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Best Garden Center New York 2012 - Jungle Design

Jungle Design

Jungle Design

61 Kent Ave.

New York, NY 11211

347-497-2579

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We're not sure why more garden stores aren't actual gardens, because the concept can work so well. Like it does for this Williamsburg lot, which is now a lush green space, home to the retail portion of a landscape and garden-design service. Drawing from a background in the antiques industry, its owner built this environmentally conscious business using reclaimed and recycled materials. You've probably seen her work, even if you've never been down to this oasis on Kent Avenue—Jungle Design, NYC's best garden store. Owner Amanda Mitchell was the mastermind behind the patio space at Union Pool—which despite getting repeatedly puked on, is still a charming work of functional architecture—as well as many rooftops, store displays, and backyards throughout Brooklyn. With its secluded model gardens, Jungle's outdoor showroom makes for a relaxing place to shop for plants, plant accessories, and decorative pieces—or just pretend to shop and hang out (not that we've ever done that). It's so pleasant, it can now be rented as an event space. The fire pit can definitely heat up a party. 61 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-497-2579, jungledesignnyc.com (11211)

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