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Tiny Boxwoods: A Tucked Away Cafe, Nursery & Gift Shop

Tiny Boxwoods in Houston, Texas
Posted: December 30, 2016 at 7:10 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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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. My pictures are here 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!

Lawn at Tiny Boxwoods

The lawn at Tiny Boxwoods

Looking at the cafe from the nursery at Tiny Boxwoods

Looking at the cafe from the nursery at Tiny Boxwoods

Pear and apple shaped lawn ornaments at Tiny Boxwoods

Pear and apple-shaped lawn ornaments at Tiny Boxwoods

Plant Nursery Supplies

Naturally, some unique lawn ornamentation or special jardinieres to hold plants are available for purchase 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 be nowhere close to those branches when it spiraled downward!  Haha! 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 are on-site at Tiny Boxwoods and the Thompson and Hanson Nursery.

Giant acorn atop grass at Tiny Boxwoods

Giant acorn atop grass at Tiny Boxwoods

Potted plants for sale at Tiny Boxwoods location

Potted plants for sale at Tiny Boxwoods location

Chalkboard Menu

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 if one misses the 2 PM deadline. There are still menu offerings from 2 until 5 PM, at which time the dinner menu begins. Closing time is 10 PM.

They are also open for breakfast from 7 AM until the time when lunches begin.  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.

Plant for sale in the nursery

Plant for sale in the nursery

Dining Alfresco

The day was bright and sunny but a bit cool. The inside spaces at the long bar and other seating arrangements were already full, 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 heat (when needed) and the air near us was warm enough 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.

Outside dining at Tiny Boxwoods

Outside dining at Tiny Boxwoods

Enjoying outdoor dining at Tiny Boxwoods

Enjoying outdoor dining at Tiny Boxwoods

Garden Centers

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 available for sale on the grounds. Big balls made out of grapevines and strung with twinkling lights add nighttime sparkle to trees for a charming effect.

Nursery plants, both familiar and more uncommon, are on site. 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.

Grapevine balls hanging from trees at Tiny Boxwoods

Grapevine balls hanging from trees at Tiny Boxwoods

The Gift Shop at the Thompson/Hanson Nursery

An 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 are available 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 this charming placeIt is a Houston escape from the norm!

A gift shop at the nursery adjacent to Tiny Boxwoods

A gift shop at the nursery adjacent to Tiny Boxwoods

Location

The location where you can find this hidden jewel is the following: 3614 W. Alabama St., Houston, Texas 77027.

Hope you enjoyed these selected pictures capturing a portion of our fun day spent while there.  Be sure to click on the video below for another short look at this charming place.

 

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