Design Icon – Landscape
Michael Lanier grew up in Queen Creek, when it was still a rural community. He loved the land, horticulture and plants. With a youthful education and experience in agriculture, he yearned for a more urban lifestyle. He settled in downtown Phoenix, appreciating its vintage architecture, authentic vibe and design style. After experimenting with selling plants at a farmer’s market, he did a Kickstarter campaign to launch his first retail space, Pueblo, creating a curated collection of tropical and exotic plants in a warm and authentic 800-square-foot store. With growing popularity, the store moved to a bigger space, then another bigger store, this time on Grand Avenue, south of Roosevelt in downtown Phoenix. The project has been a labor of love, restoring the old pharmacy building into a retail plan shop, building new greenhouses and creating a community gathering spot—a place for people to learn, connect and build a sense of place.