3 Reasons to Shop Local This Gardening Season

From customer service to personalized knowledge, shopping local is always worth it.

When it comes to gardening these days, it’s easy to think that big-box retailers are the best bet to shop for your gardening supplies. It’s no secret we are believers in shopping at local garden centers and markets. After all, you deserve exceptional service and help from a friendly team. When you shop exclusively through big-box retailers, it’s just not possible to get customized support from people who care about you… and your garden.

Here’s why shopping locally for your garden is a better option.

Benefits of Shopping at a Local Garden Center

    1. Local garden markets are knowledgeable about your needs.

When it comes to shopping at local garden markets and stores like Urban Roots Garden Market, you’ll be able to communicate and buy from a team that knows the region well. In a world where conflicting advertising and complicated marketing often get in the way of what you need, you owe it to yourself to find people who love to help! By shopping locally, you’ll know exactly what you need (and how to get it).

Whether you are looking for the right soil or a specific type of flower, shopping locally opens the door for true advice, trusted products and a team that cares about your garden. Local garden markets also know what they have in stock, what is available if they are out of stock, and when they can get it in for you from their local greenhouses. Plus, they’re much more likely to go the extra mile and help you out. Besides, your local garden store employees know the region well… making them an even better resource for understanding the land and what plants will do the best.

    1. Building relationships is one of the best parts of gardening.

There’s a quote by Gertrude Jekyll, where she says, “The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.” By shopping locally, you’ll shop from people who know of — and can’t wait to pass on — the joy of gardening, which is a truly special delight.

While we’ve all known what it’s like to shop through a big-box retailer, there’s no connection there — and, by shopping at local garden markets, you can build connections that last for years and years. Those connections are exactly what makes gardening so beautiful in the first place.

    1. Shopping local is great for the economy

When it comes to local businesses, there is nothing but joy and great returns going around. From community involvement to relationship building to customer service, local businesses go above and beyond for every gardener and person that walks inside their store. On another level, shopping local boosts the economy and your city as well. According to Fundera, local business is one of the very best ways to stimulate your community — and, while $68 of every $100 spent at a local business stays in the community, only $43 of every $100 spent at a big-box retailer or chain stays.

If you are ready to shop locally for your garden needs, visit us at Urban Roots Garden Market or shop with us online. With a dedicated staff and team who cares about you and your garden, we’ll get you taken care of in no time.

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