Best Orlando area retail nurseries/garden centers?

gardenbear49(Florida zone 9b)August 15, 2012

Hi all. Will be moving to Poinciana (southwest of Orlando) soon and would like opinions of the best nurseries and garden centers in the Orlando area. Am especially interested in Florida friendly and unusual plants one doesn't find in the big box stores. Of course, always on the lookout for the every day goodies too!

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whgille(FL 9b)

If you are looking for native plants at affordable prices Biosphere is a good place to go.
Lukas nursery if you want unusual plants.
Knox nursery if you are interested in mostly flats of annuals.
Blodgett and Apenberry are closed by and you can go to both in the area.
Maybe someone else have more recommendations.

Silvia

    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 6:49PM
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gardenbear49(Florida zone 9b)

Thanks so much for the garden center leads! I am a garden center/nursery junkie and love to check them out... even on vacation, esp. CA ones. Any other suggestions???

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 9:16AM
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happy_girl(Z9 st. cloud)

Glad to welcome another gardener to the area. I am in St. Cloud. The Osceola Master Gardeners are having a fall plant sale Sept. 28 & 29 at the Extension Office, between Kissimmee & St. Cloud. There are always unusual & native plants there & the prices are the best. The new Master Gardener classes start Sept. 11. We would love to have you join us for these.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 4:50PM
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divahethr(7b)

what about farmer's markets and flea markets that sell plants. Thank you for your help

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 6:18AM
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gardenbear49(Florida zone 9b)

Thanks for the master gardener info Happy Girl! I took the Master Gardener class in Brevard a few years ago and loved it.
The extension was a wonderful resource.
Even tho we have purchased a lot in Solivita already, the house won't be completed til next spring/summer. So the landscaping will have to wait a bit. If I sell here first, will have to move into an appt. here temporarily. But am already doing my homework! Can't wait to landscape. I know the winters there are a tad cooler than Melbourne, so some of the things I love might not do well out there..??

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 9:05AM
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chellamaral

Small, family run GC. Really nice people!
http://palmersgarden.com/

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 12:25PM
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gardenbear49(Florida zone 9b)

Thanks Chellamaral. Sounds like we'll have to make the rounds of these places. They mostly seem to be in northern metro Orlando though!!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 5:48PM
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leahrenee1(z9FL)

I like Palmer's and Blodgett's as well, I also made a little trip to Biosphere yesterday, I really enjoyed looking around at their wildflowers and other things that I have never seen before, their prices were great too.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 7:00PM
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ellusionz

I enjoy shopping at Lukas for the great service but they are pretty pricey (tho you get a free bag of soil with most purchases) and lately the plants I've wanted they've been out of. My newest favorite place to drop in to is South Seminole Farm and Nursery, located in Casselberry.

Here is a link that might be useful: South Seminole Farm and Nursery.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 10:17PM
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gardenbear49(Florida zone 9b)

Thanks Ellusionz and Leahreneel, will check out that South Seminole too! Had our design meeting this past Friday... now can't wait to get the house built and us into it so we can get gardening!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 2:10PM
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exoticatropicals

We are in Indian Harbour Beach on the Space Coast, but if you are ever over on the beachside, check out Exotica Tropicals. Lots of cool "jungle style" plants you won't find in the big box stores or your average nursery.

Heliconia, Gingers, Big Alocasias, Aroids, etc

Here is a link that might be useful: www.ExoticaTropicals.com

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 11:20PM
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gardenbear49(Florida zone 9b)

Thanks Exoticatropicals! I'm not far from you, still in Melbourne til next yr when the house will be finished. I'll have to check you out before I move.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 8:08AM
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