Once temperatures start to climb and the threat of a Michigan frost has passed, you likely will find Metro Detroiters heading toward their local greenhouse, gardening center, or Eastern Market to pick up plants, flowers, and gardening equipment in droves.
With a relatively short growing season, there’s good reason why people around the region get excited to get planting. Thankfully, Metro Detroit has a wide array of top-notch gardening centers that help people develop green thumbs through expert advice, classes, and quality plants that make everyone look like they are master gardeners.
Before you go, make sure you are preparing your garden beds for planting when you arrive home with all of your new leafy friends. Remove any yard waste, pull any weeds that might be problematic, and add some enrichment and nutrients if that’s your thing. Also, think about working with pollinators like bees and butterflies for part of your garden.
Plan on picking up some native plants that make working in the soil in Michigan so great at this time of year. Native plants tend to do better in Metro Detroit because they are already acclimated to our temperature and conditions. Some of them also come up year after year, so you’ll have a ready-to-go garden as soon as spring or summer arrives.
Here are some places (and people) that will help to bring a lot of green to your yard in the weeks and months to come.
With more than a century of experience helping people prep their gardens and buy the right fruits and vegetables, you can see why people flock to Eastern Market and its annual flower day each year. The biggest event of a gardener’s year, Flower Day, is scheduled for Sunday, May 15, so be prepared for crowds but lots of friendly fun as well. For 2022, Eastern Market and its vendors will also host five Flower Season Tuesday Markets on May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.
This St. Clair Shores gardening center says it is a one-stop-shop for all of your landscaping needs, and that’s a true statement. The garden center has everything nicely organized so you can find the right plants for your yard, especially if you have really sunny or shady spots. They have expert staff as well as a large patio area so you can pick up some chairs or other accessories for your outdoor oasis.
This helpful Sterling Heights greenhouse has been in business since 1957, so its staffers know what will grow and how well it will thrive in Metro Detroit. Eckert’s Greenhouse is great at helping you develop a garden that caters to pollinators, like butterflies, and will teach you to garden vegetables or herbs for your summer cooking.
Located at the border of Grosse Pointe and Detroit, Allemon’s Landscape Center is full of flowers that will bloom all summer long. You also can pick up everything else you’ll need to get your garden and lawn growing throughout the season, whether it is organics, tools, or planters. They’re great at offering help with water gardening and roses, which can be tougher projects to tackle if you’re a beginner.
With multiple Michigan locations, you likely can find everything you’ll need for your yard and garden at this chain. English Gardens features a large nursery at each store as well as landscaping services and advice. You can get everything from patio furniture to shrubs and trees to garden supplies all under one large roof.