Category Archives: My Secret Garden

Cornerstone Garden Shopping on State Street

2012 Inventory for Cornerstone Garden(formerly, My Secret Garden) includes; jackets, aprons, clothing, jewelry, soaps, pottery, handmade cards, garden art, glassware and plants. Hours of operation are listed below.


Dressing in layers is the way to go in North Carolina.


Some of the clothing lines we carry are; Comfy USA, Neon Buddha, Surrealist, Prana and more. Our clothes are machine washable and timeless. If you like interesting detail, come and take a peek.




We have jewelry ranging from $7 to $45, what a great deal. Come and get those stocking stuffers for the special women in your lives.



Aren’t these just fabulous! What a statement.


Beautiful beads, stones and bling.



This jacket looks amazing on.


Perfect shirt for all the holiday parties.


If you are the artsy type, these clothes are for you. Get creative!

 Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt is open Thursday through Saturday from 11-4pm or by appointment for landscape design and installation, 392.4031. Gift certificates are available for landscape design consultations too.


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Cornerstone Garden Farmers Market April 7th

Cornerstone Garden (formerly, My Secret Garden- 414, in the back) has begun a floriferous Farmers Market

The vendors set up in the rear of the garden shop. A quaint alley where there is plenty of space for additional participants. We are striving to keep variety unique and exclusive.

 The second Saturday of each month, Chihuahua Rescue will have doggies for adoption or fostering. Georgia the baby goat will be present each week.


Larry Kirwan will perform for the market tomorrow. His music is tranquil and if you have never heard a hammered dulcimer, come on down to Cornerstone Garden. Thanks Larry!

   Sweetgum Grove Farm provided upcycled earrings, purses, bags, pins and buttons.

   Cornerstone Garden offers fabulous pots, bluebird houses and hummingbird feeders. Come take a peak Saturday mornings from 8-12.

 We also have thyme and parsley.

Artemisia is a beauty, having medicinal properties and great in containers.

We also carry clothing for those needing some assistance in determining their body type. Each piece is labeled with the following:

 Lines include Neon Buddha, Comfy USA, Surrealist and more.

Other Farmers Market Vendors include:

  • Le Petit Bakery- Dinner Rolls, Jams, Banana Bread, English Muffins, Scones and Breakfast Bars
  • Alson the Artist
  • Libby’s Perfect Portions-Cake Bites, Cookies, Brownies
  • Organo Gold-  Organic Coffee and Hot Chocolate the doctor would approve of
  • The Secret Tea Room Cafe- Hot Tea and Tea to Go. Grab and cup and a complimentary cookie
  • The Fat Fighter- Health Coach (usually brings a yummy and healthy snack). She, herself has lost over 215 pounds and can help you reach your goal
  • State Street Florist- Gorgeous Fresh Bouquets
  • Cornerstone Garden Clothing Line-Clothing Complementing Your Body Shape
  • Able Earth Clay Creations-Unique Birdhouses, Wind Chimes, Pet Tags and more

Other Vendors Joining us soon are:

  • Riverbirch Vineyards
  • Earth Things
  • Sassy Gems, LLC by Geri
  • Soap and Stone Essentials
  • Green Box Gardens
  • Running Dog Bakery
  • Donna Hodges Jewelry
  • Sweetgum Grove Farm
  • Jewel’s Produce

You never know who will be playing for you

Come on over to 414 (rear) State Street in Greensboro, where Cornerstone Garden supports local businesses.


 At our farmers market, there are plenty of seating areas to enjoy the surroundings. Many customers ask if this is my home and they do not want to leave the serenity.

Here is a link to our first market,

We are looking for additional vendors. Please contact



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Free Wassail Tea at Cornerstone Garden

Wassail Tea Event at Cornerstone Garden-A Toast of Good Health for the New Year
Pets and Families are Welcome


Saturday December 3rd from 2-6pm Cornerstone Garden (414-B State Street) in Greensboro is hosting their annual Wassail Tea Event, free for the community. The warm beverage will be offered by various merchants along State Street including; Cornerstone Garden, The Secret Tea Room, Lillo Bella Shoes, Linnea’s Plus Size Boutique, Rubenesque for Less, The Saltbox, Mark Holder Jeweller, Tyler White Art Gallery and Eclectic by Nature. Wassail started out as an Old English greeting dating back to 1066 and meant “be hale” or “be of good health.” State Street Shoppes would like to share the toast of good health with you.


At 2:00, St PiusX’s hand bell choir will begin their Angelic performance among the beautiful greenery at Cornerstone Garden. The sound of the bells and the passion in their hearts are sure to bring chills, easily warmed with various recipes of Wassail Tea. A surprise from the North Pole will take requests from children to Santa Claus, ARA trio will provide banjo acoustics and Ginger Waynick & Phil Sparks will provide jazzy song throughout the garden from past holiday favorites.


Operation Smile will accept donations for their cause during the event. Since 1982, Operation Smile through the help of dedicated medical volunteers, has provided more than 2 million patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. For more information visit,

One version of Wassail Tea

4 c. Hot Tea (not herbal tea)
2 c. Pineapple Juice
2 tsp. Almond Flavor (Extract)
2 tsp. Vanilla Flavor (Extract)
Sugar – to taste
Lemon Juice – to taste

We hope to see you on State Street Saturday December 3rd from 2-6pm.

Stroll State Street Shoppes for that Small Town Feel!


