When your garden and yard call you into action, these five nurseries in the metro Atlanta area will lure you into their inventory of hardy, colorful, exotic and native plants and flowers. Whatever your landscaping design idea, every genre of plant life and garden decor awaits.
353 Boulevard S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
Awarded “Best New Plant Source” by Atlanta Magazine, this specialty plant nursery brings hard-to-find exotics to Atlantans from global locations such as Indonesia, China, Taiwan and Vietnam. Garden*Hood offers lilies, succulents, camelias, asters, trees and more, all the while seeking to foster community. Its motto is “Founded by plant people for plant people” and “nurture the gardener in all of us.” Among the staff are numerous professionals who have immersed themselves in horticulture degrees, environmental studies, nationwide community garden programs and the Georgia Master Gardener program. The team is led by native Georgian Scott McMahan, a global horticulturist and wholesale grower.
Nearly Native Nursery
776 McBride Road
Fayetteville, GA 30215
Nearly Native Nursery offers Atlanta-area residents an alternative to exotic and foreign plants, as well as plants native to anywhere in the U.S. other than the Southeast. The nursery’s success lies in its mission to help locals find just the right foliage and vegetation that will flourish in the native soil, moisture and terrain of Georgia. Proprietors Jim and Debi describe their dedication to native species as a love for the region with its eco habitat of birds, butterflies, moths, snakes and animal life, and how they all exist together naturally with local vegetation. A “Garden Watchdob Top 5” nursery in 2011, Nearly Native propagates local plants and helps customers create gardens and landscaping for all of their terrain requirements. Its inventory includes grasses, ferns, succulents, palms, perennials and more.
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Full Bloom Nursery
6662 Holly Springs Road
Clermont, GA 30527
Kellie and Tim Brown, owners of Full Bloom, offer a complete nursery inventory and are also listed as a rose specialist in the Atlanta metro area. The nursery’s mottos is, “We’re not just growing plants, we’re growing a lifestyle.” Full Bloom features a new “minimal care” rose class called the Knockout shrub rose, which blooms in April and often into December until a first frost. The company also offers a smaller rose called Drift roses, perfect for minimal garden space.
2067 Manchester St.
Atlanta, GA 30324
With pets roaming the nursery and a Garden Art Gallery, Habersham boasts plants and design services for both traditional gardeners and more adventurous planters. An award-winning nursery, Habersham has scored 10 accolades from Atlanta Magazine, including Best Garden Center of 2009, six awards from the Georgia Green Industry Association and numerous published articles including the September 2012 piece “Gardening Survival of the Fittest.” Patron testimonials reveal a love of the garden ambiance and decorative items for sale.
Autumn Hill Nursery And Landscaping
4256 Earney Road
Woodstock, GA 30188
Another nursery classified as a rose specialist, featuring Abraham Darby, Amber Queen Mary Rose and more shade-tolerant varieties, Autumn Hill also offers a full inventory of annuals, perennials and trees, as well as herbs and vegetables. If this is the year for you to build a patio or intimate garden space, it provides all-inclusive landscaping services including retaining walls and fencing. The nursery believes in giving back to the community and supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the verteran’s Wounded Warrior program and local assisted living communities by donating landscape items and proceeds from sales.
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