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Niche: A Pretty Urban Garden Shop in Boston

In the midst of a Boston snowstorm, stepping into urban gardening oasis Niche on Tremont Street in the South End was somewhat otherworldly and a very welcome respite from the cold.

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Niche Boston by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

And while I sadly couldn’t buy any flowers since I was scheduled to fly back to London the next day, it was one of my favourite discoveries of the city on my last trip.

Niche Boston by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Niche, Boston by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Being a city dweller, I love the concept of urban gardening, of bringing plants and flowers into our lives despite not having the space outdoors. I grew up always having a garden at home that was bursting with blossoms and veggies. I was thrilled when we recently moved offices and I found myself with a window near my desk for the first time in two years. I immediately brought in some greenery. Plus, Jorge being a garden designer and working for a nursery means our house is full of potted plants.

Niche, Boston by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Niche, Boston by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Niche runs workshops in terrarium design (and aeriums – they sell a lot of low-maintenance air plants), putting together succulent windowsill boxes or piecing together fern wreaths. The shop reminded me of the lovely Katie from Art Farm who I think would enjoy a visit (although she’s not in Boston either, sadly!).

Niche Boston by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Niche, Boston by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

It’s a tiny little place, friendly and welcoming. There’s plenty to look at though. I bought Jorge a silver spritzer, myself some garden thread for my new project (un-related to gardening, mostly) and my mom picked up some packets of Greek oregano seeds with a pretty packaging design for my dad to grow.

Niche, Boston by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Niche, Boston by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

There are tropical plants, bonsai trees, a great array of herbs and everything you need to pot them. It was just a pretty place to be and smelled like Spring. Walking into a flower shop in the middle of a bitter cold Winter afternoon? One of life’s little luxuries for sure.

Niche has a beautiful Instagram page too. 
Looking for more Boston posts

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Mike Woolf
    February 11, 2015 at 10:36 am

    An inspiration. My forlorn cactus is a pathetically lonely figure and will soon be joined with other green phenomena thanks to your example!

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      littleobservationist
      February 11, 2015 at 10:47 am

      Excellent. My desk needs some more greenery too. I think we should create a roof garden, don’t you agree?

  • Reply
    Diana Mieczan
    February 11, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Ah, I love gems like that! What a fantastic little find and yes, I bet Katie would love to visit it! Have a great day, love. xoxo

    • Reply
      littleobservationist
      February 12, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Me too! Stumbling on a little gem is always a highlight of a trip for me (or even just here in London). xo

  • Reply
    Art Farm
    February 11, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    What a charming and lovely space! I love all the greenery. Yes!!! I would absolutely love this place if it was in Chicago. I’ll have to seek it out if I’m ever in Boston. xoxo

    • Reply
      littleobservationist
      February 12, 2015 at 11:47 am

      I thought you would 🙂 I’m sure there’s somewhere similar you already know about in Chicago though! xo

  • Reply
    byhildi
    February 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Love this. Would have loved to just be in there for a little while and gather my thoughts and reconnect. Looks so peaceful and charming.
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      littleobservationist
      February 12, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Hildi! Yes, it definitely was both peaceful and charming. It’s always nice to find a little oasis to take a breather during a busy day. Hope you’re having a good week!

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