Laurel Hill Gardens helps green thumbs and greensleeves alike welcome the season of rebirth and taxes with an array of flora and gardening supplies. Transform your front yard into a parade of petals with spring annuals such as pansies and primroses, as well as flowering bulbs such as tulips and daffodils ($3.99+). You can also get a head start on the harvest with lettuce ($3.99), populate your kitchen with culinary herbs ($3.99), or accent your backyard with a colorful Japanese maple tree ($95+). Laurel Hill Gardens sells pottery, garden statuary, and window boxes for all budgets, along with birdhouses, bird feeders, and bird youth hostels ($19.99+). Green gossip hounds looking to dig up dirt, meanwhile, can find organic seeds ($2.99) for veggies, herbs, and flowers and a full line of organic gardening supplies.
Through their shop and sustainable vertical-landscaping services, Urban Jungle aims to cultivate green space wherever possible throughout Philadelphia's brick-and-concrete ecosystem. Indoor plants, air plants, containers, and pockets that hang from vertical-gardening structures cater to apartment dwellers without a yard of their own to mow. Those lucky enough to have a rooftop or an open green space can personalize their landscapes with outdoor plants, recycled-metal sculptures, and stone fountains. Their gardening gurus also lead workshops throughout the year on topics such as making terrariums, vertical gardening, arranging floral centerpieces, or reinforcing beanstalks in hopes of reaching the Cloud Kingdom.
Plants and flowers symbolize new life, so it's only fitting that City Planter resides inside a converted old warehouse, transforming what would be a dusty, vacant space into a vibrant gardener's paradise. Inside, the neighborhood nursery's friendly staff members readily share their wisdom and help clients select the perfect house plant for the living room, rose for the garden, and orchid for the dog house.
The green thumbs also encourage customers to stop by with pictures of their space and they will help design a garden sanctuary. If visiting the store isn't possible, staffers will plant your plant in a container and deliver it to your door.
Charles and Amanda Sinclair opened Lush Green Lawn in 2005 with the goal of beautifying the lawns of the community around them. Today, the couple heads a team of licensed technicians who traverse local streets with a van full of professional lawn-care equipment and eco-friendly fertilizers. Lush Green Lawn offers a lengthy menu of lawn and landscaping services, including fertilization, weed control, mowing, and irrigation. Technicians perform a complimentary soil test on the lawns of all current and former customers each year, and happily accept phone calls expressing lawn-tending concerns or seeking tips for teaching garden gnomes to fetch newspapers.
During the brutal winter months, the harvesters at Westhaven Farm keep warm by growing tomatoes in the greenhouse. The veggies are ready by spring alongside cherry tomatoes and pesticide-free fruit pollinated naturally by bumblebees. Once spring blossoms into summer, the farmers dole out locally raised produce such as peaches, sweet corn, and u-pick strawberries. Autumn heralds the arrival of the dusky season with hayrides, farm animals, and a nighttime corn maze that guests can navigate with a flashlight. After Halloween, staffers transition into holiday mode by supplying free hot chocolate and cookies to patrons browsing the farm’s poinsettias, wreaths, and trees, from thin-needled Douglas Firs to bushy Blue Spruce’s. Once December 25 has come and gone, the farmers start the seasonal cycle anew, just as they have for the last 50 years.