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BEST Garden Supplies

2015 BEST Garden Supplies

Mahoney’s Garden Center


Bursting with lush, varied greenery year round, this family-owned store is welcoming even to novice gardeners. A vast assortment of plants, from tiny succulents fit for city studios to large and leafy varieties, fills a generous indoor space and spills… read more»

2014 BEST Garden Supplies

Niche Urban Garden Supply


Designed for the container gardener, this shop offers all the flora, planters, and know-how city dwellers need to get their patios blooming. And for fledgling green thumbs, Niche offers classes in everything from terrarium creation to herb-garden planning. read more»

2013 BEST Garden Supplies

Allandale Farms


Straddling the Brookline-Boston line, Allandale offers workshops for urban refugees, summer programs, even a farm stand. We particularly enjoy visiting the bucolic setting for the impressive supply of perennials, herbs, trees, and shrubs: An on-site nursery produces New England-hardy varieties,… read more»

2012 BEST Garden Supplies

Winston Flowers & Garden


While Winston is best known for gorgeous cut flowers, the petal pusher also has an impressive garden store at its Newton location, where three greenhouses are bursting with hardy succulents, evergreens, annuals, and topiaries. You’ll have to go elsewhere for… read more»

2011 BEST Garden Supplies

Mahoney’s Garden Centers


Year after year, we appreciate Mahoney’s straightforward approach to gardening: Give us what we want (fertilizer, soil, a variety of hardy plants), and when summer sneaks up on us, we’re ready to dig in. We also can’t help but be… read more»

2008 BEST Garden Supplies



A garden plot or even a tiny flowerbox can provide welcome relief from pocked and pitted urban landscapes, a sense of having borrowed a bit of paradise. The tradeoff is that you have to do the dirty work to keep… read more»

2007 BEST Garden Supplies

Winston Flowers & Garden


There are a lot more reasons to visit Winston than birthdays, Mother’s Day, and anniversaries. Beyond the profusion of cut flowers and potted greenery are all the accessories necessary to turn any thumb a deep emerald, including seeds, garden furniture,… read more»

2006 BEST Garden Supplies

Winston Flowers & Garden


Yard work becomes a whole lot more like play time after a visit to Winston’s sprawling garden center, where three greenhouses shelter rows of ferns, ficus, and other hard-to-kill plants. Seeds, fertilizers, potted flora, and walls and walls of reference… read more»

2005 BEST Garden Supplies

Winston Flowers and Garden


Even if you don’t have a garden, Winston’s supersized Newton lot is worth a visit. A stroll through the main shop and the verdant, two-acre complex of greenhouses and outdoor plots is a great escape from city sidewalks and suburban… read more»

2004 BEST Garden Supplies

Mahoney’s Garden Center


Here’s a new title for perennial champ Mahoney’s: “Garden store most likely to sell a Christmas tree to Ben Affleck.” The trove of plants, supplies, and tools is not only loved by in-the-know gardeners; it’s where the Cambridge homey and… read more»