The Heart of America

The Heart of America

I suppose flowers are in my genes. My grandfather, Laureston Adgate, was a florist and he and my grandmother, Margaret June Adgate, owned flower shops in Warren, Ohio, starting in the 1940’s. Though I never experienced any of the shops myself, it is a treat to study them in these old photographs. The Adgates personify the American Dream. With a lot of hard work you can create something of your very own. As a fellow florist, I can imagine just how hard they worked keeping a shop running smoothly while raising a family. Thank you Grandma and Grandpa for creating something which brought beauty, comfort and delight to countless lives. And thank you for planting the love of flowers in me. Happy Fourth of July!



Adgate Family Photos.



  • by Jenn, post on | Reply

    How did I not know this?! Such a charming shop…love the old pictures.

  • by Alicia Benjamin, post on | Reply

    Lovely Beth!

  • by botanicart, post on | Reply

    Love the pictures!!!

  • by sweetsabelle, post on | Reply

    Thank you all!

  • by Paul Shaker, post on | Reply

    I grew up visiting my Grandmother Nader behind the later Adgate florist. She was the landlord and the three storerooms were her main livelihood. I remember Mr and Mrs Adgate and their daughter as lovely people. We children enjoyed the environment created by their backdoor overflowing with plants into grandmothers view.

    • by sweetsabelle, post on | Reply

      Wow, Paul, how incredible that you found this and I am grateful to you for sharing your memories!! Are you still in Warren?

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