With spring right around the corner, Seattleites get the gardening fever with the longer days and more sunlight. After the long damp, chilly winter, many venture to the garden, make a list and head to the garden store for plants. March is the time of transition from the grey winter to the lively color of flowers, bulbs and green leaves. Seattle gardens shed their mono-chromatic winter clothes for new, growing, colorful plants.

Sky Nursery offers a wide variety of plants and outdoor furniture. Photo by Karen Ulvestad.

Sky Nursery
18528 Aurora Ave. N.
Shoreline, WA 98133
(206) 546-4851

Sky Nursery is located just north of Seattle in Shoreline. This nursery is a one-stop shopping paradise for the avid gardener or beginner. They carry a wide variety of flowers, vegetables, bushes and trees. Their stock is focused on everything gardening and interior decor. Soil and soil-related items are stocked either by bag or can be delivered in larger lots. Whether a beginning or advanced gardener, Sky has the products for a successful gardening experience. Overall, this is a great way to get into spring and prepare for summer store. The staff is friendly and customer service oriented. They are experts at gardening, and able to help customers find everything on their list.

Swansons Nursery
9701 15th Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 782-2543

Located in the Crown Hill neighborhood, Swansons Nursery covers several acres with green houses, plants and other garden products. Container gardeners can find the pot or container of their choice in the wide selection at the nursery. Adding a touch of art to the garden is covered by Swansons. They stock a large selection of statues, fountains and bird bathes. Along the idea of birds, many different types of bird feed are available and feeders to attract different species of birds. Outdoor furniture lines are from Canada and are made from recycled plastic. Many of the products carried by this nursery are environmentally friendly. Besides all the garden accessories, the nursery carries many different species of flowers, bushes and trees, including native varieties. The staff is knowledgeable and enjoy working with customers.

Mulbaks Nursery offers many fountains and garden statues along with a wide variety of plants. Photo by Karen Ulvestad.

Mulbaks Garden + Home
13625 N.E. 175th St.
Woodinville, WA 98072
(425) 483-5000

Mulbaks Garden + Home is located on downtown Woodinville, and is a well established nursery. They stock both indoor and outdoor plants. Their greenhouses are stocked with vibrant spring flowers and bulbs. They carry a wide variety of garden statutes and fountains. For a long day of garden shopping, Mulbaks has a cafe on-site. Also, this nursery offers a variety of seminars geared for beginning to advanced gardeners. These are listed on their website, with usually at least one event per weekend. The staff is very knowledgeable about plants, growing thriving gardens and the products. There is plenty of staff on sight to help on the busiest days. This nursery will deliver plants and trees to the customer’s home.

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City People’s Garden Store
2939 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 324-0737

City People’s Garden Store is located in Seattle on E. Madison St. with over 15,000 square feet of outdoor space. This city garden store opened in the 1980s and is locally owned. It offers a wide variety of outdoor plants including fruit trees, perennials, annuals and vegetables. They are the first nursery in King County to stop selling invasive species of plants listed on King County’s list of noxious plants. Their focus is on organic, natural gardening products and environmentally responsible gardening. The staff is knowledgeable of gardening, customer service oriented and gardening professionals.

Wights Home & Garden
5026 196th St. S.W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(425) 775-3636

Wights Home & Garden is located on 196th in Lynnwood. The store offers a wide variety of gardening supplies, plants and indoor decor. This nursery has placed in the top 100 gardening centers nationally since 1989. The staff are certified horticulturists through Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association (WSNLA). The nursery stocks a wide variety of outdoor plants, both traditional and new breeds. The plants stocked are the highest quality, and stocked for the four seasons. The staff can help design a customer’s garden with plants that will thrive. Customer service is top priority, along with educating the customer.

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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.