If you are looking to spruce up your home and garden, the Northwest is home to plenty of options. Grab a new rhody, take a gardening class, or find a new plant “pet” at some of our favorite nurseries and garden centers, both near and far. And if you want a complete resource, the Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association produces a free Garden Washington guide every year (with maps!). Find resources at wsnla.org and gardenwashington.com.
For a true over-the-top garden shop experience:
Watson’s Greenhouse in Puyallup has been a destination for gardeners for decades. Beyond the plants, the gifts, and the outdoor furniture, Watson’s hosts events about everything from planting the perfect perennial containers to the importance of bringing mason bees to your garden, watsonsgreenhouse.com.
Windmill Gardens in Sumner has it all, from a pond store, essential oils bar, floral studio, gardens full of plants, and yes, even a bistro and more. Buy a succulent, get some lavender oil, and eat an Asian Pear salad all in one trip to this charming Sumner destination, windmillgarden.com.
The Barn Nursery in Olympia on Old Highway 99 is a family business that dates back more than 100 years old. In addition to plants, check out their massive gift and consignment shop where you can get everything from garden tools to novelty items. They also offer a variety of classes and seminars year-round, and many classes are free, thebarnnurseryolympia.com.
For native plant lovers:
Are you looking for plants that thrive in your South Sound garden year-round with little maintenance? So many nurseries are starting to carry more native plants, but there are some that specialize. In Woodinville, you can make an appointment at Tadpole Haven Native Plants or go to their website for open days, tadpolehaven.com.
Closer to home is Woodbrook Native Plant Nursery in Gig Harbor, where they just got in a shipment of hemlock trees, woodbrooknativeplantnursery.com.
For cool garden art (and plants, of course):
Rosedale Gardens in Gig Harbor is where to go to find pretty pots, bird baths and other fun art for your whimsical garden.
At Branches Garden Center in Auburn, you can find a large selection of fountains in their Garden Shop.
For potting soil, top soil, and aged black bark, look to TAGRO, short for Tacoma Grow. It has been made by the City of Tacoma since 1991. The award-winning products are made from a blend of pasteurized wastewater byproducts called biosolids, and now it’s virtually odor-free. TAGRO mix solid is $10 a cubic yard, but you can also get some from their free pile. You can pick up your products or have them delivered in the City of Tacoma for an additional $20. Outside of the city, delivery prices vary, cityoftacoma.org. Cedar Grove Compositing has several locations and a variety of organic soils, mulch and more, cedar-grove.com, and Carpinito Brothers in Kent is also a great option, carpinito.com.
For a garden that rocks
Plants are great — but sometimes you need giant boulders, pretty pavers, and river rock to make your gardening dreams come true. There are plenty of suppliers to make that happen, including Marenakos Rock Center in Preston, which has cobbles, and columns to ledgestones and flagstones, marenakos.com.