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.
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!