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

Nature-themed decorative plates, uniquely shaped flower/bud vases, Bonny Doon Farm hand-made soaps and lotions.

decorative plates Vaese lavender soap
Decorative plates  Vases Lavender soap

A tall hybrid native California sage with aromatic leaves and a low-growing evergreen shrub with red blooms.

Salvia starlight
Salvia 'Starlight'
Gastrolobium celsianum
Gastrolobium celsianum

Salvia ‘Starlight’: drought tolerant; 4-5 ft tall with white flowers on tall spires spring/summer; grow in full sun. 
Gastrolobium celsianum (Swan River Pea)3-4 ft tall with red pea flowers winter/spring; grow in full sun or semi-shade; needs good drainage.

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

    Suzie Thomas, owner and designer of This Tiny Ocean, has been making modern, minimalist jewelry for over 20 years. Since moving to Santa Cruz, she often uses found sea glass “as is", selecting the perfect shapes and colors to create unique wearable art that captures the beauty and tranquility of the ocean.

sea glass jewelry



Sea glass jewelry



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'
wall hangings