The Bruce Company, which received gold awards for its flora from Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison readers’ poll in 2009 and 2010, grows a huge variety of plants, trees, and shrubs on about 600 acres of nursery fields. These fields are tended affectionately with conservation practices such as crop rotation, Sudan grass composting, and finger aeration. Greenify your backyard with a large selection of outside plants—blooming shrubs start at $25, for example. Or, brighten your living room with assorted inside plants, from bonsai and cacti to cyclamen and mini-cyclone ($15 and up). Gardening supplies are also available; customers can partition their yards into child-friendly and unfriendly segments with 25 feet of garden hose ($23), deceive sky animals into posing for photos with a birdhouse ($15 and up) or feeder ($30 and up), or surprise a roommate by adding a cubic yard of mulch to his or her closet (around $32/cubic yard). If you’re uncertain about the proper leafiness to add to your life, The Bruce Company's able staff of helpful horticulturalists is on-site to offer suggestions.
For more than four decades, Weed Man's licensed and trained lawn-beautifying experts have tended to local lawns with custom blends of fertilizer, environmentally sound pest-control solutions, and knowledge gleaned from both living and working in the community. Created exclusively for Weed Man, the slow-release granular fertilizer nurtures lawns over a period of several weeks, and seeding and aeration promote continued green growth. Advice that aims to assist with local lawn problems helps to inform patrons online, illuminating seasonal troubles, gardening trends, and the astrological signs of various plants.
In 1955, James and Gladys Bluemel opened a small nursery dedicated to growing trees and shrubs and to helping locals with landscaping projects. Now, their son, Mike, runs the much-expanded family business, which thrives on bulk-supply sales, playground resurfacing, lawn care, and snow and ice control during snowman uprisings. Though he’s moved away from the nursery’s original shrub and tree business, he and his green-thumbed staff still maintain a garden center stocked with seasonal plants, garden décor, and essential supplies.
While customers browse Bluemel’s aisles, they'll likely spot a commonality between the perennials, annuals, flowers, herbs, and vegetables: a sticker reading “Dome Grown.” This label marks a plant born and raised in the garden center, which accounts for about 85% of the center’s living merchandise. Having tended and nurtured the plants since their geneses, the staff—who share 35 years of experience—can dispense tips on how to properly care for them, as well as share adorable baby-plant photos.
Since 1913, Klein's Floral and Greenhouses has given greater Madison generous portions of aesthetically pleasing, CO2-sucking plantwares. Klein's offers a floral department for fresh arrangements, and year-round greenhouses for livable house and garden plants. Each week, Klein’s receives a shipment of popular photosynthesized specimens from mostly local suppliers to ensure a long and hardy lifeline in Wisconsin's longest and hardiest of climates. Diversify your oxygen-depleted life with fall mums ($6.99–$12.99), decorative office plants ($19.99–$49.99), or fresh-made flower arrangements ($25.99–$99.99). When November and December roll around, spruce up winter white with colorful, homegrown poinsettias ($9.99–$79.99). Klein's friendly and knowledgeable staff will happily answer any questions about the best way to make a garden grow, including how long you should whisper lullabies to sprouts before they grow up and start getting embarrassed when you linger around their friends too long.
Thirty years ago, Jim Brussock started planting Scotch pines on a small stretch of his Wisconsin hunting land. Since then, this small thicket has grown into a 200-acre expanse that sprouts fresh Balsam and Fraser Firs. Trees are cut as late in the season as possible, ensuring that they remain a beacon of brightness and light as the holiday causes people to cry into pans of stuffing. Though Jim and his team procure only the top 5% of their trees for sale, any customer unsatisfied with their purchase can return these or the farm’s selection of wreaths and garland for a full refund anytime before Christmas. A free disposal bag is included with each shipment, meaning customers needn’t dump their naked tree out into the cold.