July 28, 2013

1. DeHaven Home and Garden Showplace, Lima

Location: 775 Shawnee Road, Lima; 15276 E. U.S. 224, Findlay

Phone: 419-227-7003, Lima; 419-422-5617, Findlay

Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Locally owned and operated for the past 59 years, DeHavenís is in its fourth generation of owners. The story carries anything the home gardener needs. With a wide variety of nursery stock, landscaping experts and excellent customer service, customers can plan or expand their gardens. They also carry a full array of pond supplies.

2. Menards, Lima

Location: 2614 N. Eastown Road, Lima

Phone: 419-224-4490

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Menards offers a wide variety of items in their large store. Everything from mulch and nursery stock to landscape features are available. Not only do they have a large variety of stock, but they also have very affordable prices. They pride themselves on their excellent customer service.

3. H2O Gardens and Landscaping, Lima

Location: 1077 Shawnee Road, Lima

Phone: 419-229-9310

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: If you want something unique for your garden, this is the place to stop. H2O Gardens specializes in finding items you canít find anywhere else. If you donít know much about gardening, thatís okay too because their staff is very knowledgeable. They have certified nursery specialists, master gardeners and even a team that specializes in horticulture there. They love to sit down one on one and discuss whatís going on in your garden and help you cultivate your green thumb!

Honorable Mentions: Forget Me Not, Lima; Amherst Greenhouse, Harrod; Loweís, Lima