Spring has sprung, and while this one is certainly not typical, it’s still time to plant up! Good news: because gardening and hardware stores sell supplies for growing food (seeds, herbs, soil, etc.) they are open in the age of Coronavirus. We found gardening stores in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and beyond offering delivery and/or no-touch pickup. Many are still open for shopping, with safety precautions and social distancing in place. Whether you want to plant some window boxes with flowers with the kids, start some seeds or grow a victory garden—these NYC stores can help!
Urban Garden Center
This longtime Manhattan nursery has recently received shipments of perennials, trees and shrubs and locally-grown annuals, but the veggies, seeds and herbs are flying out the door. (For the very latest in availability, click here. There’s no minimum, and Urban Garden Center delivers to all the boroughs, with delivery fees dependent on how far they are traveling. Delivery within Manhattan ranges from $15 to $35 and they are open Noon to 6 p.m. daily.
1640 Park Ave. at 116th Street
Shannon Florist & Nursery
This Kensington, Brooklyn florist across the street from Green-wood Cemetery creates arrangements for occasions of all kinds, but it also operates a large garden center, which is currently stocked with whatever you might be looking for: vegetable starts, seeds, annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, as well as supplies and houseplants. You can shop in person, pick up curbside, or they'll deliver to the surrounding area for $35. Tip: if you go to the web site, you will get the page for the floral business. For the latest on what's in stock at the garden center, head to Facebook, where you'll find lists and photos of offerings, or Instagram.
3380 Fort Hamilton Pkwy.
This Flushing, Queens nursery has been around since 1949, so it makes sense that the mantra here is: “Gardening is not cancelled!” The store is stocked with seeds, herbs, annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs (including dwarf fruit trees) and vegetable starts. Garden World also has a location on Long Island in Franklin Square. You can head to the store to shop, or arrange for delivery or curbside pickup. There’s a $50 minimum for delivery and they delivery throughout Queens.
46-20 Francis Lewis Blvd.
While its storefronts are temporarily closed, this popular Manhattan resource for houseplants, flowers and yes, plants for the garden is offering touch-free delivery throughout NYC. (They’re even delivering to Yonkers and parts of New Jersey.) Order more than $100 online and delivery is free in Manhattan. You can stock up on soils and fertilizer to get your seeds and veggies going, or get flats of annuals, pre-made hanging baskets and more. Deliveries are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday. (Have some houseplants that aren’t doing so well? You can also do a virtual consult with a Plant Shed professional to get some advice on how to nurse your green friend back to health.)
This Staten Island garden center and landscaping business has been in business since 1928, so they've seen a lot. Its large outdoor nursery feels almost park-like, and you’re welcome to come by and browse (and shop) in person, with safe social distancing practices in place. The inventory of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs is extensive and impressive, and Wiesner Brothers also stocks everything you need for starting a vegetable garden, from seeds and seedlings to soil, fertilizer, etc. They are doing no-contact parking lot pickup as well: call with an order, pay over the phone, and arrange a time to pick it up; call when you arrive and staff will load merchandise into your car. They are open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,Tuesday through Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.
2402 Victory Blvd.
Crest Hardware & Urban Garden Center
Williamsburg is lucky to be served by this friendly neighborhood hardware store and garden center. Crest has seeds, seed starting supplies, annuals and perennials, trees and houseplants in its 5,000 square foot garden area. (You can enjoy a virtual walk around it here. ) There’s no minimum, and delivery fees start. at $25. Crest delivers throughout Williamsburg and into Bed-Stuy, as well as lower Manhattan. Obviously, you can stock up on any supplies for projects around the house with Crest as well. They are open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
558 Metropolitan Ave.
Kings County Nurseries
In business for 65 years, Kings County Nurseries is open for safe shopping—there's lot of space here—and is delivering as well. This large garden center has all you could need, including annuals, herbs, perennials, trees and shrubs, as well as seeds, vegetable starts and soil to get things growing. The nursery is allowing five shoppers in at a time, max two people per party. (But don't forget your mask or you can't get in!) They will also deliver to most of Brooklyn, but there is a minimum purchase of $150; curbside pickup is free, and lots of annuals, herbs and vegetables are in racks out front to shop from as well.
625 New York Ave.
Prospect Lefferts Gardens