Bloomin’ Idiots Floral and Garden Center (then Bloomin’ Idiots Garden Center) began from humble beginnings as a 2-person operation on September 16, 2004, on Moosic Road in Old Forge PA at a location along the bank of the Lackawanna River. The very next day, as heavy, unrelenting rain from Hurricane Ivan caused the Lackawanna River to rise nearly 6 feet above flood stage, sending it out of its’ banks and through many properties in its path, taking what was Bloomin’ Idiots Garden Center with it. With the help of family and friends, clean up began soon after and the garden center re-opened, operating as a seasonal business from Easter through Christmas, at that location until 2006, when it was moved to our current location at 100 Lonesome Road, Old Forge, PA.
The relocation to a larger property came with so many opportunities, allowing us to expand our product line to include bulk and bagged products, and construct a large greenhouse, and a smaller cold frame (open ends) greenhouse on the property, quickly becoming the go-to place for residents and businesses of Old Forge and surrounding communities to get the best quality flowers, plants, trees and shrubs, bulk and bagged mulch, soils and stone, and the most awesome customer service around!
In 2007, the addition of our Floral Shop brought even more room for growth (pun intended)! Our goal when we added floral was and remains, to offer quality, fresh and beautiful all occasion floral arrangements at a reasonable price. Give us a call for your Holiday, Birthday, Special Occasion, Wedding, Funeral, Seasonal and “Just Because” Arrangements, Prom and Recital Bouquets, Corsages and Boutonnieres, or stop in for Cash and Carry Bouquets and “Grab and Go” Arrangements from our floral cooler, for those “oops, forgot to order flowers” moments!
Also, inside our showroom you will find the area’s best selection of healthy Houseplants, Unique Candles, Religious Statues, Cemetery Candles, Essential Oils, Fragrance Oils and Burners, Incense and Incense Burners, Wind Chimes, cool gifts like Leather Journals and Handmade Wooden Boxes, Holiday Decorations, and Seasonal Items. You may also get a blast from the past as you find your childhood favorites in our Old-Time Candy selection!
From that 2-person, seasonal business that survived not only a flood its’ second day in business, but through the years has also contended with 2 road closures from other floods washing out Lonesome Road, 2 bridge closures for replacement projects that spanned 5 years (on the main roads leading to us), to an operation today that employs 14 full and part-time people, and gives all of us here the opportunity to play in the dirt every day while helping people beautify their homes and properties, put a smile on someone’s face, and find that perfect gift.