Taste of Tuscaloosa: Off the Beaten Path - Johnson’s Garden Center and Café

An impressive variety of truffles are offered at the Café. Any and all will satisfy the sweet tooth. An impressive variety of truffles are offered at the Café. Any and all will satisfy the sweet tooth. Sheena Gregg

Driving down Bradley Road in Duncanville, you’ve likely seen the beautiful Johnson’s Garden Center and Café. Located in the same spot as The Plant Lady Nursery, the gorgeous new building and setup now has a new name, and new services offered to folks in and around Tuscaloosa. 

According to co-owner Teresa Johnson, the decision to expand and rebrand was a family decision.  

“My husband has been a horticulturalist for decades, and my daughter has a specialty in marketing. It felt like a natural decision to put together all our strengths and name our business something that reflected all of us,” said Johnson. 

 My favorite new feature of Johnson’s? A delicious set up of coffee beverages and sweet treats to complement the inviting ambiance of the new space. Whether it’s jasmine green tea or a hot caramel mocha, Johnson’s intimate café set up provides delicious accommodations to visitors.  

“We believed the café would be a nice touch to all of the field trips, herb classes, master gardener classes, and other gatherings that we host in our space,” Johnson said.  

Meyer lemon scones, sea salt caramels, and an impressive selection of truffles are available from the café, including free gift boxing to share treats with friends and family.  

As temperatures rise, business at Johnson’s Garden Center grows, with patrons inquiring about ways to improve their landscape.  

“We’ve been around Tuscaloosa for over 30 years. For anyone who has never experienced our services, we want people to know we’re in the business of improving the beauty of the home, especially when it comes to landscaping, gardening, and improving overall curb appeal. We hope people will give us a try,” said Johnson.  

If you’re in the mood for an outdoor excursion shopping for new plants while enjoying a fantastic coffee and dessert, be sure to put Johnson’s Garden Center and Café on the “to do” list this summer. Johnson’s, located at 7170 Bradley Road in Duncanville, is open seven days a week. 

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Sheena Gregg

Registered Dietitian/Assistant Director, Health Education and Nutrition Services at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheena-gregg-83612a9b

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