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Surry’s Sweet Pea Gardens Gets New Digs

Written by  James Straub Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 8:15 am

SURRY — Moving to a space nearly four times as large could be a daunting task for any business owner, but for Sue Keating, moving her flower shop to a much larger location was just another turn of the evolutionary wheel that has guided Sweet Pea Gardens since its inception.


“The way my whole business has gone since the beginning is evolution — following where it’s going,” Keating said.

The new home of Sweet Pea Gardens Flower Shop in the heart of Surry village offers more of a comfortable great-room setting than a typical florist shop. — JAMES STRAUB

The latest change at Sweet Pea Gardens involves moving the flower shop from its tiny home on Route 172 in Surry village to the historic and spacious building next door.

Keating and her husband, Patrick, own both buildings and until recently had leased the larger site to Mark Baldwin, owner of Borealis Press.

Sweet Pea Gardens got its physical start in 1993 when the couple moved from New York to Maine and Sue planted three rows of sweet peas at the farmhouse they rented in Lamoine.

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