The Shop in the Garden: Peace Amid the Pines

Leave the hurly burly of holiday shopping behind in the City and enjoy a more peaceful shopping experience at the Garden's stunning Shop in the Garden, nestled amid the beautiful Ross Conifer Arboretum.

For a season that's supposed to be full of joy, peace, and best wishes, the holidays can be taxing. And there's no activity that can bring out the Grinch in any well-meaning holiday elf like gift shopping. What to buy for granny? Do I need to give my apartment building super a card, tip, and gift? Another white elephant exchange? It's enough to make even the cheeriest of souls reach for another glass of glögg.

But not at the serene, light-drenched Shop in the Garden. Featuring 360 degree views, the Shop's beautiful, airy space--nestled inside the picturesque Arthur and Janet Ross Conifer Arboretum--is packed to the rafters with gracious ideas for gift giving, and they're not just for the gardening enthusiast. Displayed in vignettes that will delight and inspire your own home holiday decor, the Shop in the Garden features a mix of living plants, custom-designed Garden goods, and beautiful one-of-a-kind gifts arrayed amid its stunning, 7,000 square foot space.

But it's not just within the Shop's beautiful surroundings that we hope you'll find peace amid the hurly burly of the holidays. By giving a gift from the Shop in the Garden, you're giving a gift that promotes global understanding, natural beauty, and peace of mind. Every purchase you make in the Shop or online helps support The New York Botanical Garden's pursuit of excellence in horticulture, science, and education.

So this holiday season, give a gift that gives two doses of good: A fillip of support for an institution you care about, the Botanical Garden, and something beautiful, useful, educational, or just plain luxurious for someone you love. Here's a small list of "A Few of Our Favorite Things" to help get you started on getting to the end of your gift list.

- Gorgeous wreaths, amaryllis bulbs, potted conifers, enormous sugar pine cones, paper whites, and festive cyclamens are perfect for decorating your home or your favorite co-worker's office.

- Your favorite hostess will adore setting a nature-inspired holiday table with gorgeous pewter serving pieces that look like they've just been brought in from the Garden's Native Forest.

- Kids will learn lessons galore while having fun with any one of several gardening kits.

- Encourage the go-getter in your life to slow down and enjoy the season with a stress busting scented candle and luxurious, botanically based, Italian-made spa products.

- Bookworms young and old, academic and amateur, gardener, cook or flower child will love anything from the carefully curated collection from the Shop's world-renowned horticultural bookstore.

- Bring a piece of the Garden home and trim your tree at the same time with a beautiful mouth-blown ornament in the shape of the iconic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

- Still stumped? Consider giving the gift that truly gives back: the gift of membership to The New York Botanical Garden. There's a membership level that's right for everyone on your list, from individual to family to patron and beyond. By giving the gift of membership, you're giving a year of enjoyment, exercise, and education, and supporting the Garden's efforts in the community and around the world.

There are hundreds of additional gift ideas just waiting to be discovered at the Shop in the Garden. So after visiting the Train Show and soaking up the season's warmth in one of our two cafés, stop into the Shop in the Garden and check a few names off your list, or maybe treat yourself to something beautiful! 'Tis the season!

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