‘A combination garden/nursery/landscape/gift destination’

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 06:40 PM.

Smith's first job after moving to the area 10 years ago from Boston was working for Randy Harelson at The Gourd Garden. When Harelson sold the nursery a few years back, it operated under the name Eastern Lake Nursery.

"You have to reinvent yourself here," said Smith, who formerly worked in consulting, pharmaceutical management, and for an outdoor playground company on the administrative side. After leaving the Gourd Garden, she got her real estate license and worked for an air conditioning company.

Her husband's background is in electrical systems and he learned AutoCAD while doing nursery design landscape in Seaside, WaterColor, and at Sandestin.

The Smiths, along with Anna-Lisa Daniel purchased the property in January and opened Easter weekend. Daniel's background is in interior design.

"Anna-Lisa wanted a gift shop, so, we cleaned it up before opening and she lends her artistic eye to it," said Smith.

In the gift shop, some will notice many items have a spiritual bent — hence the blessing.

Located in the curve at Seagrove on 30A, Clay Gardens, Gifts & Blessings is open from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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