Welcome to Norrie’s Gift & Garden Shop

LOCATION:   First building up on the right after entering the Arboretum & Botanic Garden driveway
HOURS:        10:00 am - 4:30 pm every day the Arboretum is open
CONTACT:    831.502.2999, norriesucsc@gmail.com

HISTORY: Norrie’s was built in 1994 with generous donations from Elspeth Bobbs, who was an ardent supporter of all things botanical. In a 2007 NPR interview at 87 years young, she offered her world view: "I'm sorry to say, I'd prefer less people, and more gardens. Gardening is about dreams. And it doesn't matter if the dream doesn't come off because you've enjoyed the dream.” To honor Elspeth, the Arboretum & Botanic Garden named the shop after her daughter Norrie, who died in a tragic accident.

FEATURED THIS MONTH: Quantities are limited;  for a particular item, call to check availability

: Unique holiday items, including ornaments, wreaths, and beautiful glass decorations

Hummingbird ornaments
Hummingbird ornaments
Ornaments filled with mulling spices
Ornaments filled with mulling spices
A variety of wreaths

An evergreen shrub from the Koala Bloom Introduction Project and a tree from South Africa

                        Adenanthos ‘Silver Haze’                          Correa reflexa ‘Kangaroo Island’
                            Adenanthos ‘Silver Haze’: Full sun, well-draining soil,                Leucadendron argenteum (Silver Tree): Full sun, 25-40' tall, 
                       6' tall x 8’ wide, small red 
flowers attract hummingbirds                hardy to around 30°; female plant produces silver cones

Artists interested in showcasing their work at Norrie’s, please contact Lynda Haworth (norriesucsc@gmail.com)

ARTIST: Ferd Bergholz, a long-time Arboretum volunteer, has fashioned one-of-a-kind necklaces and holiday ornaments from Banksia pods he gathered in the gardens. And, an avid photographer, he created a 2018 calendar with his own stunning photos of Arboretum plants and birds.

Banksia necklace

Banksia pod necklaces, ornaments


2018 Arboretum Calendar

Throughout the year, Norrie’s offers a constantly changing variety of decorative and nature-themed items, many of which are designed and created by local artisans. Merchandise always includes items TO WEAR, TO READ, FOR THE HOME, and FOR THE GARDEN. If interested in a particular item, call first to check availability; if out of stock, some pieces can be reordered upon request.

To Wear: Items include beautiful jewelry, colorful scarves, and all styles of hats

necklaces scarves hats

To Read:  Items include a selection of books on gardening and nature

cacti book
A John Muir biography for children with “explore more” activities!
A John Muir biography for children
with “explore more” activities!
Art of Gardening book

For the Home: Items include dishware, crafts, games, soaps, oils, and jams

tea cups jigsaw puzzles olive oil

For the Garden:  Items include an assortment of plants, planters, and outdoor art

Correa reflexa 'Kangaroo Island'
Correa reflexa 'Kangaroo Island'