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Using Tropicals Outdoors

Jun23rd 20142 comments
Using Tropicals Outdoors

We often think of tropical houseplants as being used exclusively indoors, but during the warmer months they work wonderfully outdoors too. Plants that have been indoors can be brought out into a shady area and acclimated to the outdoor lighting, and higher light plants can slowly be put into some direct sunlight. The best time to do this is generally any time between May through October, when the nighttime temperatures are not falling below 45 degrees. Tropicals also look amazing in container plantings. If you have never entertained the idea of how a rubber plant or croton would look mixed...

Sara Barrios - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Meet Sara Barrios, blog contributor and the greenhouse buyer and merchandiser at the Mahoney's Brighton location. About Sara Sara grew up in Woburn and has 21 years experience in the garden center and floral industry around Boston. She is passionate about her job and loves plants...

Lifestyle Trends: Designing with Accessories - Part 3 of a 3 part series

Mar25th 20141 comment
Lifestyle Trends: Designing with Accessories - Part 3 of a 3 part series

For the third and final installment in our design series, this one is all about the accessories. Dressing up your plants and pots!

Plant stands, pedestals and risers, oh my!

This picture really showcases the diversity and fun you can have with plant stands. A plant stand can really highlight, feature and enhance your plants. Who says they have to be boring? This is my personal collection which includes a two-tiered stand made from the roots of a tree, an old wooden stand I painted a pretty shade of blue, a hand-woven fabric stand from Southeast Asia, a gorgeous...

Sara Barrios - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Meet Sara Barrios, blog contributor and the greenhouse buyer and merchandiser at the Mahoney's Brighton location. About Sara Sara grew up in Woburn and has 21 years experience in the garden center and floral industry around Boston. She is passionate about her job and loves plants...

Air Plants – the uniquely decorative house plants that grow without soil.

Oct15th 20122 comments
Air Plants – the uniquely decorative house plants that grow without soil.

Air plants (tillandsias) are amazingly versatile and are a great conversation piece! In their natural habitat of Central and South America, air plants grow on the trunks of trees, and get all the moisture they need through their foliage from the humidity in the air. They belong to a special family of plants called epiphytes, which are plants that grow on other plants in a non-parasitic way, only using the host plant for support. Most orchids, bromeliads and even some types of ferns are epiphytes too. I have even seen air plants growing naturally in Florida, quite a fascinating thing to see...

Sara Barrios - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Meet Sara Barrios, blog contributor and the greenhouse buyer and merchandiser at the Mahoney's Brighton location. About Sara Sara grew up in Woburn and has 21 years experience in the garden center and floral industry around Boston. She is passionate about her job and loves plants...

What to do on a dreary, rainy day? Have a terrarium making party, of course.

Oct4th 2012
What to do on a dreary, rainy day?  Have a terrarium making party, of course.

We didn’t let a rainy day dampen our spirits, instead, we put on some fun music and got creative! (Louis Prima always puts me in a good mood despite inclement weather!)

I invited all of the staff that day into the Atrium to design their very own terrarium, and gave a short tutorial on the basics behind open and closed-top terrariums (you can learn those basics here: How to Build a Terrarium). Then I stepped back and watched in awe as everyone made their own special and unique design. The diversity of style and...

Crotons: Easy, Versatile and Colorful

Sep19th 2012
Crotons: Easy. Versatile. Colorful.

Crotons are one of the most versatile houseplants available. Not only are there tons of different varieties to choose from, they look great any time of the year! When the weather is nice you can work them into your outdoors displays: In fall with pumpkins, hay bales and cornstalks, and in the spring and summer with annuals – just remember to bring them inside whenever nighttime temperatures fall below 55. Indoors Crotons add fascinating colors and patterns that compliment most any room décor. Here are 6 varieties I think you'll love:

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How To Plant a Tomato

How To Plant a Tomato

Plant in a good loose soil, rich in organic matter. If you have poor, sandy or clay soil, remove some, and mix in some compost. You’ll get excellent results if you add a bag of Coast of Maine Garden Soil or Mahoney’s Premium Composted or Dehydrated Cow Manure.

Finding the Perfect Gift for Mom

May3rd 20121 comment
Finding the Perfect Gift for Mom
Garden Gifts

Struggling to think of a mother’s day gift? If your mom likes gardening or is thinking of getting into gardening, just walk through one of our stores and you’ll find plenty of great ideas that are useful for all levels of gardeners. Grab a basket, pick a few things you like and put it together for a great, unique gift.

Succulent Dish Gardens

These slightly funky gardens are a terrific conversation starter. Perfect for indoors or out. Super easy to care for. Choose one of our pre-made designs or design one yourself. We have everything you need to create a...

Discovering Ferns

Apr25th 20128 comments
Discovering Ferns

Ferns conjure images of lush and verdant forests and jungles. Waterfalls, streams, and quiet woodland pools come to mind. Slippery stones, mossy paths, and lichen covered logs seem to appear as well. It’s interesting that when one stops for just a few seconds, and ponders ferns, silently, in your mind, what surfaces are all kinds of associations of place. Nice places. Quiet places. Beautiful places. Places that transport you from where you are, to where you want to be! Ferns do that for me.

Using Ferns Indoors

Inside the house, ferns require a little more care, but...

What to Do in the Garden Right Now

Apr11th 201228 comments
What to Do in the Garden Right Now

It is a great time to plant trees and shrubs. We stock our nursery yards early so the trees and shrubs acclimate to our local climate and “break growth” naturally. You might see some damage to magnolia blossoms but this is the exception in a year like this. It won’t kill the plant, just some flowers. If by some freak of nature the weather DID kill a tree or shrub we have the one year guarantee so it’s on us. BTW: Remember to amend your soil when planting – it’s really important to give your plant a good start. Personally I recommend Mahoney...

Interior Decorating with Herbs & Other Houseplants

Mar15th 2012

There are many ways to enjoy herbs indoors during winter. I love to create small vignettes in sunny windows — groups are much better than a single boring pot. The kitchen is of course the best place… easy access for inspired cooking. You can line a windowsill pot to pot (this is where the decorative use of pots comes in). Very pretty to line clay up in a row, the way they do in kitchens in southern France and Italy.

The real key to great herbs is good sunlight. If your kitchen does not have enough sunlight, choose another room to keep your herbs in. An important thing...

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