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Above, Garden Hut owner Darlene McNamara with her
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
Since decorating the outside of your home for year-round
living is just as important as decorating the inside,
its 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
Currently The Garden Huts 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. Darlenes
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
"It feels like Christmas when the boxes are delivered,"
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
hes the one with the floppy ears.