ISSUE 54  |  Bedrooms

Shopper’s Diary: GRDN in Brooklyn

January 09, 2013 12:00 PM

BY Erin Boyle

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For plant lovers living in the city, it’s nice to know there’s a place within walking distance that you can visit and leave with a little something green. Susanne Kongoy’s shop, GRDN, on Hoyt Street in Brooklyn is just that sort of an oasis:

Photographs by Erin Boyle.

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Above: The small shop is equally delightful if you need to pick up a sweet gift for an earth-loving friend or if you want to enliven your own urban garden. Moss-covered Campo de’ Fiori terra cotta pots at GRDN attract shoppers from across the city.

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Above: Queen Anne’s Lace and peach colored roses greet visitors at the door.

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Above: The GRDN staff keeps a front table filled with cut flowers for customers to purchase by the stem or to have the staff arrange into bouquets.

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Above: Carefully edited selections of gardening books and cookbooks can be spotted among shelves stocked with clay pots and ferns.

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Above: A display pairs New York-based artist MQuan’s stoneware garden bells with staghorn ferns.

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Above: Serious gardeners have a choice of Burgon & Ball or Garden Works hand tools.

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Above: Succulents and gift-ables with a topsy turvy collection of pots from the Connecticut studio of potter Ben Wolff.

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Above: Delicate clay planters from Judy Jackson.

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Above: Although it’s spare this time of year, in the spring and summer GRDN’s sunny backyard brims with plants and herbs.

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Above: For another local gardener’s destination, see “Emily Thompson Flowers: Brooklyn’s Florist to the Stars.”