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BEST Garden Supplies

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
Photograph by Michael Piazza

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, 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»

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»

2002 BEST Garden Supplies

Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Cambridge

In our search for the holy grail of garden centers, we were pleasantly tempted by the personalized attention and quaint urban setting of Ricky’s Flower Market in Somerville. But Mahoney’s has the edge when it comes to one-stop garden shopping…. read more»