Monday, October 29, 2012

Holiday Inspiration

We have now entered the holiday season.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's are right around the corner.  Since I was a little girl, they have always been my favorite holidays.  I become a kid again and want to experience all the magic I remember from my childhood.  Now that I have discovered Roger's Gardens in Corona del Mar, it is hard to imagine not going there every year to gather seasonal inspiration.  This is simply the best nursery I have ever been to.  Located in Orange County, about an hour south of Los Angeles, it is huge and has an incredible selection of plant material, garden furniture and ornaments.   It also has a large boutique filled with many things you would want for your house, including linens, dishes, candles, wrapping paper, interior design books, and beautiful accessories for the home  If you get on their mailing list, you can receive news about all their seasonal happenings -- they host fabulous classes on flower arranging.  When some friends told me that the fall and winter holiday displays had opened at Roger's Gardens, we decided to make the hour drive and take a look.  What an enchanting wonderland we discovered.  It is a great place to go to gather ideas and inspiration for the upcoming holidays.  And it will bring out the child in you as you wander through this magical fantasy land.

Naturally there are pumpkins galore

But there are so many other autumnal beauties, like these deep purple and green hydrangeas

Every kind of fall arrangement is wrapped up in ribbons and ready to give to someone as a gift

We all took a picture of this one because, as we all agreed, even we could do it

These berries are so pretty in fall arrangements

Everywhere we looked were the ingredients to make gorgeous floral arrangements

These succulents were in interesting containers

One room is devoted to bird houses

And then for the kid in all of us, there were so many fun displays to look at
Here is a wall covered in giant watches, clocks and gears

We were mesmerized by the electric train running through a forest of miniature Christmas trees

Roger's Gardens always carries vintage holiday toys and decorations

These collectibles were so great looking.  They are made by Primitive Twigs out of New York and are unique one-of-a-kind vintage metal dolls.

More vintage Halloween decorations

Of course we had to see the Christmas displays.  This room was dominated by a giant house of cards.

Here are some of the goodies on the shelves, providing lots of ideas for holiday parties

A close-up of one of their Christmas trees decorated with a card theme

It was a great day filled with inspiring sights and ideas.  Holiday season has truly arrived.  Are you ready?

Happy Halloween!


  1. How beautiful! Our decorations are usually limited to simple seasonal floral arrangements - no House of Cards for us! - but I love seeing homes and business that are all decked out for the holidays.

  2. Sunday...amazing pictures. You have made me want to take a trip to Orange County just to visit Rogers Gardens. I love decorating for the holidays and feel good when I wake in the morning and see the house decorated.

  3. What a fun way to launch into the holidays! Rogers Gardens sounds like the perfect destination; such wonderful displays to inspire. No wonder you had a great time!

  4. Roger's Gardens look like the perfect place to visit for inspiration. I cannot imagine leaving without some wonderful goodies. I love bittersweet; it has been had to come by here. So many wonderful things to investigate. Thanks for sharing your visit.

    (the pumpkin scone link is on my pinterest board breakfast/brunch...enjoy!) Bonnie

  5. I love the birdhouses and the vintage Halloween decorations. What a wonderland! I think I could happily spend many hours there.

  6. beautiful store - I love the giant watches! I need to now find the equivalent in Northern CA!