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About

Located on South Congress, just 2 miles south of downtown Austin, we are by definition an urban garden center. However, with 2 acres of majestic Oak Trees, a serene waterfall, a gigantic wind chime, and a tropical greenhouse The Great Outdoors is a bucolic destination. We carry a wide selection of native and adapted plants suitable for Central Texas gardens and homes. Our inventory includes seasonal vegetables, perennials, cacti and succulent, indoor plants, palm trees, shrubs, water plants, vines, roses, fruit trees, and more.

But, we aren’t just about plants here at The Great Outdoors. We are a full-scale garden center. We carry a wide variety of soils specifically crafted for certain plants. We also carry fertilizers, insect management solutions, disease control options and specific plant foods.

You also get us! With our extensive plant knowledge and hands on landscaping experience that we can lend to your gardening project, big or small. We'll also send you on your way knowing exactly how to care for your new plant! We also have a team of loaders who will carry heavy items, bring your soil to your car, and help you get that impossible plant to fit in your vehicle for a safe ride home!

Our Rooms

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The Orchid Room

Is filled with incredible orchids, Tillandsias (Air Plants), terrarium bowls, domes and all the components to create your own terrariums or repot your orchid. We also have all the tools, pots, wire and moss spores to get started on bonzai. Our 2 parrots, Sabel and Rascal, also live in this room. For a little song and dance they may just talk or sing for you!

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The Gift Shop

Features magical wind chimes, garden inspired art, classic bird feeders and hummingbird swings. This is also where we keep all of our fairy garden accessories! Tables and shelves filled with little trinkets. We have a fairy garden workshop the first Saturday of every month. Check out our workshops page for more info!

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The Tropical Greenhouse

This magical space is one of the jewels here at The Great Outdoors. It includes 3,000 sq ft. of both common and rare indoor plants. It is a green wonderland of strange and beautiful plants! When you visit Chaeli, Christian or Jeremy will be happy to answer any of your questions. And yes, we have fiddle leaf figs...

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The Tool Shed

Is stocked with the most tried and true brands of tools and growing accessories (everything from Felco pruners to watering systems). We also carry a full array of chicken feeders and other items you might need for your feathered friends. As a full garden store we carry every tool you may need to tackle your gardening projects.

Departments & Nursery features

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Water Features/Fountains

Water features (both big and small) are a great way to add a multi-sensory experience to any garden through their melodic sounds and the hypnotic dance of droplets. Throughout the garden center we feature turn-key water features that range from the most basic table top sizes to the elaborate multi-tiered classical fountains.

See the guide to basic fountain care and maintenance below.

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Plant Health & Soils

Our cashier tent is stocked with natural and organic pesticides and fertilizers, plant health products, plant support and more. We also brew our own Compost Tea, Tom J.'s Microbial Moonshine every weekend.

The best gardeners know that the key to a great garden is the soil. That is why we created “The Great Outdoors Famous” line of soil and compost. The Great Outdoors Famous Compost incorporates organic dairy cow manure, green manure, and composted hardwoods. Rich in sulfur and iron, it has an average pH of 6 – perfect for Central Texas gardens. Our Famous Potting Soils moistens more...

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Garden Décor & Statuary

Whether you are looking to keep your yard weird with a whimsical cat statue or complete your Zen garden, we carry an extensive line of décor, art and furniture. While our inventory is ever changing, expect to find everything from handmade metal art to traditional concrete statues. Additionally, we carry a wide selection of the meticulously hand-crafted Music of the Sphere’s Wind Chimes, made right here in Austin.

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Pottery & Containers

From contemporary lightweight pottery to brightly glazed water pots to traditional terracotta, we have a unique and extraordinary pottery selection. Whether you’re looking for the last bespoke element in a downtown condo, outfitting a spacious deck, setting up an herb garden or adding an accent to a native garden, you will find the perfect pot or container for your project. We also have pottery specialists who can give you guidance and lead you to hidden treasures. No one can top our selection or prices. and if it doesn't come with a hole, we'll drill it for you!

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Our Animals

Our Garden Center is very pet friendly. We even have some friendly pets! It is not uncommon to find our employee's dogs to be off-leash around the store. Do not worry though, these are the kindest, most well-behaved animals we know. There is also a resident cat, and two Macaws!

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Queenie

Everybody love this cat. Queenie is our resident feline, and the unofficial mascot of The Great Outdoors. Queenie reigns over the entire nursery, napping where ever she pleases. you can find her laying in the displays, behind plants, on top of soil bags, or in her bed at the cashier tent.

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Rascal

One of our amazing Macaws! Rascal loves to talk, laugh, and pretend to be a phone ringing. Come meet rascal in our gift shop.

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Delilah

Our head cashier Liz's little buddy is named Delilah and she loves to play fetch. You can sometime find her hanging around the cashier tent, or dropping her tennis ball at your feet somewhere.

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Neva

Our GM Adam's best friend, and the resident Golden Retriever. Neva is a kind, gentle, old gal. She loves naps in the sun, and sneaking food whenever her dad is not watching. You can find her off leash around the cashier tent, or in the main office lounging on the floor.