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Unique Shopping Opportunities: Bedford Fields Garden Center & Home Decor in Bedford

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. Bedford Fields

During the winter holiday season, Bedford Fields’emphasis is on home decor. This Bedford town institution is transformed with several artificial holiday trees, including their celebrated upside-down balsam fir.  The trees are covered from top to bottom with traditional and contemporary ornaments for sale.

The store also offers a wide variety of distinctive home accent items and a selection of tasteful gifts, even including gift ideas for pets. Of course the shop also stocks interesting plants for the holiday season, and is well-known for its wreaths and garlands in a wide variety of styles.  Their website details the wide variety of items they stock. Open daily, Bedford Fields is located at 331 State Route 101 in Bedford.


Unique Shopping Opportunities: The House by the Side of the Road in Wilton

The family owned The House by the Side of the Road is the perfect place to go for plants any month of the year.  During the planting season, their extensive collection of annuals and perennials fills their expansive buildings; perennials spill over to the large area in back, and are grouped into shade-loving, sun-loving, herbs, trees, shrubs, etc.

Looking for a distinctive  plant for a room in your house?  Year-round they offer a huge collection of houseplants; and their greenhouses contain the largest selection of orchids and cacti in the state. The House by the Side of the Road

In December, The House by the Side of the Road has probably the largest selection of holiday plants and wreaths in Southern New Hampshire.  Their poinsettias range from one-inch mini-plants to huge conversation pieces in every color imaginable.  A large selection of other seasonal plants is also available, such as cyclamens and amaryllises, as well as wreaths, garlands, and centerpieces.  If you like to make your own festive holiday decorations, they carry greens, pine cones, ribbons, small ornaments, etc.

The House by the Side of the Road is located at 370 Gibbons Highway (Route 101) in Wilton; it is open seven days a week. They also have an informative  website.

Southern New Hampshire Garden Centers: Part 3

Spring is here – time to spruce up the garden! The danger of frost is almost past in New Hampshire, so it’s time to break out the rototillers and mulches and to start weeding and feeding. A great-looking garden will not only bring you countless hours of pleasure, it will also heighten the “curb appeal” of your home.

For over fifteen years Faulkner’s Landscape and Nursery has furnished plants to some of the best gardens in the greater Manchester region. It is open seven days a week during the busy season.  Faulkner‘s website is filled with photos of  landscaping ideas, the flowering plants they offer, and even “What’s in Bloom” now. The site also contains a catalog of all the plants they offer, a gardening tip page, and links to gardening websites.  The company’s awareness of  environmental factors is shown by their inclusion of a list of plants that they choose not to sell because of their invasive tendencies. Their extensive landscaping services are also highlighted. Address:  1130 Hooksett Road, Hooksett; phone: 603-627-9573.

Maple Hill Nursery and Greenhouses has been serving the needs of gardeners in the greater Keene area for over 25 years. Open daily during the planting season, this Swanzey center features a large stock of roses and ornamental and fruit trees in addition to perennials, herbs, and flowering shrubs. For beginning and avid gardeners, they have a Saturday seminar series. They also have a Landscape Division offering design and installation services for homes and businesses. Check out their website for weekly specials. Located at 197 West Swanzey Road, Swanzey; phone:  603-357-2555.

Moose Maple Nursery and Garden Center in Dublin specializes in northern grown stock that is perfect for the higher elevations of the Monadnock region of Southern New Hampshire. It is open every day but Wednesday from April through October. They feature an extensive inventory of hardy plants, trees, and shrubs. Moose Maple Nursery also has a large selection of native New Hampshire trees, shrubs, and perennials, which include many plants especially important as food sources for birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Hanging baskets, annuals, and vegetables are available during spring and summer, and mums, pumpkins, and Christmas trees are presented in the fall and early winter. Their well-illustrated website tells their story.  On Route 137 in Dublin; phone: 603-563-8284.


Southern New Hampshire Garden Centers: Part 2

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. Their website:

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.  Website:

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. Website:

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:

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Southern New Hampshire Garden Centers: Part 1

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. Website:

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, Bedford Fields has an extensive website at 

Chakarian Farm Greenhouses has been operating in Derry for 20 years.  They offer a unique selection of annuals, perennials, herbs, and vegetable plants from the twelve greenhouses on the property. They also have hanging plants, shrubs, trees, and gardening essentials, including organic products, for sale. Many of their plants are highlighted in their attractive display garden which features waterfalls and a koi pond. Landscape design and planting services are also available. Open 7 days a week. Their website offers links to their suppliers, UNH Extension Services, and other gardening information:

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.  Their website:

 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.  Website:

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.  Their website is:

 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.

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