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Exploring the Charming Midway Flower Market in Historic Midway, Kentucky

 

Welcome everyone! After a week of rain, the sun is shining and I am so ready to get out and spend some quality time with my herbs and flowers again! With flowers in mind, today I am thrilled to share a post all about the Midway Flower Market! I discovered this charming little market recently when I was in historic Midway, Kentucky.

 

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I have to travel to Midway routinely for doctor appointments and I always love discovering the lovely shops around the small town, or just taking in the breathtaking historic homes and horse farms in the surrounding Lexington area.

 

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When I spotted this chippy market sign surrounded by flowers on the side of the road I could barely contain my excitement! I just had to stop to take a look around!

 

 

As soon as I stepped out onto the sidewalk and took a peek over the old brick wall into a small courtyard filled with flowers and rusty garden decor, I knew right away I would be sharing a post all about this adorable flower market.

 

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The sidewalk just outside of the brick wall had a very European flower market vibe with pretty chalkboard displays, hanging baskets, potted plants and fresh bouquets.

 

I thought the displays were so sweet and I honestly could have written a post just about the area along the sidewalk since there were so many pretty things to see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I loved how a variety of plants were simply displayed informally, which made it feel like an authentic gardening space rather than just being staged to sell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On further down the sidewalk my heart began to flutter! Anytime I see a vintage bicycle with a basket of fresh flowers I know I am in for a treat! I loved the use of black and white striped umbrellas which created a very Parisian feel.

 

 

The sweet Marche Aux Flowers (flower market) chalkboard sign totally added to all the French feels!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I could have been happy just lingering around the impatiens and petunias, but the dreamy moss covered, antique brick columns opened into a courtyard that was impossible to resist exploring.

 

 

Just inside the brick wall is where I met Kristen, the sweet owner. I asked her if I could take some pictures for a blog post and she happily obliged.

 

 

 

 

 

As I turned the corner I spotted another small brick wall with an iron gate, leading to a tiny courtyard filled with flowers and garden treasures!

 

 

This is my idea of garden perfection! Old brick pathways, a wrought iron garden gate, evergreen hedges, colorful annuals, gorgeous urns, herbs and annuals,  French and English cottage garden accents…swoon!

 

 

For the next several photos, I will just let you enjoy a “quiet,” virtual stroll around the market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I must confess, it has always been a dream of mine to have a very small flower and herb market with a few antiques and vintage garden junk on display and for sale, similar to the lovely Midway Flower Market. Seeing this small space filled with so many wonderful flowers and designed so beautifully made the wheels in my head start turning.  Perhaps a little garden and vintage shop might become a hobby business during our retirement years. As I explored the market I was also getting more garden inspiration and ideas for how I would like to transform our own patio this summer.

 

 

Finding the right property with historic charm would be the first thing to consider. The charm of the Midway Flower Market certainly has a lot to do with location, location, location! The pretty courtyard, the brick wall and the adjacent lawn is what makes the Midway Flower Market so amazing. It is not a huge space, but it doesn’t need to be. It is just so perfect! The market is part of the property adjacent to the Lehman and Sons Fine Gifts and Home Decor building. You can see a glimpse of the store sign just above the brick column in this photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The courtyard was styled so beautifully with a mix of shade and sun loving hostas, caladium, herbs, annuals,  and chippy-shabby furnishings and garden accents.

 

 

I just loved this chippy blue table topped with a pretty petunia-filled urn and a welcoming pineapple. The old brick wall-fountain in the background no longer works but it has been creatively filled with shade loving plants.

 

 

 

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The day I visited was a little overcast, but I thought it made the shade garden area seem even more magical.

 

 

 

 

It was so nice of Kristin to let me take so many photos of her lovely market to share with all of you.  She has such an eye for garden design! I would have loved to have had more time to maybe sit here at this little corner bistro table enjoying a glass of lemonade, iced tea or an iced coffee while getting to know her better and chatting all about flowers and gardening.

 

 

 

Source: @midwayflowermarket Instagram

For now I am happily following @midwayflowermarket on Instagram and facebook. Be sure to follow along for beautiful garden inspiration and to see all of the new plants as they arrive at the market. My next doctor appointment is in the fall and I will be more than excited to visit the market again to enjoy all of the beautiful mums in stock. My husband and I may visit this summer on one of our day shopping trips to Lexington. If we do I will certainly post some pictures on my social media.

 

 

If you are ever in the Lexington, Kentucky area, you certainly should plan to take a detour off the beaten path to discover historic Midway! It is about 25 miles (really only about 20 minutes) outside of Lexington and very easy to find either via the main highway routes or scenic back roads (which have the most gorgeous old homes and horse farms in the bluegrass state!) The Midway Flower Market is open Tuesday through Saturday.

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed exploring the charming Midway Flower Market with me! If you are familiar with Midway, Kentucky then I am sure you already know how nice it is! By the way I would be remiss if I did not mention my fabulous physician, Dr. James Roach of The Midway Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Roach specializes in chronic diseases and treating difficult or rare autoimmune conditions. He also treats cancer with an integrative approach with high cure rates! Check out The Midway Center website for more information or you can email me anytime with any questions you may have. Dr. Roach truly saved me life several years ago when I was first diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease, and he has helped so much in treating my other autoimmune conditions. He is the best!

 

Thank you so much for visiting today! Happy gardening!

Amber

 

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply Cindy

    Oh Amber this is an amazing post. Midway Flower Market is a gem. So beautiful with nooks and crannies filled with flowers. I love the gates and columns. The umbrellas were even lovely.

    I was mesmerized reading and seeing the flowers. My brother and sister-in-law live in Lexington. I will have to ask them about the market.

    Can’t wait to see this in the fall. I’m a tad envious that you have such a gem.

    Enjoy your weekend

    Cindy

    May 17, 2019 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply Botanic Bleu

    Amber,
    My kind of detour… my car knows how to brake and to turn around. Finding a gem of a garden center makes any trip more pleasant.

    Judith

    May 17, 2019 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Lucy Beliveau

    Dear Amber!
    I’m a Kentucky Girl living in Dallas, Texas and I had such a wonderful time scrolling through all of your lovely photos of Midway Flower Market!! I was back home and loving every moment of my visit! Thank you for sharing such inviting photos of all of the different colors and kinds of flowers! I love geraniums and theirs are gorgeous!!

    This is my first visit to your fabulous blog and before I leave I must sign up to hear from you often!! Yours is the kind I enjoy!! It’s calm, interesting and full of beauty! I will return for sure!!

    I was born in Louisville, still have family in beautiful, quaint Bardstown and once lived in Lexington for a while, so your lovely state is in my blood! You do Kentucky the way I like it; with class and a lovely southern touch!

    Thanks again! Well done!

    May 19, 2019 at 3:30 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Lucy, nice to meet you! Thank you so much for your kind comments. It’s always nice to meet another Kentucky gal through blogging! So happy you are signing up for the weekly newsletter!

      Thanks for visiting!

      May 19, 2019 at 11:39 pm
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    Amber,
    Thanks so much for taking us all along with you on your trip to this amazing Flower Market! So unique and charming!! Loved it!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

    May 20, 2019 at 11:56 am
  • Reply MaryJo Materazo

    Love this! What a great find. I don’t blame you for wanting to spend more time. Can’t wait to see what it looks like during the fall. Thanks for sharing. xo- MaryJo

    May 21, 2019 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Thanks for sharing this charming shop and town at Vintage Charm–love it! Pinning!

    May 26, 2019 at 4:17 pm
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