Christmas and Holidays

Helleborus - The Christmas Rose (In your home for the Holidays, In your garden for a lifetime)

Dec19th 2013
Helleborus - The Christmas Rose (In your home for the Holidays, In your garden for a lifetime)

When it comes to perennials, there are few that bloom during New England winters. Helleborus has been increasing in popularity over the past years, and for good reason! This evergreen perennial starts blooming in late winter, even in the snow and is perfect for adding winter interest to gardens & planters while other perennials are still dormant. It also makes a stunning potted plant around the holidays, which can be enjoyed indoors for weeks.

Mahoney’s is always on the lookout for new and exciting flowers and plants to use to decorate the home for the holidays. We...

This year, the Christmas Shop at Mahoney's in Brighton is naturally inspiring

Dec6th 2013
This year, the Christmas Shop at Mahoney's in Brighton is naturally inspiring

We are so excited over this year's holiday decorations and gifts. After a year of collecting the most interesting and BEAUTIFUL ornaments, we've finally brought them all together in our Christmas shop! We have had such fun putting together our collection, which is completely unique to our city store. The major inspiration this year is nature.


The sea shore weighed in heavily, showing up in wooden shore birds, glammed out sea shells, oysters, and delicate glass whales.


BUGS are also well represented, with...

James Hohmann

James Hohmann is the general manager of our Brighton (formerly Cambridge) store.  He’s been with Mahoney’s Garden Centers since 1990, after graduating from Cornell University, where he studied landscape architecture and horticulture. His expertise is in perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, and...

Creating Festive Containers for the Holidays

Nov27th 20121 comment
Creating Festive Containers for the Holidays

Creating an outdoor arrangement of greens in an urn or other container is a wonderful way to add greenery and life to your front steps, porch or walk while combatting the drab grey of winter. Even if you’re not putting out other outdoor holiday decorations, a festive container arrangement, or a pair of them on either side of your front entrance, is a beautiful way to greet guests and yourself every time you come home. Of course Mahoney’s and other local garden centers will have very attractive ready-made decorated greens that you can simply “drop into” a container,...

Create Real Holiday Magic with a Customized Wreath

Nov12th 201211 comments
Create Real Holiday Magic with a Customized Wreath

Wreathes are one of the most common holiday decorations this time of year, used to dress up homes, businesses, schools, offices and myriad public spaces. But why just put up a plain wreath with a red bow when there are so many options to make it uniquely yours? Here are some tips on how to make a one-of-a-kind wreath for you, or as a gift for someone special.

First off, choose a theme. It can be a color combination: red and gold, mocha and metallic, or hot pink and aqua. Make it natural and rustic with pine cones, berries and cinnamon sticks. Or make it dazzling with shiny...

Dana-Farber Jimmy Fund Cards

Nov7th 2012
Dana-Farber Jimmy Fund Cards
This holiday season, show you care with cards and gifts that conquer cancer.

Make your messages more meaningful with holiday greeting cards and gifts from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Each card you purchase directly supports our lifesaving mission. There are several themes to choose from, but one underlying message: hope.

When you purchase holiday merchandise from Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, you supply critical funds that enable the work of both...

How to prolong Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Greens and Poinsettias

Dec7th 20111 comment
How to prolong Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Greens and Poinsettias
Christmas Trees

 Prolong: Christmas Tree Preservative

The secret to a long lasting tree is hydration. A properly watered tree will keep its needles and fragrance longer, and be safer, too. Whenever you buy a Mahoney’s Christmas tree we give it a “fresh cut” about ½"-¾" off the base to remove the sap “plug” – which allows your tree take in water. As soon as you get it home (or within 24 hours), place the tree in a stand that holds at least 1 gallon of water. Never store a tree on concrete and never...

Mahoney's Christmas Tree Farm

If you've ever wondered about where our Christmas Trees come from, you might be surprised to learn that most are grown on our own Christmas Tree farm in Nova Scotia. The following article, written by Christine Berry MacKenzie and published on tells the story of how a tree grown in Canada ends up the centerpiece of your holiday celebration.

Caring for Poinsettias

Poinsettias, in general are tolerant plants. To keep your poinsettia looking its best through the holidays just follow these simple steps.

Bringing it home

Even though poinsettias bloom in December, they do not like the cold. When transporting your poinsettia make sure it’s protected from temperatures below 50°. Even for a quick trip outdoors it may be prudent to wrap it in paper and preheat your car.

How "green" are cut trees for Christmas? Turns out, very.

Dec8th 2010

by Guest Blogger Jade L. Blackwater, co-author of Festival of the Trees

While perusing Christmas trees at my local tree farm this season, I heard an ecstatic boy in the next row over scream, “Look Daddy!!  REAL Christmas trees!”  Perhaps he was just an overzealous five-year-old, whose sense of memory ended at three days ago, thereby negating all memories of Christmas past.  Or perhaps this boy truly never had the pleasure of a “real” Christmas tree in his home.

Folks who...

10 Bragging Points about Mahoney's-Grown Christmas Trees

Dec5th 2010

At our Brighton store everyone's pretty excited about the arrival of the trees!

After 51 years of growing them ourselves, we think we've learned a thing or two.  Here's why we're so proud of them:

  1. We inspect every tree for color, shape, density and health. If it’s not up to Mahoney’s standards, we won’t sell it.
  2. Most retailers have their trees cut in early October, but we wait to harvest until mid November. Our trees are over a month...