Ex­plore and shop at Kumquat Gar­den

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atio um­brel­las, ham­mocks, hang­ing chairs, glass­ware, cheese­boards, can­dles and lanterns, pil­lows and out­door rugs, throw blan­kets, bean bags, gran­ite and basalt foun­tains, pil­lows, pots, vases, and pa­tio-friendly ac­cent decor — just a sam­pling of the goods of­fered by the new on­line re­tailer Kumquat Gar­den. Santa Fe land­scape ar­chi­tect Cather­ine Cle­mens and her daugh­ter, El­iz­a­beth Free­man, es­tab­lished the busi­ness as an “out­door liv­ing bou­tique.”

The clean, bright web­site of­fers shop­ping by theme — “Bright and Bold,” “French Coun­try,” or “Rus­tic Metal Ac­cents”— be­sides the main head­ings New Ar­rivals, Out­door Liv­ing, En­ter­tain­ing & Din­ing, Body Botan­i­cals, and Gifts. The lat­ter in­cludes an as­sort­ment of “Gifts un­der $50,” among those Idea Chic gift sets (con­tain­ing items like seeds, seed-pack post­cards, sta­tionery, wood-ve­neer gift tags, and laven­der sa­chets), body prod­ucts from the Austin-based milk + honey com­pany, Whisky Stones (soap­stone freezer cubes to cool, but not di­lute, your spir­its), the to­tally coolWhisky Stones shot glasses, stain­less steel wine glasses, and lots of pretty coast­ers.

“We’re push­ing the en­ve­lope a lit­tle,” Cle­mens said, “be­cause it’s not just about what you’re sit­ting on and what your feet are on and the pots you’re plant­ing in, but what are you drink­ing out of? What is it that’s mak­ing your out­door ex­pe­ri­ence spe­cial?”

The site in­cludes a blog, with DIY tu­to­ri­als on­mak­ing spiced orange po­man­der can­dles and nearly a dozen types of wreaths, and lit­tle fo­cus pieces such as 5 Great Rea­sons to UseOut­door Fab­rics In­doors, Per­fect Pots, and Fan­tas­ti­cally Fun Bev­er­age Bar Ideas for Fall Par­ties.

In a busi­ness state­ment, Cle­mens said, “The eco­nomic slow­down prompted ac­tion but not in the way orig­i­nally in­tended, as a brick-and-mor­tar en­deavor. I was aware that as the econ­omy was chang­ing, I wanted a busi­ness that­might be a less lo­cal­ized av­enue to ex­press my cre­ativ­ity.” Her ini­tial idea was to do a se­ries of in­struc­tional videos on land­scape de­sign and at that point she asked her daugh­ter, an art his­tory grad­u­ate with ex­pe­ri­ence in gallery sales in San Fran­cisco, if she wanted to come to Santa Fe to work with her.

“We were driv­ing across Ari­zona brain­storm­ing and Cather­ine has al­ways wanted to have a gar­den bou­tique,” Free­man re­called. As the three of us spoke in Cle­mens of­fice in the Lofts at Mar­quez Place, a Pot­tery Barn cat­a­log lay on top of a pile on her desk “That was ac­tu­al­lymy ini­tial idea, that I’d love to do some­thing like Pot­tery Barn,” Cle­mens said. I’ve had an in­ter­est in do­ing that for 20 years. Michael Zim­ber of Stone For­est and I, be­fore he started Stone For­est, were in con­ver­sa­tion about do­ing some­thing to­gether.”

The ra­tio­nale for Kumquat Gar­den and some of its most pop­u­lar prod­ucts shows up in an­other para­graph from her busi­ness state­ment: “Just like inside your home, a gar­den is never truly fin­ished un­til it is fur­nished and per­son­al­ized with accessories. We love all the won­der­ful fab­rics that are durable enough for out­door ex­po­sure. Fur-

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