I’ve always thought that the garden should be a little out of control, a bit untamed, a tad random and not too thought-out. I had never considered though – until my trip to Garden Life in Redfern – that it could also be a place for humour and fun. Needless to say, after hitting this Cleveland Street haven and eyeing off their wares, I am well and truly eager to make the garden a giggle-fest!
The moment I walked in the door I was met by a glorious centre table, filled with the brightest of twine, the most adorable cards and some very cute soap and scrubbing brush sets. I hadn’t quite realised until I was doing over my courtyard this weekend how much dirt loves to get under one’s nails when you’re digging into it like wombat gone mad; the scrubbing brush set would have been ideal for the post-gardening cleanup. Side note: how cool is the bright pink Nutscene twine below?
After I got past the bright twine (I just want some to roll around the house!) it was time to scope out the one thing every garden store should do well – greenery! I have to say that Garden Life did not disappoint in this area. I am a sucker for a succulent, so I was particularly taken by the range they stocked – all in some very cute pots, might I add.
I was also pretty taken aback by the large stone pots, because they too are another outdoor item I am pretty smitten with (the more aged the better!), while the terracotta pots – made to look all dirty and loved – were another standout piece, inspiring me to get some of my own and get gardening the weekend just gone. Pictures coming soon!
The best, however, was yet to come. Out of nowhere, I spotted a gold rabbit sitting in wait. He kinda looked like he could leap toward me and attack at any given moment and yet I still found him incredibly cute. Next, a naughty gnome flipped me the bird from across the room, all while sporting a cheeky grin on his face. The giant bulls head was slightly hard to miss, as were the cluster of nice gnomes being a little too well behaved for my likings (it’s all an act I tell you!).
I must say all this cheekiness really made me fall in love with the notion of keeping my outdoor space playful. Colouring these items gold was a genius move because it ensures they don’t become too juvenile but still keeps an awesome sense of whimsy! I am sold on this fun-loving vibe.
It was also wonderfully surprising to discover that Garden Life houses a quaint little cafe out back, Twig Cafe, which serves up some amazing food and coffee. I swooned over their industrial orange stools – complete with a lovely striped fabric – and was crushin’ something shocking on the small, simplistic and yet totally adorable flower arrangement, nestled in a vintage glass on their table top.
Created by brothers Richard and Michael Unsworth in 2002, the business started out with nothing more than Richard, his van and a passion for gardens and plants. Ten years on, it’s easy to see why this Redfern store is, if you’ll excuse the pun, blooming!
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