As you pull over on the side of Angle Road in Orchard Park, you’ll see a little sign that reads Angle Acres. You’ll feel like you’re walking on someone’s front yard at first, but follow the driveway and find your way to the back of the house and you’ll see multiple, lush greenhouses that will instantly transport you to the Amazon rainforest, or so it feels.
People often tell the owners that their tiny slice of green paradise is similar to going to the Botanical Gardens. Read: better, because you can actually buy most of the plants you see – and at a reasonable price too.
“Hidden gem” may be an overused phrase, but nothing describes this place better. Unassuming and tucked away from the road, you’ll be blown away by the beauty and affordability of the greenhouse offerings. Angle Acres is run by the Boldt family, who are warm, helpful and passionate about plants, Judy even knows the names of nearly all 500+ varieties of cacti they sell. Yes, we said cacti. Tons of ’em.
Prices may not be marked, but when you ask, Judy will give you a general idea and will tell you the price of each one.
Their specialty is houseplants. Aside from the sheer quantity of unique options of cacti, succulents, and tropical plants, they boast many rare varieties you can’t get anywhere else in the area. Along with those trendy, Pinterest-board-worthy plants (no, like seriously), they also sell orchids and large tropical plants, so you can slowly, or quickly, turn your living space into a greenhouse yourself. After spending a few minutes in there, you’ll be more than inspired to.
The Boldts opened Angle Acres over 40 years ago. The couple always liked plants and Robert attended college for horticulture. What started out as an overflowing collection of houseplants turned into a business.
“Eventually it got to where it’s like ‘Okay maybe we should sell some stuff!” Judy said of when her parents first started. Fast forward 40 years and now Judy is taking over.
Aside from humans and plants, a few animals roam the grounds and add to the charm of the place. Both cats and dogs live at Angle Acres and they’re quite friendly. Sometimes they’re laying outside, lazily guarding the greenhouses, or possibly climbing up onto the plant beds, navigating around cacti to try to get a pet out of you.
What they have:
Mostly houseplants. Succulents, cacti, tropical plants, ferns, citrus plants, orchids and more. They’re open all year, they sell annuals and vegetables for spring and make wreaths in the winter.
Angle Acres is unique for many reasons, but one of them is that they sell citrus plants. You wouldn’t think anyone in WNY would have a use for a citrus plant, given our brutal winters, but you can actually grow them inside during the winter and they’ll grow fruit.
This article was originally published In May 2018 and has been updated.
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