We’re going to go out on a limb here and assume that if you live in a city, you’re thirsting for a dose of greenery just as much as we are. Homepolish designer Liz Lipkin shares her favorite spots to root around for greenery in NYC.
We’re going to go out on a limb here and assume that if you live in a city, you’re thirsting for a dose of greenery just as much as we are. Sure, cities have parks and sad little sidewalk plants born from inhospitable concrete, but it’s just not the same as the miles of sprawling, expansive nature that you get outside of urban areas. Homepolish designerknows. She understands. She’s here for you. And Liz doesn’t beat around the bush (get it?). Here she shares her favorite spots to root around for greenery in NYC.
103 Hoyt St., 718-797-3628; grdnbklyn.com
We’ve never understood why people are insulted when they’re told that they might be becoming their parents… we’re more than down to embrace dad’s questionable gin to tonic ratio and mom’s fabulous green thumb. If you feel like you need a touch of charm to soften your city edges, head over to Cobble Hill’s GRDN and you’ll find lovely, unique plants, flowers, and outdoor furniture that can be used for anything from a summer garden party to a breath of fresh air when your radiator is sucking the air dry.
309 Henry St., 718-858-6443; seaportflowers.com
A bottle of Rothschild does not a dinner party make. If you want to turn a new leaf and bring your parties and events to the next level of elegance, Seaport Flowers is the place for you. With carefully curated bouquets that range from stunningly simple to carefully colorful, the Brooklyn Heights spot is a haven for anyone seeking the finer things in life.
59 Grand St., 718-388-4440; sprouthome.com
Don’t consider yourself and your friends the dinner party type? We can dig it. Check out Williamsburg spot Sprout Home, where they stay true to the eclectic Brooklyn typecast with a plethora of massive houseplants, mismatched pottery (in the chicest way, of course), and carefully-crafted terrariums of both the stationary and hanging nature. Fear not, flower aficionados! There are plenty of delicate, unusual flora options that are ripe for the picking.
807 6th Ave., 212-929-9418; internationalgarden.net
Fans of the flower mart, rejoice! You no longer need to wake up at the crack of dawn to find the freshest picks. Instead, the International Garden saves up the best of the best just for you, even if you break the sleepless cycle and go in at noon. Not only will you find a wide variety of blooming beauties if you want to curate your own bouquet, but professionals will also do the job for you.
Union Square Greenmarket
East 17th St & Union Square West, 212-788-7476; grownyc.org/greenmarket/manhattan-union-square-m;
Open rain or shine on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays
The Greenmarket is a must-see for the millions of tourists that venture to New York City every year. Whether you’re searching for summer sunflowers, autumn arendsii, winter wreaths, or spring snowdrops, you’ll find it in the market. Make the most of your visit and pick up some fresh produce and meats (and a homemade muffin or two… we won’t tell).