It’s officially time to plant a summer garden in your backyard, start a container garden on your balcony or plan your next landscaping project. Get started by going to one of Calgary’s many garden centres to purchase plants, trees and materials, as well as learn from local gardening experts. While most garden centres are currently open for in-store shopping, many also offer online ordering, delivery and/or curbside pickup if you want to shop from home.
Located in Balzac, this family-run nursery and garden centre has you covered with its wide selection of indoor and outdoor plants, trees, growing supplies like planters and seeds, shrubs, sod and more. Additional offerings include residential planting services and custom planters as well as $20 memberships that get you special perks. Visit Blue Grass to shop in-person or shop online. You can also arrange to do a curbside pickup for an additional $5 or get your products delivered (delivery fee starts at $40).
260130B Writing Creek Cres., Rocky View County, 403-226-0468, bluegrassnursery.com
Spanning more than 40,000 square feet, Cobblestone Garden Centre is full of plants to make your indoor or outdoor space a little greener. And it doesn’t hurt that much of the selection is grown right here in Alberta in the centre’s production greenhouses. Expect to see perennials and annuals, potted trees, house plants, bulbs, vegetable and fruit plants, seeds and more. Cobblestone also has a rewards club with free and $20 memberships. While Cobblestone doesn’t have an online shop, you can visit in-person (just look for the giant red barn).
10300 17 Ave. S.E., 403-273-4760, cobblestonegarden.ca
Look for this garden centre just off of Macleod and Glenmore Trail near the Chinook LRT station. Once there, you’ll find a wide range of items including plants, gardening supplies, greenhouses and indoor growing products. Garden Retreat does have an online shop and delivery/pickup is available.
6510 1A St. S.W., 403-255-7097, buyagreenhouse.com
With more than 50 years in business behind it, Golden Acre is known for its wide selection of gardening products and knowledgeable team. The centre has more than 40,000 products at its fingertips, making it a one-stop-shop for trees, annuals, perennials, fertilizer, landscaping products and more. You can also spice up your outdoor space with its selection of outdoor furniture, decor, ceramics and garden accents. Kids who love gardening can tune into GA Kids TV, an online content series the centre launched due to the pandemic. Catch up on old episodes here or watch the last few new ones on Instagram before the series wraps up next week. Golden Acre is currently open for in-store shopping or you can arrange to have your online order delivered or pick it up at the centre in Thorncliffe.
620 Goddard Ave. N.E., 403-274-4286, goldenacre.ca
Visit this garden centre located just off Macleod Trail for plants, bulbs, trees, shrubs, tools, fertilizer and more. Before you go, take a virtual tour of the facility and check out its online resources including gardening videos from its Grow How series and its online learning library with information about everything from square footage gardening to lawn care. Gardeners can also shop online by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the store with your order. Delivery is available for $35 within the city and $75 beyond.
1411 Macleod Tr. S., 403-256-1212, greengate.ca
Located inside of a former gas station in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, this garden centre has been supplying Calgarians with flowers, hanging baskets, planters, trees, seeds, pest controls, bird feeders and more for nearly two decades. While online ordering is currently on hold, you can visit the garden centre in person any day of the week.
2408 4 St. N.W., 403-277-4769, plantationgardencentre.ca
Take care of your landscaping, tree and planting needs at Spruce It Up Garden Centre. Spruce It Up’s retail store is currently open, though you can also order bulk products like compost, mulch, garden mix and sand online for delivery. If you want to learn more about a specific type of plant or figure out what types are the best fit for your space, the centre has a handy Plant Finder database to help get you on the right track.
159 210 Ave. S.W., 403-201-7525, calgarysgardencentre.com