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Inside Dig It Gardens, customers can find house plants. The store switched to appointment-only shopping to stop the spread of coronavirus. (Photo: Courtesy: Agnes Art & Photo)

If you’ve ever thought about starting an indoor garden, there’s no time like the pandemic — er, present.

For those of us spending more time at home than usual lately, plants offer more benefits than just beautifying your space.

Studies have found that indoor plants can reduce stress and improve your mood and productivity — a nice perk if you’re still working from home. Some houseplants like pothos and snake plants can even remove toxins and purify the air in your home, according to a NASA study. 

The best part of starting an indoor garden is that you can do it — and support local businesses — almost entirely from home. Here are six metro-Phoenix plant shops that offer pick-up and/or delivery.

Pueblo 

Pueblo, located in the Historic Garfield District, has been “Downtown Phoenix’s plant shop” since 2015. They sell a variety of plants, candles, pottery and more.

If you see a plant you like on their Instagram page, you can call to purchase it and schedule a pick-up. Their Instagram also features pots and planters for sale, store updates and the occasional picture of Ben, the shop’s cutest (and furriest) employee. 

Pueblo recently opened a second location in Venice, California, with plans to expand the Phoenix shop too, according to a recent Instagram post.

Location: 1102 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, AZ 85006.

Hours: Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dig It Gardens 

Just outside downtown Phoenix, Dig It Gardens offers “diverse plant material, unique pottery and a positive vibe,” according to their website.

The shop’s website lists plants by height and price, so you can find one that perfectly fits your space and place a pick-up order online. 

Bonus: Dig It Gardens frequently updates their Instagram with discounts, new plants and other quirky items for sale.

Location: 3015 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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Summer Winds Nursery 

With locations in Glendale, Mesa and Phoenix, Summer Winds Nursery has houseplants available for pick-up and limited delivery options.

You can order by phone or email now, but an online store is expected to open by the end of September,the shop confirmed in an email. 

If you’re new to the plant world, Summer Winds Nursery may be a good place to start. Their website offers everything from plant information to a quiz for “which houseplant matches your personality.” 

Bonus: Summer Winds Nursery’s Plant Guarantee allows customers to return or exchange a plant that doesn’t “grow and thrive” when using their staff’s recommended procedures.

Locations:

  • Phoenix: 17826 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85032.
  • Glendale: 6426 W. Bell Road, Glendale, AZ 85308.
  • Mesa: 3160 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210.

Hours: Phoenix: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Glendale and Mesa: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.

Plant Stand of Arizona

Located in the South Mountain area, Plant Stand of Arizona claims on their website to be one of the largest suppliers of imported pottery, specialty plants and cacti in the western U.S.

On their website you can browse available plants listed with care instructions and an inventory code so customers can easily order by phone. You can pick up your plant in-store, have it delivered locally through Postmates (yes, it’s a thing) or shipped anywhere in the U.S.

Follow their Instagram for information on giveaways and plant availability and stay for the cute photos of Bently, the store’s unofficial mascot.

Bonus: You can stop in on or near your birthday for a free plant, according to the shop’s Instagram. 

Location: 6420 S. 28th St., Phoenix, AZ 85042.

Hours: Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Sundays).

Berridge Nurseries

The family-owned Berridge Nurseries has been a plant staple in the Valley since 1938. Berridge is known for having a wide variety of roses year-round. They also specialize in bonsai.

This nursery offers delivery and curbside pick-up. You can’t browse their plants online, but you can call or email to ask about their selection and place an order.

Berridge Nursery also sells candles, gifts, antiques and pottery too, with a seasonal store that opens in October each year, according to their website. 

Location: 4647 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.

Wright in the Garden

Named the best place to shop for houseplants in 2020 by Phoenix Magazine, Wright in the Garden offers a variety of houseplants, air plants, succulents and more. 

Their online store features plants, pots, soil and anything else you’ll need to start an indoor garden, all available for in-store or curbside pick-up.

You can follow their Instagram for information on new plants in stock, holiday discounts and helpful tidbits such as what plants are safe for pets.

Location: 10880 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85028, Suite 27.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed Mondays).

NOTE: Some plants can be toxic for pets, so if you have a furry friend at home, make sure to research before buying or keep your plants out of their reach. 

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