Favorite Garden Stores – Terrain at Styers

Garden Stores

The next great garden store is Terrain at Styers. Almost all bloggers know about Terrain and frequently post of their visits and how they have been inspired by the merchandising. Terrain has made visiting a garden center an experience and whole afternoon affair. I have not been able to make the trek to Philly myself to visit, and my last visit to the Philadelphia Flower Show was one month before the store reopened (from the renovation of Styers to Terrain at Stryers).

Here are some images of the reasons why I think Terrain is great, but for first hand experiences please visit Flair for Design, Honey and Jam and Katy Elliot.

Ledge stone pillar with the very cool Terrain logo.
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Interesting concept of a green wall. Only heads up – make sure you remember to water daily. The small pots will dry out quickly in the heat and with the overhang will not get much rain water.
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Entire building covered in WoollyPockets. This looks like it is planted recently, overtime those plants will grow over the pockets and you will just get the bands of green and weathered cedar.
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A very smart way to showcase soils, stones, mulch and moss and explain use and benefits.
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Herbs arranged under the shade of a large tree. I am sure after dining at the cafe on the great food, this section gets a lot of visitors to create their own herb gardens.
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Willow branch structures and boxwoods mix to create a very inspiring view of materials.
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The green house includes a large selection of Tropical and 
Terrain also has a selection of antique/vintage garden items. They have smaller items compared to Detroit Garden Works, which I would recommend looking at first if you really want something unique.
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Favorite Garden Stores – Detroit Garden Works

Garden Stores

I thought I would share with you my favorite garden stores. These are my favorite stores for a few reasons, The unique merchandise, inspirational the shop environment, and impact on the gardening world. For the first post, I am focusing on Detroit Garden Works.

Located outside Detroit, MI in Sylvan Lake, Detroit Garden Works is the creation of Deborah Silver. Deborah is a gifted landscape designer that has stocked her store with European antiques, custom designs from her Branch Studio and everyday garden items reinterpreted in unique ways. Greeted often by her corgis, you can lose time wondering the indoor and outdoor spaces for endless inspiration. Shop Manager Rob Yedinak shares also the passion for the garden and unique items, and is always willing to chat with visitors, answer questions and share stories. Voted one of the top 25 garden stores by Garden Design Magazine, I think Detroit Garden Works is the top 1-2.

Here are some photos from my last visit earlier this year.

The famous moss wall.
This is so impact-full in an interior, sun drenched space which includes a antique fountain. 

 My favorite items from online you can order –

Concrete dog, example of the work done by Branch Studios.
Vintage watering cans.
A little more costly than a new plastic container, but the perfect gardening gift for a new homeowner etc. 
If I could take one thing home, well maybe besides a concrete dog, it would be these large spheres. 

I also found this great post of the interior spaces on Happenstance Home from 2010.  I think it is easy to see how easy it is to fall in love with Detroit Garden Works.