Updated June 2019
So your Instagram feed has been flooded with perfectly filtered, beautifully angled photos of thriving, eye-catching plants in your friends’ apartments and maybe, you’re beginning to feel a little left out. “Where are my friends getting all these plants from? Are plants expensive? Are my fake plants tacky? Am I living my best life?” Perhaps you’ve heard horror stories from friends who couldn’t even keep a cactus alive and you’re afraid you’ll meet the same fate.
But the truth is, plants are a pretty inexpensive way to decorate your space, they’re not too hard to take care of if you dedicate some time to it and we’ve compiled a list of where your friends are getting them from.
The benefits of having houseplants go beyond aesthetics (although we love the lush, green look too) and include removing toxins from the air and even improving mental health. After surviving a Buffalo winter, we could all use the boost. #plantlady #plantmom
2855 Angle Rd, Orchard Park // Website
Let’s start with actual heaven on earth, if your idea of heaven is an adorable farm of greenhouses tucked away in Orchard Park, filled to the brim with succulents, cacti, hanging plants and tropical trees. Where friendly cats and a sweet ol’ dog walk through the grounds as you decide how many plants your apartment can handle, because chances are you’ll want them all. The plants aren’t price-marked, but the helpful staff (read: fam) will let you know the general prices and might even cut you a deal.
Niagara County Produce
8555 Transit Rd, East Amherst // Website
Niagara Produce boasts a large greenhouse of indoor trees, smaller plants and succulents. It’s also a local produce store, deli and cafe– perfect if plant shopping leaves you feeling a bit hungry. Here you can get trendy art deco fiddle leaf fig trees and snake plants that look like they cost a pretty penny, for a much cheaper price.
Urban Roots Community Garden
428 Rhode Island St, Buffalo // Website
Urban Roots is the kind of place you want to support. Located on Buffalo’s west side, a group of people decided to start a cooperative garden center in their urban neighborhood. After garnering support from the community, they opened their storefront. Over 10 years later, they continue to give back by not only selling plants, but also providing educational services throughout the year.
Gullo’s Garden Center
4767 Southwestern Blvd, Hamburg // Website
With over 20,000 square feet of greenhouses during the peak season, Gullo’s describes a visit as an “experience.” Not only do they have the succulents and houseplants you’re looking for, but also pots, fertilizer, tools and all that other good stuff.
Badding Bros Farm Market
10820 Transit Rd, East Amherst // Website
From a vast array of succulents to clever Instagram captions, Badding Bros has a diverse selection of tropical plants for your decor needs. They also have a cute cat and some bunnies, which never hurts.
4484 Clark St, Hamburg // Website
Succulents, cacti, weird looking (in the best way) hanging plants, oh my! Lockwood’s has a huge selection of healthy houseplants, from philodendrons to rubber trees, to bird of paradises to some low light fellas.
Russell’s Tree and Shrub Farm
9800 Transit Rd., East Amherst // Website
Russell’s, marked by the giant Buffalo statue out front, sells different plants, flowers, accessories, and succulents. Take a walk through here to find supplies to keep your plants thriving and maybe, pick up a succulent or two along the way. How many are too many? You do you.
Life is Succulent
1249 Eggert Rd, Amherst, NY 14226 // Website
Brand new to the area, Life is Succulent sells indoor plants, garden accessories, jewelry, bath and body, gifts, and more. They also are starting to do workshops in which you can create your own succulent vertical garden!
Hi-Way Garden Center
1941 Tonawanda Creek Rd, Amherst, NY 14228 // Website
Hi- Way Garden Center is a seasonal garden store open from the Spring to the Early Fall. They have plants ranging from big to small and everything in between. With so many options to choose from, you are bound to leave with more plants than you could ever imagine.