As the weather begins to warm, the itch to get out in the garden becomes stronger. In Houston, the city benefits from a long growing season thanks to its short, mild winter. When you need plants and supplies for your outdoor projects, Houston has a plethora of garden centers, but some offer better service and selection than others. Here are the top places to get the gear you need for growing your garden.
Houston Garden Centers
1700 West Loop N. Freeway
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 426-3030

Those outside of the Houston area have never enjoyed the experience of shopping at Houston Garden Centers. All of the locations of this Houston-based company have the same supercenter format: large selection and low prices. Look online or in the newspaper for coupons and specials that run regularly. Unlike other mass merchandisers, the plants and supplies from Houston Garden Centers are quality, and you can get help when you need it. If you want to browse through multiple types of the most commonly grown plants in the area, Houston Garden Centers are great places to start.

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Buchanan’s Native Plants
611 E. 11th St.
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 861-5702

Located conveniently in the Heights, Buchanan’s Native Plants is the place to go for Houstonians looking to landscape with local flora. Since 1986, Buchanan’s has been the go-to purveyor of native plants. Many people prefer natives because they naturally grow best in the area’s climate. This garden center sells more than plants. You can also find soil, organic supplies, bird feeders and much more. Regular classes and special events educate gardeners of all experience levels, and the well-trained staff at Buchanan’s can answer any question you might have about growing your garden in the Houston area.

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The Arbor Gate
15635 FM 2920
Tomball, TX 77377
(281) 746-6320

For those on the northwest side of town, it’s just a short drive out highway 249 to get to The Arbor Gate in Tomball. The plant collection at The Arbor Gate consists of many hard-to-find items, including native plants, Earthkind roses, specialty herbs and more. If you have questions about gardening or plants, answers are easy to find. The staff is highly trained and knowledgeable about all aspects of gardening in the region, and there are books if you prefer to take your research to the shelves. For a more interactive experience, consider taking one of The Arbor Gate’s classes this spring. Sign up early because these classes fill up quickly.

RCW Nurseries
15809 Tomball Parkway
Houston, Texas 77086
(281) 440-5161

RCW Nurseries is a great place to visit if your ideal garden includes trees and shrubs in addition to flowers, herbs or vegetables. This garden center distinguishes itself for its locally grown trees and other plants. There are so many plants to select from at RCW Nurseries that the gardening center and nursery take up four acres of land. If you need supplies or resources, the gardening center sells everything from organic gardening needs to books and gifts. RCW Nurseries is so committed to helping its customers that it features an extensive library of gardening tips and a section on its website where you can ask questions about the garden center or gardeningm, or you can browse the answers to others questions.

Cornelius Nursery
2233 South Voss Road
Houston, Texas 77057
(713) 292-0898

When you want to be fully assured of the quality of your plants, Cornelius Nursery is the place to go. This is one of the few garden centers that provides a 100 percent guarantee on its plants, as long as you have properly cared for them. Beyond plants, Cornelius Nursery’s garden center sells everything to create your ideal backyard oasis: fertilizers, weed control and soils for gardening as well as bird feeders, chimineas, irrigation systems and pottery. Other reasons to visit Cornelius Nursery include educational gardening classes and weekly specials.

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