The 10 Best Garden Centers in Iowa!

If you’re like many Iowa residents who recognize the quality soil beneath their feet, you too get a little green thumb when the weather is nice. Nothing quite beats spending the day in the garden, beautifying the space and watching your work bloom. To get the garden of your dreams, it’s well worth perusing the selection and talking to the knowledgeable employees at these 10 great garden centers in Iowa! 

1. Culver’s Garden Center and Greenhouse, Marion, IA

For everything you need to make your yard and living area as beautiful as it can be, Culver’s in Marion has all the right resources you’re looking for. Operating as a retail space for 20 years, Culver’s has greatly expanded their selection to include 26 acres of garden center property and 14 greenhouses stacked full of perennials and annuals throughout the year, as well as a massive selection of landscaping products and work materials. Atop of everything else, Culver’s also runs their own landscaping department which can come to your house and lend a helping hand in creating the perfect lawn.

2. Wallace’s Garden Center, Bettendorf and Davenport, IA

Organically grown from a small roadside business, Wallace’s Garden Center has spent the last 30 years blossoming into a full-scale garden center with two locations in Davenport and Bettendorf, but this family-owned garden center has never forgotten about its roots. Wallace’s offers guests and patrons literally thousands of different plants and trees to stroll amongst, as well as a large selection of patio furniture and home decor, plus a dedicated bird center to attract some new outdoor pets. Featuring all this and more, the real feature of this home-town garden center is the community orientated staff and the help they can provide for planting your next green space.

3. Ferguson’s Garden Center, Spirit Lake, IA

For all your garden and landscaping needs in northwestern Iowa and beyond, Ferguson’s Garden Center in Spirit Lake has everything you need throughout the year to upkeep or create a beautiful space. Featuring sprawling greenhouses and a wide selection of patio furniture, Ferguson’s Garden Center is a family-owned business that has been operating for over 40 years. Throughout that entire time, Ferguson’s has grown and culminated a massive amount of knowledge of the local horticulture, and are happy to share some of the wisdom with everyone who walks through the door. 

4. TNT Landscaping and Nursery, Ankeny, IA

While TNT Landscaping and Nursery in Ankeny might be best known for their professional landscaping projects including patio work, island and berm creation and fire-pit building, their four-acre nursery is also highly reputable for providing some of the best trees and shrubs around. TNT Landscaping will even happily deliver any and all products and hard goods that you find, and will utilize their landscaping side of business to help design and install whatever you and the team at TNT Landscaping can dream up.

5. Groth’s Gardens and Greenhouses, Winterset, IA

Specializing in new, unique and hard-to-find plants, Groth’s Gardens and Greenhouses in Winterset is a real treasure trove of perennials and annuals throughout the growing season. Featuring thousands of different plant varieties including mums, hostas and daylilies, even if you aren’t looking for something specific, it’s a real treat just to walk through the blossoming greenhouses at Groth’s, and if you are looking for something specific, though you’re just not sure what, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Garth’s are always willing to help.

6. Green Acres Garden Center, Indianola, IA

Green Acres Garden Center in Indianola is a six-acre property full of thousands of different plants and a whole community of enthusiast gardeners and staff. If you want some of the best plants in the state of Iowa, at some of the most reasonable prices, the root-grown variety at Green Acres Garden Center can’t be beat. But it’s the staff at Green Acres that sets this garden center above the rest, and with a competent and passionate staff consisting of many Master Gardeners, you’ll be sure to learn something new with each visit to Green Acres.

7. Hilltop Gardens and Greenhouses, Lorimor, IA

Hilltop Gardens and Greenhouses in Lorimor is self-reportedly the place where all the other garden centers buy their plants from, and they encourage you to check out the source of all that action. Featuring 14 greenhouses and 20,000 square-feet of coverage, Hilltop Gardens and Greenhouses are home to over 700 varieties of annuals and perennials to choose from, and an even larger selection of mums, plus everything you need to restore native wildflowers to your natural space, making the Hilltop Gardens and Greenhouses your one-stop shop for a beautiful backyard.

8. Lucille’s Garden Center, Bondurant, IA

Featuring perennials, annuals, hanging baskets and a hometown feel, Lucille’s Garden Center of Bondurant really comes to life each spring and provides some fresh color throughout all the seasons. With a large selection of plants to choose from and take home with you, it’s also worth your time to simply walk through this celebrated outdoor space, and with a dedicated staff and extended spring hours, you’ll be sure to find something to add a real nice aesthetic to any natural space.

9. Iowa City Landscaping, Iowa City, IA

Featuring one of the best garden center selections in the state of Iowa, Iowa City Landscaping has also built up quite the reputation in the community for providing A-plus landscaping services for residential and commercial properties. Located on Iowa City’s west side, Iowa City Landscaping literally has everything you need to make a beautiful living space, and whether you are looking for new plants, some advice on design or selection, or even some helping hands to complete the landscaping project of your dreams, Iowa City Landscaping is the first and last place you’ll ever need to go. 

10. Goode Greenhouses, Des Moines, IA

Located on the Des Moines northside, Goode Greenhouses not only provides a big selection of plants and hard goods, but with a knowledgeable staff and years of experience, Goode Greenhouses can get you that better garden you are looking for. The good folks and family at Goode Greenhouses aren’t looking to sell you the most plants they can, but rather the right plants for your space and personality, and with the help of Goode Greenhouse, it will be easy to recognize the garden of your dreams.

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