Whether you live in an apartment, duplex, condo, single-family home, tiny house, warehouse, castle, commune, yurt, boat or barn, houseplants and gardens (yard or container) are physically, mentally and aesthetically uplifting to every space.
There are many spots in Milwaukee to flex your green thumb – or to start strengthening one – and most smaller shops and centers have knowledgeable workers who can help you make strides on your journey of growing things.
Did we miss a great, local spot for garden and house plants? Let us know and we'll add it to this list.
Garden centers / Greenhouses
Custom Grown Greenhouses
4507 S. 6th St., (414) 744-4521
This greenhouse and garden center features a wide selection of outdoor plants, annual and perennial flowers, shrubs, vegetable plants and more. The official opening day is May 1, but it is open some weekends and weekdays in April, so call ahead.
3258 N. Humboldt Blvd., (414) 265-6605
Nestled in the Riverwest neighborhood, this intimate, family-owned gem of a greenhouse has been around since 1891 and offers a large mix of common and exotic house plants, sustainable / natural veggies, herbs and more. Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Online ordering and curbside pickup is available through the website.
Minor’s Garden Center
7777 N. 76th St., (414) 354-4830
Minor’s has been in existence since 1932 when Earl Minor started selling plants and shrubs from the back of his pick-up truck. Today, the business is still run by the Minor family and offers a wide variety of trees, shrubs, evergreens, perennials, annuals and are known for their selection of unusual and hard-to-find plants. Minor’s is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
6204 S. Howell Ave., (414) 768-0126
Since 1968, this family owned and operated gardening biz has boasted a friendly and knowledgeable staff and a solid selection of plants, flowers, veggies, herbs and more. Plant Land is open from late March through mid-August, weather permitting. Currently open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
5304 W. Wells St.
All of Schuler’s plants are locally grown and climatized and they have an ever-changing selection, year after year. Schuler Gardens will open May 1 for online business with curbside pick-up only. On May 28, it will open for on-site sales with hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Stein’s Garden and Home
Stein’s is a Wisconsin-based chain with 16 locations, many of which are located in the southeastern part of the state. The first Stein’s opened in Shorewood in 1946. Stein’s offers online shopping and delivery (restrictions apply) as well as in-person shopping. Go to the website for the hours and particulars of the nearest shop.
Teens Grow Greens (at Weber's Greenhouse)
4215 N. Green Bay Ave.
Through Teens Grow Greens, Milwaukee teens raise and then sell plants, flowers, vegetables and herbs and learn valuable skills so they can become purposeful leaders in their own lives, the lives of others and the life of their environment. Read more about the initiative here.
Houseplant shops / services
By appointment only, (414) 378-7177
For unusual and hard-to-find plants from all over the world, contact Alt who owns five warehouses of plants and antiques, none of which are open to the public at this time.
Grow Plants and Home
1025 N. Astor St., (414) 502-7601
This husband-and-wife-owned business opened in 2o19 with the mission to provide others with what their plants provide for them: "a beautiful space where the lines between home and nature are blurred." Open Tuesday from 12 to 4 p.m.; Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Curbside is available.
Maranta Plant Shop
1739 N. Doctor M.L.K. Jr Dr.
Milwaukee’s only Black- and Brown-owned plant shop that opened in April of 2021. The shop offers a highly curated selection of plants, from healthy, everyday houseplants to rare types. Maranta is open Wednesday-Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. Read more here.
211 N. Broadway St., (414) 345-7092
MOD GEN describes itself as a "modern general store" and has a large plant section. Currently, it is open Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Curbside pickup is also available.
5402 W. Vliet St., (414) 257-0434
An upscale flower shop with a great selection of leafy, blooming and succulent plants. Open Monday-Friday from 9 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2534 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 312-7188
URSA has a plant section featuring different kinds of plants and succulents, as well as pots and plant stands. In-store shopping or curbside are available. Open Monday-Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
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