Welcome to Gardener's

Where Gardening is Second Nature

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How does your garden grow?
Ask us, we know.

Got Questions? We're Here to Help!

It isn’t enough to just buy plants and tools and all the stuff it takes to practice the art of gardening. You need somebody to talk to, somebody in touch with the earth.

At the Gardener’s Center, you’ll find such people in abundance. All of us are either trained in horticulture or are simply passionate about what we do. When you get your plantings from us, we show you how to make them grow and flourish.

And if you need more help after you get them home, we’re here to give you that, too. Our goal is simple. We want to make you so good at gardening that it becomes second nature. Then, together, we can let the good times grow.

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Who We Are

Started in 1980, The Gardener’s Center and Florist is a second-generation, family business based in Darien, CT. As a community mainstay, our business was built on and sustained by excellent personal service and carefully selected plant material. Our knowledgeable teams have been helping local gardeners for decades, and we are grateful to continue this tradition.

We are constantly evolving to reflect the changing needs of our customers and of our planet. Our team embraces responsible and sustainable gardening with an emphasis on creating a living, biodynamic soil structure that helps to naturally ward off pests and diseases, while requiring no artificial supplements. We proudly feature a wide selection of pollinator friendly and locally grown, native plants that need minimal amendments to thrive in our area. Most recently, The Gardener’s Center and Florist earned our Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) certification, reflecting our commitment to organic, sustainable gardening.

Meet Kris

Kris Barker

Owner

I have spent my entire life in the green industry. I grew up in this store, went to UCONN to study plant science and receive my masters, spent a few years in the field as a foreman of landscape crews and a few more years working in the green roofing business in NYC. Plants have always been a part of me and couldn’t think of a better way spend my day. When I stepped in at the GCF, my goal was to adapt our product line to reflect a more responsible way of gardening, one that puts nature first. With the help of everyone here, we have achieved that. The best part of The GCF is our staff. If you don’t know it yet, you will as soon as you stop in. We all work together to make this an enjoyable place to work. We love helping our customers and we have a great time doing it.

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