Garden marries home at destination nursery/garden shop Terrain

Anthropologie meets Flora Grubb Gardens? Yes, please! While in the Brandywine Valley outside of Philadelphia earlier this month, I was eager to visit Terrain, a nursery, home and garden shop, and restaurant located in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. (There’s a second location in Westport, Connecticut.)

Founded by the company that owns Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, Terrain is an upscale eden of lush plants, beautiful garden furnishings, and tempting home goods arranged and displayed with the same creativity and attention to detail that makes Anthropologie stores such a delight to shop in.

My traveling companion, Diana/Sharing Nature’s Garden, and I arrived after our visit to Winterthur.

From the moment we walked in, I was wowed by the plant arrangements and displays, with everything layered on stands and tables so you can really see it.

Love these grapevine tuteurs

A smoke tree underplanted with pretty companions

Signs cleverly advertised potted succulents for Father’s Day.

Hanging lights and lanterns are displayed throughout the nursery. I like these metal-strap orb lights.

I think I’ve seen these Moroccan-style metal lanterns at Barton Springs Nursery here in Austin.

Or how about a plant “picture” for your walls?

An even bigger vertical garden fills a shed wall near the parking lot.

Display gardens are set up to tempt you before you even get out of your car.

After oohing and aahing over the entry diplays…

…let’s explore the nursery grounds, which are extensive, with plenty of room for event-space rentals. People even get married here.

Beautiful seating areas are set up throughout the grounds. I can imagine someone coming in and saying, “I’ll take the whole room.”

This casually perfect arrangement evokes a Swedish garden, don’t you think?

Wooden pots filled with creeping Jenny line an outdoor dining table.

Little pots of sunshine

Multiple rustic outbuildings add charm to the display gardens, including this one adorned with old funnels planted with asparagus fern and white lantana. (The painted sign alludes to Styer’s, a popular nursery that formerly occupied the site. When Terrain took over, they kept Styer’s as part of their name for this location.)

Each funnel row is planted with just one type of plant.

Isn’t it fun?

I love it when stores display their Fermob furniture this way, in a rainbow of colors across a wall.

‘Bonfire’ begonia and lantana baskets for summer color

So many plants for sale

Check out these massive fire pits.

Terrain has a potting bar where their stylists pot up cool table displays.

You can also buy the supplies you need to make your own.

“Potting stone” — i.e., colored glass to top off your pots.

And then you step into the garden and home shop, where rustic wooden walls, glowing lights strung across the ceiling, and beautifully merchandised tables and shelves invite you to open your wallet and just hand the whole thing over.

And this is just the entry room! The biggest part of the shop is still to come.

Above the register, a chalkboard sign advertises events at the nursery.

Orchids in glass goblets

A candelabra makes a pretty place to hang jars of sweet peas and baby’s breath.

Succulent platters


Tillandsias too

More “potting stone” in a range of pretty blues, white, and green

There is so much more, but we were hungry, so we popped into the cafe for dinner. Terrain’s Garden Café serves lunch and dinner, farm-to-table style.

Diners were seated in the greenhouse dining space, and you’ll notice it’s all women. I did see one man eventually, when the place had filled up, but clearly Terrain appeals most to women.

Everyone else seemed to know to BYOB, but we didn’t realize that Terrain doesn’t sell alcohol, so we were sadly without wine. Even so, dinner was absolutely delicious, with service that was attentive and knowledgeable.

What a wonderful way to end our first garden-touring day! How I’d love to see Terrain open a store in Austin — or even Dallas or Houston. But perhaps it’s best for my wallet if that doesn’t happen.

Up next: Longwood Gardens’ formal spaces, including the rambler rose pergola and the dancing fountains in the Italian water garden. For a look back at Enchanted Woods, the children’s garden at Winterthur, click here.

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20 Responses

  1. Oh what fun! Thank you for all the luscious photos Pam. This is one of those places I’d like to visit, someday…

    So did you buy anything? (besides food)

    • Pam/Digging says:

      But of course! I bought one plant, a variegated iris, which is already looking pretty puny under the glare of the Death Star, reminding me why I rarely buy plants at far-away nurseries. Ah well. I also got three beautiful marble-and-copper tealight holders, which I’m very happy with. —Pam

  2. So many interesting ideas! Thanks.

  3. Layanee says:

    Such fun! You were so close yet so far away. I would love to visit this spot. See you in Minneapolis.

  4. How dreamy! I think it is brilliant that they combine a nursery with a restaurant. I would never leave!

  5. Wow! What a great place.
    I love good retail display. Even more perfect, done with plants.

    Thanks for the tour.

  6. Denise says:

    Those massed funnels are amazing. I’ve had one for a while and saw another at a consignment shop for $45, unplanted. Our local Terrain-type destination nursery, Rogers in Newport Beach, is currently building a massive restaurant. I wonder if it will be BYOB too.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      That’s pretty steep for a whole wall of them. Someone will have to think of something new. But wait, you have a Terrain-type nursery too? Why did I not know about this when I was in L.A. last fall? —Pam

  7. Noelle says:

    Oh my goodness…what a gardener’s paradise! I am always amazed at the creativity of the folks at Anthropologie and it clearly extends to the gardening world. I loved the funnels with asparagus fern and white lantana.

    I don’t know if I’ll ever make it it there, but thanks to you and your excellent photography, I feel like I almost was – just without the huge dent in my wallet ;-)

  8. Gail says:

    That is a fantastic nursery/retail destination! I saw many things that would tempt me, but , like you, I don’t have good luck with plants grown so far from the Middle South heat! But, they are always so tempting.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      I’m usually more tempted by garden accessories when I travel, mainly because I know they’ll survive in my garden with no special watering or other interventions. ;) —Pam

  9. OOoooooo, this gave me itchy fingers. I could order dozens of things. Best I don’t do that tho. Fun to see.

  10. rickii says:

    We have lots of fun shops around here, so how come I’m feeling so doggone jealous?