Lowlands Nursery

Grown in Gowanus

The Lowlands Nursery offers plants that are well-adapted to the urban conditions of Gowanus, celebrating the local ecosystem while educating and engaging the community in environmental stewardship.

Our plant inventory centers on native urban-adapted plants, which we sell to individuals, civic institutions, and landscape designers. Our mission-driven nursery supports stewardship of the Gowanus lowlands by providing plant material for installations and engaging students and volunteers in direct plant care. All proceeds support Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s mission-based programs.

We hold weekend public plant sales in the spring and fall and open hours on Wednesdays 11am-1pm. See below for details. If you are ordering online, at check out please select a date to retrieve your order using the date picker so that we will have it ready for you. 

Plant sales and pickups are located at our nursery, located at the Salt Lot in Gowanus at 2 Second Avenue, 11215. Get in touch with us by emailing plants@gowanuscanalconservancy.org

We recycle pots! To return your pots please bring them the next time you pick up plants or email us to coordinate.

Weekend Plant Sales & Compost Givebacks

Browse the nursery, purchase plants and soil, and pick-up limited quantities of free compost* from our partner Big Reuse!

*Limit to five 5-gallon buckets per person. Reserve compost here and be prepared to bag your own compost into your own bag or container. 

-Saturday, September 11th, 10am-1pm Plant Sale and Compost Giveback*

-Saturday, September 25th, 2pm-5pm Plant Sale and Compost Giveback*

Special deal for Fall 2021 Weekend sales: Spend $50 get $5 off!!! (in person weekend sales only)

Weekday Nursery Pickups

You can now come browse and purchase plants in person on Wednesdays 11am-1pm! Or, you can still pre-order plants, soil, and compost online. Your plant order will be set aside for you when you arrive.

-Wednesdays 11am-1pm


We offer discounts for Schools, Community Gardens, Block Associations and GCC Members!

Schools, community gardens, and block associations can apply to receive a 35% discount for plantings in school/community gardens or the public realm. To receive this discount, we ask that you upload documentation of your affiliation using the application link (documentation could be a photograph of the school/community garden, public garden, or tree pit to be planted; a membership card; a school letter, etc).

GCC Members receive a 15% discount and do not need to fill out a separate application. If you are a member and have not received a discount code, please forward your membership receipt to plants@gowanuscanalconservancy.org. Not a member yet? Become a member today!

Garden Resources

Check out GCC’s Garden Resources List of local sources for garden materials, design and landscaping services, and educational materials along with the National Wildlife Federation’s Schoolyard Habitat Planning Guide.

Partners and Sponsors

Greenbelt Native Plant Center
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Helia Native Nursery