Tiny Boxwoods: A Tucked Away Cafe, Nursery & Gift Shop
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Fun Place to Go
Thanks to my neighbor I was introduced to Tiny Boxwoods. This setting offers a beautiful mix of dining indoors or alfresco in a garden type setting surrounded by nursery plants and objects of art. On-site is also a unique gift shop.
Tiny Boxwoods is a special tucked away type of Houston escape from the ordinary. Pictures will be shown for those who might also be interested in discovering this hide-a-way place in the middle of our large metropolitan city of Houston, Texas. If one were unaware of its existence, it would be easy to overlook.
Of course, many people in the Highland Village neighborhood bordering River Oaks would probably just as soon keep it that way. But news of places like this is hard to be kept a secret. My neighbor and I certainly had a fun day at this casual upscale place!
Plant Nursery Supplies
Naturally, some unique lawn ornamentation or special jardinieres to hold plants can be found here. After all, this is an upscale area of town surrounded by homes with price tags that can range from moderately expensive on up to the stratosphere of bulging pocketbooks.
The giant concrete acorn that dotted one area of the manicured lawn inside the gates between the cafe and nursery made a statement.
I’d like to see the tree that it fell from…but obviously be nowhere close to those branches when it spiraled downward! Just kidding! I still remember reading about an apple falling from a tree and Isaac Newton’s theory of gravitation from my long ago school days. Plants, nursery supplies and eye-catching adornments like these concrete creations can all be found at Tiny Boxwoods and the Thompson and Hanson Nursery.
My friend and I decided to order our lunch and enjoy that first before strolling through the rest of the nursery and gift shop.
Inside of the Tiny Boxwoods Cafe is a bustling place during their lunch hours from 11 AM to 2 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays. Do not worry however if one misses the 2 PM deadline. There are still menu offerings from 2 until 5 PM at which time the dinner menu is launched. Closing time is 10 PM.
They are also open for breakfast from 7 AM until the time when lunches are served. I have heard good things about their brunch menu on Sundays from 9 AM until 2 PM. Menu items are handwritten on a large chalkboard. When the fresh items offered for the day are sold out, those items can be easily erased.
The day was bright and sunny but a bit cool. The inside spaces at the long bar and other seating arrangements were filled, but there were still some outside tables available. It was fun sitting outside and dining alfresco while getting to enjoy the landscaping and also getting to do a little people watching.
For outside dining patron’s comfort, umbrella-shaped heaters generate welcomed heat (when needed) and the air near us was warmed sufficiently to have the best of all scenarios. We soaked up a little Vitamin D from the bright sunlight while basking in the fresh and crisp outdoor air. Umbrellas can also shelter one from too many rays of the warming sun.
Most garden centers are massive places covering quite a bit of ground in Houston. This one at Thompson + Hanson nursery is petite in comparison.
After a delicious lunch (I tried the much-touted buffalo burger to great satisfaction, and my friend had a vegetarian sandwich to her liking) we strolled the grounds of the nursery.
An assortment of various sized planters already made up with colorful plants was for sale to grace people’s home patios or gardens.
A big selection of unique planters can be ordered out of catalogs if the colors or sizes do not meet expectations of what is already displayed on the grounds.
Big balls made out of grapevines and strung with twinkling lights add nighttime sparkle to trees or could be utilized in different ways for a charming effect.
Nursery plants both common and more uncommon could be seen. Since my friend and I both have an interest in gardening, this was also an enjoyable way to spend some time after enjoying our lunch.
The gift shop at the Thompson/Hanson Nursery
The on-site gift shop is a great place for browsing and possibly getting new decorating ideas or adding that special “something” to one’s home décor. Everything from table settings to jewelry to note cards and more can be found in this charming shop.
Thanks to my neighbor and friend for introducing me to this comfy cozy tucked away unique and special place. I can now pass along information to others about Tiny Boxwoods. It is a Houston escape from the norm!
Hope you enjoyed these selected pictures capturing a portion of our fun day spent while there. Be sure and click on the video below for another short look at this charming place.
The location where you can find this hidden jewel: 3614 W. Alabama St., Houston, Texas 77027.