The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and it’s time to get outside to spruce up the yard. “Green thumb” or “black” one, local gardening stores and nurseries can be so much more than just a place to purchase plants and flowers. They can inspire and educate the youngest members of the family – showing them how to plant and grow their own food. But there’s more…from birthday parties to seasonal activities and festivals, check out our list of family-friendly nursery and gardening centers on Long Island.
Abby’s Parkside Nursery & Florist, Inc.
Located in Wantagh, Abby’s is a three-generation family owned and operated full-service garden center. Abby’s offers educational resources for parents and teachers to help children learn and get the most out of working and learning in the garden.
Store Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30 am-6:30 pm, Saturday: 8 am-6:30 pm, Sunday: 8 am–5:30 pm
Where: 3333 Merrick Road, Wantagh, NY 11793
Contact Info: (516) 221-1133
Main Street Nursery
From its seasonal events to its “one-of-a-kind” birthday parties, Main Street Nursery in Huntington is an experience for the whole family. Where else can girls find the ultimate “Tea Party” which is held in the glass conservatory and includes a “dress up” session in vintage clothes? They also offer a “Take it Home and Watch it Grow” party and a “Garden Stepping Stones” party.
Store Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9 am-6 pm, Sunday: 9 am-5 pm
Where: 475 W. Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
Contact Info: (631) 549-4515
Founded in 1853, Hicks is the oldest nursery and garden center on Long Island. Events for the whole family are held year round so be sure to check out their website for more information, including “Plant a Boot for Father’s Day” in June where a child can bring in one of dad’s old shoes to create a summer planter.
Store Hours: Monday-Friday: 8 am–9 pm, Saturday: 8 am-9 pm, Sunday: 8 am-7 pm
Where: 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury, NY 11590
Contact Info: (516) 334-0066
Dees’ Nursery & Florist
Located in Oceanside, Dees is SO much more than a full service nursery and florist. It’s a place where visitors can find family fun throughout the year. Events include everything from the Easter Bunny and free annual flower show in the Spring to the Fall Festival pumpkin patch and pictures with Santa at Christmas. Dees’ Nursery & Florist also offers a wide assortment of “veggies” for the garden.
Store Hours: Monday-Saturday (except Sunday): 8 am-7 pm, Sunday: 8 am-6 pm
Where: 69 Atlantic Ave. Oceanside, NY 11572
Contact Info: (516) 678-3535
Woodside Nursery & Garden Center
Start the kids off with a vegetable garden of their own by making a trip to Woodside Nursery & Garden Center in Patchogue. Woodside offers an extended selection of vegetable plants including tomatoes, peppers, and squash. Woodside can play host to a Fall birthday party and/or school field trip. Be sure to check out their website for coupons and exact details.
Store Hours: 9am-6 pm daily
Where: 134 E Woodside Ave., North Patchogue, NY 11772
Contact Info: (631) 758-1491
By Kim L. Como