As I am traveling from garden to garden I like to feature a day at the garden store. Why? Well more often than not the store is a primary source for the upkeep of the gardens. And that is always a great cause for “spending back” as I like to call it.
To be able to feature Winterthur’s store is quite the treat! They are famous world wide for their Winterhur Catalog. To come face to face with the actual store was a joy indeed! And was it as anticipated? Well, they have something for everyone. Literally from the $5. item to those of the highest end products that are in the thousands. Being a modest person I bought two candles that knocked my socks off and the best tote I’ve ever bought: The black and white canvas Wintherthur Tote. And It’s printed beautifully in stark deep black with the sturdiest weave white handles and a crisp white Winterthur logo adding “An American Country Estate”. Well I couldn’t ask for more. The woman before me however, easily broke a thousand dollars and didn’t appear to flinch.
What make’s shopping at Winterthur so special is that everything is for sale. I mean everything including the furniture, the pillows, the pictures, the decorations, the pens and I bet, if there is anything not readily for sale, one could buy it with enough money.
Money is the one thing Winterthur is never short of. It is the shop of the wealthy and of someone like me who simply loves the finer things but is always on a limited budget.
I found the preserves especially enticing and ended up getting the Strawberry Preserves with Champagne.
Of course being Christmas there were tons or ornaments to be had. These are just a couple of the ones I liked.
Many of the ornaments have a nostalgic feel. These come in their own wooden box featuring the Twelve Days of Christmas.
They also carry lots of modern decor as well. I particularly loved this Santa pillow with buttons for the hair and beard.
They also sell other goodies like these lavender sachets. If you look closely you’ll see even the vase they are in is for sale!
And one of the amazing things they had out were what looked like cream cheese rolled up in nuts, but it turns out on closer inspection they are the, “Rose Bath Creamer Ball: Infused with Lavender and geranium oils, each handmade ball releases cocoa and shea butter into your bath water.”
They had the best traditional Santa I’ve seen yet and fun nutcrackers and the sort.
And, of course, they had multiple trees with ornaments for sale below as well as stand alone table top items such as these fun carolers.
Oh and how can I forget! On a previous visit at the end of the Summer I saw these fantastic drink cozies and yes I did buy the one with the initial B for obvious reasons.
Now, these are all just from the main areas of the store. There is also the plant shop which carries everything from plants to bird houses and bulbs.
I really want to get Erika one of these bird houses. They are too cool.
The Museum store is a must see. Look for the lovely blue door.
Now if you get a chance to head up to Winterthur for the Yuletide extravaganza I highly recommend stopping off at the Winterthur Book Shop in the main Visitor’s Center. The collection of gardening and fine art books is some of the very best out there. They know their clientele. They also have teas and post cards here and other great items. I think I spent more time here than at the Museum store!
Well, Winterthur is a garden destination, that includes all things collectible, a museum and art gallery and a great place to just walk the woods. It’s a great place for photos and a fun trip any way you shake it. I am in the middle of restructuring The Bee to make it through the Winter months. There are far fewer gardens for me to be able to visit this time of year. If you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see more of or want to suggest something I haven’t thought of, please feel free! It’s a long few months ahead!
Britt : )