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Merrifield Garden Center

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Merrifield is expensive, but they sell high quality plants. The staff is helpful... - Jun 01, 2022

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Friendly staff and large variety of items - Sep 24, 2021

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Merrifield Garden Center

8132 Lee Hwy
Merrifield, VA 22042 703-560-6222

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Quality service and products on the high end of the price scale, but staff... - Jul 27, 2022

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Merrifield Garden Center

12101 Lee Hwy
Fairfax, VA 22030 703-968-9600

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Excellent customer service in terms of assistance to locate a specific plant,... - May 25, 2022

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Meadows Farms Nurseries

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We have used Meadows Farms for landscape design (and some planting)... - Feb 10, 2021

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American Plant

5258 River Rd
Bethesda, MD 20816 301-656-3311

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Convenient though probably over-priced... - May 22, 2022

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Betty's Azalea Ranch

12507 Lee Hwy
Fairfax, VA 22030 703-830-8687

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Good choice for seasonal plants, shrubs and trees. - May 21, 2022

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American Plant

7405 River Rd
Bethesda, MD 20817 301-469-7690

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Quality is good and staff knowledgable. Summer assistants don't know... - May 04, 2022

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Lowe's

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They carry "Black Cow manure", with the same yellow bag and text... - Jan 11, 2022

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Burke Nursery & Garden Center

9401 Burke Rd
Burke, VA 22015 703-323-1188

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Pricey but high quality products. - Aug 02, 2022

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Meadows Farms Nurseries

6461 Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22042 703-538-3100

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My go to place for bulk mulch and quality plants. - Jul 03, 2022

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Merrifield Garden Center

6895 Wellington Rd
Manassas, VA 20156 703-368-1919

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Quality of their plants is outstanding. More expensive than many other garden... - May 13, 2022

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Green Street Gardens

1721 W Braddock Rd
Alexandria, VA 22302 703-998-3030

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They are a huge improvement over the previous garden center at that location.... - Feb 08, 2022

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Homestead Gardens

743 W Central Ave
Davidsonville, MD 21035 410-798-5000

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Homestead Gardens is a wonderful nursery with healthy plants, knowledgeable... - May 12, 2021

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Good Earth Market

11650 Falls Rd
Potomac, MD 20854 301-765-0224

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Locally owned and friendly, competent staff. You may pay a little more but... - Jan 12, 2022

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Johnson's Florist & Garden Center

5011 Olney Laytonsville Rd
Olney, MD 20832 301-987-1940

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I bought two house plants that did not do well in the location I put them.... - May 02, 2022

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Stadler Nurseries

6815 Rte 108
Laytonsville, MD 20882 301-944-1190

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5* - Jun 13, 2022

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Johnson's Florist & Garden Center

10313 Kensington Pkwy
Kensington, MD 20895 301-946-6700

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Outstanding service for a 50th Wedding Anniversary floral arrangement!... - Aug 28, 2021

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Meadows Farms Nurseries

11254 Leesburg Pike
Herndon, VA 20170 703-450-4240

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Knowledge staff and availability of good plant variety for all seasons. - Sep 27, 2021

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Home Depot

14000 Georgia Ave
Aspen Hill, MD 20906 301-871-0603

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You don't get much useful advice so do the research first before buying... - Sep 18, 2021

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