Last month, the Spalding House Shop got a new look and new offerings inspired by one of the museum’s most treasured assets—its garden.
The transformation accompanies the museum’s garden-focused spring programs, which started with the ‘Ohi Workshop by Tamara Rigney and Mariko Reed on March 18 that left students clamoring for more. Coming up next is a medicinal plant walk and infused-oil workshop on May 27 (we recommend registering now to secure a spot).
“This shop is for green thumbs and black thumbs alike,” says museum retail manager Cori Mackie. “You’ll find planters that you can put on your desk, books on local gardens, or gardens as depicted by artists like Monet. At the same time this is not your typical garden-inspired shop—being part of the museum means we have connections to the artist community, so we’re able to bring in things like ceramics and baskets by local artists Tricia Beaman and Amelia Samari.”
Spalding House director and interim curator of education Aaron Padilla explains the garden has slowly been getting more attention. “Last year we had groups of volunteers go through the garden and clean it up, giv ing it a facelift,” says Padilla. “We want the garden not just to be something that you walk through and experience, but something you can learn from. As we were thinking about how to get other parts of Spalding House involved in that effort, we realized it was a perfect opportunity for us to collaborate with Cori and play off our strengths. We in the education department can engage people while working with products that Cori brings in to sell.”
Spalding House Shop’s spring garden fling runs through July 1.