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It’s gardening time!

It’s officially springtime! The sun is shining, the air warm, the time about to change to springtime and the nights aren’t freezing so if you have a garden, a terrace, balcony or even a window shelf it’s time to get your thumbs green we tell where the best local garden centres are.

If you’re looking for a shovel, a lawn mower or decide to build a shed then you’ll want to head to Coop Bau & Hobby, Migros, Landi, Hornbach, Bauhaus, Jumbo or another d.i.y. store.

Once you’ve got your tools, it’s time to get your plants. Now you are spoiled for choice, although Coop and Migros offer a large assortment it would be a shame to go and visit one of the local gardening centres. Of ntoe these garden stores are open on Sundays through to end of May!

Heini Garten, is situated close to the Kantonspital and has a really nice collection of plants.

The Luzerner Garten Centre  sell many plants and boasts the largest tulip show in Switzerland which is on from April 1st until May 14th.

Schwitter probably is the best known centre just off the highway at the Gisikon Root exit. They have a wonderful show garden and are having their spring party April 1 & 2 and are offering a 10% discount on both Saturday and Sunday.

Hauernstein Garden Center is just a bit further down the road at the Baar exit, they are open every Sunday from March through May, as well as many workshops on various issues. They also have a large collection of flowers and plants and will be having their spring festival on April 1 & 2.

The Stadtgartnerei is responsible for the maintenance of all the green areas around Luzern as well as the playgrounds. The good news for you is that you can pick up compost and earth for free from them and they sometimes even show up in various neighborhoods where you just have to bring your basket (or another container) to get your fill of compost (today in the Neustadt).

Of course be sure to visit the Saturday market by the river where local farmers and gardeners will be selling their plant plugs ready to go into your garden.

Now there is no excuse to not get your hands dirty and have some fun gardening.

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Living in Luzern organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.



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