Garden Shopping in Atlanta
In Atlanta for the weekend? Want to check out three fantastic garden shops and a small garden center in between sampling the city’s fantastic restaurant scene and beautiful botanical garden? Even in a short weekend trip, Atlanta doesn’t disappoint. From classic and traditional to artistic and crafts-driven to funky and fun, we’ve chosen three of our favorite garden shops and garden center. In between shopping, take a side-trip to Atlanta’s wonderful botanic garden. By car, it’s possible to visit all in a leisurely weekend of garden shopping.
Boxwoods Gardens and Gifts
100 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA
In what at first appears to be a small 1920s house, Boxwoods is actually a deceptively large and expansive emporium of nooks and crannies that includes a very active floral shop, a small nursery (with boxwood topiaries of course), carefully curated and staged ‘rooms’ full of antiques for inside and out, gifts, and clothes. Although its underlying theme can best be described as Southern Classic, the Buckhead shop has inspiring vignettes galore and items at every price for any style garden.
Beautiful and unusual arrangements of flowers, moss, lichen and woodland ephemera are created in Boxwood’s floral studio. The rear conservancy and terraced gardens are completed with a variety of funky out buildings that are used for storage and staging the shop’s active landscape design business. The gardens are less like a nursery and more like a series of outdoor living spaces where plants, statuary and furniture are artfully arranged. There are plenty of ideas here for any traditional garden with stylish details and on trend vignettes interpreted via the store’s mix of old and new.
146 East Andrews Drive (Buckhead)
Lush Life in Buckhead lives up to its name. The entrance to this shop is outfitted like an intimate residential patio that actually showcases the shop’s eclectic style that you will find beyond its door. It has plants, a water feature, furniture and accessories in an eclectic, transitional style. Once inside, dramatic lighting, metallic surfaces and all white accessories create layers of interest that further underscore Lush Life’s design intent. Interior accent pieces and exterior accessories and furniture are layered and merchandised artfully with pieces in a group chosen to complement the others creating stories with strong visual impact.
Cold storage for the shop’s floristry studio creates a backdrop that isn’t out of place at all. At the back of the store, a door leads to a pretty greenhouse for tropical plants and a well edited nursery for garden shoppers. No cushion mums here, just beautiful specimen plants arranged with vintage and new garden accessories in a way that makes them desirable to more than collectors of plants and objects that are both contemporary and traditional.
1080 Brady Avenue
NWAtlanta, GA 30318
Located in a gentrifying industrial Westside neighborhood, Garden has a very specific, earthy and contemporary viewpoint. Although the shop is aimed at an urban audience, Matthew Klyn, the landscape architect behind the small store has created a small destination shop for anyone who is drawn to the handmade. The shop has an ‘of the moment’ look complete with a garden of street art blooms on the side of the building and a beautiful steel sign. Dramatic lighting, chalkboard painted and hand illustrated walls, terrariums, pottery and rusted steel create instant visual impact.
Garden’s naturalistic style is underscored through terrariums and kits for beginning gardeners. Its own signature kits and tools are just about to be launched. Other offerings include orchids, small garden accessories-new and vintage- and containers. Outside a small greenhouse and larger items are available.
Tuesday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4
353 Boulevard SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
It’s impossible to do a weekend of garden shopping without a visit to a garden center/nursery for some retail plant therapy. Garden*Hood in the Grant Wood neighborhood is hip, young and fun, with a great selection of plants. Ideas for gardens go way beyond plants here. Simple, everyday materials like galvanized steel trash barrels and flashing, painted snow fence and salvaged industrial parts are used in innovative ways for fencing, pot plinths and planters.
Aqua and black are the primary colors and their bold use creates dramatic backdrops in the nursery areas. A blooming Coreopsis against a black fence became a star on the plant benches. Spikey succulents in black nursery pots popped against turquoise fencing. Of course there are other colors, notably pink. Garden*Hood has chickens and an edible plant specialist on staff along with knowledgeable and enthusiastic horticulturalists. Adventurous beginning gardeners and seasoned pros can find plants and inspiration in this ‘hood.