Welcome to The Avant-Garden Shop

The Avant-Garden Shop offers homeowners and gardeners the finest in home and garden décor, gardening accessories and backyard birding supplies.

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Lock down information

As of Dec. 26th a full lockdown will once again be in place for 28 days  (or longer).  We will not be open for in-store shopping but will be offering curbside pickup during our regular hours. Orders can be placed online through our website using PayPal. You can also phone an order in using a credit card or by sending payment by E-Transfer using .  We will also offer limited deliveries one day per week for a small fee on a minimum $40.00 order. 24 hours notice will be required.
It is extremely busy in the morning, so afternoon phone calls are best.
Available in the shop Monday to Friday from 10:00-5:00pm. Saturday till 4:00pm. Closed Sunday.


We carry four lines of puzzles. Algonquin, Indigenous collection, Galison (Michael Storrings) and Pomegranate puzzles have been restocked but are selling fast. Look under “Shop online>Toys and Games for current inventory.

Sale items

Occasionally we decide to clear out items to make space for the NEW products coming into the shop. Change is good! You can now find sale items by clicking this link.  Happy shopping!


Gift certificates


During this time of uncertainty some customers are purchasing gift certificates to use at a later time or to gift to a friend. This will help with our cash flow during this extremely difficult time.  You can find gift certificates on our online shop by searching “gift certificates” or clicking the link here – GIFT CERTIFICATES. Thank you for your ongoing support. We sincerely appreciate it!

Best sellers

Squirrel Buster Plus (Guaranteed squirrel proof!) The Garden Bandit & Happy Socks!

Canadian Made

We support many Canadian artists. More than 75 Canadian artists in the shop and online.

Find us on YouTube

Close to  200 clips now online.

Since 2013 The Avant-Garden Shop has a feature on Peterborough’s CHEX TV. A segment called Garden Gate appears bi-weekly on Fridays at 6:50am during The Morning Show, also during the Chex Daily shortly after 5pm and the following Monday during the noon show. These 3 minute informational segments about bird feeding, gardening and fun products available in the shop can be found on our YouTube channel and also are previewed our blog.

We also Tweet on occasion. Find us @avantgardenptbo

Instagram @avantgardenshop

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Award winning!

2017 Brenda Ibey received the “Customer First” award from the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce at the Business Excellence awards. This award is given to a business which demonstrates putting the customer first and offering excellent customer service.

Brenda Ibey received the “Hazel Wilson” award from District 4 of the Ontario Horticultural Association for 40 years of volunteering with the Lakefield Horticultural Society as well as for her work with Peterborough Garden Route, Peterborough Green-Up and the education she offers at The Avant-Garden Shop. Only one of these awards is given out within the district each year.

  Brenda Ibey, a long time member of The Lakefield Horticultural Society, received a Meritorious service award from the Ontario Horticultural Association for her many years of dedicated work to the society.

Brenda Ibey, owner, was nominated for Business woman of the year! A great honour.

2013 Received a “Garden Tourism” award for “Best promotion of the Year” for a group which The Avant-Garden Shop helped to start called Garden Route.ca. See Brenda and Joe Cook from Blossom Hill Nursery accepting the award on the groups  Facebook page.

2012 The Avant-Garden Shop won the BEST RETAIL BUSINESS (non-chain) at the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

2012 The Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corp presented us with an EPIC Ventures Award – Entrepreneurs Proudly Investing in our Community.

More about us

Established in 2002 , we are located in downtown Peterborough in the heart of the wonderful Kawartha tourist region.

Our store is filled with an alluring collection of functional and decorative items to enhance your outdoor living and gift giving experience. As often as possible we seek out beautiful hand-made items from Canada. We also source from the US and include quite a number of Fair Trade items. We feel it is very important to support local as much as we can.

We also offer on-line shopping for a number of our products, but to fully appreciate our selection, a visit to the store is a must.

Whether it’s a gift for a friend or a distinctive item for your home, you will find something unusual and interesting at The Avant-Garden Shop.

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Check out all the Avant-Garden Shop videos on our YouTube Channel.