Called 'Vintage Gardener' the store is a tribute to Victorian elegance, selling all manner of decorative plants, culinary herbs, flowers (fresh and dried), urns and mountains of beautiful flower pots. The space is gorgeously merchandised using antique cabinetry, tables and benches all organically layered, giving the visitor so much to look at. Its old brick walls, tall windows and high ceilings give the impression of a grand potting shed somewhere in rural England. Stepping into 'Vintage Gardener' is like stepping into another time.
The store's proprietor, Elaine Martin, is devoted to sourcing material that is not easy to find locally and avoids the gift-show circuit and cookie-cutter gardening ideals. She does, however, emphasize community involvement by hosting seasonal workshops and luncheons devoted to a particular theme: the culinary herb festival is coming up this weekend at the store, and in August there is a festival devoted to lavender. Smaller workshops, such as wreath-making, window-box planting and creating unique hanging baskets are ongoing. The next time you're in downtown Toronto, be sure to seek out this little gem.
Upon entering the space, one is greeted by a spectacular tableau of garden materials.
Vintage garden ornaments and urns are interspersed with newer ones, dried flowers are mixed with fresh.
Towards the back of the store is a display of terracotta flower pots, mounded high by a utility sink.