Best Gardening Shop/Nursery

From the Best Gardening Shop/Nursery edition

Oakland Nurseries

Multiple locations

Web: oaklandnursery.com

Again this year, Alive readers spoke loudly about their favorite spot to buy begonias, bird seed, bulbs and bags of mulch. Oakland Nurseries won this category handily - and it's no secret why.

From locations in Delaware, Dublin and North Linden, the Oakland staff gives green-thumbs the supplies they need and friendly tips for using them. You're probably not thinking about breaking ground right now, but Oakland will be ready when you are.

Runners-up: Strader's Garden Centers, Baker's Acres' Concrete Jungle