More than just one tree grows in Brooklyn. As anyone knows who's looked in one of Brooklyn's many little backyards, the borough has both deep roots and leafy tops. The borough is lucky to have parks, community gardens, a zillion street trees, and little back gardens.
Here's where to find selections of plants, shrubs, trees, and seasonal flowers in Brooklyn, NY.
A Word on Big Box Stores Versus Mom-and-Pops
Of course, you can get mass produced plants at Brooklyn's big box stores, like Home Depot and Lowe's. But the great little mom-and-pop shops peppered throughout the borough make garden shopping a more interesting, intimate Brooklyn experience. And, often you find things there that the mass market retailers just don't bother with.
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In existence for decades, the Brooklyn Terminal Market has both wholesale and retail shops. You can get trees, shrubs, seasonal flowers, and even watermelons in this colorful, old-Brooklyn venue. It's the perfect place to come for standard varieties such as basic roses, tulips, impatiens, and potting soil, planting seeds, fertilizers, pottery and so on. It's nothing fancy, but it's fun and the prices are very good (and you can bargain a little). Your local flower seller probably gets their supplies here.
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Shannon's family business has been supplying Brooklyn gardeners for years with a wide selection of basic indoor and outdoor plants. Prices are reasonable, and there's dedicated parking next door. Located near Greenwood Cemetery and Borough Park, it is a Brooklyn favorite.
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This is one annual sale not to miss! The annual Brooklyn Botanical Garden Sale is a major gardening event. They sell a slew of standard and also unusual plants at very good prices. Members get first picks.
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Brooklyn's Greenmarkets are wonderful. Here's where you can find local markets, and when. They sell flowers in season, perhaps at a higher price than some other retailers, but the selection is always fresh.
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Chelsea Garden Center’s first Brooklyn branch opened in 2004, and they bring to Brooklyn a wealth of expertise. It's a huge place, with good prices and helpful staff located next to Fairway in Red Hook. Among their services, they offer garden design.