Buxton Garden & Flower Shop
Steve & Paula Buxton
1489 Cr. 725 E
Sullivan, IL 61951
I am Steve Buxton. On behalf of the entire Buxton family, welcome to Buxton’s Garden Farm!
For those who may not know this unique and original family, let me just share a few things with you. My wife Paula and I have five children: Megan, Blake, Jenny, Emily, and Abbey. And people wonder why we are crazy.
Buxton’s Garden Farm started in 1995 with just half an acre of sweet corn and a few green beans. People were wanting more varieties of produce, so we decided to put up a shed on our farm on Rt 121 between Sullivan and Bethany. In 1997 we raised 1,000 tomato plants on the farm, all planted and watered by hand.
In 2003 we put up our first greenhouse. Paula loved it: not as much to weed, we could control the amount of water, and the flowers are prettier than okra. It worked out well and we ran out of room in just one greenhouse, so up went the second one. I got excited about perennials and took the lead on them. We also started raising our own mums for the fall.
You would think that five kids, twenty-one acres of garden, two greenhouses—and let’s not forget the pumpkins, my favorite crop—would have been enough, but in spring 2006 my mom says, “Hey! You need to read this ad in the paper: somebody local is wanting to sell some greenhouses.” So I called, and it was Bill Rich, the owner of Nature’s Bounty. Nature’s Bounty looked like a good fit for Buxton’s Garden Farm, so we struck a deal with Bill, and we now offer a wonderful selection of herbs, scented and unscented geraniums, prairie plants and perennials, along with the goods that we have been providing all these years.
Then in fall 2006, instead of shutting down to recover from our busy fall season, Mr. John Dean, retired from Dean’s Greenhouse in Sullivan, showed us the need to move on to the Christmas season, so we started offering poinsettias, Christmas wreaths, and cemetery decorations.
In 2007, we added a new fall activity: our corn maze. Fall is such a great time of year that we wanted to give people more chances to get out and enjoy the season. If you think getting lost in the dark with the corn rustling around you and not knowing what’s around the next corner sounds like a good time, come out to the corn maze on a Friday or Saturday night in October. If not, then come during the day to enjoy the fresh air and wander through the maze.
Mr. Dean continued to help us grow our year-round business. With his advice and help, we opened a flower shop in February 2008. In addition to fresh and silk flower arrangements, we provide flowers for weddings, funerals, and grave markers.
Our customers are such a great family to us, so we want to offer the best product line possible. Thanks to you, we are able to keep growing. At Buxton’s Garden Farm, we are ready to provide you with and expanded line of the quality “Plants, Produce and Pumpkins” (our three P’s!) you deserve and the service you have come to expect from us. We look forward to growing with you this season.