If you're looking to beautify your home's outdoor space but want to shop somewhere more unique than just a big box store, Pittsburgh has plenty of local garden centers with much more interesting offerings. We've been busy checking them out to find the best- here are some of our favorites we've been to so far and the types of things you'll find at each.
This small family operated spot in South Oakland seems more geared for landscaping professionals, but it's open to the public as well. On our visit in May there were not as many flowers as at some other local nurseries, but there were plenty of shrubs, trees, and other greenery. The workers are very friendly and willing to help with whatever you need.
Sestili Nursery is located at 3721 Swineburne Street in South Oakland.
This oasis right in the heart of Shadyside is a respectable size with a good mix of veggies, plants, and flowers. There were not as many veggies as the other nurseries we visited, but there were definitely a few unique varieties of other plants and flowers. The plants are fairly organized into different areas and there are also sections for shade plants and indoor plants.
Shadyside Nursery is located at 510 Maryland Avenue in Shadyside.
Garden Dreams Urban Farm and Nursery
Garden Dreams is only open for Mother's Day weekend in 2019 and hopes to be open fully again in 2020.
Located in a residential area in Wilkinsburg, this nursery is an excellent spot to pick up vegetable plants, fruit bushes/trees, and native plants. There is a catalog at the entrance with tons of details on everything they sell including notes about hardiness, taste (for edibles), and which varieties grow best in pots. The sheer number of varieties of different vegetables is amazing, with dozens of types of tomato plants alone. As if that's not enough, the workers are super helpful and you can tell they are passionate about what they do- I spent a good 10 minutes talking with them about growing fig trees in pots. There is even a special section of the nursery for native plants, if that's something you're interested in.
Garden Dreams Urban Farm is located at 806 Holland Avenue in Wilkinsburg.
Located in Ross Township on Babcock Boulevard, Hahn Nursery is one of the largest we've found in the area so far. Plants are organized by annuals, perennials, sun, and shade. There is also a really good selection of vegetable plants, herbs, and fruit bushes/trees. Another unique feature is the selection of pots and other garden decorations. Basically, if you can't find it here, you probably can't find it anywhere!
Hahn Nursery is located at 5443 Babcock Blvd in Ross Township.
Bedner's Farm and Greenhouse in McDonald, PA, is located about 40 minutes southwest of Pittsburgh. Although a bit of a drive, this one is worth it for its sheer size alone- it is huge! This one has a large assortment of items you may be interested in be it herbs, annuals, perrennials, exotic plants that are best in a greenhouse, trees, fruit bushes, and more! One aspect we loved about this one is they have a generous section dedicated to shade plants, something we personally need a lot of at our house.
Bedner's Farm and Greenhouse is located at 315 Coleman Road in McDonald, PA
Brenckle's Farms and Greenhouses
Brenckle's has two locations, one in Zelienople and one on Mt Troy Rd in Reserve Township. We've been to the Reserve Township location, and it is similar in size to Hahn. They've got flowers, plants, fruits, and veggies, although perhaps not as much variety or uniqueness as Hahn. One area they do excel in, though, is heirloom veggies. We have bought our vegetable plants from Brenckle's the past few years and have been very impressed with all of the heirloom varieties we've gotten here. There's also a selection of pots and garden decor here, although the selection isn't as huge as it is at Hahn.
Brenckle's downtown location is at 3814 Mt Troy Road in Reserve Township.
Overall, Pittsburgh is home to some pretty amazing flower nurseries and garden centers for those looking to get a little gardening work on at home. While this list is certainly not all of the garden centers in the region, we look forward to discovering more and updating this list as we find them!
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