Looking for the best place in Chicagoland to improve your green thumb? I’ve got you covered! I might not be able to keep even succulents alive, but thankfully there are wonderful nurseries across Chicagoland to help me make my yard come alive from Spring until Fall. These nurseries are standouts for a few different reasons, so read on to find out more about how to make your yard Pinterest Perfect.
This year round nursery has the perfect items for each season, from Christmas trees in the winter to beautiful and colorful baskets in the Spring and Summer. Their fresh products are delivered twice a week and they support organic and local farmers.
Standouts: Unique floral gifts such as bonsai and tropical plants, herbs, ornamental seasonal decor
Located on the border of Edgewater and Andersonville in Chicago, Gethsemane Garden Center is a great place to support for high quality plants grown locally. Priding themselves as a neighborhood shop, they are committed to supporting nearby family owner farms and greenhouses.
Standouts: Customer friendly return policy, a “kids’ section” of small exotic plants, a wide array of colorful and seasonal blooms
Another Des Plaines gem, Lurvey’s features plants, shrubs, and all types of landscaping accessories and services. If you are looking to do some stone work, Lurvey’s is definitely the place to go for project assistance and creative inspiration.
Standouts: Patio and stone work design, shrubs, landscaping supplies
These Lake Bluff and Lake Forest stores are a one stop shop to turn your home and garden into a stylish and lush sanctuary. They have one of the best selection of colorful and unique annuals I have ever come across, including indoor plants that make for great hostess or housewarming gifts.
Standouts: Educational seminars, in depth website with the option to search for specific plants, annuals, wide varieties of plants
Located in Des Plaines, there is nothing that this nursery does not have. Pesche’s sells just about everything garden related that you can think of, from kid gardening gloves to fertilizers, lush flower baskets, tropical plants…the list goes on and on!
Standouts: Vegetables, Premade Baskets and Pots, Garden Décor, Water Fountains
This Northbrook nursery may be a little on the small side, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in quality. Red’s can provide everything you need for a beautiful summer, including logs for the fire pit (and fire place) year around!
Standouts: Exceptionally well trained and educated employees, perennials, firewood, landscape design
All of these nurseries are family owned businesses, so you can rest assured that you are investing not just in your garden, but also in your community, when you support these businesses. One tip: Be sure to hold on to all of your receipts (as well as the original packaging) for your plants just in case of a rare dud, so that you can take advantage of the flexible return/exchange policies these wonderful businesses offer.
Do you have little nature lovers? Then simply use the search box with terms like “nature,” “outside,” “parks,” and more!