Best Places to Buy Gardening Supplies in Washington, D.C.

July 12, 2016 8:00 AM

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Home gardening has been exploding in the U.S. in recent years. From a way of relieving stress to a desire to beautify a home to wanting to grown one’s own food, the reasons people garden seem to be as varied as the plants and supplies available to them. While there are plenty of big box outlets in the area, Washingtonians are also blessed with many local gardening centers that offer excellent selections and outstanding customer services.

Ginkgo Garden

911 11th St., S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-5172

Self described as “a full service garden center uniquely oriented to the urban gardener,” Ginkgo Gardens is wildly popular among its customers. It enjoys near perfect reviews and was named Best Garden Store in the Washington City Paper’s 2016 Readers’ Choice awards. Visitors can expect to find many unique items and outstanding customer service. In addition to its in-store offerings, Ginkgo offers on-site consultations and will evaluate your environment and recommend the best type of garden for you.

Johnson’s Florist & Garden Centers
4200 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 244-6100

Johnson’s Florist and Garden Centers have been part of D.C.’s landscape since 1933. It’s Washington, D.C. location carries a large selection of indoor and outdoor plants as well as all the supplies needed for their care. It also has the largest selection of fresh cut flowers in the area. Visitors also love Johnson’s selection of supplies for growing their own vegetables, fruits and herbs. In addition to its D.C. location, it has locations in Suburban Maryland: Kensington and Olney.

Merrifield Garden Center
8132 Lee Highway
Merrifield, VA 22081
(703) 560-6222

A full-service garden center, nursery (one of the largest and most comprehensive in the country) and landscaping company, Merrifield Garden Center draws customers from every corner of the D.C. metropolitan area. As its name reflects, the garden center’s main location is in Merrifield with additional Northern Virginia locations in Fair Oaks and Gainesville. All three locations offer free gardening, landscaping and decorating seminars and have free “plant clinics” with staff available to help address your gardening challenges.

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Holly, Woods & Vines
8453 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309
(703) 799-1607

Covering three acres of space, Holly, Woods & Vines is without a doubt one of the D.C. area’s top garden centers. Not only does it offer an outstanding selection of plants and gardening supplies, it attracts many visitors who simply enjoy exploring the center’s own gardens. A major attraction is a gigantic watering can fountain. Holly, Woods & Vines is also well known for its vast selection of planters.

DC Hydroponics
5133 Frolich Lane
Hyattsville, MD 20781
(240) 714-4801

With many Washingtonians lacking outdoor space for gardening, it is no surprise the DC Hdroponics has become so popular. Located on the border of D.C. and Maryland in Hyattsville, it is the area’s largest purveyor of indoor gardening supplies. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and the center features interactive displays to provide customers hands-on learning.

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Based in Washington, D.C., Troy Petenbrink is a freelance writer, blogger and social media influencer. A member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association, he has written for Fodor’s, Travel Channel, and Miami Herald, among other outlets.