Store Opening

Shop & Tell

October 22, 2006|By ELIZABETH LARGE

846 W. 36th St., Hampden


Like other Hampden shops, Botani is a classic example of Baltimore chic. That means in spite of its exotic name (pronounced botany), it has an old-fashioned, almost frumpy charm.

The plants, cut flowers and gifts are anything but. All three of the owners were at Whole Foods before they decided to open their own store, and the same eco-philosophy is at work here. There are unusual plants like Madagascar palms and button ferns. Cut flowers range from what's in season and traditional (such as chrysanthemums) to coxcomb and kangaroo paw. There are no dyed flowers for sale, of course; and the shop probably won't carry roses because they don't last long enough.

Among the earth-friendly gifts are botanical oils, soy candles and organic medicinal herbs, plus other body-care items, journals and stationery. The walls are hung with the works of local artists.

Botani has two display rooms inside; but when the weather is nice don't miss the backyard, which also has plants and cuttings.

Ignore the posted hours. Right now Botani is open noon to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday. Sunday the shop closes at 5 p.m., and it's closed on Tuesday.

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