Spring is here, and it’s time to spruce up the garden! Whether you’ve just bought your first home or have been living in your residence for years, when spring rolls around, it’s time to visit the garden center. We are fortunate in southern New Hampshire to have many excellent companies from which to choose from!
The garden centers listed below carry a wide-range of plants and plant products for your home. Some specialize in outdoor plants, but many carry house plants also; some even offer everything for your herb, vegetable, or water garden. All are staffed by friendly and helpful employees, many with horticultural degrees and/or master gardener certifications.
The Amherst Garden Center on Route 101 in Amherst is stocked with perennials, trees, and shrubs for spring planting. Annuals will be making their appearance later. Winner of the New Hampshire Magazine’s “Best of New Hampshire” award for best garden center (in 2009), the family-owned store features larger plants, with the idea that a larger plant with a larger root system will thrive better. In addition to an extensive selection of plants for outdoor planting, this family owned and operated center also has indoor plants, cut flowers, and a gift shop. This year they will be expanding their hydroponic garden area which they are developing with the Amherst Garden Club. It will feature hydroponically grown tomatoes and herbs and hydroponic systems for the home gardener.
Bedford Fields Garden Center and Home Decor has been a mecca for plant lovers for almost 20 years. During planting season, its grounds are covered with choice perennials and annuals, many from local nurseries. This locally owned shop also features organic vegetable and herb plants, organic weed and feed products, outdoor/garden furniture and statuary, and a wide range of quality items for your pet and home. The friendly informative staff includes master gardeners and horticultural-degreed employees. Open year-round.
The House by the Side of the Road, open year-round in Wilton, has an extensive collection of outdoor and indoor plants in several greenhouses and acreage surrounding their flagship building on route 101. In addition to annuals, perennials, trees, and aquatic plants, the House has sizeable cacti, succulent, and orchid collections. Hanging plants are a specialty. It carries everything you need to make your plants look their best, with containers ranging from bonsai-size to multi-gallon ones, mulches, fertilizers, insect treatments, etc. Their website has a virtual tour and helpful links.
Lull Farm, with outlets in Hollis and Milford, has a large selection of annuals and perennials each year. Most of the annuals are grown from seed in their own greenhouses. They also have a wide variety of vegetable plants, from broccoli and collards to radiccichio and swiss chard. During the season, they have pick-your-own berry and apple crops on their nearby farms. And if growing or picking your own is too strenuous for you, they’ll welcome you to their retail shops which sell everything from local farm produced dairy and meats as well as fruits and vegetables.
Mason Brook Nursery on Route 124 in Mason offers an extensive collection of annual and perennial flowers, hanging baskets, vegetables, herbs, shrubs, ornamental and fruit trees, and berry plants. Many of the plants are started in their own nurseries. In addition to plants, Mason Brook furnishes mulch, loam, and stone products to local gardeners. Open seven days a week.
Mason Hollow Nursery on a shady lane in Mason is the place to go for hosta, as they feature over 650 colorful varieties of this well-known garden mainstay, including sun-tolerant and fragrant varieties. In addition, they offer ornamental grasses, brunneras, heucheras, wild flowers, ferns, and heathers, as well as select perennials, trees, and shrubs for both sunny and shady locations. Mason Hollow usually opens in early May.
Ponemah Farms Garden Center in Amherst has a knowledgeable and friendly staff to help you find the perfect annuals, perennials, and houseplants for your home. They also carry choice trees and shrubs to meet your landscaping needs. Their busy outlet on route 101A stocks great selections of plants, and also soils, mulches, and containers for your gardening needs.
- by Steve Russo