Welcome to Downtown Home & Garden - a hundred-year-old shop right in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. Over the last century, our store has evolved from a livery stable and feed mill into an urban emporium for garden supplies, classic housewares, and gourmet kitchenware. Welcome to the store!
Our annual bulb pre-order sale forms are now available at the store - order anytime before June 30. Get the best prices of the year on the fall-planted bulbs you've seen blooming around town this spring. Buy in box-lot quantities, choose from hundreds of varieties, pay now and pick up your bulbs on October 1. It's easy and rewarding - just like the catalogs, only local. If you want to see the bulbs in bloom, we have photos of every variety available here at the store.
You can also download our variety list and order form - print one off to fill in at home, and then bring it with you to the store, or call, fax, or mail it in to us. The two files are available below in PDF format (you can download the free Adobe PDF Reader here).
Just yesterday, we finally received our shipment of organic seed potatoes, garlic, and shallots. Here's a full update of what we now have in stock for the spring:
Herbs, Fruits, & Vegetables
Flowers & Ornamentals:
- herbs - a great selection of all kinds of herbs
- vegetables - we're just getting started on veggies, with some cold-weather crops and just a few tomatoes and peppers. More to come.
- root crops - tons of potatoes (including organic and fingerling varieties), 3 types of onions, 2 types of shallots, 4 types of garlic, and 2 types of asparagus
- fruits - strawberries, grapevines, boysenberries, raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, elderberries, blueberries, and rhubarb
- Frog Holler organics - coming soon! Maybe even this weekend.
- pansies - we just got in a new shipment. Hardy and blooming beautifully, by the pack or by the flat.
- perennials - a small selection of flowering perennials is now available
- bulbs - all summer bulbs (gladiolus, dahlias, lilies, etc.) have arrived
- Ann Arbor Seed Co - it's our first year carrying these fantastic locally-saved and packaged seeds, only $4 per pack
- packets - as always, we have a huge selection of seed packets at 25% off
- bulk - save money by weighing up exactly what you need from our bulk seed selection
Here are your options for professional soil testing this year:
First, you can go directly to the County Extension office at 705 N. Zeeb. They advise calling before making the trip to make sure they have soil testing packets in stock: 997-1678.
You can also order kits online from the MSU bookstore website. Click here to go straight to their online store.
We now have pansies for sale, lighting up the sidewalk in front of the store. Buy them by the six-pack or get a discount on a whole flat.
Our first shipment of seed potatoes is on display. We have ten varieties available: Adirondack Blue, German Butterball, Irish Cobbler, Kennebec, Onaway, Red Norland, Red Pontiac, Russet Burbank, Superior, and Yukon Gold. We also have four varieties of onions sets: Yellow, White, Red, and Stuttgarter; Jersey Green and Purple Passion asparagus roots; and Canada Red Rhubarb.
We're expecting our certified organic and fingerling seed potatoes sometime in the next few weeks, along with garlic for spring planting.
Our new Spring Catalog comes out in the next week or so with the April edition of the Ann Arbor Observer, but you can also download it right here and now. Click here to check it out (some computers may require the free Adobe PDF Reader). Don't miss the mini graphic novel on pages 10-11 tracing the history of our clothing department, illustrated by our fantastic in-house artist, Margaret Parker.
Our bulb collection is growing, in more ways than one: some of the lilies are eagerly pushing blooms right out of their packaging! Here are the varieties of bulbs, roots, and tubers we now have in stock:
We also have one variety of eremerus (foxtail lily) and two varieties of eucomis (pineapple lilies). In our native wildflower department, we have: Trillium, Lily of the Valley, Wild Orchids, Bluebells, Wild Ginger, Solomon's Seal, and more.
- elephant ears (calladium)
As far as crops go, right now we've only received Canada Red rhubarb. We'll post here as soon as we get onions and potatoes.
Saturday, April 6, 9:00am-11:00am
The Perfect Lawn with Mark Hodesh
Mark the Lawn Doctor once again conducts his helpful clinic to aid homeowners in achieving the lawn they want this summer. The time to start is now. Proper mowing, watering and fertilizing will be discussed, as well as: starting a lawn from scratch, reinvigorating a tired old lawn, using zero-phosphate fertilizers that are good for the Huron River, and how to grow an organic lawn. Questions are invited. Free and open to the public.
April 13, 10:00am-Noon
Organic Gardening Basics & Developing Healthy Soil
Rick Weller of the Michigan-based company Organically Done will discuss organic versus chemical gardening practices, soil biology, and organic pest and weed control. Free and open to the public.
Click here for our full calendar of events.