- Location: Chicago, IL
- Website: gethsemanegardens.com
A Chicago staple, the Gethsemane Garden Center is a family owned shop providing plants and services to long time (and first time) city gardeners. They have been doing this long enough (over 30 years) to know what works in our urban outdoor spaces.
The selection is excellent. Last Friday, we went to Gethsemane with our neighbor who we garden with. She was bearing a handwritten list of recommended perennials (we don't really know what we are doing, so we take advice seriously - we did NOT want to stray from that list!). We grabbed a salesperson and showed them our list of plants; they had nearly every single one we were looking for. Our previous stop (closer by, we were trying to hurry) had only one out of the whole list. Lesson learned: it's worth the trip.
According to the site, they have the largest selection of annuals in the city line. As we found out, the selection of perennials is enormous too. They carry vegetables, tropical and greenhouse plants, shrubs, trees, statuary and accessories. We think you'll be inspired to expand your garden into new directions (design and space wise!) after a visit.