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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...
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...
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...
We’re ready for Mother’s Day!... We received two beautiful shipments of tropical flowers this week in preparation for Mother’s Day.  They are so colorful, fresh and exotic, not to mention very long-lasting!!  Call us and place an order, or come to the store and make your own selection.  You are also welcome to bring your own vase, and Robyn will be happy to arrange the flowers for you. Don’t forget – we have a wonderful store full of gifts suitable for every Mother: vases,...
Order Graduation Leis Now!... Graduations have already begun!!!  Barb and Robyn are planning to bring in many extra orchid blooms to accommodate all of your orders for graduation leis.  We highly recommend that you pre-order a lei by calling or Emailing us as soon as possible – that way we can guarantee that your specific requests can be met.  We plan on bringing in plumeria blooms from Hawaii, and we can add a few to your lei for a heavenly scent!!  Tuberose season...
Jim Fox Pottery Just like a year ago, Jim Fox, from the Russian River area, appeared in his truck with a huge assortment of pottery vases to choose from. He told us that over the years, his clay work has evolved from the Raku process, to playing with glazes using metallic additives. The result is some very colorful vases of all shapes and sizes, influenced by being fired with zinc, copper, and nickel droplets. We also chose two lamp bases which will...

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...