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Sea Glass Jewelery Artist Nancy Allen has collected sea glass in the Monterey/Seaside area for many years, and we are fortunate to have her jewelery in our cabinets at Island Home and Garden. There are earrings and necklaces in shades of green, cobalt blue, and turquoise (all set in sterling silver) and Nancy’s latest designs include some pearls and abalone with the sea glass. Please refer to our Local Artist’s Page for more information regarding Nancy’s work. Share...
Welcome to our new website!... Welcome to the new Island Home and Garden website!   Barb and Robyn invite you to enjoy our updated pictures online, or come and see us at the store and experience the true tropical atmosphere that attracts our return customers.  The new season of fresh tuberose is about to begin, and the fragrance will remind you of your visits to Hawaii. Island Home and Garden is the only store in Santa Cruz that creates leis for any occasion, and we...
New Artwork – Beautiful Blown Glass... The latest artwork to appear at Island Home and Garden comes from Los Osos.  Rod Baker is an independent glass artist, and we have a nice display of his colored blown glass ‘ornaments’ shaped as starfish, hearts and flowers.  Every piece is hand-crafted, and they are remarkable for their vibrant colors and patterns. The pieces are placed throughout the store, and in a glass cabinet near the window which shows off their individual coloring. Drop by and take a...
Local Photographic Art Sylvia Valentine is the newest (award-winning) local artist to join Island Home and Garden, and we are very happy to display some of her framed work, plus matted prints and a large selection of greeting cards. Sylvia’s work reflects her love of travel and nature, and many of her eye-catching pieces are from the Santa Cruz area.   Please refer to our Local Artist’s Page for more information regarding Sylvia’s work. Share...
Get Ready for Thanksgiving!... The vivid reds, oranges and greens of our tropical flowers lend themselves to wonderful Thanksgiving arrangements for your festive tables. They are available in large ($65) and small ($45) sizes and include candles, fall ribbon, or berries and pumpkin decorations. Call the store and place an order for pick-up Thanksgiving week! Mahalo,  Barb and Robyn     Share...
The ‘Scent’ of the Islands – Tuberose & Plumeria... For those of you who have travelled to Hawaii, one of the lingering memories is the beautiful perfume that surrounds you as you step off the plane… At Island Home and Garden, we are able to match this with first of all, our locally grown Tuberose which is in season from May through October.  The tall slender stalks are capped with white flowers which open over a week, and reveal their own distinctive perfume.  We can use a few...

Mele Kalikimaka!

Island Home and Garden is ready for the holidays with tropical gifts, flowers, local art, and clothing. The tropical Christmas Tree is very festive, and is decorated with glass and metal ornaments (fish, turtles, Hawaiian shirts, ukeleles, plumeria, flip flops etc.) which come in attractive gift boxes. There is also a selection of Christmas cards, some of which show the artwork of Louanne Korver of Santa Cruz. Remember there are new shopping hours (Wednesday through Sunday) so come and browse, smell the sweet fragrance of tuberose, and enjoy the gift selection at Island Home and Garden! Share...

Updates from the Island…

We apologize first of all to our loyal customers for not updating our schedule on our website in July when the changes were made!  Please check the store hours, noting in particular that the Island is now closed on Mondays AND Tuesdays, and that the store opens at 11am, except on Sundays. Fall has arrived, and most tourists have left Santa Cruz, but flower sales at Island Home and Garden have been brisk, with leis, bridal arrangements, and party flowers on order every weekend.  We continue to get our flowers from Hawaii and Thailand every week, and recently have received beautiful ‘speckled’ orchid stems, and a new purple mokara orchid.  Please note too that tuberose season remains fully current and fresh bunches arrive every Friday morning – the fragrance is beautiful. Share...

Congratulations, and Thank You!

Now that Graduation season is over, Barb and Robyn send many congratulations to all the graduates who wore leis from Island Home and Garden. Despite being so busy making the leis, we were able to imagine you all at the various ceremonies throughout Santa Cruz and the Bay Area, and felt we were part of your happy events! We would also like to Thank You for your business during the busy months of May and June.  We made close to 350 leis for the month, and during the busiest week in June, shipped in 9000 blooms in boxes (the purple and white orchids), plus many other colored orchids on stems which we stripped to make those gorgeous tutti-frutti leis.  The orchid refrigerator (and many coolers) kept everything fresh, and we are happy to say we used almost every last orchid that week! Barb and Robyn sincerely appreciate your business, and wish all of the graduates the very best in the career paths you have chosen. Share...

Our refrigerator is filled with fresh orchids! Order your Leis now!...

This is the shop refrigerator, filled with fresh orchids from Hawaii and Thailand… our Lei making production is going full steam! There may still be time to order your graduation leis – call to check for availability. Please check out our Leis Page here on our website, and choose from our many styles and price options. Men: the ti leaf leis have also become very popular for the guys, and look great draped on a graduation robe! Stand out from the crowd! Did we mention we’re busy making Leis? Just look at our work table! Remember: Send us a picture of your graduate wearing a lei from Island Home and Garden, and we will post it on this website! (Use Email address islandhomeandgarden@gmail.com) Share...

2014 Graduations – Order Your Hawaiian & Thai Orchid Leis Now!...

Please order EARLY for your graduation leis. We order in many orchids in many colors, and can only guarantee that we have what you want if we have a lei order with your name on it! Barb and Robyn made many leis last weekend for San Jose State in purple and gold, which were very festive in the school colors. The next 3 weeks will  be busy for us, so please check out our Leis Page here on our website, and choose from our many styles and price options. Men: the ti leaf leis have also become very popular for the guys, and look great draped on a graduation robe! Stand out from the crowd! Send us a picture of your graduate wearing a lei from Island Home and Garden, and we will post it on this website! (Use Email address islandhomeandgarden@gmail.com)   Share...

Featuring: Tropical Flowers!

At Island Home and Garden, the only flowers available are beautiful tropical specimens that we fly in from Hawaii. We don’t do ordinary roses! For Mother’s Day, choose a mixed arrangement in a vase (starting at $35) or let us wrap a beautiful selection in our colorful tropical paper. There will be many blooms to pick from: birds of paradise, heliconia, ginger, and assorted colors of orchids & anthuriums. If you are planning on a more personal floral gift for Mom, let us make a corsage or a lei, using our many different colored orchids. They are quite beautiful!   Share...

Easter and Mother’s Day Bouquets – Order Now!...

Two floral celebrations are coming up, and Barb & Robyn have preordered the usual beautiful flowers from the Islands! We will make floral arrangements for any budget… a centerpiece for Easter dinner is a stunning way to complete the festive table. Look over the arrangements on the website and give us a call!! Share...

Cambodian Grass Bags

The tallest grasses growing along the Mekong Delta have been dyed and woven into bags of differing shapes and sizes under the label “Sanaye”. Island Home and Garden is offering a selection of small and medium shoulder bags in different shapes, and sunglass holders. There is a selection of colors to choose from and they are all fully lined with added pockets etc.  Every one of the bags looks unique, and most importantly, are priced very reasonably to make excellent gifts!   Share...