Gone With the Wind
According to Flickr member Chapendra, this abandoned garden center in Lakeville, Minnesota, was damaged in a windstorm and never re-opened afterwards. Even so, “life, uh, finds a way”, as do some straggly sunflowers who managed to grow quite well both before and after the advent of garden centers… and windstorms, for that matter.
Jolly Grained Giant
We’ll close with one of Derek Lyons‘ slightly disquieting yet timelessly ethereal images of the abandoned Green Thumb garden center, this one featuring what must be the loneliest chainsaw carving in the Pacific Northwest… only he doesn’t LOOK lonely. In fact, the carving’s expression lies somewhere between giddy joy and unbridled hunger. Umm, Derek… slowly and carefully step away from the carving… Derek? Derek!! NOOOOooooooo…