WI & IL Plant Shops Pt.1: Podcast Episode 42

I know there are more than just local WI and IL plant people that check out this blog BUT I wanted to give the locals some plant places to check out! If you are visiting SE WI or NE IL then you should definitely make the effort to check these out. Not only is it helpful for the locals, you may learn a bit about my plant cost expectations, what else is sold at these locations, and how these shops operate from an outside view.


WI Plant Shops:


Stein's Garden & Home

  • Instagram- Facebook

  • Location: Only in Wisconsin, several locations mostly in SE Wisconsin

  • Price: $

  • Plants: Sells mostly common houseplants but occasionally has some unique varieties. Plant are not the same at every location. They have plant that range from tiny plants to extra large plants

  • Notes: Considered a chain

Milaegar's Inc

  • Instagram- Facebook

  • Location: Only in Racine, WI and Sturtevant, WI

  • Price: $$

  • Plants: Known for their landscape plants but they also sell common houseplants and occasionally has some unique varieties. Plant are not the same at each location but the Racine location is the main greenhouse and usually has a larger houseplant selection. They have plant that range from tiny plants to extra large plants

  • Notes: Not only do they sell plants but they also carry home décor, patio décor, outdoor furniture, holiday décor, clothing and more.

Breezy Hill Nursery

  • Instagram- Facebook

  • Location: Salem, WI and Menomonee Falls, WI- largest selection it at the main office in Salem

  • Price: $$$

  • Plants: Known for selling quality landscape plants. They do sell patio planters, lots of annuals, vegetables, herbs and some houseplants. Usually they only have common houseplants.

  • Notes: They are mostly a landscape design company and garden center known for selling a wide selection of green goods and hardgoods (mulch, stone, patio pavers, etc).

Bayside Garden Center

  • Instagram- Facebook

  • Location: Milwaukee, WI but they also have a traveling plant sales truck they drive throughout Milwaukee.

  • Price: $$

  • Plants: Sells landscape plants, common houseplants and rare houseplants ranging in many sizes

  • Notes: Staff is friendly and make sure to follow their social media to know where their truck is!

Watter Greenhouse & Farms

  • Instagram- Facebook - posts plant updates and availability on social media

  • Location: Neenah, WI- closes seasonally sometimes so check hours

  • Price: $

  • Plants: Sells annuals, common houseplants, rare houseplants and usually smaller plant sizes and only some larger plants

  • Notes: Staff is super helpful and very knowledgeable. The owner, specifically, has an abundance of plant knowledge!


IL Plant Shops:


Chicago Plants

  • Instagram- Facebook

  • Location: Chicago, IL

  • Price: $$

  • Plants: This place is strictly houseplants! They sell tiny plants to large statement plants. They carry the common houseplants and some unique varieties.

  • Notes: Staff is very nice and super helpful. They opened up recently, September 2020.

Gethsemane Garden Center

  • Instagram- Facebook

  • Location: Chicago, IL

  • Price: $$$

  • Plants: They carry landscape plants, annuals, décor, pottery and lots of houseplants. They sell small to extra large houseplants ranging from common to rare varieties.

  • Notes: Staff wasn't as friendly as other Chicago plant shops and I feel like parking is a bit harder to figure out. But either way, the variety is worth it no matter what!

Sunnyside Plants

  • Instagram- Facebook

  • Location: Chicago, IL

  • Price: $$

  • Plants: They carry lots of houseplants from common to rare varieties. The owners or Euphorbia collectors and growers so they have many unique varieties here!

  • Notes: This company grew super fast and they are actually moving into a bigger location soon just down the road. Wonderful people and a great place to ask any plant question!

City Escape Garden Center

  • Instagram- Facebook

  • Location: Chicago, IL

  • Price: $$$$

  • Plants: They carry amazing quality houseplants ranging from every size common houseplant to specimen rare varieties.

  • Notes: City Escape also carries landscape plants, supplies, beautiful home and outdoor décor. They are right down the road from Garfield Park Conservatory and the staff is very friendly and helpful. There is even an adorable orange garden center cat you may run into as you are looking around!

Qideas

  • Instagram- Facebook

  • Location: Chicago, IL

  • Price: $$$

  • Plants: For a tiny store they pack in lots of houseplants, ranging from common to rare varieties.

  • Notes: They were originally just a commercial and residential restaurant supply company but they also added houseplants to the front of their business! Also, they are a family-run business with amazing, friendly staff.


Instagram Q&A

I asked followers if they had any specific plant shop questions I could address in this podcast and blog. Here are the questions and answers:


"Top 5 best shops in WI for the plant with long term health and success- and then best bang for plants $'s?"

  • Top 5 best shops... Watter Greenhouse & Farms, Bayside Garden Center, Milaeger's, Equinox Botanical Boutique and Mod Gen.

  • Best bang for your buck...Watter Greenhouse & Farms, Milaeger's, Steins and any big box store.

"Do any of them ship? For those of us who don't live in the area."

  • Unfortunately not. If you know someone in WI/IL and you want to buy a gift card to one of these places, and ship them the gift card, most of them would do that!

"If you had to pick 1 place to shop for plants, where would it be?"

  • Watter Greenhouse & Farms. Hands down. With the combination of knowledgeable staff, common houseplants, rare houseplants, all usually starting in smaller size, is definitely why I love this place so much.

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