Spring has arrived, which means it's time to dig into that dirt and bring your yard back to life. Here are six local garden centers that can help you cultivate a green thumb.
Jensen's Flowers & Garden: This nursery and garden center brings a touch of magic to your backyard with their fairy gardening classes and supplies. At Jensen's, you can also pick your produce before even planting a seed with their farmer's market, which also includes lots -- as in hundreds of bushels -- of chili roasting.
845 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood; 303-237-5545
Silver Sage Garden Centers: You can stop in for shrubs and flowers, but the trees are the most impressive branch of goods at Silver Sage. They offer delivery, installation and more options than you can shake a stick at. Check their site for discounts and seasonal activities.
6775 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton; 303-730-7243
Groundcovers Greenhouse and Nursery: Set aside a little extra time for your first visit here. In addition to every plant, shrub, grass and ground cover you can imagine, they also provide statues, birdbaths, trellises and more. And gnomes? Ooooh, yeah.
4301 E. Iliff Ave.; 303-758-8957
Highlands Garden Center: Whether you are looking for a few pretty petunias or full-out landscaping with a koi pond, you can start, restart and finish here. In addition to the Garden Center, you'll also find a full hardware store and a sprinkler shop.
8080 S. Holly St., Centennial; 303-220-5856
Echters's Nursery & Garden Center: This family-owned establishment -- open 50-plus years -- goes beyond the basics and offers the full-backyard experience. Once you get the landscaping figured out, check out the barbecue grills, patio furniture and other outdoor accessories.
52nd Ave. & Garrison St., Arvada; 303-424-7979
Wilmore Nursery, Garden Center & Greenhouse: If you're looking for a long-term relationship, you can be assured Wilmore's isn't going anywhere. Open since 1886, Wilmore's focuses on perennials, trees and shrubs as well as well-seasoned advice to turn a black thumb green.
711 E. County Line Road, Littleton; 303-795-5339