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In The Garden: Charming Houston Eclectic Treasure Trove

Updated on April 22, 2020
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I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

In The Garden
In The Garden | Source

Spring Branch Discovery

In The Garden is a treasure trove of unique offerings located in the Houston area of Spring Branch. I have my good friend Lisa to thank for introducing us to this charming place.

As one might expect with a name like In The Garden, there are, among other things, plants available for sale. I have added some beauties to our garden. Most of the plants sold there are grown locally and are specifically suited to our Houston environment. But this unique purveyor goes far beyond just offering plants for sale!

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Origins

This enterprise all started back in 1999 when Frank and Suzan Galvan purchased a lot next to a storeroom that Frank was leasing for his successful landscape design business. With extra space to store items, this couple went on a global hunt for unique things to offer to commercial as well as residential customers.

Numerous eye catching items at In The Garden
Numerous eye catching items at In The Garden | Source

Tucked Away Location

Had our friend Lisa not told us about it, we might never have discovered In the Garden. The location is tucked away on Cedar Post Lane perpendicular to the streets of Longpoint and Westview. Truthfully it is not an attention grabber from the front. But once one enters this treasure trove from the small parking lot on the side, the beauty of what is there to be discovered becomes readily apparent.

People who like cats will surely appreciate the friendly greeting one receives when wandering the grounds. The cats that adopted Suzan and Frank seem very happy there.

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Creativity Abounds!

Suzan is very creative. She loves to utilize things in unexpected ways. If you have an old dishpan, crock, birdcage, or another item of interest, she can turn it into a different plant container. You can get ideas of what to do on your own by visiting In The Garden.

Be sure and walk around the house to the back. Ample storage sheds contain old doors and other salvaged items. The sheds are filled to the brim with decorative objects ranging from benches to birdhouses, wind chimes, and so much more.

They are not strictly an antique store such as August Antiques in the Houston Heights. But the mixture of salvaged items and collectibles with new items and hardy plants draws one's attention to pieces in a new way.

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Garden landscaping items for sale Suzan helping a customer Plants displayed among other items Many different ways to display plants One of two sheds in the back Inside the largest storage shed In The GardenItems on display and for saleItems on display and for sale
Garden landscaping items for sale
Garden landscaping items for sale | Source
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Suzan helping a customer | Source
Plants displayed among other items
Plants displayed among other items | Source
Many different ways to display plants
Many different ways to display plants | Source
One of two sheds in the back
One of two sheds in the back | Source
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Inside the largest storage shed | Source
In The Garden
In The Garden | Source
Items on display and for sale
Items on display and for sale | Source
Items on display and for sale
Items on display and for sale | Source

Cherry Blossom Tree

One of Suzan's newest creations that she had a hand in fashioning is a lighted cherry blossom tree that can be used in interior as well as exterior spaces. Her retail prices are less than half of what others selling similar items charge for wholesale customers! She has several of these displayed on the grounds of different sizes.

Illuminated all weather tree designed by Suzan at In the Garden
Illuminated all weather tree designed by Suzan at In the Garden | Source

Pots, Plants, Statuary, and More!

Do you need containers and pots for your plants? Be assured that there are many here in which to make your choices.

Our friends Lisa and her husband now have a beautiful birdbath fountain in their backyard that they purchased from Suzan. After ordering it, Suzan stored it for them until their new patio incorporating the fountain was ready to be installed. So they are very accommodating to their customer's needs.

Weathered antiques are also found In The Garden. At one time, when we first visited there, they had some French provincial iron gates and transom from the late 1800s. The availability changes depending upon what has already been purchased. They are always willing to search for items and try to find what the customer desires.

As you can probably already tell from viewing these photos, there is a wide variety of sculptures available for sale. From large pieces to small, they can add interest to gardens of all types.

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Fountains and statuary Plants mixed with other items Iron gates and transom from the 1800s Statuary placed among vintage ironworks Regular clay pots in addition to numerous decorative onesIn the Garden discoveriesSpend some time at In The GardenIn The Garden
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Fountains and statuary
Fountains and statuary | Source
Plants mixed with other items
Plants mixed with other items | Source
Iron gates and transom from the 1800s
Iron gates and transom from the 1800s | Source
Statuary placed among vintage ironworks
Statuary placed among vintage ironworks | Source
Regular clay pots in addition to numerous decorative ones
Regular clay pots in addition to numerous decorative ones | Source
In the Garden discoveries
In the Garden discoveries | Source
Spend some time at In The Garden
Spend some time at In The Garden | Source
In The Garden
In The Garden | Source

A Place of Discovery!

Put on good walking shoes as you wander the grounds. This place is not the locale to wear high heels. There is so much to discover. Plan to spend at least 1/2 hour there to get a good overview. We notice different things every time we visit In the Garden!

After perusing the grounds, be sure and see what is displayed in the house as well. Gift items of all types are on display. From decorative pottery to pretty picture frames, homemade lavender honey to spirit orbs, candelabras to artwork, it is incredible what can be located within this small house.

British born Suzan has fun decorating for the different seasons and holidays. She was starting her Christmas decorations at the time of our last visit. With her flair for decorating, I am sure that it will be worth visiting there again to see what she has accomplished.

If you are the type of person who enjoys gardening, antiquing, and shopping for unique gift items, be sure and put In The Garden on your list of places to visit. They are open Monday to Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM. The address there is 1405 Cedar Post Ln., Houston, Texas 77055.

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Seasonal decor | Source
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In The Garden | Source
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Different types of crosses | Source
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Gift items inside the house | Source
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Denise,

      They have expanded into the adjoining lot since I first wrote this, so they have even more display space. In The Garden is a treasure trove for people who like plants and more.

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      Denise McGill 

      9 months ago from Fresno CA

      What a beautiful place to visit. I could get so many ideas here but probably wouldn't be able to buy much. I haven't the yard space I used to have now that we are in an apartment.

      Blessings,

      Denise

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      In The Garden is surely a place where one could spend time, because of so many nooks and crannies to explore.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      10 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Frankly, this place is mesmerising and to have this in your city is wonderful. I'd love to spend hours here.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Linda,

      I think that the cats adopted Suzan and Frank, but found good homes with them. They also delight cat lovers when visiting In The Garden.

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      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      I agree that there is much to tempt a person to open their wallet. (Smile)

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      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nancy,

      I am pleased that you enjoyed learning about this charming place.

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      Linda Crampton 

      13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This looks like a neat place to explore. I love the items in the photos. I was glad to read that the resident cats are adopted (or that they adopted Suzan and Frank). It sounds like the cats have an interesting home.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      I absolutely would not walk out of this place empty handed. There’s so much to see and potentially buy!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      There are so many discoveries to be made in a place like this. Glad you liked it.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      13 months ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Love this, peggy

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      Liz Westwood 

      13 months ago from UK

      This is the kind of place where I could spend a long time browsing.

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