By Josie Gulliksen and Yours Truly
Now is the ideal time to spruce up the yard or do a garden on your balcony since after all, you’re spending a lot of time there. And here are all your resources to do it –from Miami’s best garden stores and nurseries and free zoom gardening classes, to expert tips, a Seed-a-Thon, a top online source for handsome pots and accessories, and even free wildflower seeds. Nurseries and garden stores in Miami-Dade and Broward counties listed are open and following social distancing rules as well as requiring masks while shopping.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden https://www.mbgarden.org/
Second Saturday Seminars feature a rotating group of experts providing tips on gardening and landscaping. Sign up for their newsletter and visit their “What’s in Bloom” section for planting ideas. (note from Karen: My favorite is their Seed-a-Thon. They’re shipping their 2020 seed collections right to the door. Choose from edibles, pollinators or flowers. Each set includes five seed packets for $20 (usually $27.50) and includes shipping. Place your order by e-mail at email@example.com and include your address, phone contact and selection).
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden https://www.fairchildgarden.org/
Click on their “Gardening at Home” tab for lessons on repotting plants, growing herbs, pruning, weeds, edibles and much more. There is even an area on how to let your yard grow wild with wildflowers, a growing trend. They also have a variety of Zoom classes on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FairchildGarden/
Brooklyn Botanical Garden https://www.bbg.org/
Learn about composting in their BBG’s Guide to Composting section of their website. It guides you on how to properly compost, choosing the right composting bin for your space and what to use for indoor composting. If you prefer to speak to someone call the Compost Hotline at 718-623-7290 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Etsy Gardening https://www.etsy.com/search?q=gardening
Shop for gardening tools, succulent plants, citrus trees, seeds, flowers, microgreens, and a variety of items, many of them free to ship. Make your space personal with customized signage and decorative stakes, stones and markers. Carve out some time because there are dozens of pages to peruse.
Arm & Hammer free wildflower seeds
You know them for their baking soda boxes, laundry detergent, cat litter, oral care and other household cleaning items and now they are offering free wildflower seeds. Visit their website to register for the giveaway https://www.armandhammer.com/seedgiveaway
Miami’s Best Garden Stores and Nurseries and Broward Too!
Casey’s Corner, 31877 SW 197 Ave., Homestead 305-248-7284 https://www.plantrealflorida.org/professionals/detail/16
Specialize in native flowering fruiting native trees and herbs, flowering herbs and plenty of plants that attracts birds and butterflies. Open Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call first.
Galloway Gardens Nursery, 7790 SW 87 Ave., 305-274-7472 https://www.gallowayfarminc.com/
Pick up orchids, bromeliads, herbs, vegetable plants, shade and interior plants natural rocks, pottery and decorative plants. Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F, Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Little River Cooperative, 771 NW 24 St., 305-336-0722 https://littlerivercooperative.com/
Known mainly for their edible plants, you can also shop for plants, soil and seeds here. They have shade-friendly perennials, hummingbird trees, organic fertilizer and an online workshop with a guide on proper planting. They have an online seed store. Open at 2 p.m., best to call first.
Jesse Durko’s Nursery, 5151 SW 70 Ave., Davie, 954-873-4563 http://www.jessedurko.com/
Open since 1990, the tropical plant nursery has just about anything you need to spruce up the yard. Fragrant flowers, bromeliads, orchids, native and exotic plants, bamboos and more on a 10-acre site. Will deliver to Miami for large enough orders, call to confirm. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Ready-to-Grow Gardens, 4590 SW 122 Ave., 786-436-7703
Dylan and his crew are known for visiting homes and assessing the space and proper area for edible gardens and food forests. They also are experts on butterfly gardens, pollinators, and native species for your garden. They are open by appointment and there is a $50 minimum purchase. Call or e-mail Dylan at email@example.com
R.F. Orchids, 28100 SW 182 Ave., Homestead, 305-245-4570 http://rforchids.com/
The lush, tropical nursery is where you will find a variety of warm-growing species, hybrids and mericlones. Walk through their gardens and greenhouse among a myriad of colors and color combinations. Open Tues.-Sun. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Veber’s Jungle Garden – 24605 SW 197 Ave., Homestead, 305-242-9500 http://vebersjunglegarden.com/
Owner Leslie Veber encourages shoppers to take pictures of their yard and text her. She can then advise on how she can help you achieve your landscaping dreams. She specializes in native plants that attract birds and butterflies, ranging from three- to 25-gallon containers. She’s open by appointment only. Text her at 305-282-6918.
Richard Lyons Nursery, 20200 SW 134 Ave., 305-251-6293 http://www.richardlyonsnursery.com/
Specializing in rare and unusual tropical trees and plants, flowering and fruit trees, native plants, palms, bamboo, heliconia, hummingbird trees and butterfly-attracting plants. Call to ask about availability. Open Monday and Tuesday, Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.