored pavers.

What is the price range for the room packages?

The Bistro package is $2,208 and includes electric grill, cabinet with granite top and black glass doors, table and chairs, French colonial lantern, and serving tray.

The Tuscany package is $27,753 and includes gas fireplace, pergola, chair, glider, ottoman, three-seat sofa, glass coffee table, glass end table and gas grill.

Christina K. Cosdon can be reached

at cosdon@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4154.

The Garden Room

920 Clearwater-Largo Road, Largo. • Hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Closed Sunday and Monday. • Call (727) 581-6321.

Largo business offers gardens of bliss 05/03/08 [Last modified: Saturday, May 3, 2008 4:33am]
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