As winter fades out, spring and that gorgeous spring weather will be here before you know it. Now is the time to start planning for the outdoor beautification process that comes with coordinating patio furniture and planting beautiful plants, flowers and all the garden essentials needed for your domestic garden. Finding the right shops to visit for all of your garden needs is also an essential part of the process. Here is a list of the top garden centers in Connecticut to supply all of your needs.
Phil’s Garden, Gifts And Florist
44 Montowese Ave.
North Haven, CT 06437
(203) 773-1400

Located in the town of North Haven is Phil’s Garden, which operates as a full service florist and garden center. As a family-owned business, the staff of Phil’s treats each customer as if they are family too, and provide expert advice and product suggestion to accomplish each individual gardener goal. Though small in size, Phil’s is large in inventory, skill and knowledge of all of the products. Open seven days a week, Phil’s is a great asset to Connecticut residents ready to get going on their gardening projects.

Van Wilgen’s Garden Center
51 Valley Road (off Route 139)
North Branford, CT

As a member of Connecticut Greenhouse Growers Association and Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association, Van Wilgen’s is the premiere Branford location for the professional and beginner gardener. At their store location and on their website, the staff provide the stellar customer service, gardening tips and advice for beginning your first garden. They offer products like grass seeds, mulch and several organic products and solutions to minimize the use of chemicals in your garden. Contact the staff at the store or online for more information.

Cheshire Nursery 
1317 South Main St.
Cheshire, Connecticut  06410
(203) 272-3228

Cheshire Nursery is one of the leading garden centers in the area and has been in business since the early 1900s. Though the staff has changed throughout the years, the core principals of great customer service and love of outdoor gardening has remained the same. The staff and owners pride themselves on being extremely knowledgeable in all areas of gardening and they ensure that any and everything that is needed by you, the customer, they will have. Cheshire Nursery offers an extensive selection of trees, annuals, perennials and other great products for the gardener in you.

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Hometown Garden Center
210 Main St.
Wallingford, CT 0649
(203) 774-4188

Hometown is fairly new to the Wallingford area, opening its doors in 2010. But since that time, the center has gained a large customer base, primarily due to their products, staff and knowledge of home gardening. They offer flowers and shrubbery for landscaping needs, and the basic essentials for gardening like soil, mulch and stone. The staff welcome any and all questions about gardening and are willing to walk you through the process of starting your garden from its very beginning stages.

Kensington Garden Center
398 Chamberlain Highway
Kensington, CT.06037
(860) 505-7184

Whether you have years of experience or you’re in the baby stages of gardening and just looking for a little bit of guidance, Kensington Garden is the place to visit. They offer products to to help you start your garden and to also be rid of those nasty pest and insects that like to invade your beautiful creation. If you’re not one to do it yourself, not to worry — Kensington also offers landscaping services where they will come out to your home or place of business and provide you with gardening services. They offer consultations, design suggestions and maintenance, and they provide an estimate of services.

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