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.
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Baskets, trellises, and pots fill Healthy Gardens and Supply's racks and shelves, awaiting the day their mesh bottoms and wire tops embrace the tender roots and leafy tendrils of hydroponic and organically grown plants. The plant purveyor furnishes home growers with supplies such as grow lighting, tools from cable ties to thirsty lights, and nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus. Additionally, a library of instructional books packs bindings with hydroponic how-tos, cutting instructions, and tips on how to comfort jealous houseplants.
The nursery gurus at Bloomer's Home & Garden Center help fledgling green thumbs and experts alike design and cultivate flourishing gardens and lush landscapes. Browse display gardens to gather inspiration for backyard greenhouses, or pick out perennials ($4.99+) and azaleas ($8.99+) to enliven a flower bed with a flash mob of fragrances and colors. Learn about building a pond or water feature before adopting pond fish ($4.99+), or re-create the famed Hanging Gardens of Trenton with flowering hanging baskets ($17.99).
Opening its doors more than 90 years ago, Ricklin’s Hardware and its knowledgable retailers facilitate DIY projects and home renovations with a wide range of supplies. Friendly staff members help visitors to navigate bustling shelves that include 27-piece sets of Great Neck tools designed to help homeowners to maintain their nests ($24.99) and 8-pound jugs of pet-safe ice melter designed to keep sidewalks safe for pedestrians and stray rollaway beds ($16.49). Nontoxic cans of Mythic paint (prices vary) rejuvenate domestic interiors with eco-friendly luster that's free of strong fumes. Grill gurus can abadon old-fashioned tubs of shoe polish to blacken steaks within the newfangled green, black, or copper confines of a Weber Genesis EP-310 grill ($749) or sizzle kebabs on a Weber Spirit E-320 ($499).
Since 1970, the tree experts at Crecraft For Tree Craft have tended to trees and shrubs with their insured services. Before pruning branches and grinding stumps, the owner, Rick, arrives onsite to provide a complimentary consultation and estimate and advises clients on any preventative maintenance necessary to reduce the risk of damage to homes. The company also offers emergency removal services for clumsy trees.
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.