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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We’re back open!

We have implemented a number of changes in the shop to keep everyone safe as we reopen. There will be a limit to the number of people allowed in the shop at any one time. We also have hand sanitizer available and a screen at the cash desk.

If you don’t feel comfortable coming into the shop we are happy to do a curb side pickup as well.   Payment can be made by e-transfer (, credit card (705-743-0068) or PayPal through our website.  If you’re ordering through the website and live outside of town, but want to do a local pickup, then use a Peterborough Postal Code such as K9J 2N2.

Available in the shop Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 5:30pm. Saturday till 5:00pm. Closed Sunday. Afternoons are less busy fyi.


We carry two lines of puzzles. Algonquin and Pomegranate puzzles have been restocked but are selling fast. Look under “Shop online>Toys and Games for current inventory.


United Way – Market Week fundraiser

10% of the sale of the items listed in this category will be donated to the United Way “Market Week” campaign organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry



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

Take a Virtual Tour!

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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.

Visit Us Today (Closed Sunday)

We are open year round:

Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm. Saturday: 9:30am to 5:00p.m.

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