Prune For Good

It’s tree pruning season.  I’m not your typical landscaper pruner, it’s not very often you’ll find me clipping a hedge.  My specialty is the expensive stuff!  The specimen conifers and delicate topiaries.  More than anything, I prune Japanese Maples.


The Urban Gardener



The Urban Gardener

A healthy thinning.

What was removed:


There, you have a little piece of my day.  I should take pictures more often.


The Vintage Market in Tacoma

While my shop is in transition, I was honored to be part of the amazing Vintage Market at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show.

I knew that it would be difficult to run a full 10 by 20 space on my own, so I enlisted (begged) the fabulous Miss Summer from Millesime Designs.  Summer is a fellow Tacoma lady business owner and she specializes in repurposing found objects for the home.  Her style paired perfectly with my garden antiques.

Here’s a few photos of our booth over a 3-day period.  These pictures really show how fast we sold out of items, big and small, and how fast we were able to restock.

Day 1:


Day 2:


Day 3: (Did you enjoy those “spot the difference” games when you were a kid?)


Great show and thank you Summer for sharing the space with me and taking some great photos.  Thanks to JohnBob Cool Junk for inviting us and thanks to Joshua and Dave from Ironwood Remodel for coming in early and building our structure.

Don’t forget to check out The Urban Gardener on facebook for more show photos and garden tips.


*** This collection is being featured for a limited time at Millesime Designs in Tacoma.  Stop by before February 10th.  More info on this link.

New Shop Coming Soon

Greetings blogging world.

After three awesome years of operating my little garden antique store out of Sanford and Son Antiques in Tacoma, I have officially closed my location and moved out.  Taking down the fixtures and sweeping the floor one last time was emotional for me, but also a great moment to reflect on what the future holds.

I haven’t signed a lease for my new location yet, but I have some really exciting options and I can’t wait to finalize a deal.

Meanwhile, I’ve been reflecting and daydreaming about what my new space will look like and I keep returning to photos of European garden shops that I took 5-years ago.  These shots are my most current inspiration:


Paris nursery with plants spilling onto the alley.



Paris bulb season.  I love that my husband (pictured) never gets annoyed by my gardening passion.



Florence, the vendors show up street-side.



Zurich:  Love these little pots full of forced bulbs.


New shop address to be announced soon…