September 22, 2009
One of the places I like to shop, Marianis
Since people like to know where I shop, I thought I'd give you a little tour of Mariani Gardens, located in Armonk, New York, Mark Mariani, the owner, has been working with gardens and landscape his entire life and this fantastic nursery certainly reflects his knowledge and understanding of nature. Mark has an impressive collection of rare and unusual trees and shrubs, annuals, perennials, pottery, and décor for both garden and home. I love strolling through the grounds, the greenhouse, and the showroom to see Mark's latest finds. There's even a wonderful little café to stop for a bite of something yummy or to sit and sip a cappuccino.
1 Here's the entrance to the Mariani Gardens parking lot.
2 The main door is nicely decorated for autumn.
3 Mariani has an interesting selection of garden sculpture.
4 And very interesting wooden furniture
5 Another nice bench
6 This is Garret Negri - Garden Décor Manager - and Erika Petrilak - Home Décor Manager
7 Mariani offers an impressive selection of aged clay pots, unique ceramic vessels, and flower boxes.
8 These containers are nice to look at even when empty.
9 Great garden supplies
10 A collection of wonderful Botanical Interests Seeds
11 The outdoor courtyard has an interesting array of specimens.
12 Another view
13 Beautiful boxwood
14 All shapes and sizes
15 A bright autumnal display leading into the greenhouse
16 A wonderful collection of annuals, perennials, and tropicals
17 A flowering dracena surrounded with staghorn ferns
18 Lovely begonias displayed with the unmistakable pots of.....
19 Ben Wolff! benwolffpottery.com
20 There are also Guy Wolff pots guywolff.com - Ben's dad.
21 The very attractive leaves of the croton plant - a tropical
22 The amazing bloom of a bromeliad - another tropical
23 A really great table
24 Contemporary furnishings in the showroom
25 A photographic mural
26 Another display
27 A tiled wall with cascading water
28 All sorts of bowls, trays, and frames
29 This distinctive floor lamp is constructed out of pieces of driftwood.
30 This wonderful buttress is the wood of a tropical tree.
31 A dining room display
32 And another
33 And more curios
34 In the back corner of Mariani's is a very nice florist shop - here are stalks of amaryllis, cala liles, and protea pincushion flowers.
35 Many, many colorful blooms
36 This tassel flower is called love-lies-bleeding - it's terrific in arrangements.
37 Ania Szurawski - floral designer - busy at work
38 Adjacent to the show room is the Mariani Cafe, which serves delicious food made from local ingredients.
39 A nicely composed salad
40 A fresh fruit and vegetable juice bar
41 Crepes being made on a crepe griddle - they're filled in a variety of ways.
Photos By Eliad Laskin
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