More than just one tree grows in Brooklyn. As anyone knows who's looked in one of Brooklyn's many little back yards, 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.
01 of 07
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.
- Where: FosterAvenue between East 83 and East 87 streets, Brooklyn 11236
- When: open seven days a week from 4:00 AM to 6:00 PM, with extra shopping hours til 8:00 PM during the holidays on Thursday, Friday and S , turday.
- Info: 718-444-5700.
02 of 07
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.
3380 Fort Hamilton Pkwy., (718) 436-4521
03 of 07
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. Find out about this and other botanical garden sales.
Learn more at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens website
04 of 07
05 of 07
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.
- Brooklyn Boro Hall -- Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday
- Carroll Gardens --Sunday
- Cortelyou Rd --Sunday
- Fort Greene Park --Saturday
- Grand Army Plaza --Saturday
- Park Slope, 5th Avenue--Sunday
- Greenpoint McCarren Park -- Saturday
06 of 07
Kings County Nurseries, in business since the mid-1950s, is an old Brooklyn-style, a no-nonsense place where you can joke with the owners, and get good, practical advice on gardening. You'll find seasonal perennials, annuals, vegetables, trees, shrubs, evergreens, and soils.
07 of 07
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 at 444 Van Brunt next to Fairway in Red Hook. Among their services, they offer garden design.