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.
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.
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 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!).
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.
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.
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Mike WoolfFebruary 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!
littleobservationistFebruary 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?
Diana MieczanFebruary 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
littleobservationistFebruary 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
Art FarmFebruary 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
littleobservationistFebruary 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
byhildiFebruary 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.
littleobservationistFebruary 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!