Grumpy’s Garden

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There’s a little bit of northern New Mexico hiding out in an old gas station at the corner of 15th Street and Owasso Avenue in Tulsa.

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Under a cloud of fragrant pinon smoke billowing from a chiminea next to the door, Grumpy’s Garden sells hippie clothes, potted plants, incense, strings of stuffed birds and turtles, Mexican ceramics, chimineas, handpainted wooden crosses decorated with dozens of tiny milagros, chimineas, greeting cards, bumper stickers, local honey, chimineas, Burt’s Bees products, hemp jewelry, gloves, hats, terra cotta garden decorations, chimineas, pinon wood, firestarters, stepping stones, chimineas, lawn gnomes, circle of friends candleholders, a few antiques and collectibles, and did I mention chimineas?

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In the summer, Grumpy’s also offers a huge selection of seedlings for the garden — everything from Corsican mint to Red Peter peppers — and owner Shaun Greer has been known to hold gardening classes for children.

On pretty days, her husband sells “Grumpy Dogs” from a pushcart on the corner; his fans can buy Grumpy Dog T-shirts if they so desire.

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Prices are not particularly cheap, but they are reasonable, and Greer herself is a charming hostess — an amiable hippie whose priorities lie not in making a buck, but in having a good time and making friends while surrounding herself with things she likes. (She’s been known to sell things at cost if she liked the items but felt a markup would push the prices out of her customers’ reach.)

She can chat at length about organic gardening, herbal medicine, dogs, kids, Leon Russell, hippie fashion, Taos, incense, energy, and of course her beloved chimineas, which permeate the neighborhood with the distinctive aroma of pinon.

If the shop is reminiscent of Taos, Santa Fe, or Old Town Albuquerque, it’s by design: Greer has said that one of her main goals in opening the business was to bring a little bit of New Mexico to Tulsa. Having spent more than my fair share of time wandering around artsy little hippie shops in the Land of Enchantment, I’d say she’s met that goal nicely.

Grumpy’s is located at 1140 E. 15th St. Hours vary, but she’s usually open until 5 p.m. in the winter, with later hours in the summer. If you’re coming from out of town, it’s not a bad idea to call ahead at (918) 582-3637.

Grades:
Value: A
Service: A+
Convenience: B –
Products: A+
Overall: A

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~ by redforkhippie on February 17, 2007.

9 Responses to “Grumpy’s Garden”

  1. Greer is a great lady and I like her and her shop so much that I want to start my own when I leave Tulsa. I’m from the same era….suppose it’s in out blood???

  2. i love the shop, its definatly its own peice of the world, that sits in the best area of tulsa.

  3. Thanks for the review. For some reason I always pictured a grumpy old man behind the counter and never really wanted to stop there. It sounds a lot more inviting than that and I will have to stop in.

  4. I love you Shaun!

  5. Do you sell the circle of friends candleholders at your store? please email me either way thank you for your help.

  6. I sent you a email before i read about your store and answered my own question thank you for your time

  7. […] My first simple step is to liven up.  That is, introduce some plants, greenery and life to your house. You can find easy care house plants at any garden center, most home improvement stores, and even the grocery store.  A few places I like to scour are Ted and Debbie’s, Urban Garden, and Grumpy’s Garden. […]

  8. We are looking for a top for our chiminea to keep the rain out. Do you carry this? Your web site really impressed me. Looking forward to coming out and doing some serious shopping. Your place was recommended by our rosé nursery owner (Rose, Inc).

    Thanks

    Jim

    • Please be advised that Indie Tulsa is not affiliated with any of the businesses listed here. If you have a specific question about products, services, hours, pricing, etc., please contact the business itself. Indie Tulsa is just a (now largely dormant) volunteer-run review site that posts information as a service to the public and to the business owners.

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