5 great places in Ann Arbor to help you jumpstart your garden

ANN ARBOR, MI — Although there’s allegedly six more weeks of winter ahead, the recent sunshine shows it’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming greenery of spring.

You can get a jumpstart on your garden or cultivate your green thumb at these five great Ann Arbor plant nurseries and gardening events.

Downtown Home and Garden

Over a century later, the Hertler name still adorns the side of the Downtown Home and Garden building in Ann Arbor on Nov. 21, 2023. (Ryan Stanton | MLive.com)Ryan Stanton | The Ann Arbor News

Downtown Home and Garden

A self-proclaimed “urban emporium” for gardening supplies, Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley St., offers everything from plant pots and seeds to outdoor clothing and kitchenware.

Come spring, they’ll also offer up garden starters, often seen outside the store.

Downtown Home & Garden is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Find them online or by phone at 734-662-8122.

Feral Flora

Give your yard a distinctively Michigan feel with native plants from Feral Flora, 825 Nixon Road. The plant nursery offers more than 180 species of perennials, grasses and sedges native to the mitten state.

Public sale days for 2024 are yet to be determined, but orders can be placed on Feral Flora’s website.

Ann Arbor District Library

The exterior of the downtown Ann Arbor District Library is seen on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Hunter Dyke | The Ann Arbor News ANN ARBOR NEWSANN ARBOR NEWS

Ann Arbor District Library Seed Shop

The library is offering a jump on the spring 2024 planting season with its Seed Shop in March. Participants can pick up a bundle of five to seven varieties of seeds, according to the library’s website. The program is designed for beginner gardeners.

The exact date for the seed shop is still in the works, according to the library’s website. Residents can also request that their seed packets be mailed.

Find more information online.

Nature Stewardship with Parks and Recreation

From hand-pulling garlic mustard to cutting out invasive buckthorn, nature stewardship with the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Department is an easy way to get a greener thumb and dirty hands.

Volunteer opportunities include prairie restoration, making room for pollinator habitats and removing invasive shrubs.

Find more information or sign up online.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens sees early blooms of Spring

Striped squill flowers at the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Superior Township on Wednesday, April 12, 2023.Jacob Hamilton | MLive.com

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

If you’re looking for a nature interaction that’s more of a walk than a workout, check out the trails and blooms at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road.

The garden features outdoor spaces with bonsai, native plants, a children’s garden and nearly three miles of trails. An indoor conservatory has plants always in bloom – regardless of the weather outside.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Find out what is currently in bloom online.

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