Spring has arrived early in Seattle, so why not get an early start on growing a spectacular outdoor garden or planting some indoor blooms. From hardy perennials and native plants, to blooming shrubs and ornamental trees, we have rounded up a list of great resources to help you get growing.
As diverse are the walks of life in Seattle, it’s no surprise that the city also boasts a diverse range of garden centers and nurseries – from the tree hugger variety to the more posh boutique selections.
We give a green thumbs up to the following list of garden and nursery stores in the Greater Seattle area:
Locally owned and operated, City People’s has served Seattle since 1988. Here you can find a variety of plants that include fruit and evergreen trees, herbs and vegetable starts, cacti and succulents, as well as supplies that include bulbs, seeds, fertilizer and soil. You can also find a wide variety of gifts for the garden lover in your life. City People’s was the first store in Seattle to make a pledge to not sell any invasive plants or noxious weeds in accordance with King County’s Noxious Weed and Plants of Concern lists. 2939 E. Madison Street, (206) 324-0737.
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1992, Beauty and the Bamboo offers common, rare clumping and running varieties of bamboo plants. Through education and consultations, the nursery promises that they can help you grow bamboo in Seattle. They are certified, licensed, bonded and insured, and can even deliver and install the bamboo plants for you if you would rather not do it yourself. They also offer up a small selection of miscellaneous exotic plants, as well as bamboo wind chimes. 306 NW. 84th Street, (206) 781-9790.
3. Flower World
Sprawling over 15 acres, Flower World is one of the largest retail nurseries on the West Coast. Because of their large selection and quantities of plants, they run a “self-help, low-key, take-your-time-and-explore” type of operation. Started in 1968, Flower World proudly grows 90% of their plants on site, which provides Seattleites fresh plants to purchase directly from growers. They recycle all of their plastic pots and containers and provide bins for customers to drop off containers to recycle as well. 9322 196th Street, Snohomish, (425) 481-7565.
Molbak’s is not your garden variety nursery. They offer an array of lush conifers, show-stopping hellebores, tropical temptations and much more. Not only do they have a large selection of plants, they offer events and workshops, as well as a Garden Café that serves farm-fresh cuisine from renowned Northwest Chef Russell Lowell. Molbak’s is an experience, making it well worth the trip outside the city. 13625 NE 175th Street, Woodinville, (425) 483-5000.
Founded in 1997, Ravenna Gardens is nestled within the outdoor shopping plaza, University Village, that is near the University of Washington. They are a neighborhood retailer, focused on the Northwest plants and supplies, and seeks to inspire mutually passionate gardeners. Follow their blog for gardening tips and inspiration. 2600 NE University Village, (206) 729-7388.
6. Sky Nursery
Owned and operated by the Landrys since 1953, they nursery has gone through many changes (including a name change) to meet the growing needs of the North Seattle community. Once known for selling paint brushes and chickens, they now offer four acres of plants in a variety of shapes and sizes. They have coined themselves as the “gardener’s garden store” due to their knowledgeable and experienced staff. 18528 Aurora Avenue North, Shoreline, (206) 546-4851.
Locally owned, their nursery is energy efficient and deeply rooted in Seattle. Last year, Swansons Nursery celebrated their 90th anniversary. Located in the Ballard neighborhood, the five acre nursery promotes organic and sustainable gardening. In addition to their wide variety of plants, the nursery offers European-style greenhouses, free workshops and seminars, and a gift shop and cafe that resides inside a tropical conservatory. 9701 15th Avenue NW, (206) 782-2543.
8. Urban Earth
Located in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, Urban Earth is an earthy and small specialty nursery that carries a wide range of plants. It’s an owner-run nursery that provides Seattle climate friendly plants suitable for urban gardens. You can even pick up garden art made by local artists. This is a true gem in the Fremont neighborhood and off the beaten path. 1051 N 35th Street, (206) 632-1760.
Founded on the pursuit of healthy and interesting plants, Wells Medina Nursery took root in 1971. With humble beginnings of just a few plant beds for sale, they now sprawl five acres, offering a variety of selections for the home garden. They have a healthy stock of plants that range from the everyday to the uncommon varieties. Still run by the Wells family, their mission is “to share and foster the enjoyment of gardening” and to “seek out the latest and best quality product.” 8300 NE 24th Street, Medina, (425) 454-1853.
Serving the West Seattle neighborhood for 31 years, this nursery is a landmark. Staffed by “an eclectic group of horticulturists and plant enthusiasts working together for the edification, service and common good of gardeners everywhere,” the nursery offers a variety of plants, trees and shrubs for home gardens. They offer free delivery to West Seattleites, and started the Growing Gardeners Club to inspire young people to continue to grow generations of gardeners. 5275 California Ave SW, (206) 935-9276.
Located 20 minutes outside of Seattle, Wight’s is a nursery, garden center, gift store and holiday destination. The nursery stocks an extensive selection of plants, including regional classics and favorites, and staffs certified professional horticulturists with years of experience. In the garden center, you’ll find all the essentials needed to grow and nourish a successful garden. 5026 196th Street SW, Lynnwood, (425) 775-3636.
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