Garden Gear & Gallery owners announce retirement

Glass flowers at Garden Gear & Gallery.

Don and Lili Hall of Garden Gear & Gallery announced Tuesday they are retiring after 27 years in business.

Garden Gear, located at 102 5th Ave. N., carries metal sculptures, glass art pieces and cement statuary along with gardening essentials like pruners and Japanese hand tools.

“We are truly grateful to all our customers for your friendship, support, loyalty and patronage; many of you have become our close friends,” the couple said in an announcement, “After an inredible run of 27 years, we feel it is time to step aside. We have seen our customers’ children grow up and even have families of their own. Time sure flies.”

Starting this week, all glass art, plants, potteries, tools, bird feeders and accessories are 20% off, and decorative items are 30% off.

January store hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m.,Tuesday through Saturday.  The store is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Garden Gear’s last day will be March 31, 2023.


  1. Sad for us, thrilled for you! Garden Gear is a fixture business that delighted Edmonds and brightened up our yards, patios, decks, and interiors.
    I wish both of you the very best, and I am looking forward to seeing you around town, in the middle of the week, midday, enjoying retirement.

  2. I am happy for you Lili and Don. I am also very sad to see you are closing your shop. Never a day I did an Edmonds shopping day that your store was not on my list. I have many things here to remember your store by. I just keep repurposing them. Have fun. Retirement is awesome. Deb.

  3. Don and Lilli,

    We will continue to think of you every time our balloons are glowing. We are so happy for you, but we will miss you and the store.
    Shaun & Kelly Ibe

  4. Congrats and thanks to Don and Lili for all you have added to our downtown retail landscape, and for your commitment to a better Edmonds! How lucky are we for your energy and many contributions!

  5. So happy for you, but as others have said, sad for us and Edmonds!! Loved shopping in your store and it was always a must when my daughter came to town!’ Retirement is good, Enjoy!!

  6. Thank you, Lili and Don, not only for having one of the most lovely stores in Edmonds, but also for your community involvement and generosity toward our local organizations. We will miss you but you will love retirement, I’m sure!
    Maxine Mitchell

  7. What a blessing Lili and Don have been for decades for the Snohomish County Master Gardeners by storing our equipment there for our Saturday Farmers Market clinics! Their willingness to allow us to do so was essential for our presence each week at the market. Please know how grateful we are for your help.

  8. Our best wishes to our good friends and neighbors in whatever lies ahead. Have so enjoyed sharing a cat and all the great conversations we’ve had over the years. See you a bunch now in “the hood”, I hope. Clint

  9. Through the years my walking partner and I perservered under rainy night time skies of downtown. Favoring the temporary shelter of the awnings of businesses our route was predetermined. Garden Gear’s window display cast cheerfulness into the darkness which we welcomed. Being a presence in Edmonds is a responsiblity Don Hall carried in his own inimitable style. I have long admired Don’s attendance at City Council meetings and now congratulate he and Lili upon retirement.

  10. Well deserved after all these years but our family will miss stopping by and buying beautiful art , tools, bird seed or just a chat ! You have seen our kids grow up and now our grandson always wants to see Lili’s flags as we stroll by on our walks to town!
    Retirement is good as I have just learned myself this year! We will miss you very much!

  11. I will really miss Garden Gear– and these wonderful proprietors even more than the store! They were so good to our City’s veterans, remembering who among their customers had served, and thanking them and automatically applying the veteran discount to their purchases! Best wishes Lili and Don. I pass your garden on my walks. Maybe I will see you in it more in the future as you enjoy your favorite things in retirement.

  12. Oh, we will miss you. You have been such a support. I know the Master Gardeners who have used your store to store OUR garden gear will especially miss you. Enjoy your retirement.

  13. I love the chartreuse glass flame yard ornament I had Dan come down and pick up. ITS beautiful. And happily much taller than I expected. It will be a nice memory of you and Don and will be on display in the spring. Thank you for helping me with this purchase. I will try to get down for a last peek before your closing date in March. Deb.

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