Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
There is a floral treasure in Manhasset, something unique: it’s the greenhouse in front of Manhasset Florist on Orchard Street. “Having my own greenhouse ensures premium plant growth and creates optimum conditions. This allows me to offer the healthiest plants to my customers,” says owner Alexander Otis. Indeed, the plants look truly perfect and a delightful scent of blossoms fills the air of the greenhouse.
“My father bought the business and property 45 years ago. During those years, he opened a total of five flower shops in Nassau County,” said Alex. His father trained him and his sister Aretta in the flower business. “While still attending high school we both helped on Saturdays and during our vacations,” he explains. Alex graduated from the New York Institute of Technology as an architect and worked as an engineer for over six years before returning to his roots to help his father manage his five flower shops and to run one, Garden City Florist. “When my father retired in 1999, I took over Manhasset Florist & Greenhouse and Aretta took over Port Washington Florist.”
“Every week I go to the New York City Flower Market to hand-pick and color-coordinate my selection from the extensive range of flowers flown in from all around the world. It’s still fun for me to do this and I never tire of walking through the beautiful flowers and plants, looking for the best available for my customers,” Alex stated. He adds that he is always happy to fill special requests for customers when buying at the New York City Flower Market.
Alex will soon prepare the hanging baskets for the Annual Manhasset Chamber of Commerce Adopt-a-Pole Program — just in time for Memorial Day. Alex says he will be happy to design and plant arrangements in patio pots and garden planters at the homes of customers. While talking, Alex never stopped clipping and quickly designed an exquisite bouquet of lilac and peonies — the combination of scents was simply wonderful.
Submitted by the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce.