Tiny Boxwoods: Cafe, Nursery, and Gift Shop in Houston

Updated on March 16, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Tiny Boxwoods in Houston, Texas
Tiny Boxwoods in Houston, Texas | Source

Thanks to my neighbor, I was introduced to Tiny Boxwoods. This cafe offers a beautiful mix of dining options, including indoor and al fresco seating in a garden-type setting surrounded by nursery plants and objects of art. A unique gift shop is also on site.

Tiny Boxwoods is a special, tucked-away type of Houston escape from the ordinary. My pictures are here for those who might also be interested in discovering this hide-a-way place in the middle of our large metropolitan city of Houston, Texas. If one were unaware of its existence, it would be easy to overlook.

Of course, many people in the Highland Village neighborhood bordering River Oaks would probably just as soon keep it that way. But news of places like this is hard to keep secret. My neighbor and I certainly had a fun day at this casual, yet upscale place!

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The lawn at Tiny BoxwoodsLooking at the cafe from the nursery at Tiny BoxwoodsPear and apple-shaped lawn ornaments at Tiny Boxwoods
The lawn at Tiny Boxwoods
The lawn at Tiny Boxwoods | Source
Looking at the cafe from the nursery at Tiny Boxwoods
Looking at the cafe from the nursery at Tiny Boxwoods | Source
Pear and apple-shaped lawn ornaments at Tiny Boxwoods
Pear and apple-shaped lawn ornaments at Tiny Boxwoods | Source

Plant Nursery Supplies

Some unique lawn ornaments or special jardinieres to hold plants are available for purchase here. After all, this is an upscale area of town surrounded by homes with price tags that can range from moderately expensive on up to the stratosphere of bulging pocketbooks.

The giant concrete acorn that dotted one area of the manicured lawn inside the gates between the cafe and nursery made a statement. I’d like to see the tree that it fell from but be nowhere close to those branches when it spiraled downward! I still remember reading about an apple falling from a tree and Isaac Newton’s theory of gravitation from my long-ago school days. He said the following: "Every action has an equal and opposite reaction."

Plants, nursery supplies, and eye-catching adornments like these concrete creations are on-site at Tiny Boxwoods and the Thompson and Hanson Nursery.

Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.

— Isaac Newton
Giant acorn atop grass at Tiny Boxwoods
Giant acorn atop grass at Tiny Boxwoods | Source

Chalkboard Menu

My friend and I decided to order our lunch and enjoy that first before strolling through the rest of the nursery and gift shop. I tried the much-touted buffalo burger to great satisfaction, and my friend had a vegetarian sandwich to her liking.

Inside of the Tiny Boxwoods Cafe is a bustling place during their lunch hours from 11 AM to 2 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays. Do not worry if one misses the 2 PM deadline. There are still menu offerings from 2 until 5 PM, at which time the dinner menu begins. The closing time is 10 PM.

They are also open for breakfast from 7 AM until the time when lunches begin. I have heard good things about their brunch menu on Sundays from 9 AM until 2 PM. Menu items are handwritten on a large chalkboard. When the fresh items offered for the day are sold out, those items can be easily erased.

Plant for sale in the nursery
Plant for sale in the nursery | Source

Dining Al Fresco

The day was bright and sunny but a bit cool. The inside spaces at the long bar and other seating arrangements were already full. However, there were still some outside tables available. It was fun sitting outside and dining al fresco while getting to enjoy the landscaping and also getting to do a little people watching.

For outside dining patron’s comfort, umbrella-shaped heaters generate heat (when needed), and the air near us was warm enough to have the best of all scenarios. We soaked up a little Vitamin D from the bright sunlight while basking in the fresh and crisp outdoor air. Umbrellas can also shelter one from too many rays of the warming sun.

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Outside dining at Tiny BoxwoodsEnjoying outdoor dining at Tiny Boxwoods
Outside dining at Tiny Boxwoods
Outside dining at Tiny Boxwoods | Source
Enjoying outdoor dining at Tiny Boxwoods
Enjoying outdoor dining at Tiny Boxwoods | Source

Garden Centers

Most garden centers are massive places covering quite a bit of ground in Houston. This one at Thompson + Hanson nursery is petite in comparison.

An assortment of various sized planters already made up with colorful plants was for sale to grace people’s home patios or gardens. A big selection of unique planters can be ordered out of catalogs if the colors or sizes do not meet expectations of what is already available for sale on the grounds. Big balls made out of grapevines and strung with twinkling lights add nighttime sparkle to trees for a charming effect.

Nursery plants, both familiar and more uncommon, are on site. Since my friend and I both have an interest in gardening, this was also an enjoyable way to spend some time after enjoying lunch.

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Pretty potted plant for saleNursery area at Tiny Boxwoods Tiny Boxwoods outdoor scenery Grapevine balls hanging from trees at Tiny BoxwoodsTiny Boxwoods garden decorPotted plants for sale at Tiny Boxwoods location
Pretty potted plant for sale
Pretty potted plant for sale | Source
Nursery area at Tiny Boxwoods
Nursery area at Tiny Boxwoods | Source
Tiny Boxwoods outdoor scenery
Tiny Boxwoods outdoor scenery | Source
Grapevine balls hanging from trees at Tiny Boxwoods
Grapevine balls hanging from trees at Tiny Boxwoods | Source
Tiny Boxwoods garden decor
Tiny Boxwoods garden decor | Source
Potted plants for sale at Tiny Boxwoods location
Potted plants for sale at Tiny Boxwoods location

The Gift Shop at the Thompson + Hanson Nursery

An on-site gift shop is a great place for browsing and possibly getting new decorating ideas or adding that special “something” to one’s home décor. Everything from table settings to jewelry to note cards and more are available in this charming shop.

Thanks to my neighbor and friend for introducing me to this comfy cozy, tucked away unique and special place. I can now pass along information to others about this charming place. It is a Houston escape from the norm!

A gift shop at the nursery adjacent to Tiny Boxwoods
A gift shop at the nursery adjacent to Tiny Boxwoods | Source

Location

This hidden jewel can be found at 3614 W. Alabama St., Houston, Texas 77027. The photos featured here are from the Tiny Boxwoods original location in Houston. They have since expanded to two other locations in Houston as well as two in Austin, Texas.

I hope you enjoyed these selected pictures capturing a portion of our fun day spent while there. Be sure to click on the video below for another short look at this charming place.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Audrey,

      So happy to know that you enjoyed learning about Tiny Boxwoods. I'll be sharing more of Houston's attractions in the days to come.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      Glad that reading this gave you some ideas for your own garden. Thanks for your comment.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      If I ever get to Houston I will certainly treat myself to Tiny Boxwoods. The photos are just wonderful! I would head right to the giant acorn. I can't thank you enough for each of your introductions to Houston's attractions.

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      Mary Norton 

      4 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Just the right thing to give me some ideas for my big garden: a cafe, nursery, and gift shop. Thank you for sharing.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Tiny Boxwoods offers a unique combination of places with the cafe, nursery, and gift shop. Some of those potted plants were really pretty. The one you liked was a beauty!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 months ago from USA

      This is my kind of place as well. I’d buy that gorgeous potted geranium or use it as inspiration to make my own. Lovely.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

      That must have been an exciting nursing job for you. I also worked for an agency after I no longer wished to travel back and forth from the Texas Medical Center each day after we had moved further away. The distance and traffic were just too much of a toll on timing.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I have been to River Oaks. I worked as a nurse for 5 years in Houston. I usually worked in a hospital but I worked for an agency and they asked me to do private duty nursing in a home there. The man was paralyzed from the neck down. He was in an auto accident. He had a private nurse who had her own living space in the home. She had something she had to do that day, so she called the agency for help. The area is certainly upscale. The Boxwood café is beautiful and fits in the area well.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lorna,

      Thanks for letting me know that you liked learning about Tiny Boxwoods. Even the name is cute!

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      You are correct. In no way could you possibly see everything that there is to do and see in Houston if you could only spend one month. My husband and I have lived here most of our lives, and we are still making discoveries.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      Had my friend not introduced me to Tiny Boxwoods, who knows when or if I would have discovered it on my own. This location is truly tucked away. Glad you liked learning about this charming place.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 months ago

      This sounds like a delightful way to spend the day Peggy - good food and good company amidst a perfect setting. These wonderful articles will definitely entice me to visit. Another interesting and informative article.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I think the overall look for Tiny Boxwoods is casual and it looks like a lovely place to eat and shop. I think if I spent a month in Houston I still wouldn't get to see everything it has to offer. Your article certainly tell us a lot about this wonderful city.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Definitely my type of place. I love the little gems we discover like this one. I would be a patron of theirs for sure.

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