Best Gardening Shop/Nursery: Oakland Nurseries

From the March 29, 2012 edition

Oakland Nurseries continues to leave its competitors green with envy, taking the top prize for the third year in a row. Open since 1950, the nursery at Oakland Park Avenue is a true Eden for gardeners thanks to its extensive inventory of trees, flowering plants, seeds, gardening tools, mulches and much more. If it’s got a stamen and pistil, it’s probably here. Oakland also offers a dizzying number of colorful flower pots, outdoor sculptures and fountains. While it’s a great place to find gift-giving inspiration, Oakland is worth a visit just to wander the greenhouse and the immense nursery grounds.

Runners-up: Strader’s Garden Centers, Botanica at Franklin Park Conservatory

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