Enroute to Connecticut for a party two weeks ago, I stopped for a second look at Mariani Gardens, an upscale garden/design center in Armonk, NY. My first visit was four years ago just after it had opened.
Their specific specialty is large B & B (balled and burlaped) trees. That hasn’t changed in four years. They have beautiful specimens in very large sizes with very large pricetags.
When I visited the first time, the parking lot was full, the cafe hopping and all of the design areas well stocked. When I visited two weeks ago–45 minutes before closing on a Saturday–I was the only customer.
Despite the lack of clientele…a closed cafe and and merchandising that looked much the same as it did four years prior, there were some interesting ideas and products to be found. Mariani has high end furnishings for outdoor rooms from companies like Janus et Cie and Brown Jordan among others. These were merchandised beautifully–I actually bought a small lantern shown on the side table below as a hostess gift.
The most unusual thing I saw was a Betula jacqemontii (Himalayan Birch) trained as a sort of umbrella. I’ve never seen a tree trained that way before.
Would I go again? If I was driving by, certainly. Would I make a special trip? Probably not.