Nestled in a charming Connecticut hamlet called New Preston, is the garden shop Pergola. It is owned by near neighbors of mine and, prejudice aside, it is a real gem. Vaut le voyage!
The shop rambles on two floors through several connected buildings filled with delights for armchair gardeners, amateur gardeners and lovers of great shops.
Just one of the astute and sensitive groupings in the shop exhibits a gun-metal painted magnolia leaf wreath, a delicate statue of Kwan Yin. Grey Brunia flanks the wreath on one side, while a tiny ancient Japanese copper hibachi, worn through in a most decorative way, sits on the right.
This is one of two mirrors, surrounded by intricately patterned corrugated cardboard. Isn’t it marvelous?….like a contemporary version of tramp art.
It takes more imagination than I have to think of using daylily stems to fashion this intricate medallion. The center is highlighted with spent calyxes, dried royal fern and pinecones.
White Sage Smudge Sticks – aroma therapy!!
Another beautiful assemblage – wreath of very fine sticks (most likely birch) with pots of orchids, translucent decoupage plates and paper weights, including one plate with a big luna moth.
A lush fern (or two) in a box with dried tree funghi, intricately swirled in striking patterns. These look almost like seashells.
Tiny, tiny begonias nestle in hand thrown pots.
A Taisho-era Japanese drum collected by the owners on one of their yearly trips to Kyoto is the focal point of this group.
Armchair shoppers should delve into the beautiful photographs of David, Peter, the shop and their travels on their website http://www.pergolahome.com/index.html