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Best Nurseries | 2014 Home & Garden Awards

Best Nurseries | 2014 Home & Garden Awards
2 votes, 3.50 avg. rating (72% score)


Whether it’s roses, peonies, perennials, houseplants, or shrubs you’re searching for, it’s the garden centers and nurseries that help make your garden dreams a blooming reality. Here are the winners for best nurseries in Yankee Magazine’s 2014 Home & Garden Awards.

PERENNIALS

Cady’s Falls

637 Duhamel Road, Morrisville, VT. 802-888-5559; cadysfallsnursery.com

How many nurseries can say they propagate their own inventory? In an industry that’s becoming increasingly homogenized, Cady’s Falls offers perennials available nowhere else. Not only is the selection unique, but everything from this far-north nursery is ultra-hardy.

ROSES

Uncanoonuc Mountain Perennials

452 Mountain Road, Goffstown, NH. 603-497-3975; uncanoonucmt.com

A rose lover’s paradise: Listing everything from the ‘Innocencia’ groundcover rose to the miniature ‘All a Twitter’, plus ‘Betty Boop’ floribunda and ‘Just Joey’ hybrid tea, with many David Austins represented—you can trust these selections for weatherproof performance.

HOUSEPLANTS

Ballek’s Garden Center

90 Maple Ave., East Haddam, CT. 860-873-8878; balleksgardencenter.com

Forget the boring houseplant standards. Ballek’s offers a full and varied menu of possibilities for the toughest growing conditions—including your living room. From plain old ponytail palms to terrarium miniatures to oddball orchids, they’ve got them all. Plus, they can handhold newbies and troubleshoot any questions.

NATIVE

Earth Tones Native Plant Nursery

212 Grassy Hill Road, Woodbury, CT. 203-263-6626; earthtonesnatives.com

Most gardeners need advice before going native, and these experts know the answers. They’ll quiz you about your growing conditions, then point you toward the right section of the nursery, chock full of plants for dry areas, soggy conditions, shade, or sun.

DAYLILIES
Bloomingfields Farm
9 Route 55, Sherman, CT. 860-354-6951; bloomingfieldsfarm.com
Deep into daylilies since 1969, these growers focus on the finest performers over the long haul. There’s not much they don’t know about Hemerocallis. Part of the fun is visiting the lush organic farm in season, selecting your favorites, and having them shipped when digging time arrives.

PEONIES

Frost Hill Farm

979 Frost Hill Road, Belmont, VT. frosthillfarm.com

Nearly 300 varieties of peonies grow on this rocky hillside in central Vermont. Owners Dan Quaranto and Nancy McKeegan tried growing many different crops on their higher-altitude farm and found that peonies thrived best, provided stunning beauty, and repelled deer. Dan and Nancy offer many cultivars in pots for spring planting and divide roots in the fall for transplanting.

HERBS

Herb FARMacy

30 Elmwood St., Salisbury, MA. 978-834-7879; theherbfarmacy.com

Go far beyond parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme at this certified organic nursery. With 25 different basils, more mints than you’ve imagined in your wildest dreams, plus such oddities as Good King Henry, gotu kola, and horehound, the savory inventory makes other selections seem bland.

SHRUBS & TREES

Broken Arrow Nursery

13 Broken Arrow Road, Hamden, CT. 203-288-1026; brokenarrownursery.com

Selecting shrubs and trees for your property is a serious commitment, and consulting an expert is critical. Originally, this nursery introduced hybrid mountain laurels for backyard growing. Since then, it has branched out into all sorts of woody workhorses, both common and rare. The staffers here know their stuff.

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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