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Must-Visit Garden + Plant Shops in North Jersey

by Eva Grall
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Seasonal plantings are the best way to spruce up your outdoor living space — especially during the summer. Gardening is one of the best summer hobbies when the weather gets warm, and for any newer gardeners wondering where to buy garden supplies, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re in the market for an indoor plant or a few annuals, you will find everything and anything here in northern New Jersey. We’ve rounded up some of the best plant stores, garden centers, and nurseries in northern New Jersey for all of your planting and gardening needs this summer.

Alpine Nursery + Garden Center | 291 Main Street, Belleville

Packed full of plants, this nursery, and garden center will keep you coming back for more greenery. It has tons of flowers — from cosmos to geraniums — and its stock will keep your flower beds full all season long. Check out its vast hanging baskets, variety of healthy indoor plants, and fun items like eucalyptus and mosquito plants.

Bartlett’s Greenhouses + Florist | 814 Grove Street, Clifton

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Bartlett’s is a secret gardening gem on the border of Montclair and Clifton. The tiny storefront is nothing compared to the numerous greenhouses behind the property, which house a massive array of plants. This nursery grows most of its stock, so you’re guaranteed quality. However, it’s best known for its impressive pre-made displays, stunning arrangements, and selection of planted pots.

Brookside Garden Center + Florist | 551 Broad Street, Bloomfield

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Quick and easy, Brookside is conveniently located on Broad Street — great for a quick stop during a kid’s pick-up or when running errands. While it has a smaller selection because of its size, it always has the essential garden staples you’re looking for — including compost, mulch, and fertilizer. Plus, in the fall, it’s a great place to stop for classic autumn decor.

Read More: The Best New Jersey Gardens to Enjoy This Spring + Summer

Caldwell Nursery | 246 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell

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Established in 1911, this family-run garden center is a pleasure to visit. Because it has been around for many years, it has built a reputation for having great plants at reasonable prices. In addition, its staff is very knowledgeable and eager to help, which keeps customers returning year after year.

Cedar Grove Garden Center | 1201 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove

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An exceptional garden center located off Pompton, this garden store is easily one of the best. Between the high-quality annuals and a massive selection of indoor plants, you can find just about anything here. Its excellent staff will always help you find what you’re looking for, and they’ll even help bring it all to your car.

Center Ridge Garden Center | 652 Centre Street, Nutley

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From Christmas trees to shrubberies, Center Ridge sells a variety of seasonal plants and flowers. This is the place to go to get the staples: petunias, mums, marigolds, geraniums, and even vegetables for your garden. Its property is bigger than you’d expect, which means more inspiration for every kind of planting you might foresee.

Charlie’s Nursery + Garden Center | 275 River Road, North Arlington

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Charlie’s is a family-run garden nursery that’s been around since the early 1970s. With a friendly staff, a huge variety of plants and flowers, and many happy customers, it has everything you might need all summer long. It also boasts that its Jersey-grown sod is better than any big box store can offer.

DeVINE Plantery | 28 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair

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This Black- and women-owned business in Montclair came together through the heart and soul of two best friends. Their love of plants is evident in the display and care for each little green item. The shop is gorgeous, decorative, and a great spot for browsing next time you go downtown.

Hillcrest Farms + Greenhouse | 377 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona

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Verona locals adore this quaint market and grocery, which always offers seasonal plants and produce. The convenient location on Bloomfield Avenue makes it a great place for a quick stop for colorful hanging plants or weekend vegetables. A vintage-style barn is a highlight, and the Jersey tomatoes are delicious all summer long.

La Serra Gardens | 813 Union Boulevard, Totowa

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This plant store is less a shop than it is an experience. It feels like you’re actually in someone’s beautiful garden — which is what the owner, Lisa, hoped to accomplish. The plant selection is vast, the quality is great, and it has a massive variety of gifts or accessories to make all your outdoor dreams come true.

Metropolitan Plant + Flower Exchange | 471 Mount Pleasant Avenue, West Orange

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Now, this is a fun garden center. It has a wide selection of unique and pristine indoor plants. Orchids line the aisles along with faux plants — always fun —and many outdoor decorative items. But we think the best part is looking through the greenhouse.

Mind Your Beads + Seeds | 147 D, Valley Road, Montclair

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A plant shop and gift store, Mind Your Beads and Seeds is the right place to find your next house plant. Whether you need some greenery for a shaded corner or a cactus for your window, this woman-owned business can make your plant dreams a reality. It’s also a great store for a quick housewarming gift — who doesn’t love a plant?

Moss & More | 246 Bellevue Ave, Montclair

This shop is a stunning example of how magical plant shopping can be. Carefully curated with a wide variety of species, Moss & More provides an atmospheric visit. Greenery fills the place, but it’s the collection of beautiful indoor pots and accessories that will have you recognizing the excellent taste of owner Amy South. Stop by for a houseplant or take a workshop on anything from planting to flower arranging.

See More: Greenwood Gardens, A Hidden Gem in Short Hills

Orange Garden Center | 360 Alden Street, Orange

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More practical than decorative, Orange Garden Center is the right place to go if you know what you are looking to plant. The store offers a variety of trees and many New Jersey natives, which aren’t always easy to find. Combined with reasonable prices, this shop is a good pick.

Pleasantdale Nurseries | 240 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange

Pleasantdale is a beloved neighborhood nursery with a giant stock of perennial plants. Buyers rave about the customer service, particularly when they don’t know what to choose or what the right conditions are for a particular plant. Its unique greenhouses are organized, well ventilated, and easy to browse.

Richfield Farms | 1139 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton

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This sprawling nursery is actually over a hundred years old — pretty incredible considering it’s in the middle of Clifton. Easy to get to with tons of plants and produce, Richfield Farms delivers the planting goods. Its pre-made flower baskets and unique garden ornaments are a highlight when visiting.

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