I'm a Tosa resident and gardener for 40 years who loves to save money. I'm the daughter of Maryalice Koehne, an award- winning garden writer. Gardening is holistic and can be inexpensive, let me tell you the deals I've found.
Through the years, I've found some excellent resources for plant, tree and shrub materials and I'm pleased to share some with you! For years I've been sending these tips out on a Karaoke/Ladies email list and it's nice to have a wider audience.
Keep in mind, frugal does not simply mean cheap. I prefer the broader meaning as defined here: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/frugal,
Best Price on quality flats:
1515 East Rawson Avenue
Oak Creek, WI 53154
FG Note: Pretty much done for this year but they also have pre-planted hanging baskets and containers that are awesome. This year they added some unique beehive and geometric basket for $15.00 a pop. I found them elsewhere for over $30.00 each! They will be selling produce later in the season.
FG note: They do a really nice job with the garden center. Be sure to check out the clearance plants- I've found some gems at way reduced prices.
8616 West North Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Most Unusual Plant Selections:
FG Note: Owner, Betty Adelman does a great job and is an expert. Her research is used by the Smithsonian.
FG Note: Combine a trip to HHF and be sure to stop here. Great Garden Center, often the only local carrying some items
Tropical plants, Trees and Shrubs:
FG Note: One of my all time favorite solid Centers. More than just tropicals, they have great plants, trees and shrubs as well. Very helpful staff, very customer friendly. Chad Minor helped me pick up a Schubert Choke Cherry and a great clump birch when I lost a flowering crab! see pic below
7777 North 76th Street
FG Note: I love to use tropicals especially Jasmine vines and Passion Flowers, some citrus etc.. It's a lot of fun to mix them into your pots and keep them through the winter!
Toll-Free: (888) 330-8038
Local: (860) 774-8038
141 North Street
Danielson, CT 06239
Best Perennial Prices:
Fred's Garden Center
6238 West Appleton Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53210-1441
So, have fun looking for deals and please share with us!
Peace, Love and Frugal Gardening,
Sarah Irene Lambrecht
The Frugal Gardener
Best Local Garden Center: added 6/21,
Best Local Garden Center:
Wis. Garden & Pet Supplies
8520 W. North Ave.
Wauwatosa , WI 53226
Main Store: 414-453-8450
Plant Shop: 414-258-8811
Monday Jun 21, 2010 5:04 AM
FG Note: I need to make a special note of Wisconsin Garden and Pet. This local business has helped many homeowners and gardeners over the years. Kudos to the Gerlach family for their commitment to our community. When my husband and I purchased our first home, we rented lawn care spreaders and bought supplies from WI Garden and Pet as well as plants and produce.
In part it is due to Dan Gerlach that my husband can now claim to have one of the nicest lawns in Tosa. Well I have to give credit to the underground sprinkler system too! Thanks WI Garden & Pet!