Best of Boston

2003 Best Garden Supplies

Mahoney’s Garden Center

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 the eye can see—all of it healthy and guaranteed to grow for at least a month after you buy it. The nursery-cum-greenhouse is a rare find in a town where cheap florists are spreading like weeds. No wonder it attracts swarms of horticultural fanatics who come for annuals, perennials, gardening accessories, and everything from potting soil to pruners.

889 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, 617-354-4145,