We all love nature and being in it, from having a picnic in the park to relaxing on a boat; but many times, we have a disconnect from being in nature and our day-to-day lives.
Whether this is because you live in a city where green space is hard to find or simply because you don't have time to invest in gardening, finding ways to incorporate plants into your world can be a challenge.
For those who are wanting to start a new hobby, though, gardening can be a great way to pass the time and can even boost your feelings of well-being, as being around plants has been linked to health and happiness. If you don't know the first thing about gardening, there are experts all around at local nurseries who want to help you get started.
Ready to dig into gardening? Here are 15 mighty independent nurseries and garden shops waiting to help you.
1057 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
You'll enjoy strolling through this shop, surveying all of the plants and yard decor they have to offer.
5739 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60660
This is a paradise on Earth, with beautiful blooms in many colors.
2833 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60612
The welcoming experts here will make you feel like family.
745 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Not only is this an adorable shop, but it's a great resource for those who are new to gardening.
1646 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614
Fertile Ltd. has a wide variety of plants for a great price.
4110 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
The Farmer's Market Garden Center has wonderful deals and great quality.
3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60641
Customers love the variety and expertise found here.
Old Town Gardens
1555 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610
Old Town Gardens is affordable and casual, and they have a great selection of items.
2457 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
The name says it all, and a quick visit can answer any other questions you may have.
1134 W. Argyle St., Chicago, IL 60640
From home decor to gifts to plants, you will love the options available at Qideas.
City Escape Garden & Design Center
3022 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60612
City Escape will make you feel as though you are in a truly magical plant-filled wonderland and will help you discover how to re-create your own green haven.
Plant Shop Chicago
4601 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60630
All types of plants are easy to find at Plant Shop Chicago.
7757 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60620
A wonderful option if you are looking for a good deal.
Fiore Nursery and Landscape Supply
2901 W. Ferdinand St., Chicago, IL 60612
You'll find all things that you need to start a successful garden at Fiore.