Where garden dreams can come true...


On Saturday we had a FAB day out! We went to Gjennestad-Hageland, the BIG garden center at Gjennestad, which is here in our county of Vestfold, located in Stokke, not far from Tønsberg. It's actually a little bit of a drive from where we are, but so worth it, as it is the best garden center in the area. On site is also a horticultural college, offering the best education in horticulture in Norway. Hage = Garden. 


This place really is BIG, and it has everything for the garden enthusiast. Here's TJ strolling the shopping cart while I look around...


Allium... with a bee-friend! I would like some allium plants for the garden next year.


A beautiful display with LOTS of lavender... 


Gjennestad-Hageland has everything that can make your garden dreams come true... Including Downton Abbey-worthy conservatories. 


Or perhaps something more manageable in scale and price, like this open gazebo. I would LOVE something like this in our garden, but alas, not enough space... :/


There was garden-style furniture for indoors... and outdoors too. NICE styling all throughout the shop inside, and out. 


You can buy cut flowers to order... as well as all sorts of gift items from this corner... 


And there was FOOD! There were shelves and shelves of locally produced food, as well as imported delights of all kinds. Jams, preserves, pesto, sauces, herbs, pasta, bottled fruit drinks, teas, coffees... endless goodies!


This garden center focus on nearly the whole home. They offered a lot of goods for kitchen, eating, entertaining, display, etc. 


More pretties... 


And a real treat... the garden center has a lovely cafe! Here is the corner where we sat with some fun wall decorations.


It was good after all the looking and walking around to sit down with a hot drink and a sweet treat before heading home. Here's TJ again... he really deserved this coffee break... He was a real trooper for putting up with me and all my garden-craziness and dreaming! ;) 


While at the garden center cafe I drank tea with our treat, and I loved the tea so much I had to bring some home! It was one of the few places I've been to here that actually had a real tea menu to choose from! I really enjoyed this loose leaf Fleur de Geisha Cherry Blossom Green Tea from Palais des Thes. Green teas aren't usually my first choice, but the fragrance of this tea is like perfume, and all in all, a very uplifting tea experience. I also brought home this new tea mug as a little extra--I couldn't resist it. It is stoneware, which also is an unusual choice for me, as I tend to prefer to drink hot drinks from porcelain. But I was smitten with the purple design, which reminded me of Arts & Crafts style block prints and the aesthetics of that creative movement which really resonate with me. My creative hero William Morris might have approved of this design. And it's not often you see purple on cups, tableware, etc.! Oh, and some herb plants came home with us too... But perhaps I'll share that another day. Off to make a cup of tea... and think about going back to Gjennestad-Hageland around Christmas-time and seeing what they have to offer then! 



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  1. Wow Tracy that is a BIG garden center! Love it. TJ looks so happy on all of these pictures it looks like you had a wonderful time! Alliums are so pretty ... something I would like to have too ... hmmmm .... oh and green gate mugs! Love those, I have got the blue ones from the picture ;-) ... lol ... Palais de thé ... they have open two years ago in our town and they do have a wonderful selection of a good quality tea and I love that it comes in one big jars, or bag, and no plastic seperately done tea bags ... ;-) ... I hear you on the green tea taste ... I used to not to like it and then when I was sick with the nasty fou this year the doctor suggested I drink some green tea to stimulate gently my system and it really did help! Since then when I need a boost and I don’t want to overdo it on the caffeine I take a green tea ;-) happy Monday Tracy!

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    1. Hi, Montik! Oh, yes, we had a grand day out at this garden center! Sooo many goodies... LOL! I just love the Greengate products too! This garden center had a lot of Greengate to choose from... I was torn... LOL! The mug I chose was from another Danish company. Green tea is so good for the body. i really should drink more of it... so maybe this lovely tea will "help" with that. I really liked that there was a choice between tea in bags or loose leaf. Loose Leaf tea plastic-free--yes, please! ;) Palais des Thes has one small store in Oslo, I don't really get there much, though... so nice to find a place closer that sells their teas.

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  2. what a fun day with the Viking! i'd rather go to a place like that than all the clothing shops in the world! LOL!
    a lovely way to kick off the 'work week!'
    and the cup does make me think of William Morris!
    xo

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    1. Me too, Tammy... I'll take a place like this any day over the big shopping malls and all the clothes and such! ;) I'm not much of a shopper, but love me a garden center or place with unique things.

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  3. What a beautiful garden centre, I'm afraid I'd find it very hard to control myself and not try to buy everything!! I love your choice of mug and that pattern is indeed quite unique. I also like the look of all the things in the gift shop, those tealight holders, cups, plates etc all look wonderful! You'll have to share what plants you bought too in another post!

