Added to your love list
0 Love It

Top ten: Gardening stores

Get inspired by the sky-high greenery documented in pilot and photographer Alex MacLean’s book Up on the Roof (out Wednesday 2), then hit these horticulture shops to embrace nature in your own abode.

1/34
Photograph: Marielle Solan
2/34
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Assorted cacti, $4–$20 each, at Chelsea Garden Center

3/34
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Orchid plant, $45, at Chelsea Garden Center

4/34
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
5/34
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Cap Ferrat mother-of-pearl candleholders, $12 each, at Dig

6/34
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Mary Lake-Thompson glycerin soaps, $5 each, at Dig

7/34
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Dog-shaped topiary, $150, at Dig

8/34
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
9/34
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Savon de Marseille rose-scented liquid soap, $24, at GRDN

10/34
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Bee Man Candle Co. long beeswax candles, $9–$12 each, at GRDN

11/34
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Seed Savers Exchange fruit and veggie seeds, $3 each, at GRDN

12/34
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Susannah Thompson burlap gardening tote, $59, at GRDN

13/34
Photograph: Marielle Solan
14/34

Victorinox floral Swiss army knives, $10–$14 each, at Jamali Garden

15/34

Multicolored raffia pot, $9, at Jamali Garden

16/34
Photograph: Alex Strada
17/34
Photograph: Alex Strada
18/34
Photograph: Alex Strada

ARS pastel-colored shears, $45 each, at Jungle

19/34
Photograph: Alex Strada

Catie Carter decorative planter carved from bark, $25, at Jungle

20/34
Photograph: Marielle Solan
21/34
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Rustic tole lantern, $50, at Lexington Gardens

22/34
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Miniature ceramic vases, five for $36, at Lexington Gardens

23/34
Photograph: Alex Strada
24/34
Photograph: Alex Strada

Sterling-silver ecosystem locket, $150, at Rose Red & Lavender

25/34
Photograph: Alex Strada

Glass teapot vase, $18, at Rose Red & Lavender

26/34
Photograph: Marielle Solan
27/34
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Square glazed-ceramic pots, $14 each, at Shop in the Garden

28/34
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Pewter garlic-shaped salt and pepper shaker set, $58, at Shop in the Garden

29/34
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Bronnley citrus-shaped soaps, $7 each, at Shop in the Garden

30/34
Photograph: Alex Strada
31/34
Photograph: Alex Strada

Tesoros stainless-steel cups hand-painted with floral accents, $36 each, at Sprout Home

32/34
Photograph: Marielle Solan
33/34
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Chinese rice basket, $225, at Treillage

34/34
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Faux shrub, $75, at Treillage

RECOMMENDED: Best shops in NYC

Chelsea Garden Center

Between this spacious Red Hook emporium and its smaller Chelsea locale, this plant purveyor has one of the largest selections of greenery in the city. While you’ll find gardening tools such as glossy clay pots ($20–$200) and small Fiskars hand shovels ($4), the bulk of Chelsea Garden Center’s stock is comprised of lush vegetation. Apartment-friendly picks include low-maintenance cacti ($4–$20) and air plants ($10–$20), although gorgeous orchids ($45) that bloom annually are worth the extra effort. Proud New Yorkers may claim that no city tops Gotham, but few would knock the beauty of L.A.’s palm trees. To get the best of both coasts, make room in your pad for bright green dracaenas ($17–$200) or kentia palms ($225–$350) sourced from Hawaii.

Read more
Red Hook

Dig

Marked by plants hanging from the ceiling and a botanical scent, this lush storefront tops its metal-framed shelves with ornate imported urns ($35–$73) and ever-growing ferns in terra-cotta pots ($12–$25). Opened in 2006 by husband and wife Chuck Dorr and Maggie Morris, Dig carries nature-inspired household items such as Cap Ferrat mother-of-pearl candleholders ($12) and Mary Lake-Thompson glycerin soaps ($5–$10). Most of the shop’s merchandise has a sophisticated appeal, but dog-shaped topiaries ($150–$350) and insect-eating Venus flytraps ($16) are fun, quirky buys.

Read more
Boerum Hill

GRDN

Since 2004, owner Susanne Kongoy has filled her sun-soaked store with the tools, plants and accessories essential to maintaining a healthy urban garden. While you’ll find practical items such as Susannah Thompson burlap gardening totes ($59) and Seed Savers Exchange fruit and veggie seeds ($3), the selection is rounded out with a bevy of home accents, including the Bee Man Candle Co. long beeswax candles ($9–$12) and rose-scented Savon de Marseille liquid soaps ($24). Swing by before your next dinner party to pick up a housewarming gift—coffee-table tome Edible: A Celebration of Local Food ($30) or a bouquet of fresh flowers ($65–$150) are sure to wow your host.

Read more
Boerum Hill

Jamali Garden

One of the few Flower District wholesalers that’s open to the public, this two-story shop is overflowing with affordable home accents ($15–$120), candles ($4–$18), ceramics ($3–$188), and both preserved and artificial plants ($8–$200). Bamboo screens ($90) allow privacy seekers to separate rooms in style while three-tiered potted topiaries ($85) bring the outdoors in. If you want your dining-room table to resemble the ones seen in catalogs, head here for glossy faux artichokes (three for $15), sturdy banana-leaf place mats ($50) and bags of polished mini river stones ($7) that can fill simple glass cube vases ($3–$9). Of course, green thumbs will find nitty-gritty necessities, such as multicolored raffia pots ($6–$9) and Victorinox floral Swiss army knives ($10–$14) in a rainbow of colors.

