Plants, mankind’s greatest enemy, are finally on the ropes thanks to global warming. Teach your children how to hunt the last of these enormous nitrogen junkies by observing them in captivity with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of plants and garden supplies at Urban Garden Center.
Urban Garden Center keeps green-thumbers and perennial pickers pruning with a veritable cavalcade of plants and garden supplies. Nestled inside the historic La Marqueta Public Market, patch plotters can wander the 20,000-square-foot outdoor utopia to peruse tropical plants, mulch, shrubs, and more. Gussy up living rooms with indoor plants ($3+), decorate outdoor patios with a flat of annuals ($14), or complete tree-fort landscapes with a bundle of evergreens ($20+). Shoppers will also find an array of nursery materials, including potting soil ($4.50 for 40 lbs.), gardening hand tools ($3), and garden hoses ($17 for a 50-foot hose). Urban Garden uses zero utilities to run the center as well as eco-friendly pesticides and fertilizers, which garner regular high-fives from Mother Nature. To further accommodate gardening warriors, the on-site parking lot provides ample room for the easy load-up of garden goodies and human-sized plants that resemble Richard Nixon.
Catering to horticulturists of every age, Urban Garden houses a Children's Learning Garden, which hosts educational classes and festive parties plus a community compost station. The compost reroutes waste from the market and other local businesses to gardens around town, and the compost is free to all visitors who may be walking, biking, driving, or pogo-sticking by the center.
Urban Garden Center
Urban Garden Center has been repurposing city spaces for flora long before the Converse owners started turning their Chuck Taylors into flower boxes. The New York mainstay carries on a family legacy that has served the NYC gardening community for more than 50 years. As an "off the grid" business, the center relies on zero utilities to operate. What's more, with the help of a chattering of chickens, they maintain a community compost station, which diverts waste from the local marketplace and businesses in a much safer manner than launching it into lower orbit with a trebuchet.
On a mission to keep city-dwelling plant-scapes looking as vibrant and as impressive as their suburban cousins, the 20,000-square-foot facility outfits green-thumbed customers with eco-friendly soils, fertilizers, and plants. Urban Garden Center also passes its horticulture torch to future generations at its children's learning garden, where young'uns come to learn during classes, school trips, and parties. For extra assistance, or to ensure their rose beds don't end up as rose pullout couches, customers can collaborate with the center's garden gurus for design, maintenance, and installation services.