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Best Nursery New York 2012 - Chelsea Garden Center

Chelsea Garden Center

580 11th Ave.

New York, NY 10036

212-727-7100

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The original site of the city's premier nursery is now blossoming as part of the High Line, and 30 years of real estate development have tossed this business from location to location. It has two branches—one on Manhattan's far west side, and another in Red Hook near the Fairway. But both locations of the Chelsea Garden Center have a stupefying variety of plants, ranging from herbs to cacti to house ferns to shrubs and trees. If you want something it doesn't have in stock, it will custom-order it. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and can help you figure out what's likely to thrive on your windowsill, roof, or sprawling estate. Beyond plants, it also carries a wide range of pots and planters, fountains, birdbaths, and Buddha statues. It's not always cheap—you'll probably find less expensive potting soil at Home Depot—but for sheer selection and expertise, Chelsea Garden Center is hard to beat. 580 11th Avenue (10036); 444 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, 212-727-7100, chelseagardencenter.com (11231)

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