New In Store for Spring:

Michel Design Works INto the Woods

Along with all the beautiful Spring flowers arriving in the nursery, we have some equally beautiful and fragrant items arriving in the store.


Anticipate Spring  with these lovely soaps, lotions and candles.  You don’t have to wait for warmer weather, you can enjoy them right now.

We’ve just received new shipments from Mistral:

mistral for springmistral for springAs well as new shipment from Michel Design Works:

michel design works for spring… and it’s not just soaps, lotions and candles!  You’ll find an array of exclusive home decor elements and ideas in store as well.  Add some European panache to your home and lifestyle… whether you dream of an English country garden or a French gite in Provence, you’ll find inspiration here!

Great gift ideas in store now!

Yes, it’s that time of year again!  The time when the days are shorter and you literally have less time to get all your Christmas shopping, decorating, baking and preparing done than you did a month ago!

Who hates last minute Christmas shopping?  We all do!

Here are a few ideas to help you get it all done well in advance and have time left over for a delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte in Brambles Bistro!

Michel Design Works:

Michel design works

Michel Design Works has a wonderful range of personal and home soaps.  They’re luxurious, have delicious fragrances and make perfect gifts!  They’re also a great addition to the bathroom or kitchen during this special time of year!

IngeGlas Christmas Ornaments:


IngeGlas Christmas ornaments are imported from Germany.  These beautiful examples of find European style really add a whole new dimension to the Christmas Tree. They also make exquisite gifts!

Christian Ulbricht Pyramides and Nutcrackers:

Christian Ulbricht Nutcrackers

Christian Ulbricht Pyramides

Christian Ulbricht Pyramides are also European in origin and add that special something to your Christmas decor.  They’ll remind you of the stories of old Saint Niclaus and the Black Forest… and of course, the Nutcracker Ballet!

Honey BessWax Candles

honey beeswax candles


Fraser Fir by Thymes:

Thymes Frasier-Fir

More selections from Thymes:

Thymes at Tanglebank

Thymes Fraser Fir Thymes Gingerbread Thymes simmered cider

Home Decor and Jewellery from Twigz


When you purchase items from the Twigz line of jewellery and home decor ranges, you not only gain a gorgeous gift, but you also help African Moms look after their children better!

More home decor:


Modern Pastoral Home Decor:

Modern Pastoral

Beautiful Modern Pastoral items for your home or for someone special!

Gardening Tools and Gift Sets:



fairy garden book


Modern Pastoral


Notebooks, Leather Bound Journals, Pencil Sets and Exclusive Greeting Cards:


leather journalsh-pencilsetsh-stamps-setAnd of course, the children’s favorites from Maileg:


We have quite a variety of interesting, quirky, funny and entertaining books and activities in store for both adults and children!

We have many more great gift and home ideas in stock – both in the store and in the nursery!  Why not stop by and we’ll help you find something for everyone on your list!


Garden Zucchini Pumpkin Artichoke Soup

 Recipe from Brambles Bistro

Garden Zucchini, Pumpkin & Artichoke Soup

 Recipe from Brambles Bistro

Recipe Yields- roughly 3 litres of Soup


  • Zucchini- 2 medium diced ( toss with salt and pepper and roast)
  • Yellow Onion – 4 medium diced ( toss with salt and pepper and roast)
  • Artichoke Hearts-  3 small cans
Garlic ( Minced)
  • 2 tbsp.
Celery- ½ head – medium diced
  • Rosemary- 2 sprigs off the stock
Pumpkin Puree -3  (small cans)
  • Sambal Paste- ½ tbsp 
Cinnamon – 2 tsp
  • Cumin – 1 tsp
  • Nutmeg (ground) 1 pinch
  • Cayenne Pepper- ½ tsp
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Maple syrup-1/3 cup


In a large mixing bowl mix together zucchini, artichokes, onions celery, garlic, cumin,nutmeg,cayenne, sambal, cinnamon, & maple syrup  with a little oil to coat, salt and pepper to season.

Once mixed on a large sheet pan lined with parchment paper spread out the ingredients and put into a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown- the zucchini should be soft and the onions translucent

Pull out ingredients into the blender in thirds blending until smooth.

Add cream if you would like to thin the soup down and add extra flavour!

Modern Pastoral – contemporary interior decor inspired by nature.

Modern Pastoral – contemporary interior decor  inspired by nature.

