Below is a list of organizations in the DC metro area currently providing tools, either for free, on loan, or at cost.
5th Street Ace Hardware
Locally owned hardware store on 5th St near Mt. Vernon Sq. in Washington DC.
We at American Plant, family-owned environmentally responsible garden centers, providing superior plants, products, knowledge and services for our customers and community.
Annie’s Ace Hardware – Brookland
We are a locally owned and operated hardware store convenient serving the Brookland, Brentwood, Eckington, Michigan Park, and Edgewood communities in DC.
Annie’s Ace Hardware – Petworth
Locally owned and operated hardware store convenient to the Petworth, Park View and Columbia Heights communities in Washington, D.C. (Annie’s Ace has locations in Petworth and Brookland DC).
Arlington Public Library Tool Lending Program
Arlington residents and property owners age 18 and over can borrow up to five tools at a time from the Garden Tool Lending Program.
Behnke Nurseries sells a full range of ornamental and edible gardening plants, for outdoors and indoors, and everything you need to make them grow. We also have excellent landscape and florist services. Our events reinforce our commitment to bringing gardens and nature to the public.
Community Forklift is a nonprofit reuse warehouse for home improvement supplies. We pick up donations of unwanted and salvaged building materials throughout the metro DC region. Then, we make the building materials available to the public at low cost, and provide vintage materials for restoring old homes. We also offer public education about reuse and green living, and distribute free supplies to local nonprofits and neighbors in need.
Hardware store that sells plants, gardening equipment; and supplies. Rents tools. Locally owned and operated since 1920.
Urban garden center offering indoor & outdoor plants, tools & statues, plus design services.
The Home Depot is a big box hardware chain with locations in and around DC.
Home Depot Tool Rental
Rent work trucks and tools at any local home depot.
Johnny’s Seed Company
Johnny’s Selected Seeds is committed to helping growers and gardeners succeed with superior seeds, tools, information, and service.
Johnson’s Florist & Garden Centers
The Washington, DC metropolitan area’s premier, neighborhood, family-owned florist and garden center.
Lowe’s is a big box hardware chain with locations in and around DC.
Maryland Farmer’s Exchange
Maryland Farmer’s Exchange is a place where locals can gather to buy/sell/trade anything farm related.
Merrifeld Garden Center
We’re a full-service garden center, nursery and landscaping company that has been serving customers throughout Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area since 1971. With three full-service garden centers in Virginia – Merrifield, Fairfax and Gainesville – we offer one of the largest selections of plants and gardening accessories in the entire country.
Old City Farm & Guild
Old City Farm & Guild is a green space that provides educational programming and facilitates community activities surrounding gardening, nutrition, and environmental education. It is a hub for other green organizations to cross-pollinate. It sells plants, soil, and other gardening supplies in order to support the cost of running these programs; and provides a CSA program for our neighbors, and organic vegetables and fruits for public gardens and area organizations. “Where people and Plants Come Together”.
Patuxent features a gardening oriented gift shop, outdoor living accessories, the largest selection of trees and shrubs in the metro area, the most amazing assortment of colorful flowers, perennials, tropicals and organically grown edibles.
Purple Mountain Organics
Purple Mountain offers solutions to better health by providing and supporting local agricultural systems and services. It has evolved from a vision of local food sustainability and helping our patients grow and eat their own food, to a regional enterprise helping farmers grow food by offering the highest quality tools, equipment, and services.
Rent a Coop
Rent a Coop offers 4 Week Chicken Coop and Egg Laying Hen Rentals! We provide you with all the tools and materials you need for your rental period. We also have a purchasing option!
Our hand-crafted hoes are made in the USA from recycled agricultural disc blades, a high grade tempered steel, and most models are sharpened on 3 sides.
We’re proud to offer a wide selection of Rogue Hoe tools, including garden hoes, scuffle hoes, field hoes, colinear hoes, flooring tools/scrapers, fire fighters tools and trail-building tools. We also carry handles and sheaths.
Silver Spring Time Bank
The Silver Spring Timebank is open to anyone who lives, works or plays in Silver Spring, Maryland. The concept is simple. Help a neighbor with a service and earn a timebank credit for each hour of your service. In exchange, you can spend your timebank credits on any of the many services that other members offer. Services are exchanged using time instead of money. The Silver Spring Timebank also hosts garden tool swaps too.
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange offers more than 700 varieties of vegetable, flower, herb, grain and cover crop seeds. It emphasizes varieties that perform well in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, although gardeners and farmers from all over the country grow our seeds. This worker-run cooperative does not sell chemically treated or GMO seeds.
Sunbelt Rentals, in partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation, provides tools and equipment at no cost for contractors and subcontractors building homes as part of the Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program. R.I.S.E., which stands for restoring independence supporting empowerment, provides specially adapted custom smart homes for America’s most severely wounded heroes and their families.