Most of the garden centers featured below specialize in the unique or the unusual or have extensive collections not found elsewhere. All were featured in a great garden guide that was published a few years ago, The Adventurous Gardener: Where to buy the best plants in New England by Ruah Donnelly. Ms. Donnelly described her guide as one that would help people “…find good regionally grown plants…” Many of the nurseries and garden stores she included seek to make available unique or unusual plants not commonly found in chain stores.
Delahunty’s Nurseries & Florist in Windham has over 10 acres of plants to meet your gardening needs. They provide an extensive selection of annuals and perennials, roses, and shrubs. They are noted for their mature shrubs and trees – which range up to 18 feet tall for those special landscaping projects. If they don’t have what you want, let them know, and they will order it for you from one of their growers. Delahunty’s also has a full service florist shop. Their website has informative sections on watering and gardening.
Lake Street Garden Center in Salem is a family-run retail garden center, open year round, that has everything a gardener might desire. They have a large variety of annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, fruit and ornamental trees, shrubs, and aquatic plants. In addition, they carry house plants, bonsais, holiday plants, pots, garden accents, fertilizers, water garden supplies, etc. Many of the staff have degrees in horticulture. They sponsor several gardening classes each month and support the Salem Farmer’s Market.
The Mixed Border Nursery and Gardens in Hollis specializes in unique and unusual plants for the garden, although a wide selection of standard and familiar shrubs, perennials, and some annuals are also available. The helpful staff is very experienced and friendly. In addition to the nursery, the Mixed Border offers complete garden design and landscaping services. They will open for the season on April 16th.
Perennials from Susan in Amherst features over 1,900 varieties of plants grown in Susan Kierstead’s 2 acres of gardens. As all have been grown in Amherst, they are hardy for New Hampshire’s climate. Her display area includes shade gardens, sand gardens, and sun gardens to inspire your inner gardener. She specializes in wildflowers and daylilies (featuring over 300 varieties), as well as ornamental grasses and unique plants. Perennials from Susan will be open 3 days a week starting April 19th.
Rolling Green Nursery is a 9-acre center in Greenland that has been serving the seacoast area for over 20 years. They grow most of the perennials and annuals that they offer, so you know they are NH-hardy. In addition, they have a large selection of ornamental and fruit trees, shrubs, container plants, and topiaries. Earth-friendly and people-friendly (ergonomic) garden products are a specialty. In addition to their retail business, they sponsor several gardening classes and host community events such as an Easter Egg Hunt and a Father’s Day BBQ. They have an extensive website filled with planting ideas and horticultural tips.
Uncanoonuc Mt. Perennials in Goffstown will be open Wednesdays through Sundays starting on April 24th this year. Uncanoonuc specializes in low-maintenance perennials – which is what many are seeking these days! Many of the 900+ varieties on sale are unusual versions of common plants that you are unlikely to see elsewhere. The nursery grounds includes display gardens and 2.5 acres of plants for purchase. Their website has dozens of gardening guides, links, and photos of Uncanoonuc’s flowers.
- by Steve Russo, Connecting People with Homes throughout Southern New Hampshire
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