Whenever we go on holiday, we like to scout out the cool garden shops in the places we’re visiting. Sometimes it takes a little bargaining with the kids. “We’ll give you 4 hours at the waterpark for an hour of not constantly whining ‘can we go now’ while we’re at the garden store.” And when you find a really neat garden shop, one that reflects the culture and nature of the place you’re visiting, it’s so worth it.
I remember visiting Southern California a few years ago and finding this great shop in Laguna Beach while driving up the coast. I think this is when we had the idea to seek out garden stores when we’re on the road to see what the local gardening “flavor” was like. Now we’re hooked. And its great fun to bring home mementos of our travels from these shops. Much nicer than the standard T-shirts and snow globes and loads of dirty laundry.
But it’s fun to seek out the shops in our own neck of the woods, too. And while convenience and proximity to home trumps most other considerations for regular visits, we have found really cool shops like this one within our hunting and gathering radius. On the odd Saturday that doesn’t find us shepherding the kids to the soccer pitch, we plan on discovering a few more this fall.
Ever come across a spectacular garden shop in your travels? I’d love to hear about it!