With just a month or so before the growing season starts in Cleveland, this is a good time to think about your garden and other growing needs. Whether you’re an urban farmer or a backyard hobbyist, the listed centers are eager to give you all the help you need for a successful growing season. Stop in at one of the shops listed and get gardening.
Cavotta's Garden Center (Photo By Mark Horning)

Cavotta’s Garden Center (Photo By Mark Horning)

Cavotta Garden Center
19606 Nottingham Road
Cleveland, OH
(216) 692-0300

One of the oldest family run garden centers in Cleveland (over 85 years), Cavotta’s Garden Center was started in 1930 by Felix and Angela. Many visitors are surprised to find that this unassuming frontage extends back three greenhouses long. Along with supplying local restaurants and customers with fresh produce, the center offers 150 varieties of heirloom tomatoes as well as anything you need from annuals, perennials and vegetable seedlings as well as seeds, soil and statuary. Starting April 30, the center will be hosting its first Collinwood Farm and Flea Market.  The center also sells its own honey and has goats, chickens and rabbits on display.

Grace Brothers Farm Garden (Photo By Mark Horning)

Grace Brothers Farm Garden (Photo By Mark Horning)

Grace Brothers Farm Garden
1907 W. 65th St.
Cleveland, OH
(216) 513-3262

Grace Brothers is your general store in the middle of the city and has two locations (Cleveland and North Royalton). They feature plants from local growers as well as unique specialty plants such as fig and lemon trees.  They carry a large selection of heirloom tomatoes and pepper plans as well as herb seedlings, and native perennial flowers. For the suburban chicken farmer they carry everything you need including coops, chicks, chickens, feed (all natural and organic), waterers, feeders and bedding. They also specialize in local foods including Pope’s Kitchen Products, Randy’s Pickles, Wake Robin Fermented Foods, Cleveland Kraut Products, Old City Soda, Hartzler Dairy Products and Farm Fresh Eggs.

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Puritas Nursery And Garden Center
19201 Puritas Ave.
Cleveland, OH
(216) 267-5350

Puritas is considered by many to be Cleveland’s last growing greenhouse of flowers and vegetables. Puritas Nursery has been under the same ownership for the past 30 years features the experts who grow their own. They promise sincere and personal attention and advice you can trust. Stop by and be sure to visit their Fairy Garden Gift Area. Along with annuals and perennials, they offer cactus and other air plants. They also sell West Park Historical Society publications and calendars. They have seasoned firewood on hand with delivery available.  Puritas Nursery is located in Cleveland’s West Park near Kamm’s Corner. They also take green to the next level by recycling all plastic pots and flats returned by customers.

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Broadway Garden Center
7758 Broadway Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio
(216) 883-2420

It’s the little shop that is chock full of everything you need for growing anything green. Broadway offers a large range of home and garden products coupled with a helpful and knowledgeable staff. The Center features annuals, perennials, houseplants, bedding plants, fertilizer, equipment and supplies as well as flowers and vegetables. Contractors are welcomed.

Petitti's Strongsville Garden Center (Photo By Mark Horning)

Petitti’s Strongsville Garden Center (Photo By Mark Horning)

Petitti Garden Center
18941 Pearl Road
Strongsville, OH
(440) 878-9409

Petitti has nine locations in Northeast Ohio including Avon, Bainbridge, Strongsville, Mentor, Oakwood Village, Tallmadge, Boardman, Middleburgh Heights and Richmond Heights. The Strongsville store is a 14 acre Victorian Garden Conservatory on which their 100,000-square-foot “Glass House Store” sits. Their selection of plants are 98 percent locally grown and include annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, houseplants, vegetable plants and herbs.  They also carry seeds, bulbs, lawn supplies, pottery, trellises, planters and bird feeding supplies. They offer planting services for those unable to do their own gardening.

Online, you will find planting and gardening guides, their own calendar of upcoming events and seminars, how-to videos as well as their exclusive “Gardening With Angelo Magazine.” In their House and Home section you can find patio furniture, fire pits, grills, home accents, kitchen supplies (including specialty and gourmet foods), garden accents, outdoor lighting, a kids department as well as a Boutique Bath and Beauty section.

Mark Horning is a freelance writer covering all things Cleveland. His work can be found on Examiner.com.