Monday, June 28, 2010

Atlanta: Garden*Hood and Flat Earth Designs

As I've finally become a sort of gardener, I really appreciate garden stores that not only offer infinitely better service than the big box stores, but also emphasize real design in the garden. Garden*Hood has filled the space left in Atlanta by the Urban Gardener, a casualty of the great drought a couple of years ago. Garden*Hood has a great, knowledgeable staff - but the store's strongest recommendation is their focus on contemporary design in the outdoors.

To that point, I'm also enamored of their garden furniture, made by Atlanta company Flat Earth Design, helmed by artist Richard Taylor.

It's worth a visit to see these enchanted-forest furnishings, as well as to shop for herbs, flowers, and shrubs, plan a new garden, or just check out the beautiful space Garden*Hood has created for itself.

The space is simultaneously a beautifully planned garden, a showroom for plants, supplies, and garden furniture, and a functional retail space. The owners and staff have created a faux facade and independent outdoor rooms using 2x4's, aluminum flashing, corrugated metal, and wood siding.

Check out the chicken coop in the distance.

They've got gorgeous, sturdy outdoor furniture and decorations.

This low-country sweetgrass basket by Flat Earth Designs is actually cast concrete.

A dove hutch, and more beautiful furnishings (a table or birdbath) from Richard Taylor:

For contact and location, here's Garden*Hood's website.