Beyond Paradise Nursery’s new Tomball location sparks interest with a modern and colorful design

People driving along FM 2978 in Tomball may have noticed a cluster of blue and green shipping containers stacked in a seemingly gravity-defying arrangement.

It may look like a modern work of art, but it’s actually the new site of a family business that started in Tomball years ago and has now gone home.

Beyond Paradise Nursery celebrated the grand opening of its 14-acre location at 23920 FM 2978 in Tomball on Friday March 18th.

Alicia Bands, company president and daughter of founder Humberto Diaz, remembers collecting and planting various tree seeds as a child, helping her father alongside her mother and two siblings.

His family had moved to the Tomball area in 1995. His father ran a tree care business, which he started with the intention of growing and selling trees one day.

“We started growing, little by little, different types of trees,” Bands said. “It took years for the trees to finally grow to a decent size and that’s when he started selling the trees.”

After about five years, the tree farm finally took off and Diaz opened his first location in Tomball. Diaz received an offer on the property a few years later and decided to sell, Bands said. He then transferred the business to Cypress.

“This garden center took off and we’ve been doing business there since 2005,” Bands said. “Now this property here in Tomball, the one we are at now, he bought this land in 2004 with the intention of opening a garden center but we were so busy with the other business. Finally, we had time to develop the land and start a garden center here, in this place. »

The Tomball location has been open for business since the day of its grand opening celebration. The Cypress location is scheduled to close in June, she said, and the family is busy continuing to develop sections of their property in Tomball.

Starting now, Bands said, customers can find a variety of plants and products, including annuals, perennials, tropicals, trees, insecticides, fertilizers, mulches, stones and more. articles, and more to come.

“We get a lot of requests for a lot of products from landscapers and homeowners, so we’ll try to carry as many as we can,” she said.

In addition to their products, one of the factors they have found has attracted potential customers is their visually striking installation. Groups said the colorful structure caught the attention of interested passers-by who often stopped to ask questions.

“Several times a day, we repeat the same story all day. It’s beautiful; I’m happy when we’re asked,” Bands said.

The two-story building is made of recycled shipping containers. The upper level office area is perpendicular to the lower level garden center area. A lime green container on the side of the building is supported at an angle as if partially levitating.

“My dad is very eco-friendly so he decided to use something recycled and what better than shipping containers?” The bands said.

Thanks to Diaz’s design and the help of a welder friend, the unique structure came to fruition and served its purpose.

“Humberto always liked to stand out, and he wanted to do something uniquely different from any other nursery in town,” Bands said. “He always liked the modern style, and being from Mexico, we have a lot of buildings there that look a bit like this. So he wanted to bring a piece of Mexico here: a bit modern, different, colorful.

Moving the business to Tomball was a natural decision for his family, who have lived in the area for almost three decades.

“They really like this area; it’s a beautiful area,” Bands said. “We grew up in this area and now they live in Magnolia, so we wanted to stay close to home.”

Ultimately, Bands said, their goal is for the property to also serve as a park-like environment — a place not just for guests, but also for families who want to spend time together outdoors.

“We’re going to design gardens here just for that – so people can come here and relax and have a picnic, or just have lunch during working hours,” Bands said. “They don’t always have to buy anything. … feel free to come here and enjoy your time here. We, we are very close in our family, so I know that people want to have memories with their family and that is what we are looking for.

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Dora W. Clawson