Read more
Chelsea

Jungle

You’d never know that this pristine shop lies on the site of a former parking lot: In 2010, owner Amanda Mitchell transformed the area into a lush outdoor sanctuary that doubles as an event space. High walls and vaulted wood beams create an intimate setting where groups can gather year-round for dinner parties, a night of dancing or even a small wedding ceremony ($200–$500 per hour). Although the privileged few brownstone dwellers with backyards may be the only ones interested in ARS pastel-colored shears ($45), Hori-Hori digging tools imported from Japan ($39) and decorative planters carved from bark ($25), which are on consignment from local designer Catie Carter, even studio apartments can benefit from the store’s selection of small, handmade terrariums ($35–$155) and agave plants ($25) that thrive indoors.

Read more
Williamsburg

Lexington Gardens

Classical music greets visitors at this whimsical boutique, where co-owner Michael Walter peddles dazzling dried-flower arrangements, including decorative spheres ($24–$45) made from berries and heather in short green vases ($210), alongside antiques for both the home and garden. Etched hurricane vases ($36) and rustic tole lanterns ($50) will lend a hint of the outdoors to any abode, while antique garden tools ($30) double as creative decor. If your small apartment calls for equally diminutive home accents, opt for miniature ceramic vases (five for $36) in assorted shapes.

Read more
Lenox Hill

Rose Red & Lavender

Married couple Kimberly and Enrique Sevilla have been helping urbanites spruce up their living spaces since 2008, offering indoor-friendly air plants ($2–$10) that flourish without soil and hanging ferns encased in globes of moss ($30) from their bright blue shop. The focus here is on greenery, and plants such as temperate bonsai trees ($35–$50) abound in the store’s neighboring outdoor space, where the Sevillas churn out floral arrangements ($50–$300) daily. There’s also a smattering of small gifts, including sterling-silver lockets ($150) containing petite ecosystems and glass teapot vases ($18) that can also be used for serving Tea Beyond floral-infused tea ($12). Weekly classes, including one on how to make ice cream using lavender and roses ($35), will change the way you think about working with flowers.

Read more
Williamsburg

Shop in the Garden

Perusing the New York Botanical Garden’s 250 acres can be an all-day affair, so we suggest visiting the shop first to avoid missing out on its fantastic selection of gifts, books, housewares and plants. A skylight and floor-to-ceiling windows create the illusion that you’re shopping outdoors, inspiring you to re-create a natural environment at home with Filix Botanica fern-print plates (four for $48) and pewter garlic-shaped salt and pepper shakers ($58 for the set) that appear to have been freshly uprooted. Deck out your windowsill with floral galvanized-steel pots ($8) or square glazed-ceramic styles ($14), then keep your plants flourishing with Monty’s organic liquid food ($10). Your long day in the garden will call for freshening up, so be sure to pick up Bronnley orange-and-jasmine body wash ($26) and citrus-shaped soaps ($7).

Read more
The Bronx

Sprout Home

Founder Tara Heibel tapped employee Tassy de Give to open this New York branch of her Chicago store in 2007. Weiss ceramic planters ($10–$100) hang from the ceiling of the sprawling, well-lit shop, where locals convene for free classes on creating floral arrangements (materials $50–$300). Even if you’re not DIY savvy, you can still leave with something equally charming, such as Tesoros stainless-steel cups hand-painted with floral accents ($36), Seletti porcelain milk-carton vases ($17) and hanging glass globe terrariums ($14–$19). To bring a piece of nature indoors, head to Sprout’s neighboring floral shop, where arrangements start at $50 and can incorporate anything from French tulips to seasonal branches.

Read more
Williamsburg

Treillage

In keeping with its neighborhood’s affinity for fine things, this sprawling upscale shop is filled with fancy garden accents worthy of the White House lawn. Treillage was founded in 1992 by interior designer Bunny Williams and her husband, antique dealer John Rosselli. Together, their creative backgrounds have made it a go-to spot for eye-catching housewares from around the globe, including stone troughs filled with moss ($180), an antique wooden birdcage from the 1800s ($750) and authentic Chinese rice baskets ($225). Snatch up faux shrubs ($75) for your pad or read about real ones in garden expert Page Dickey’s Embroidered Ground ($26), which chronicles her 29-year journey creating Duck Hill garden in upstate New York.

Read more
Lenox Hill

Comments

4 comments
Tony D
Tony D

My girlfriend and I really love working out in the garden together. It makes it hard since we only have a couple of feet to plant things in. We were hoping to find a really cool store that will be able to sell us everything that we need. Thank you so my for the reviews. http://www.blackdirtcompany.com/Default.aspx

Kent C
Kent C

I'm all about saving money. My wife is all about beauty. If we can find a great way to save money and make our garden beautiful, I think that we have found a good middle ground. Do you have any tips for us that don't live near any of these stores? http://www.fabulousdecor.biz/default.asp?dept_id=30110 

Maria
Maria

No gardening stores in Queens? How can that be?