Best of Philly

Best Garden Store

2022 Best Nursery

Plant & People

Mother-daughter duo Cherron­ Perry-Thomas and Amma Thomas have a combined 53 years of experience in the plant-focused lifestyle, and it shows in the multi-faceted nature of their colorful indoor/outdoor space, which functions as an educational oasis, a wellness center and a nursery. Stop by the Black-owned spot for all your greenery needs as well as hemp-derived goods and free clippings, like Swedish ivy, that you can propagate in water or soil to create your own plant pals. Read More »

1431 North 52nd Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2021 Best Garden Center Where You Can Also Drink

Black Shed

This 28-acre day-trip destination is a wonderland for frolicking amid garden lounges; encountering animals (pygmy goats! Chickens!); shopping for perennials, tropicals and vessels; and sipping an adult libation at the same time. Opened last October, it’s a relaxing source of inspiration for indoor-outdoor living. Don’t miss the apothecary-inspired bar, where a vintage seed-drawer unit displays wine bottles. Read More »

343 County Road 519, Stockton, NJ Website

2020 Best Plant Shop

Walter Pine

This Queen Village newcomer has done all aspiring plant parents a favor by assembling a selection that’s special — heart-shaped hoya, kangaroo paw fern, burgundy ficus — but never overwhelming. Worth noting: This shop is equal parts plants, gifts and flowers. The small grab-and-go bouquets and full-size arrangements are stunning free-form groupings of color, shape and texture. Read More »

729 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-519-0120 | Website

2019 Best Shop for Pretty Planters


If a plant’s container is like the shoes that complete an outfit, consider this shop a succulent’s dream closet. Read More »

2032 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

2019 Best Place for Statement Plants


Stump’s spare, curated shop looks more like a chic apartment than a nursery. Which makes sense, because the staff thinks about houseplants — lush fiddle-leaf figs, spreading philodendrons, elegantly trailing satin pothos — as design elements. Read More »

956 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-804-5753 | Website

2019 Best Place for Rare Plants

Hortulus Farm

Take a self-guided tour of the grounds before choosing hard-to-find specimens like rabbit’s-foot ferns, flowering maples and spiral-leaved begonias from around the world. Read More »

60 Thompson Mill Road, Wrightstown, PA | 215-598-0550 | Website

2019 Best Place for City Plants

Urban Jungle

With trellised containers, vertical plant walls, and flowering window boxes, these experts will help you turn any postage-stamp-size patio or concrete backyard into an oasis. Read More »

1526 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-952-0811 | Website

2014 Best Gardening Center

Greensgrow Farms

Greensgrow is more than a gardening shop; it's an everything-that-grows epicenter. So at the very least, you'll walk out with seeds, shrubs and expert advice; at most, you'll sign up for the CSA, get a lesson in container gardening, and book an expert to install a vertical garden on your patio. The new West Philly location is as Eden-like as the original Kensington one. Read More »

Two locations | 215-427-2702 | Website

2013 Best Garden Store for People with Patios

Urban Jungle

Although there are enough plants in this massive garage-like store to landscape a suburban McMansion, owner Curtis Alexander excels at squeezing greenery into the tightest of city spaces. (Vertical wall planters teeming with flowers and ferns are a specialty.) There are also Service and Help galore, like workshops on planting show-stopping terrariums and envy-inducing window boxes and, for the less DIY-inclined, a full menu of landscaping options. Read More »

1526 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-952-0811 | Website

2013 Best Garden Store for People with Acres

Linden Hill Gardens

Combining subtle luxury with an other worldly stock of flora and fauna, Linden Hill is a garden center that is just plain gorgeous. The place looks like an English village, with a thatched-burlap-roofed stop, a lovely greenhouse and a serious selevtion of plants. Owner Jerry Fitz, a veritable garden whisperer, has even shared his flower tips on The Martha Stewart Show. Read More »

8230 Easton Road, Ottsville, PA | 610-847-1300 | Website

2010 Best Garden Help

City Planter

No matter how small the space or how black the thumbs, the gardening whizzes, plants and tools at City Planter can make any and all parts of a city dweller's urban abode into a flower-filled retreat, a veggie-lover's paradise, or a lush and lovely place to entertain. Read More »

814 North 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-627-6169 | Website

2010 Best Garden Center

Terrain at Styer’s

Like Anthropologie for the garden, but even better than that, because Anthro doesn't feed you cheese plates and homemade ginger spritzers in a serene greenhouse. Read More »

914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA | 610-459-2400 | Website