Modern Pastoral

In an earlier article, we introduced the concept of  “Modern Pastoral” and told you a little about the inspiration behind it and the reasons it’s one of the most popular current decor and lifestyle trends.

To give you some more indepth information, inspiration and guidance on creating this look in your home, we’re offering this amazing book by Niki Brantmark “Modern pastoral – bring the tranquillity of nature into your home” in our store.

It will teach you how to embrace the simplicity of life in the country and use nature and natural elements to create the transition between outdoors and indoors.

It will demonstrate how to use colors, textures, and details to create a home in which to unwind―a retreat from the rest of the world.

Niki Brantmark’s book explains variations on the simple, informal “Modern Pastoral” style.

The stunning photographs in this book will take on an armchair journey across Scandinavia and the United States. They’ll open your imagination to the ultimate rural lifestyle with the advantages of modern living.

Creating a “Modern Pastoral” Look.


As we move from the outdoor life of summer and retreat inside we desire to pull the outside inside.

As summer ends, we retreat inside to weather the colder weather. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to continue enjoying the outdoors.  One way we can do this, while staying warm, is to bring the outdoors inside.  We’re not talking about just having some plants in our main living spaces.  We’re talking about surrounding ourselves with nature in so many visually beautiful ways.

Modern Pastoral This popular trend, known as “Modern Pastoral”,  is gaining in popularity as we crave a simpler, gentler, kinder lifestyle. 

Less glitz and more substance. A pared down rural lifestyle with nature as its main inspiration.  Think mossy forests, trails, pebbly rivers and beaches, prairie  and alpine meadows and the breezy ocean side.

Glitz and glamour is passe. Nature now anchors our homes. Who can resist those sturdy  timber frames, large expansive windows through which to enjoy picture perfect views of outdoor gardens?  Fieldstone rock becomes walls, not just fireplaces.  Wood paneling becomes a headboard.  Pieces of driftwood become accents, along with nests of eggs and the occasional well placed feather.  Rocks and greens, including ferns, become art in our homes.  Plants take centerstage in terrariums, baskets and pots. You’ll find them in every room, not just the kitchen or living room.  Vases filled with coloured leaves on maple branches from the garden.

It’s all about creating a natural transition between the tranquillity of outside and the security of inside.

Speaking of outside:  think grasses, mosses, ferns, and hostas. Think in terms of meadows and grassy spaces  versus a formal  garden .  Think trees with interesting bark, such as birch or paperbark maples.  “Modern Pastoral” is all about bringing nature back into our lives. It’s about simplifying our lives and creating healthier homes to enjoy at the end of a busy or stressful day.  It’s about creating a oasis to which we can retreat, rest, relax and restore.

How do you go about achieving this in your own home?  We’re glad you asked! 

We can help you with a lovely variety of “Modern Pastoral” products which are in stock right now.  Lots of variety, lots of ideas and even a book with fabulous advice.  Come in and take a look!

Modern Pastoral terrariumOh, and by the way, on Thursday, October 27th, we have a “Girlfriends Wine and Cheese Terrarium Night” – sign up with your girlfriends for this special night out where you’ll learn how to put together a gorgeous Terrarium while enjoying wine, cheese and lots of fun! Click here for details.

It’s Thymes for Frasier Fir!


Thymes Frasier-Fir

The ever popular Thymes Frasier Fir products are now back in stock in our store.

Thymes Frasier Fir (as with all Thymes products) are perfect for Thanksgiving hostess gifts and, of course, elegant Christmas decor and gifts!

If you want to pamper someone (or yourself!), you’ll know you’ve made the right choice with Thymes.

The Frasier Fir collection is super popular and it’s no wonder as it adds a distinctive fresh forest ambience to your home!  It not only looks good, but it has a wonderful fragrance just as you experience in a walk through the forest!



Thymes products are made from the finest ingredients – which is obvious as soon as you try them. Come in today to see for yourself. These are exclusive and sought after gifts, and we are the only ones in the area to carry them – so hurry in for the best of the selection!


Down the Garden Path with the Most Amusing Garden Writer of All Times!


Down the Garden Path with the Most Amusing Garden Writer of All Times!

Down the garden path

Photographs courtesy of the Bryan Connon CollectionNichols on the grounds of Merry Hall, the Georgian manor house near Ashstead in Surrey where he lived from 1946 to 1956.


Down-the-Garden-PathLIf you’ve never read “Down the Garden Path“,  “Laughter on the Stairs“,  “Sunlight on the Lawn“, or any of the rest of these iconic garden novels, you’re in for a treat!

