Let it Grow

Some of our local favorites for plant lovers


Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association produces a free Garden Washington guide every year (with maps!).

Watson’s Greenhouse in Puyallup has plants, gifts, outdoor furniture, and decades of knowledge. This family-owned business is a South Sound institution.

Woodbrook Native Plant Nursery in Gig Harbor will help you with all your native gardening questions, and it has the plants to make it happen. 

The Barn Nursery in Olympia has tons of plants, a gift and consignment shop, classes, and more — all in a giant, old barn with so much charm.

Windmill Gardens in Sumner has everything from houseplants to fresh cut flowers, to everything you need to transform your yard, thanks to its full-service garden center. It grows more than 60 percent of the plants it sells.

GardenSphere in Proctor has plants, organic products, and home décor and gifts for the green thumbs you know and love.

Vassey Nursery in Puyallup has some of the prettiest hanging baskets in spring. They also have everything else you need for every part of your landscape.

Portland Avenue Nursery in Tacoma has everything from dogwoods to roses and fruit trees galore. This is big garden supplier, and it is fun just to walk around the grounds and find plants you won’t see in many other gardens!

The Fernseed in Tacoma’s Proctor area has every houseplant you could ever want to adopt, plus some you never knew you needed. The planters are adorable, and if you step inside, there’s no way you are leaving empty-handed.

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  • For potting soil, top soil, and aged black bark, look to TAGROshort 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. cityoftacoma.org. 
  • Cedar Grove Composting has several locations and a variety of organic soils, mulch, and more; cedar-grove.com as well as Carpinito Brothers in Kent; carpinito.com.
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