Monday, September 17, 2012

Beach Cottage Gardens

Natural Nook Florists and Gifts

While on vacation at the Oregon coast, I got to visit a small nursery that I love in Gearhart, Oregon. It's changed hands each time I've been there, and looks better than ever. Now called Back Alley Gardens, it is the outdoor nursery next to the Natural Nook Florists and Gifts at Fitzgeralds (previously Fitzgerald's Home and Garden). 

Back Alley Gardens

This little nursery is adjacent to a shop that now has a gift shop and florist. Next door is a small antique shop called Pacific Crest Cottage with tons of statuary and some really great vintage garden items (their signs are framed with vintage head boards). 

Pacific Crest Cottage

This nursery has character, and although it is tiny, it carries a range of plants that grow well here. You walk in and find an amazing assortment of plants, not endless flats of petunias or geraniums. I like it on it's own, but like even better that it is linked to two other shops that compliment it. 

Once you are done shopping, you can walk a block down the street and go to the french bakery for a snack or the cafe for lunch. Then take a walk on the beach. Am I gushing? Yes, it is all so perfect. This would be my 'dream job' to work and live in such a place.

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