THIS BEAUTIFUL HOME WAS BUILT IN 1903 BY WILLIAM CORDNER. IT IS ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING HISTORICAL HOMES IN OREM. THE HOME ORIGINALLY HAD MORE LAND WITH IT, BUT, HAS BEEN SOLD OVER THE YEARS. IT STILL SITS ON ONE ACRE OF PRIME LAND IN THE HEART OF THE CITY.

  

THE GHOST OF WILLIAM'S WIFE EDNA VISITS WITH US FROM TIME TO TIME. SHE ALWAYS LOVED THE HOME AND DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE IT ! DAN AND MANY OF OUR EMPLOYEES OVER THE YEARS HAVE SEEN HER. A SPIRITUALIST ONCE STOPPED BY TO TALK TO HER. WELL, AS YOU KNOW, OLD THINGS HAVE THEIR OWN SPECIAL SPIRITS AND OUR BUILDING ISN'T ANY DIFFERENT!



HISTORY


THE PLANTED EARTH STORY BEGINS IN THE SUMMER OF 1971, WHEN PENNY AND DAN DOTY WERE LIVING IN LOS ANGELES AND WERE DISGUSTED WITH THE SMOG AND TRAFFIC AND LACK OF MONEY. THEY SOLD THEIR CUTE SUNBEAM ALPINE, PACKED UP THE '61 FORD VAN AND HEADED BACK TO UTAH WHERE THEY HAD GONE TO COLLEGE. THEY HAD AN IDEA! WHAT IF SOMEONE COULD HAVE A STORE THAT SPECIALIZED IN PLANTS AND ARTISTIC THINGS LIKE PAINTINGS ON WOOD AND MACRAME' AND HAND MADE JEWELRY? WOULDN'T THAT PIQUE PEOPLES CURIOSITY AND MAYBE EVEN MAKE SOME MONEY? WELL, THE REST IS AS THEY SAY, HISTORY.


AT FIRST, PEOPLE COULDN'T FIGURE IT OUT, THEN THEY COULDN'T GET ENOUGH. ESPECIALLY THE PLANTS! PLANTS BECAME A NATIONAL PHENOMENON! PLANTS STORES FLOURISHED. AND WE WERE AMONG THE FIRST, IF NOT ACTUALLY THE FIRST OF THEM! WE GREW FAST! WE COULDN'T SUPPLY THE DEMAND BY BUYING FROM THE LOCAL GROWERS, SO, WE BECAME GROWERS! WE BOUGHT AN OLD DEFUNCT, TOMATO GROWING RANGE (1/2 ACRE OF GREENHOUSE AND 6 1/2 ACRES OF LAND AND A HOUSE. WE LIVED THERE FOR 12 YEARS AND OUR BUSINESS EXPANDED INTO THE WHOLESALE AND BECAME AN ANIMAL TO DEAL WITH. FOR A COUPLE OF EX-HIPPIE TYPES, WE WERE EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL! 


IN 1978, WE BOUGHT THE LOVELY BUILDING YOU SEE, WHICH WAS, AT THE TIME CONDEMNED BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. DAN'S FATHER SAM, DAN, AND A FRIEND, JOSEPH GERMAINE, TORE INTO THE BUILDING AND COMPLETELY RENOVATED IT. 


THE STORE BORE THE NAME OF PLANTED EARTH AND WE ADDED FLORAL TO IT, BECAUSE WE TOOK ON FRESH AND SILK FLOWERS AS PART OF THE BUSINESS. WHAT A STROKE! PENNY, IT TURNS OUT, IS A MASTER FLORAL DESIGNER! HER LOVE OF JEWELRY AND ANTIQUES, ESPECIALLY ART NOUVEAU, PLUS HER EYE FOR GOOD DESIGN, HAS MADE PLANTED EARTH ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED AND SUCCESSFUL FLORISTS IN THE COUNTRY. WE MAY NOT DO MILLIONS IN FLOWERS, BUT WE MAKE PEOPLE FEEL LIKE A MILLION! THE FLORAL DEPARTMENT IS THE CORE OF OUR BUSINESS AND WE UTILIZE THE 3000 SQ FOOT HOME TO COMPLIMENT THE FLOWERS WITH THINGS THAT COMPLIMENT YOUR HOME. ANTIQUES ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR LIVES, WE LIVE IN A 'NEW' VICTORIAN STYLE HOME, THAT WE DESIGNED AND BUILT. IT IS FURNISHED WITH THE THINGS WE LOVE. WHEN WE STARTED OUR BUSINESS, EVERY DIME WENT BACK INTO IT TO BUILD IT UP. WE BOUGHT FURNISHINGS FOR OUR HOMES AND THE STORE FROM THRIFT STORES, YARD SALES AND WE STILL HAVE ALL OF IT. NOW IT IS ANTIQUE OR SHABBY CHIC AND WE STILL LOVE IT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!


OUR DAUGHTER , ELIZABETH, AFTER GRADUATING FROM BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY,TOOK OVER THE FLORAL DEPARTMENT OF THE STORE!  LIZ BECAME  A FIRST CLASS DESIGNER. AS A MOTHER OF FOUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN, IT BECAME IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP UP WORKING AND BEING A MOTHER, SO, SHE RETIRED FROM THE STORE. OUR SON SAM JUST FINISHED UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOL IN BOTANY AND PLANT PATHOLOGY. HE IS NOW ENROLLED IN GRADUATE SCHOOL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS!


WE WISH THAT EACH OF YOU VIEWING THIS SITE, COULD COME TO OREM AND VISIT WITH US. WE LOVE PEOPLE AND WE LOVE TO SEE THE LOOK OF UNEXPECTED GLEE ON PEOPLE'S FACES AS THEY

STEP INTO THE STORE! WE'LL TRY AND EXPAND THE PAGES AND GIVE YOU EVEN BETTER IDEAS FOR YOUR HOMES.


OUR NEWEST ADDITION TO THE PLANTED EARTH FAMILY IS CHARLEMAGNE OUR WHITE STANDARD POODLE!(otherwise know as Charlie)          HE IS OUR OFFICIAL GREETER!