SUDBURY – The Wayside Inn Foundation, the nonprofit organization responsible for the preservation of The Wayside Inn Historic Site, announced today that it has entered into an arrangement with Bark & Blossoms of Sudbury to operate a new plant and flower stand at the barn across from Longfellow’s Wayside Inn.
Bark & Blossoms owner Lisa Forsberg operated a plant and flower business at Stone Tavern Farm on Route 20 in Sudbury for 15 years, until she was forced to relocate to Fairbanks Farm on Route 27 this past spring due to the potential redevelopment of the Stone Tavern property.
Forsberg’s operation at The Wayside Inn Barn will be her second location in Sudbury and will be open daily until dusk through mid-December.
“When we learned that Lisa was looking for a new location, we talked with her about the possibility of setting up a plant stand somewhere on our property, and the barn was the obvious location,” said Steve Pickford, Innkeeper of Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. “We are thrilled to have her operating at our barn and love the color and activity that her business brings to the property. She has a great eye and her ‘country chic’ aesthetic is a perfect fit for our historic location,” added Pickford.
Forsberg sources all her plants and flowers from local growers. “We are just finishing setting up and it’s looking better than any of us expected,” said Forsberg. “We’ll be selling seasonal flowers and plants, wreaths, and décor items for the home, and of course, mums, pumpkins and gourds for fall, and holiday greens and wreaths closer to Christmas. I’m so happy to be part of this special place, ” said Forsberg.
“This is one of many other initiatives we are taking here to increase activity on our property and broaden our visibility in the community,” added Pickford. “It’s a win-win for both of us. Lisa’s business will represent us well, and we know our customers will be excited to have her products available during their visits with us,” said Pickford.
The Wayside Inn Foundation is a Massachusetts 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1944 to preserve and operate the Wayside Inn Historic Site, a historic property on the National Register of Historic Places with over 100 acres and 9 historic buildings, including the famed Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, believed to be the oldest operating inn in the United States. The organization, led by an all-volunteer board of trustees, also promotes early American humanities and culture through hospitality, lodging, education, programming, and events.
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