‘Summertime, and the living is easy.”

It’s not quite summer here, but it’s warm and patios are opening all over Albuquerque.

I know I’m not the only local who seeks out inviting patios.

I’m surprised that more business owners don’t see the value in creating ambiance for their outdoor spaces. It’s a small investment that yields big results. (Especially in a city where we have abundant sunshine.)

Let’s take one of my favorite clients, Horse & Angel Tavern, for an example of why nice patios matter. They’re located in the Mountain Run Shopping Center, where Eubank and Juan Tabo meet (south of Eubank and Academy).

They are already located in a beautiful part of town, near the base of the Sandias. But they don’t stop there. Instead, every year they choose to make the area a little prettier by sprucing up their patio. They do this so the customers have a nicer place to enjoy lunch or happy hour, and so they can attract new customers.

Here’s what the patio looked like pre-summertizing:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Welcome Back Horse & Angel Tavern Client

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Welcome Back Horse & Angel Tavern Client

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Welcome Back Horse & Angel Tavern Client

The patio doesn’t look bad, just a little bare.

That’s where I came in.

After listening to the client’s specific requests (lots of color, lots of vines, no blocking the sidewalk), and after testing the irrigation lines for a few weeks with “dummy baskets” (the irrigation is the hands of a third party), we recently unleashed the beautifying:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Welcome Back Horse & Angel Tavern Client

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Welcome Back Horse & Angel Tavern Client

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Welcome Back Horse & Angel Tavern Client

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Welcome Back Horse & Angel Tavern Client

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Welcome Back Horse & Angel Tavern Client

Big gorgeous colorful baskets that are sure to attract attention from the road. All of the flower baskets were locally grown – from Milton at McLain Greenhouses in Estancia, Perennial Delights in Corrales and Kathi’s Rio Valley Greenhouses.

It’s those little touches that make a big difference to customers.

I appreciate that the owner and manager of Horse & Angel understand the value of an oasis-y patio. Thanks fellas!

If you’re in Albuquerque and are looking for a nice place to have lunch, now you know where to go – Horse & Angel Tavern!

If you have any questions about how to use flowers and plants to beautify your world, call or shoot us an email.

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based business offering services of interior landscaping, patio beautifying, and flower arranging, as well as consultation services, for offices and homes. If you’d like more information, please email lizatheplantlady@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

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