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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...
Plan a Beach Wedding! The tropical flowers at island Home and Garden are perfect for a beach wedding on the Santa Cruz coast.  Whether it is a ceremony on the beach, or a cruise on The Chardonnay, let us take care of the flowers according to your wishes. Bouquets, leis, boutonnieres, corsages, head wreaths, etc – they can all enhance a tropical atmosphere with our colorful orchids, anthuriums, and other flowers from Hawaii!   Share...
New Gifts for all Occasions!... A shipment of goods has  arrived from our Hawaiian Supplier, “Island Heritage”, just in time for summer parties, weddings and birthdays!  Some of these goods include: gel flip flops in vibrant colors, capiz shell dishes and frames, note cards, carved bone necklaces, glassware etched with hibiscus and plumeria, and ceramic “Welcome” tiles.  Come by and see the new displays at Island Home and Garden!         Share...
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...
Graduation Leis – Hawaiian & Thai Orchids... It is almost the end of May, and graduations have begun!  Our special orchid refrigerator is stocked with both Thai and Hawaiian orchids so that we can provide the custom leis that you have come to expect. Some information about our orchids: The Thai orchids are larger than the Hawaiian orchids, and most of you will be familiar with the purple and white standard leis that you buy at most places.  This Thai orchid is called Bombay (and we...
Customer feedback for Wedding flowers!... We always love to hear from customers that are highly satisfied with our arrangements – especially from newlyweds! We recently received the following Email:   “I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the beautiful wedding flowers. They were even more beautiful than I imagined. I loved that you incorporated the dahlias as that is Will’s favorite flower and the colors were just perfect.  It was a gorgeous, magical day! Kristin Kelso-Blankenship”   Share...

New items from Beth Allison Gripenstraw

We have just received more ceramic ware from our local artist Beth Allison Gripenstraw.  She is presently doing some tropical/water themed pieces, so we have dishes, an amazing vase, and two beautiful platters displayed at the Island.  The colors are truly unique, and the pieces now have motifs of fish, plumeria and pineapples.   Come and visit! Share...

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...

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...

Tropical-Themed Gift Ideas

Besides flowers, clothing and home decor, Island Home and Garden has many other gift ideas for the surfer, musician, or ‘collector’ of things tropical!  There are tiki mugs, tee shirts, books, custom paddles, wood carvings and the like on display in the store.  There is even a collection of wonderful handmade small wooden vehicles for our discerning customers. Come in and browse at 844 17th Ave, Santa Cruz (across from Shoreline Middle School!). Share...

Sale on Island Clothing!

The racks of Loco Lindo clothing have been updated and replenished at Island Home and Garden, and there are many new designs for the summery dresses, skirts and shirts.  The colorful fabrics in the Loco Lindo line are very light, easy to pack and wash, and we carry all sizes! If you are planning a trip to somewhere tropical this year, make sure you stop by and choose some of the pretty designs, which we are offering at 20% off the marked prices.   Share...

Get Ready for Valentine’s Day!

Only 3 weeks until Valentine’s Day, and Island Home and Garden has many options to make that special person in your life feel loved!!  There are a variety of beautiful orchid plants in decorative containers, a large selection of jewellery by local artists (including seaglass earrings and necklaces), candles, art work, skin care products, and many types of gifts for the home.   Flowers are always a popular gift, and we will be receiving a very large shipment from Hawaii on February 12th for arrangements and bouquets.  Call the store to place an order or drop by and talk to Robyn and Barb regarding your Valentine’s Day wishes! Mahalo! Share...

Coconut Grove 2014 Bridal Show

The tropical flowers of Island Home and Garden are once again featured at the 2014 Bridal Show held at the Coconut Grove in Santa Cruz on Sunday, February 26th. They are on display at the Annieglass Booth in two beautiful glass dishes supplied by Annie Morhauser for the occasion. Robyn chose whites and soft purples for the color scheme to complement the misty glass and was able to use a beautiful spotted aranda orchid along with white and green anthirriums, freesia, white, green and purple orchids, siberian lilies and interesting foliage. For all the brides-to-be visiting the show who have a tropical theme planned, or are thinking of a beach wedding, we encourage you to visit Island Home and Garden and see the selection of colorful blooms which arrive weekly from Hawaii and Thailand. You can also proceed to the wedding category on this website for more ideas!   Share...

New Year Whimsy!

Island Home and Garden is now carrying the creations of Beth Allison Gripenstraw, a talented Santa Cruz artist who uses different media to produce bright, whimsical merchandise.  We have a selection of ceramic earrings – mainly tropical fish – in brightly glazed colors (all different) and tableware.  The ‘treasure jars’ and platters feature turtles and tropical flowers, again glazed with Beth’s signature vivid colors. Her newest line of ceramics are sea urchins with detailed markings in pastel hues. We are pleased to be the first store in Santa Cruz to carry her latest design! Barb and Robyn wish all their customers the happiest New Year and the very best in 2014.   Share...