Nestled in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains is a most delightful store with beautiful gardens and the corporate headquarters of Campo de’ Fiori. When it comes to designs that reflect the authentic, timeless aesthetic created by Mother Nature herself, nothing comes close to this necessary luxury.
Named after the small piazza in Rome where owner Robin Norris’ mother used to buy fresh flowers and vegetables, Campo de’ Fiori (Italian for “Field of Flowers”) combines Robin’s classical eye for design (he is a Renaissance man in every sense of the word!) and his wife Barbara’s inspirational plantings (she is a highly respected horticulturalist) to create a magical place where civilization and wild woods meet, filled with chiseled stone animals, bronze garden trellises and bird stakes, and botanically-themed naturally mossed terra cotta planters.
According to Robin, Camp de’ Fiori’s collection of products is the result of “plain ol’ hard work. The hands of the artisans who fashion our goods are deft, yet elegantly cracked and twisted from years of dedication.” And these talented hands turn clay into the most wonderful planters in shapes ranging from classic urns and bowls, to whimsical artichokes and poppy pods.
Should you find yourself driving on Route 7 north through Sheffield, Massachusetts, a visit to Campo de’ Fiori is a memorable treat. The people there are as lovely as their products. Take time to browse in the shop and reflect in the gardens, and don’t forget to pick up a perfect planter for your spring flowers – a necessary luxury for March!
‘Tis in the garden that Time slackens its pace, beckons us to rest. All the languages of the world are spoken here, in soft whispers. ‘Tis here that geometry, texture, beauty and elegance gather, and summon us to dream.
– Robin Norris
All photos from Campo de’ Fiori. For more information and directions, please visit their website!