When landscape architect John Ludwig first opened his South Broadway garden shop Birdsall on a part-time basis in 1988, he envisioned it as Denver's answer to Smith & Hawken, the upscale Mill Valley enterprise that broke in as a mail-order business before opening its first outlet in 1985. Just as Smith & Hawken did, Ludwig focused first on tools, shipping in hard-to-find items such as high-quality shrub rakes and clipping shears from England. And unlike most of the local gardener suppliers, he scoured the world for yard accoutrements and pottery, building up a fresh and beautiful inventory unique to the area. Then, lo and behold, Smith & Hawken opened its own store in... More >>>