books

Hygge To Get Through The Winter

Hygge To Get Through The Winter

Browsing through Swansons’ gift shop recently, I picked up The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking. Hygge is a term which is hard to translate exactly into English, but virtually any Dane (or northern European) knows hygge or its equivalent. It's what gets them through their chilly, gray winter months.

Holiday Gift Guide!

Holiday Gift Guide!

All of us at Swansons struggle with finding the perfect gift sometimes, too - but we're lucky to have a multitude of amazing items all around us every day. So we decided to offer up a curated gallery of our favorite gifts.

You'll find something for everyone on your list - from gardening fanatics to little brothers to your one true love. Click on each image to see the items in more detail.

Book Review: Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart

Book Review: Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart

Today we are reviewing the book Wicked Plants: the weed that killed Lincoln's mother & other botanical atrocities by Amy Stewart. This is a sordid little tome about the ne'er-do-wells of the botanical world. Wonderfully written, it is comprehensive enough that one might even consider wearing gloves while perusing it!

What Will You Spend Your Swan Dollars On?

What Will You Spend Your Swan Dollars On?

Everyone knows we have a large, ever-changing selection of beautiful plants, but what about all the other unique, interesting, and extremely useful merchandise we carry that our customers may not know about? We decided to put together a short list of non-plant items we love (and are spending our Swan Dollars on this July)! Here are the top 12.

Book Review: Apartment Gardening by Amy Pennington

Book Review: Apartment Gardening by Amy Pennington

Our annual veggie collection has arrived, and every year we receive more questions on porch and patio gardening: “I’d like to eat healthier by growing more fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs on my apartment balcony or windowsill, where do I start?” With so many varieties of plants and so little space, getting a successful start to container gardening can be daunting, but local landscaping and edible gardens consultant Amy Pennington has written Apartment Gardening to get you growing.  

23 Books For A Winter's Day

23 Books For A Winter's Day

 With our recent chilly temps and current dreary, grey drizzle, it feels like the perfect time to stay inside and cozy up with a mug of tea and a good book. With that in mind, I offer up a curated selection of Swansons' literary offerings, available in our conservatory gift shop. From cookbooks to gardening classics to gorgeous coffee table books, there are more than enough choices to while away the long rainy season.