Posts Tagged ‘Garden Gallery’
Thigpen’s Garden Gallery presents An Introduction to Bonsai with Norm Geisinger | Tuesday, October 4thFriday, September 16th, 2011
Off the main parking lot of Pepper Place, an oasis greets customers Monday through Friday and on busy Saturdays during the Pepper Place Farmers’ Market. Tucked in the corner and down a flower laden path, you will not want to miss the charming courtyard and shop of Charlie and Cindy Thigpen, owners of the Garden Gallery. Upon entering the relaxing courtyard, you will immediately slow your pace to absorb all the sights, sounds and fragrant smells of this blooming heaven. Here are our top 10 reasons why you should not miss a visit to this charming “mom and pop” garden shop:
- The tranquil sounds of cool, splashing water trickling from the focal point water feature. Be sure to drop your bags and take a rest on the comfortable ball seats nestled around the fountain.
- Friendly smiles and knowledgeable advice on what to plant in your garden. Usually, Charlie is always on hand to lend an ear and offer tips to questions from patrons, giving that personal touch of customer service.
- The variety of selections of annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables. Surely one (or more!) would be perfect in your landscape. In addition to popular plants available, there are always several unusual and unexpected surprises to browse.
- Garden gifts and whimsical yard ornaments crafted by local artists await you inside and outside the shop! Don’t miss the selection of sketches, oil paintings, and award-winning photography. Several choices abound and range in price points to suit any shopper’s wallet.
- Ring the bell! The tank bell that is. Created by a local craftsman and perfect for hanging on your porch to call children in from a day at play. See if you can find the one to ring in our courtyard!
- On busy days, the convenience of an outside tent where you can purchase your items with check or cash. Of course, inside the shop takes credit cards as well.
- Three words…the fan mister. This attraction you will not want to miss. Young and old cannot resist standing in front of the oscillating misty breeze!
- The mosaic matron found by the courtyard fence cradling a flowerpot overflowing with seasonal color. Presiding over the creatively designed borders, she seems to whisper ideas and “go bys” for customers to fashion in their own garden.
- Clever uses of discarded materials such as bicycles and worn garden tools, becoming planters and yard art. See all the tired, ordinary items repurposed into amazing treasure!
- The wide variety of houseplants found inside the shop. Shoppers can find a range between 4 inch ferns to 8 foot fiddle leaf figs. An added bonus? Supporting the local growers in that 99.9% of the plants inside and out are cultivated right here in the state of Alabama!
Charlie Thigpen’s Garden Gallery is located in Pepper Place, 2805 2nd Ave. S, Ste 300, Birmingham, Alabama 35233. The phone number is (205) 328-1000 and the email is firstname.lastname@example.org. STORE HOURS are Monday—Friday 8:00 – 6:00 and Saturday from 8:00 – 4:00. Visit us on the web at: http://www.charliethigpensgardengallery.com/
As I interview the various tenants of the Pepper Place area, I’m beginning to see a trend. Every single person who owns a business here is extremely passionate about what they do. This trend was further confirmed this week as I spoke with Charlie Thigpen, garden enthusiast and owner of the Garden Gallery – a retail garden boutique specializing in unique garden items.
Before our interview I had never visited the Garden Gallery but after we talked (for well over an hour) I know for sure I’ll be returning. Charlie and his wife Cindy (as well as their Labrador Chaz) opened the Garden Galley back in December of 2009 and since then have begun to turn their little slice of Pepper Place into a garden of Eden for all to enjoy. See below:
Charlie says that gardening, to him, is all about creating a wonderful environment. His gardening style is unconventional and “very anti cookie-cutter”. This is quite obvious if you take a look around at his shop. You’ll see hundreds of flowers and veggies all growing together in a way that just works. Take a look at the above picture and you’ll understand what I mean when I say that Charlie specializes in container gardening. He loves to utilize various containers to give his garden designs some flare. These containers range in size from your normal potted plant, to enormous one-ton planters that can darn near hold a whole garden.
You could literally spend hours walking around Charlie’s garden looking at the various natural creations. However, if you want the tools to do it yourself, you’ll need to go inside. Once inside his store you’ll soon find yourself overwhelmed with all the cool stuff around you. I think I entertained myself for well over ten minutes by tricking a venus fly trap ($6.50) into biting my pen (cruel, I know)! I also got a hands on demonstration of these really cool decorative porch items called Fire Pots ($17-$95) which are one of the shop’s best selling items. You’ll find planters, hanging baskets, seeds & cuttings, and really just about anything garden related you could possibly dream of.
In conclusion, you’ve got to go down and visit the Charlie’s Garden Gallery at Pepper Place. All the pictures in the world couldn’t accurately show you how beautiful the garden there really is. Nor could this article begin to delve into the enormous amount of unique garden items Charlie has in stock. Pepper Place is so much more than a Farmers Market. The Garden Gallery is one of those shops that makes the Pepper Place area an amazing place to visit regardless of whether it is Saturday morning or Wednesday evening (or any other time).
Thanks so much for showing me around Charlie & Cindy, I throughly enjoyed the tour and great conversation! Oh, and yes, this is the Charlie Thigpen that wrote for Southern Living for 29 years – I told you he knew his stuff.
P.S. Don’t let Charlie talk you in to trying the Ghost Peppers, I almost fell for it.