More than just one tree grows in Brooklyn. As anyone knows who's looked in one of Brooklyn's many little back yards, the borough has both deep roots and leafy tops. We are lucky to have parks, community gardens, a zillion street trees, and little back gardens.
Here's where to find selections of plants, shrubs, trees, and seasonal flowers in Brooklyn, NY.
A Word on Big Box Stores versus Mom-and-Pops
Of course, you can get mass produced plants at Brooklyn's big box stores, like Home Depot and Lowe's. But the great little mom-and-pop shops peppered throughout the borough make garden shopping a more interesting, intimate Brooklyn experience. And, often you find things there that the mass market retailers just don't bother with.
In existence for decades, the Brooklyn Terminal Market has both wholesale and retail shops. You can get trees, shrubs, seasonal flowers, and even watermelons in this colorful, old-Brooklyn venue. It's the perfect place to come for standard varieties such as basic roses, tulips, impatiens, and potting soil, planting seeds, fertilizers, pottery and so on. It's othing fancy, but fun and the prices are very good (and you can bargain a little). Your local flower seller probably gets their supplies here.
- Where: FosterAvenue between East 83 and East 87 streets, Brooklyn 11236
- When: open seven days a week from 4:00 AM to 6:00 PM, with extra shopping hours til 8:00 PM during the holidays on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
- Info: 718-444-5700.
Shannon's family business has been suppying Brooklyn gardeners for years with a wide selection of basic indoor and outdoor plants. Prices are reasonable, and there's dedicated parking next door. Located near Green-wood Cemetery and Borough Park, it is a Brooklyn favorite.
3380 Fort Hamilton Pkwy., (718) 436-4521
This is one annual sale not to miss! The annual Brooklyn Botanical Garden Sale is a major gardening event. They sell a slew of standard and also unusual plants at very good prices. Members get first picks. Find out about this and other botanical garden sales.
Learn more at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens website
It gets busy, so try to come early or during the week. They've just relocated to 9 Carroll Street.
Brooklyn's Greenmarkets are wonderful. Here's where you can find local markets, and when. They sell flowers in season, perhaps at a higher price than some other retailers, but the selection is always fresh.
- Brooklyn Boro Hall -- Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday
- Carroll Gardens --Sunday
- Cortelyou Rd --Sunday
- Fort Greene Park --Saturday
- Grand Army Plaza --Saturday
- Park Slope, 5th Avenue--Sunday
- Greenpoint McCarren Park -- Saturday
Kings County Nurseries, in business since the mid 1950s, is an old Brooklyn-style, no-nonsense place where you can joke with the owners, and get good, practical advice on gardening. You'll find seasonal perennials, annuals, vegetables, trees, shrubs, evergreens and soils.
Chelsea Garden Center’s first Brooklyn branch opened in 2004, and they bring to Brooklyn a wealth of expertise. It's a huge place, with good prices and helpful staff, located at 444 Van Brunt next to Fairway in Red Hook. Among their services they offer garden design.