Flamingo Road Nursery Achieves No. 1 Ranking as Florida’s Top Independent Shopping Destination

Entrepreneur Magazine and Yelp gave the distinction.

An online shopper analysis conducted by Yelp and Entrepreneur Magazine named Flamingo Road Nursery’s garden center in Davie as Florida’s No. 1 shopping destination. The garden center is well-known for its exceptional selection, captivating ambiance, customer experience, and fresh smoothies, which have solidified its position as a premier destination for locals and visitors.

“We’ve been at this for almost two decades and pride ourselves in creating a unique experience for our customers to enjoy themselves, getting back to nature during their visit and recreating that experience when they get home,” Jim Dezell says, founder of the award-winning garden center. “We are so appreciative of this wonderful customer recognition.”

Throughout the year, seasonal events are hosted at Flamingo Road Nursery, such as South Florida’s Biggest and Best Fall Festival, a Christmas Celebration featuring fresh-cut Christmas trees, as well as a Spring Celebration with visits from the Easter Bunny, a Cajun Crawfish Boil, and live music. Entrepreneur asked Yelp to analyze its data and reveal which local businesses in America were the most loved. Together, they created America’s Favorite Mom & Pop Shops, a list of 150 local, independently owned and operated businesses across 10 categories — including shopping.

Dezell is a third-generation South Floridian whose dream of building a premier garden center became a reality with the opening of Flamingo Road Nursery and Farmers Market in October of 2005. In 1996, Dezell purchased eight acres of land in Davie to build hydroponic greenhouses to grow fresh herbs and lettuces for local chefs and Publix Supermarkets under the brand name Florida Fresh Herbs. Over time, he expanded his business to include growing plants and trees for landscaping. He ultimately purchased an additional 10 acres just two miles north of its herb farm to open the garden center.

Flamingo Road Nursery has received numerous local awards, such as “Favorite Business” and “Best Of,” and top ratings on Yelp and Google. The garden center has also gained national recognition from the garden center industry and was presented with the National Environmental Stewardship Award by the National Gardening Association in 2012. Flamingo Road Nursery is a member of True Value, and Dezell is a Senior Member on the Advisory Board of Home and Garden Showplace.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.