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BEST Garden Supplies

2014 BEST Garden Supplies

Niche Urban Garden Supply

Boston

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

Brookline

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 »

2011 BEST Garden Supplies
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Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Brighton

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
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Mahoney’s

Brighton

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

Newton

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
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Winston Flowers & Garden

Newton

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

Newton

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

Cambridge

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 »

2003 BEST Garden Supplies

Mahoney’s Garden Center

Cambridge

One visit to Mahoney’s and even urban gardeners will be hard-pressed to leave without a basket of bleeding heart, a container of lavender, or some climbing clematis. The garden center is a lush oasis of greenery extending as far as… read more »

2003 BEST Garden Supplies, South

Reed’s Country Way Nursery and Florist

Hingham

On a bucolic pond in Hingham, you’ll find the answers to every horticultural question you’ve ever thought to ask—and some you probably haven’t. Reed’s employs a team of garden experts to educate customers with thumbs of even the palest green… read more »