Nurseries 2011: updates
Time up to update New England nurseries. Some have closed, some have changed. Please report on quality; variety of plants; prices; helpfulness, knowledge and availability of staff.
I visited several over the last couple of days;
Weston Nurseries, Chelmsford MA: Their main nursery of many many years is still in Hopkinton; this is their only 'satellite.'As soon as I arrived, I signed up as a "member" in order to get their "specials." These were indeed special. Enkiathus were huge, well grown, though more common white and not redvein. Got ones with intense pink buds. $25 instead of $67. Ditto viburnum burkwoodii: big, healthy, full $25. Specials only last a week; notice by email.
Employees: plenty; young woman who hauled and loaded plants very knowledgeable about pruning
inventory: not much out of ordinary, though they say they can order anything from Hopkinton. Not as much a Manhoney's, but on principle I'm glad to give another nursery my business. I spend much time in the greenhouse, but I saw the usual "proven winners."
New England Nurseries: Bedford MA. A favorite of mine. I shop their mostly for perennials and annuals.They sell smaller containers of perennials, so you don't have to pay $10 or $12 dollars each. Their prices are very competitive on gallon pots. Well grown. Outdoor help can be hard to find, but knowledgeable and helpful when you do find someone. They have occasional advertised sales that are worth going for. I.e. well grown new england native wildflowers makred down to $3 before they are actually dead or pot bound.
To be continued: Blanchette's; Seasons Four; Mahoney's Winchester; Wagon Wheel in Lexington