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Chihuahua Rescue at Cornerstone Garden-2011

Donations were accepted for the Chihuahua Rescue and Transport in exchange for purple iris plants. These beautiful plants are being given away to make room for a new open air farmers market in March of 2012 at Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt (formally, My Secret Garden).


Many visitors came to Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt (414-B State Street) to love on the Chihuahuas, pick up their plants, give a donation and take advantage of the 20% deal on all clothing lines within the boutique.


Holiday music, great weather and adorable dogs made the perfect afternoon for me and for others.


Chihuahuas sometimes have the stereotype of being squeaky or yippee barking dogs and many are not. Sparky, who I foster is loving, calm, low maintenance and hardly ever barks. He is great with kids because my 7-year-old lugs him around like a sack of potatoes.


Some are just looking for a small place in your home to live out the rest of their lives. Many have been abused and need a second chance. Below is a Chinese Crested looking for a home too.

The Red Hat Society gave a generous donation after their tea party at The Secret Tea Room next door. Thank you ladies and come back any time, you all looked fabulous!

Thank you to Eclectic by Nature and The Secret Tea Room for your donations as well. A special thank you to Teri of Reidsville who always attends State Street Shoppes events to support our business community. Thank you Beth for your contribution and filling Cornerstone Garden with beautiful upcycled garden art.


Photography by Linda of Clothes Befitting who fills Cornerstone Garden interior boutique with the most gorgeous, timeless and classic clothing, shoes and jewelry. You’re the best Linda!


Carla heads up the Chihuahua Rescue and I would be happy to dig up more Iris plants for the Chi’s!


See you soon…….Diana Digs Dirt-your landscape designer


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Greensboro’s Cornerstone Garden Accepting Treasures

Cornerstone Garden (formerly, My Secret Garden) is now accepting your treasures, or should we say, junk, trash, dumpster digs, or garbage. Donate items to be up-cycled, adding to the charm and overall look of the new garden boutique. Your treasure could be used in a new and exciting way throughout the grounds.

Take a peek at some of the up-cycled treasures at 414-B State Street in Greensboro, NC. Trash to Treasure

 A metal towel rack used for a plant display

   Metal buckets, 2 tier fountain

  Closet doors attached to arbor

 Hanging planters created from tractor stands

    Window frames add charm to outdoor vignettes

    Shutters can be used in various ways

   Bushel baskets make great plant displays and add vertical interest in the garden.

 Handmade chicken wire hanging basket filled with ivy, sedum and carex grass.

Wheel barrow fountain

 A salvaged child’s swing offers your favorite plants at eye level

       At Cornerstone Garden, chairs are offered to the plants first

 Some gadget from a tractor

 Items in search of

  • Metal shelves, containers, utensils, (love anything metal)
  • Pressure Treated Wood from decks, fences or other
  • Wood or plastic containers
  • Dresser drawers
  • Window Frames, Doors, Shutters
  • PVC Pipe
  • Plastic Sand Boxes or Pools
  • Tin Roofing
  • Broken or Whole Bricks/Stone
  • Terra Cotta Pots
  • Fabric-Pink, White, Black, Red, Gold or Silver
  • Chicken Wire
  • Bushel Baskets
  • Mailboxes
 Cornerstone Garden is also accepting artwork, ironwork, birdhouses, etc on consignment (North Carolina artisans only please). Contact Diana Digs Dirt for more information at 392.4031.
Boutique is open Tues-Friday 10-5 and Saturday 9-4
Thank you Songbirds Consignment for their generous donation of many up-cycled items

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Cornerstone Garden’s 1st Day Open

Cornerstone Garden- 414 State Street in Greensboro had a great first day.

Our hours are

Tuesday and Wednesday 10-5

Thursday and Friday 10-7

Saturday from 8-4

We are not open when it is raining, but you can call for an appointment, 392-4031

Come see us for something unique!


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Press Release-Cornerstone Garden

Formally My Secret Garden Blooms Again as

Cornerstone Garden by DianaDigsDirt

DianaDigsDirt, a professional landscape designer opens a new Greensboro

Garden Boutique April 30th, 2011 from 9am-7pm at 414-B State Street

The Greenboro resident, Diana Gardner-Williams of DianaDigsDirt has offered landscape consultations, design and installations to Triad area residents for over 13 years. She also schedules speaking engagements on the topics of memory gardens, drought-tolerate and deer resistant landscaping, green wedding design and other outdoor living ideas. Over 170 articles are located on her blog of 3 years, where comments are welcome and questions are answered. Diana stated, “Having a professional landscape designer fully explain the pros and cons of every plant will save the community dollars they can spend elsewhere. There are many plant properties other than just looking pretty and most serve a purpose.”

Cornerstone Garden shares an office with Andrea Halsey Photography, clearly delineated by quaint wooden signs within the garden. Most of the outdoor vignettes and water features were created from materials left behind from the former owner. The interior spaces were designed by utilizing roadside finds, thrift store bargains and everything salvaged from the outdoors. Local artisans will be offered space to sell artwork on a monthly basis; therefore, inventory will constantly change. Other products and services offered will include; plants, “green” sympathy and gift baskets, awareness garden flags and on-site workshops.

We invite the public to enjoy Cornerstone Garden within one of the several seating areas to chat, shop, or greenthumb through a large variety of gardening and landscape literature. Hours of operation, specials and workshops will be noted on the blog of, Cornerstone Garden page.

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