>> ROOM TO GROW: This month, construction begins on Barbara King’s highly anticipated expansion of her beloved Valley Forge Flowers. Just steps from VFF in Eagle Village Shops, The Barn is a 7,000-square-foot, two-and-a-half story facility devoted to making your outdoor spaces as comfy and livable as your indoor ones. Look for a September opening.
Thinking local, King turned to JTA Associates (also in Eagle Village Shops) and Villanova-based interior designer Barbara Balongue to over-see the job. And she has journeyed as far away as France to find the best perennial plants, fire pits, garden accessories, must-haves for your outdoor kitchen, and more. “I want this to be a place where people can come and want to stay awhile,” says King, who is planning workshops and lectures, along with cooking demonstrations in the outdoor kitchen.
A café will offer authentic Belgian waffles, Capogiro gelato and coffee from Café Excellence based in Audubon (King’s favorite). Visit valleyforgeflowers.com. —T.B.