When he was just 15, Dan Marrazzo was already a businessman. Growing vegetable plants and flowers in his family's greenhouse behind their home, he eventually expanded the business. In 1984, he and his wife moved into Marrazzo's Manor Lane, where they remain to this day. The quaint, charming exterior?surrounded by colorful plants and flowers in the warmer months?houses a huge array of more than just plants; the inventory has grown to include gifts of all stripes, as well as power equipment for maintaining beautiful gardens, lawns, and topiaries shaped like the attractive neighbors. Around the holidays, Marrazzo's serves as a destination for locals to pick up beautiful, full Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes, as well as fresh and fragrant garlands and wreaths.
Go Green Lawn Services takes its name seriously, nurturing verdant yard foliage and maintaining an eco-friendly bent. Partnered with local company Holganix, Go Green's licensed and insured lawn technicians use Holganix's organic-soil stimulant to help lawns stretch to knee-tickling lengths and reduce nitrates and phosphates in the process. The technicians move over lawns treating grasses, trees, or shrubs; controlling pests such as fleas and ticks; or aerating the soil to help increase proper lawn growth and produce Olympic-sized lawn-dart courses.
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.
The team of horticulturalists at Kirshner Landscapes & Nurseries tends to a lush, 11-acre garden center filled with more than 1000 plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers, in addition to offering at-home landscaping services. Greenhouses and trees shelter the nursery?s plants, which number in the thousands and include such specimens as white butterfly bushes, mountain laurel, and venus flytraps trained to only catch and release. The nursery and garden center also stocks gardening tools, mulch, and outdoor pottery. Staff members are available to consult with clients about which plants are right for their garden or where they should be planted, helping customers create a low-maintenance plan for their gardening needs. As for landscaping services, the team can handle regular maintenance such as trimming and pruning as well as more extensive projects.
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.