Helmi Sheely, former KFRU “Garden Spot” hostess, is a longtime fixture of the Columbia gardening community. After graduating with a degree in plant science from the University of Missouri, she worked for more than a decade as a local garden center manager. In 2013, Sheely resolved her frustration with local common plant and product selection by opening her own business, Helmi’s Gardens. Helmi’s provides an eclectic mix of knowledgeable staff, plant material, vintage finds and urban farm animals for a truly unique shopping experience. Staff includes Jeanne Clark, industrial artist and furniture detailer; Derek Fox, landscape chief; and Jan Sapp, maintenance supervisor.