Oh, gardening friends, get ready for a little virtual retail therapy. During our Seattle trip we hit three local nurseries, one of which was Ravenna Gardens in the University District. The smallest of the three, it was more boutique in nature, reflecting its urban locale. Ravenna Gardens has a stunning selection of gorgeous wares for both garden and home.
Garden Time TV and Drake's in Portland.
Flutter and Hum is also intrigued). I wonder if Ravenna Gardens had a hand in this.
Although not a proper nursery or garden center per se, Ravenna Gardens is nonetheless a stunning place. All of us agree it is first-class with a sweet selection and an extremely inventive and effective way of displaying goods. We thought of it as the petite "Crate and Barrel" of garden centers, visually enticing and immaculate. This appeals to a particular audience, one that is certainly present in this part of Seattle. This fancier level of retail I found at all three Seattle-area nurseries we visited, whereas the Portland nurseries, garden centers and the like feel a bit more rustic with less flash. The prices reflect this, too -- I think it just all depends on what people are willing to spend; neighborhoods that have a population willing to support these kinds of places will create the market for them. So go shopping, people! Oh, and support your local artisans when you can. Just sayin'.
Its smaller size is neither good nor bad. It is where you go for a special item so the smaller size invites you to linger whereas the mega-store can be mentally exhausting before you even begin. But the larger store always has more to offer in terms of selection, so I suppose it depends on personal shopping preferences. For me, I swing from mood to mood. To compare the last nursery, Sky Nursery to this one is really apples to oranges, but a comparison does highlight the variety of kinds of shopping experiences one can have even in the world of garden centers.
That's it for this week at Chickadee Gardens. Thank you for visiting and reading, and until next time happy gardening, happy spring and happy Saint Patrick's Day!