Vol 6 No. 23 - March 1, 2006

Garden Hut: From elegant to whimsical

Above, Garden Hut owner Darlene McNamara with her dog, Reily.

By Louise Bolger
sun staff writer

Being able to have outdoor and indoor living flow together is one of the nice aspects of living in a semi-tropical climate.

Since decorating the outside of your home for year-round living is just as important as decorating the inside, it’s important to find the right items to create the look you want. The Garden Hut in Holmes Beach specializes in garden décor, catering to all tastes ranging from elegant to whimsical.

Darlene McNamara has owned The Garden Hut for five years, three of them in Holmes Beach. Her love of gardening, great eye for unique merchandise and 15 years of retail experience has been the perfect recipe for her successful business. The shop is a feast for the eyes, buzzing with colorful inventory artistically displayed in both rooms of the store. Not only does McNamara carry garden decorations, she also has a nice collection of beachy and nautical objects for the home.

You can find fountains, garden stakes embellished with all kinds of creatures, wind art, bird feeders, a large variety of wall ornaments, wind chimes, bird baths, stone coasters and an adorable beach bag shaped like a T-shirt. Her newest items are called Geeky Birds and Nerdy Necks – metal motion birds in bright colors and eclectic designs, they are literally "flying" out the door.

Currently The Garden Hut’s most popular item are the Adirondac chairs and tables manufactured by CRP Products and made out of 100 percent recycled plastic. They come in 15 colors; are held together with stainless steel hardware; are impervious to mold, mildew and insects; never need painting and are weatherproof and waterproof. Darlene’s husband, Chris, assembles and delivers the chairs ($329), footstools ($105) and tables ($105) to customers who are using them both on the beach on their decks.

Darlene says she loves owning the shop especially on delivery days.

"It feels like Christmas when the boxes are delivered," she said.

If you want to dress up your garden or just pickup a unique gift for a friend or relative, visit The Garden Hut and say hello to Darlene McNamara and her friend Reily – he’s the one with the floppy ears.

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