Like many, I have discovered there is a good amount of extra time in my day-to-day schedule. At first, I struggled with navigating my new-found free time, but decided to use this as an opportunity to pick up a new hobby.

When I noticed that a couple of our local garden retail stores were offering curb-side pickup, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and work on our landscaping. If you, like me, find gardening to be therapeutic and rewarding, here are a few places you will want to check out for your gardening and landscaping needs in Hendricks County. 

Avon GardensAvon Gardens 

Avon Gardens is located on 10 acres along County Road 91 North and County Road 625 East. They have a beautiful walk-through garden and a wonderful selection of perennials, annuals, hanging baskets and vegetable garden.

You name it, they have it! The outdoor retail area is currently open, or you can call and take advantage of their curbside services. 

If you have a little gardener, they are currently offering fairy garden kits for curbside pick-up only. These little fairy gardens are both fun and educational.

These kits include: A lesson on how plants grow, a basket for planting, rocks for drainage, soil, mulch, a fairy and furry fairy friend, plants and a few small accessories.

I plan on picking one up this week. I can't wait to see the look on my daughter's face as she sees what she planted grow and evolve over the next few months. 

Bear's Lawn Care and Garden CenterBear's Garden Center

Another option for your gardening needs is Bear's Lawn Care and Garden Center. They truly have everything you might need for your landscaping and gardening.

They offer your typical plants, trees, bushes, garden tools, garden decor and vegetable and flower seeds. But they also provide lawn care, landscaping services, irrigation and sprinkler system installation and landscape lighting. 

During these uncertain times, their store doors are open, but they also provide curb-side pickup for customers who prefer that route. When I spoke with the owner, she mentioned that curb-side pickup will be offered through the summer.

If you are interested in pickup, you can order through their website here.

Belleville Farm MarketBelleville Farm Market in the fall

Belleville Farm Market is a roadside seasonal market located along U.S. 40 in Belleville. This hidden Hendricks County gem has been family owned and operated by the same family since 1952.

I have so many memories visiting this little market with my mom and sisters growing up. We went each month for the fresh, in-season produce. In May, we went for the Florida corn and in June and July, we visited to pick up rainier cherries.

My mouth is watering just thinking about them now! We did not just go for the produce. They always had the prettiest hanging baskets, and I always looked forward to picking the best one to hang on our back patio. 

Be sure to pay them a visit. I can guarantee you will be warmly greeted by the friendly owners and find just what you're looking for and more! 

Please note, they are currently only allowing a limited number of people in their market at a time as a precaution. 

Cox's Plant FarmCox's Plant Farm (Courtesy of the Cox's Plant Farm Facebook page) 

A few miles west of the Belleville Farm Market, you will find Cox's Plant Farm, off U.S. 40 at County Road 0 in Clayton. This is the place where all your gardening and yard work needs are met. This family-owned business started in 1970 and has grown across more than 20 acres, making it one of the largest nurseries and greenhouses in Indiana. 

In my personal experience, one of the best things about Cox's is the staff. They are extremely knowledgeable.

We have tulips along the backside of our house, and I wanted to add more to the other side. When I called Cox's Plant Farm to order tulips, I was not aware that the blooming season was over.

A helpful employee talked me through the process of planting bulbs for tulips next year. I also purchased some begonias, which look beautiful in the planter's in front of our house.

You won't only leave Cox's Plant Farm with a wide variety of plants, you will leave with more knowledge and confidence in your gardening abilities. I know I did! 

McCammon's Irish Market 

Taking over the former Frazee Gardens property in Brownsburg, I had to include Hendricks County's newest family-owned garden retail center on this list. McCammon's Irish Market is located on the south side of Brownsburg on Ind. 267. McCammon's has an awesome selection of all types of hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, along with mulch fertilizer and supplies.

They also offer complete landscaping services as well as yard cleanup, mulch and debris haul away. I wish I would have known that sooner! My parents just replaced all their mulch with rock, and this would have been a great gift idea so that they didn't have to do that dreaded task themselves.

We will do a much deeper dive into McCammon's later this year right here on the Hendricks County Insider blog.