How many great nurseries have you been to that are in the middle of a shopping mall? Not very many, right? To be fair it’s not a traditional mall, but rather the open-air type that marketing people refer to as a “lifestyle center” (puke). The location, in Seattle’s University Village, is one of my favorite things about this nursery.
Ravenna Gardens isn’t the cheapest garden center, nor does it have the widest selection but it does have a well edited group of plants, pots, books, tools and the like. Plus it softens and greens up what is otherwise a mall parking lot. It’s a locally owned and more “connected” version of the deceased Smith and Hawken.
All the displays at Ravenna Gardens are so colorful and well put together, and they are always in-touch with the seasons (unlike me), just look at all that great fall color! I love this container planting, which is surprising if you’ve noticed my usual 1 plant per planter style. I hate (make that absolutely HATE) the whole “thriller, filler and spiller” recipe for container plantings. That might be necessary if you’ve got a bunch of pansies, but not if you stick with bold, spiky and dangerous plants! Most impressive to me was their fabulous selection of succulents, agaves and aloe. I wanted them all! But managed to not buy a single one. Now that’s impressive eh?