The whole hydroponic movement can seem pretty intimidating but if you’re into that kind of thing, Roots carries products your run-of-the-mill gardening store doesn’t. (Think Honey Bee Pollen Collection Trays, water filtration systems and specialty lighting.) Knowledgeable staffers are well-versed at breaking down hydroponic gardening how-tos without making customers feel like idiots, too. Not ready to dive into water-based gardening? The shop’s selection of organic soil, fertilizer and composting supplies gives customers who’d prefer to keep their hobby on the drier side some options of their own.
Sprout Home is located at 745 N. Damen Ave. —By Anthony Todd
City Escape Garden Center & Design Studio is located at 3022 W. Lake St.
Fleur is located at 2651 N. Milwaukee Ave.
This is, hands down, our favorite garden store in the city. Yes, it’s a tiny bit pricy, but they literally have something for everyone. From gigantic stone fountains and full sized trees to tiny vegetable seedlings, Gethsemane is a wonderland for anyone who loves plants. They’ve got a full gift shop with home and garden supplies, and a beautiful indoor greenhouse filled with house plants. Best of all, their staff actually knows what they’re talking about and will work hard to cure your brown thumb.
You can’t miss this awesome garden store if you’re anywhere close to Old Town, as green things will be perpetually spilling out onto the adjacent street. We go to Old Town Gardens for their awesome greenhouse, which helps us get our fill of fresh plants even when it’s not the middle of summer. They’re also the place to go for Christmas trees, pumpkins and all of that seasonal garden center goodness. It’s a bit less twee than other stores on the list, and definitely more affordable, so if you’re not going to trek out to the ‘burbs, this might be your best choice.
Chicago Roots Hydroponics is located at 4020 W. Irving Park Rd.
Brew & Grow is located at 3625 N. Kenzie Ave. —By Anthony Todd
Fertile Ltd. is located at 1646-50 W. Diversey Pkwy.
The 9 Best Gardening Shops In Chicago By Gwendolyn Purdom in Food on Jul 21, 2016 4:00PM Tucked between the towering steel and glass of Chicago’s urban jungle, there’s plenty of real greenery
Besides brick-and-mortar options like hardware store garden centers and local plant nurseries and shops, you can also find plenty of greenery to order online and receive at your door. In fact, even big boxes like Lowe’s and Home Depot offer an online selection of indoor plants available for delivery.
While Garden Goods Direct offers everything from flowers to trees and shrubs, it does have a robust houseplant section where you can get aloe vera, anthurium, jade pothos, and more. The website comes with detailed plant and care info. Do watch out for shipping restrictions by state.
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Houseplants are an easy way to liven up a space while possibly purifying the air too. And if you’re looking to get some for your own space or as a gift for a loved one, you’ve got lots of options.
For those who love—love—cacti, look to this LA-based purveyor of rare desert plants. Hot Cactus descended on New York City a few years ago with a pop-up greenhouse filled with 1,000 cacti, and then opened an online store thereafter. Check back with the shop for newly added specimens.
Snake Plant with 1 ½ ft tall with stand, $139. Léon & George
Ficus Tineke Plant in a basket pot, $74. Terrain
If you want to fast-track to an impressive plant collection stat, this Brooklyn-based startup offers monthly houseplant subscriptions for $25 a month, pot and saucer included. You can also “order a jungle” and receive five to 20 plants at once—or go slower and choose from a tightly curated selection of plants available à la carte.
Your best bets for houseplants that can be shipped directly to your door.