Beverly Nichols has been referred to by the New York Times as ‘the most amusing garden writer of all times’! If you love reading and you love gardening (or even just gardens!) you’ll thoroughly enjoy this amazing series.

Beverley Nichols (1898–1983) was a prolific writer on subjects ranging from religion to politics and travel. In addition in addition to writing 6 novels, 5 detective mysteries, 4 children’s stories, 6 autobiographies, and 6 plays, he wrote several wonderful gardening novels perfect to while away a summer’s afternoon.

Wondering where to find them?  We’re so glad you asked!  We are getting the entire Beverly Nichols Garden series in our store and will have them ready for you to buy very soon!

These books make the absolute perfect gift!  But we won’t blame you if you buy them early and read them yourself before gifting them!!  The trouble is that when you do, you’ll decide to keep them and have to come in and get another copy to give away!



Miniature Gardens, Fairy Gardens

fairy garden book

It’s not just a little child’s delight. Young at heart of all ages are enthusiastically embracing the latest gardening trend: miniature gardens.

Miniature Gardens Fairy GardensYou might have heard of them called ‘Fairy Gardens’. Whatever you like to call them, they are a delightful pastime – enjoyable in the planning and creating as well as providing ongoing enjoyment as you watch them grow and develop.

miniature garden zen gardenIn many ways, these miniature worlds are reminiscent of the Zen Gardens so popular a few decades ago.

In case it was before your time, or you don’t recall them, Zen Gardens were tiny sandpits decorated with miniature rakes or other garden tools and perhaps a few items of miniature furniture.  The idea was that they would provide a way to de-stress. People would have them on their desk, or on a table at home and would gently rake the sand to produce calming patterns. The Asian simplicity of the ‘garden’ would add to the feeling of tranquility and calm.

Today’s miniature gardens are not quite so still and serene, yet they are equally engaging.

Miniature Gardens Fairy GardensCreating a miniature world complete with living plants, exquisitely tiny furniture and ornaments and peopling them with tiny fairies, provides a window into an ‘ideal’ world of make-believe.  Of course it delights children whose imaginations are free and uninhibited. They love to interact with these Fairy Gardens, creating stories that they can play out in a tiny landscape.

Adults, too, find them fascinating.  You can spend hours deciding on the look, the plants, the ornaments, the little people. Best of all, you can create as many as you like. It’s a project that can be completed in an hour, an afternoon or over a period of time. It’s totally up to you.

fairy garden bookIs there a right way and a wrong way to create a miniature garden?

Not really, although there are better plant choices than others.  To discover the in’s and out’s of Miniature Gardening we have a wonderful book in our store.  It’s called, “Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World” by Janit Calro.  Here’s a description of what’s included:

Get ready to journey into the huge world of growing small!

The next garden trend combines the joy of gardening with the magic of miniatures. Gardening in Miniature is a complete guide to creating lush, living, small-scale gardens. It has everything you need to pick up this new hobby, including scaled down garden designs, techniques for creating tiny hardscapes, miniature garden care and maintenance, tips on choosing containers, how to buy the right plants, and where to find life-like accessories. Inspiring step-by-step projects feature basic skills that can be recreated in any number of designs, like a tiny patio, a trellis, a pond, and a secret garden.

fairy gardenWhether you want to build a miniature empire in your garden bed or design a private garden with a pebble patio for an indoor centerpiece, Gardening in Miniature is the primer for creating your own tiny, living world.”

Of course, knowledge without the tools won’t help that much, so we’re happy to tell you that we not only have a range of suitable plants in stock, we also have some adorable ‘fairy’ ornaments.

Come on in, browse, chat to us and then take your imagination on a journey to a wonderful, fascinating tiny world of your own!

Create a Fantasy Fairy Garden

fairy garden

Create a fantasy Fairy Garden!

fairy garden ornaments

We have a whole range of beautiful, teeny, tiny fairy ornaments in stock – all ready to adorn your precious fairy garden.

Let your imagination take flight!

Fairy Gardens are so much fun – whether you’re a teeny, tiny little one or an adult who never quite relinquished your childhood dreams!  Come into Tanglebank today and choose your favorites before they are all gone!

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fairy garden workshop

If you love the idea of creating your own special Fairy Garden, but aren’t sure how, why not join us for a hands-on workshop on June 18th at 10am?

To register, please call 604 856 9339!  There are limited spaces available so call today