How can you get tired of watching people leave home with a lawn and come back to a forest? asks owner Mark Mariani, who, through his magnificent venture Mariani Gardens, spins his magic like straw into gold. Opened in Spring 2007, his newly renovated one-stop shop for rare and unusual plantings and distinctive home and garden decor is literally a destination (exhausted from the spree, you can contemplate your purchases while grabbing a sandwich at Mariani Gardens Cafe some of its light fare is harvested from Marianis own orchards). To complement the remarkable selection of trees and shrubs and accessories, this gardening utopia also offers a distinct selection of perennials and annuals, statuary, fountains, urns, outdoor furniture, and floral design, all of which are housed in or around a contemporary structure, complete with a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled greenhouse.
Forget your mother’s garden shop. Heck, forget Eden. Mariani’s is the destination for all things green. One-of-a-kind plants, exotic flowers, incredible trees—Mariani’s offers the best of the rare, unusual, and impossibly beautiful plantings and complementary home décor. Its goods don’t come cheap—royal palm trees will set you back $2,500—but what price beauty (and lasting beauty, at that)? Comprising a nursery, garden center, design boutique, floral and gift shop, Mariani’s leaves no stone in its garden (or yours) unturned with its breathtaking selection of trees, shrubs, flowers, fountains, furniture, sculptures, etc. And after all that hard “work,” you can take a break in the café, where some of its offerings are derived from the orchard. Who says shopping in Armonk isn’t great?
Best Garden Center (2012)
Best Garden Center (2010)
Best Garden Center (2008)