You’ve probably all heard about the American who was murdered on the opening day of the Olympics; what you may not know was that he was Todd Bachman, CEO of Bachman’s Floral, Home, & Garden in Minneapolis. This is a local chain of floral and garden centers in the Minneapolis/St Paul area; I’ve interviewed Bachman’s staff members several times over the years for magazine articles.
I have yet to make it to Minneapolis to visit one of their stores, but I know that Bachman’s is well-respected and well-loved, and has worked hard over the decades to remain a viable independent garden center. They’ve brought food, flowers, furnishings, gifts, and decor into the mix, but everyone I’ve spoken to there is a plant lover at heart. It’s been a family-run business since 1885.
The family has set up a memorial website with more information here. I can’t even imagine what they’re going through after this awful tragedy. The garden community has lost one of its own. Mrs. Bachman is still recovering from her injuries; we wish her and her family healing and strength.Posted by Amy Stewart on August 11, 2008 at 10:15 am, in the category Unusually Clever People.