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    1. haha... I know what you mean, Everydaythings! It would be VERY easy to go w-a-y over budget and break the purse at a place like this. Thankfully there wasn't an entire dinner set of this purple-print crockery cups as I might easily have come home with a whole breakfast set or something... LOL! I will try to share the herbs we bought in a post mid-week. Just a few extras... ;)

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  4. William Morris would have LOVED it! It's really a fabulous place, isn't it? I love that they have the cafe, the gift part and such a great plant selection. Allium is one of my favorites too. My neighbor's seeds spread and I have a few but I wish they spread a little bit more! These are wonderful photos -- I think I would have gone crazy with joy!

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    1. Hi, Jeanie! The cafe at the garden center was a great extra touch--love things like that. Crazy with joy--I love that! Myabe that should have been the title for this post! ;) This was a definitely a place to go garden-crazy... I can't wait to go back.

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  5. What a beautiful garden centre. I love that conservatory/greenhouse and the gazebo. So glad to hear that you had a wonderful visit and came home with lots of gardening ideas. Marie x

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    1. Oh, the garden ideas and dreams are flowing fast, Marie... I just need that lottery win to make 'em come true. ;)

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  6. what a special store! Oh I just loved these pictures! and of your beloved Husband! he does look awfully happy! :) and such a cute mug! and tea strainer holder! and that TEA!!!! OH MY GOODNESS!!! I LOVE that brand! Palais de thé .... I had it in Luxembourg, was one of the BEST teas I had ever had... have not head it since but have not forgotten (and as you know I have a lot of loose tea already LOL!)... (Actually since I rearranged my pantry, I put all my tea stuff together for making tea (did I tell you that already?!LOL) and I can't wait to make a new blend! :) I am so happy you have a garden! :) big HUGS to you!!!

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    1. Palais des Thes are wonderful aren't they?! I'm glad to have found a place closer when I can get them occasionally. I like how you do your own tea blends, Elizabeth! I would like to do more of that myself, from my own home grown herbs and things too--something to aspire to! :)

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  7. Now that is an amazing garden center. I could get in alot of trouble there. I have had that tea and it is delicious and I am not a green tea person either. Good choice. Your husband, I think he was enjoying it in his own way. We do have allium in our garden, but sometimes I forget to notice it because it blooms when the roses are just beginning.

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    1. Oh, yes, it would be sooo easy to get in trouble at a garden center like this! I feel I got by with just a few purchases and the herb... not too much damage?! ;) LOL... It was a great day out, and TJ did enjoy too--in his own way. ;)

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  8. I am so happy that you had such a fun adventure at the garden center. I love visiting some of the stores like this here in our area. The photos told the story of your walk through well. You do take great pictures. I liked the ones of your hubby too. You did come home with some awesome treasures. I liked the cup. I don't drink a lot of teas, but I do have one that I use for digestion that I like. It is called Miracle Tea. It just tastes like a regular kind of tea.
    I have tried some others like lemon tea, etc. I like them flavored for sure.
    This post was fun, and I enjoyed all of the photos.
    I imagine that Christmas at this center would be lovely.
    Blessings and hugs for sharing this one!


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    1. Thanks, LeAnn! I do enjoy taking pictures. I only use my phone now for photos, the nice little point-and-shoot camera I had died last year. My phone takes good outdoor photos, but indoor photos--not so much. :/ I will have to look up your Miracle Tea.

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  9. Looks like a wonderful place to hang out for the afternoon! We have a garden centre similar to the one you visited but smaller. On Saturdays from April to September, there is also an outdoor market held on the grounds, so even more to see and do. I can get there by bicycle.

    And a walk away, is a garden store which is also fun to visit. I've been busy putting together a potted garden:). So many colors and forms to love right now.

    And I love how you reformed the rock garden (earlier post).

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    1. VERY much looking forward to seeing your potted garden, Juana! And such fun you have a bit garden center you can bike to and enjoy the day out that way. :)

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  10. Oh, I so love visiting Garden Centres Tracy. They are a real source of inspiration. I could spend hours looking at everything. Todd usually goes to the cafe and has a drink while I peruse in peace without him fretting about me spending money. They always have the nicest things. I normally buy my mom's Birthday and Christmas, etc. presents at a garden centre that is not too far from us. They always have unique little things and beautiful mugs, hand creams, etc. I love your mug and the tea sounds gorgeous! I love the photo at the top with TJ. He looks so happy. That makes me happy that you are both so happy. Yay. You inspire me with all that you share! Love you to bits and bits and bits! ((((hugs)))) xoxo

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