Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Greenhouses and garden centers all across Maine will be opening their doors Saturday in hopes of getting the season off to a good start.
Mark McGarity waters plants in one of the greenhouses.
The geranium greenhouse at Broadway Gardens in South Portland, which plans discounts and giveaways for Open Greenhouse and Garden Day.
Photos by John Ewing/Staff Photographer
ATWOODS GREENHOUSE, 173 Atwood Hill, New Portland; 628-4251
BLUE SEAL FEEDS & NEEDS, 876 Stillwater Ave., Bangor; 947-6326
BROADWAY GARDENS, 1640 Broadway, South Portland; broadwaygardensgreenhouses.com
CEDAR LANE GREENHOUSES, 4 Cedar Lane, Meddybemps; 454-3983
COUNTRY JUNCTION GREENHOUSE, 1204 Main Road, Bradford; 327-1398, countryjunctionmaine.com
ELLIS' GREENHOUSE, 218 Old Town Road, Hudson, 327-4674; ellisforestry.com
ENTWOOD BONSAI NURSERY, 262 South Horseback Road, Burnham; 948-3244, entwoodbonsai.com
ESTABROOK'S, 337 East Main St., Yarmouth; 846-4398, estabrooksonline.com
ESTABROOK'S COLOR SPOT, 571 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough; 396-5301; 97 York St., Kennebunk; 985-3772, estabrooksonline.com/colorspot
THE FIELD OF DREAMS, 440 Stickney Hill Road, Brownville; 965-8399
FIELDSTONE GARDENS, 55 Quaker Lane, Vassalboro; 923-3836, fieldstonegardens.com
FOREST'S EDGE GARDEN, 296 Main Road S., Hampden; 433-0755, forestsedgegarden.com
FOSS FARM, Route 222, Stetson; 296-3443, fossfarm.com
GREENCARE PLANTSCAPES, 1779 Hammond St., Hermon; 848-5453, greencareplants.com
HALFMOON GARDENS, 54 Greenhouse Lane, Thorndike; 568-3738, halfmoongarden.com
HOBOKEN GARDENS, 310 Commercial St., Rockport; 236-3023, hobokengardens.com
HUTCHING'S GREENHOUSE, 445 Riverside Drive, Eddington; 989-2705
IRIS CREEK GREENHOUSE, 267 Littlefield Road, Newburgh; 234-2115, iriscreekgreenhouse.com
LEDGEWOOD GARDEN, 563 Johnson Mill Road, Orrington; 825-4707
LONGFELLOW'S GREENHOUSE, 81 Puddledock Road, Manchester; 622-5965
MOOSE CROSSING GARDEN CENTER, 3033 Atlantic Highway, Waldoboro; moosecrossinggardencenter.com
NEWLAND NURSERY, 124 Bangor Road, Ellsworth; 667-7333, newlandnursery.com
O'DONAL'S NURSERIES, 6 County Road, Gorham; 839-4262, odonalsnurseries.com
ORIENT GARDENS, 45 Maxell Settlement Road, Orient; 448-7266
PEDDLER'S WAGON, 162 Ellsworth Road, Blue Hill; 374-2145
PLAINVIEW FARM, 529 Mountfort Road, North Yarmouth; 829-5004, plainviewfarm.com
PORTER'S FARM & GREENHOUSE, 334 Enfield Road, Lincoln; 794-8306
RIDEOUT GARDENS, 264 Main Road, Eddington; 843-7462
RISBARA'S GREENHOUSE, 26 Randolph St., Portland; 797-0066, risbarasgreenhouse.com
ROBIN'S FLOWER POT, 387 Webster Road, Farmington; 778-5937, robinsflowerpot.com
ROCKWALL GARDENS, 552 Water St., Guilford; 564-3322, rockwallgardens.net
ROCKYHILL LANDSCAPING & NURSERY, 55 Cemetery Road, Wilton; 645-5381, rockyhillinc.com
SPRAGUE'S NURSERY, 1664 Union St., Bangor; 942-1394, spraguesnursery.com
STEEPLEBUSH FARM HERBS, 102 Staples Road, Limington; 637-2776, steeplebush.com
SUNNYSIDE GARDENS, 500 North Parish Road, Turner; 225-3998
THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE, 438 Exeter Road, Corinna; 341-0191
WISWELL FARM, 109 River Road, Orrington; 989-7546
WOOLEY RIDGE GREENHOUSE, 348 Betts Road, Orrington, 825-3438
Mary Lou Hoskins of Greencare Plantscape in Hermon came up with the idea of an event for garden centers that would be similar to Maine Maple Sunday -- one that wold create a little bit of excitement, let people have some fun and bring in a bit of business for the garden centers.
"I think we have about 38 (participants) this year," Hoskins said, "up from 31 last year. We have a few more in southern Maine this year, and a few more up north."
Hoskins organized the event in 2010 through the Mid-Maine Greenhouse Growers Association, so most of the participants have been from central Maine. More information about the event is available at plants4maine.com, the association's website.
The response last year was good enough to try again.
"It was kind of mixed," Hoskins said. "A lot depends on where in the state they were."
Hoskins' operation in Hermon had one of its busiest May 1sts ever last year. Risbara's in Portland reported an excellent day, which led to its best May ever. But for some, especially along the coast where there are a lot of summer homes, there was little activity.
"For us, the day was people out buying stuff and looking around, getting ready for the season," Hoskins said. "This year, we are going to let people plant their own patio planter, just something so they can get their hands dirty."
Broadway Gardens in South Portland did not take part last year, mostly because Jody DeKubber, Broadway's manager, didn't hear about it in time. But he is glad to be taking part this year.
"It just gives our customers a chance to see what is coming in that's new for the season," DeKubber said. "We have a lot of pansies and some other plants in bloom, so people can check things out."
DeKubber is not planning any hands-on activities, but Broadway Gardens will be giving away four $50 gift certificates and a Jonathan Green four-step lawn program kit. In addition, the center is offering a 20 percent discount on all pottery for people who want to get their patio plantings ready.
Following on the success it had last year, Risbara's is offering three lectures during the day. At 11 a.m., owners Peter and Claudia Risbara will give a demonstration for children on planting seeds of flowers and vegetables and transplanting these plants to their own container to take home. Then they will give tips on weeding and harvesting.
At 1 p.m., John Flanders will give a talk and demonstration on pruning trees and shrubs. And at 2 p.m., Stefanie Bateman will show the proper way to plant window boxes and patio containers, starting with the soil and continuing to compatible plants for sun and shade.
Donna Palmer of Plainview Farm in North Yarmouth said her husband, Steve, will be leading a tour -- or tours if there is enough interest -- through their woodland garden. But they are requesting that people sign up at the website (plainviewfarm.com) or call 829-5004, because the narrow paths will only allow so many people at a time.
"We'll have a special launching," Palmer said. "So many people say they miss the old-fashioned cardboard six-packs, and we have done about 100 varieties in that size priced at $3.99. Sometimes they will be a four-pack, depending on the size of the plants, but four plants for four bucks is still a good deal."
Estabrook's is taking part in all three of its locations in Yarmouth, Scarborough and Kennebunk, and Tom Estabrook promises some exciting events at all three spots.
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Trees and shrubs, ready for planting, at Broadway Gardens.
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Ryan Carleton works in a greenhouse at Broadway Gardens.
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“Martha Washington” geraniums.