This store is great for many reasons. First of all, its full of the things garden lovers generally LOVE! Floral Boxes of Note Cards, novelty small cards and cards of all types with butterflies, flowers and you name it.
Secondly, there is a great book section of coffee table books on flowers and gardening and, frankly, since the big Mall book shops have cut back on this speciality, this is a great place to find them!
Thirdly, they have a whimsical selection of garden ornaments that make me want to start a garden somewhere. The Butterfly stakes are fantastic.
It seems Butterflies are in vogue this year. Between the exhibits around the country, (including Lewis Ginter), the books and cards that have come out this year and now the trend of Butterfly ornaments, it’s amazing we haven’t seen the Butterfly movie yet. That said, “Bring it on!” I’m loving it. I may just have to have a butterfly tree this year.
I especially love trees that use dried or even fake flowers as ornaments. Using magnolia blossoms is a fantastic idea. I can definitely put some money some day on that idea. Just the idea of floral trees is mental treat for me.
You name it, it’s here. Even this most fantastic beaded Bee key chain that just took my breath away. It’s little, it’s a bee and I’m a Bee. All I can say is every day I look at this lovely, happy little yellow bee key chain and I’m reminded how what a joy it is to do The Photo Garden Bee.
There is tons more here including lamps and some furniture.
When you shop at the Lewis Ginter gift shop, your putting your money towards a great cause. The proceeds from your purchases go to support the Lewis Ginter educational mission. The Gardens itself is a non-profit so they get little government funding. Therefore, it’s the generosity of public support through memberships, rentals and the shop with donor donations that help allow the Gardens to continue and grow. I enjoyed buying my little Bee and I like the idea that the money is helping give something back.
Today, I’m heading down to the gardens to shoot the big lights display, which of course will be Saturday’s post. On a side note: There were layoffs at USA Today the other day, and I was one of them. I have been working in the Life Deptartment on the Life Picture Desk gathering photos from around the country for TV, DVD, Movies, Art, our 10 Great feature, theater, games and the like for the past 5 years and working for the paper since 1994. Yesterday was my last day and I am now unexpectedly unemployed.
I have been doing the Bee here in my evenings each night after work and weekends, diligently working on what I love. I shoot gardens nearly every weekend and go through my photos during the week, writing each night and then sending a note over to my sister Erika who edits my dyslexic spelling. Well, now I have a lot more time to do it even better.
As I left work the other night, with my desk mostly boxed up, I headed home without knowing whether the future was going my way or not. I got home and there was a message from the Lewis Ginter publicist asking if I wanted to head up in a hot air balloon on Friday night to shoot the incredible holiday lights there. Well, this Bee is dearly afraid of heights, (oh, the irony). That said, as I my eyes seem to roll up in disbelief, my husband stared at me and said, “You gotta do it. You’re The Photo Garden Bee and Friday is the first day your out there flying on you’re own.” I looked at him and with fear covering my face and reluctantly replied, “I know,… Ahhhh” So, today at 5 pm, me, my camera and husband are heading up in the air so that this Bee can take its first flight literally. Photographing the Lewis Ginter light show is worth a two hour drive just to see it on the ground! I can’t even imagine how amazing it will be from the air.
Saturday, I am hoping to say I made it in that balloon and “here are the photos” of an amazing first day toward my and the Photo Garden Bee’s future. I hope you come back tomorrow to see the fantastic finale of this week at Lewis Ginter featuring the Garden Festival of Lights and the crazy push off of The Photo Garden Bee as, my now, full time endeavor. As I often say on Facebook, “Let’s do this thing!”
Wish me luck and feel free to come on out! It’s going to be great!
Britt : )