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Garden & Gifts Galore

By Sarah McCartan

Dove Garden Shop offers an eclectic variety of gifts for both home and garden. The newly remodeled shop celebrates its grand reopening Saturday, Nov. 16, just in time to meet the holiday shopping demand.

On the exterior, Dove Garden Shop’s fresh look includes painting and landscaping with items from Arc Gateway’s plant nursery. Interior renovations include new paint, the removal of carpet, refinishing of hardwood floors and increased display casing, making for a warm and inviting experience.

“There is something for anyone who likes gardening or just the outdoors in general and who wants the opportunity to make a difference with their dollars, by giving back to the local community and supporting good causes,” said Marketing/Public Relations Director Brandi Whitehurst.

All proceeds from the shop go to benefit Arc Gateway, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing programs and services to children and adults with or at risk of intellectual and developmental disabilities in our local area. Dove Garden Shop is a sister shop to the gift shop housed in West Florida Hospital, whose proceeds also go to benefit Arc Gateway programming.

When it comes to Dove Garden Shop’s garden-centered items, in addition to succulents, the shop includes miniature air plants, mini poinsettias and bamboo, plus decor ranging from whimsical yard ornaments, garden gnomes and bird feeders, to more practical yard items like gloves and rain gauges. The vast gift item selection includes ceramics from Arc Gateway’s adult enrichment program, locally designed and handmade pieces, fair trade products and a plethora of recycled and repurposed items.

“We have a wide selection of client-made ceramics including our popular sweater bowls and vases made from the texture of cable knit pullovers. For jewelry, we even have a local artist who has a breathtaking selection of pearl necklaces and pearl and responsibly-harvested coral,” said Whitehurst.

In addition to making a gift or garden purchase, if you are looking to lend a helping hand this season, the shop currently has four-hour volunteer shifts available, Monday through Saturday between the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“It’s a fun place to spend your time and great way to meet really nice people. It’s also a perfect opportunity for students to earn retail experience while in school,” said Whitehurst.

Dove Garden Shop is located on the east side of the duplex, while the west side, situated just behind the shop, houses the horticulture department, set to hold its annual Christmas tree sales kicking off just after Thanksgiving.

“Our Christmas trees will be for sale beginning the day after Thanksgiving and those hours will include evenings and weekends until we sell out,” said Whitehurst. “We also have a bumper crop of our beautiful florist-grade poinsettias on order in every imaginable color and variety.”

DOVE GARDEN GIFT SHOP
WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16
WHERE: 1020 E. Fairfield Drive
COST: Free
DETAILS: arc-gateway.org