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Raised Bed Gardening

Apr24th 20143 comments
Lettuce in a raised bed garden

Although I enjoy tilling the soil like Uncle Mike, I love using raised bed planters because they offer more versatility. They are great for small plots of veggies, herbs and flowers. With these beds you minimize tilling, soil amending and weeding. I love the raised beds that Mahoney’s is carrying this year because they are high quality, constructed of 100% Western Red Cedar and handcrafted in the USA!

New England weather is unpredictable, and if an early spring frost is in the forecast, raised beds are easy to cover at night so I can get my love of gardening started earlier in...

Susan Mahoney

I'm an avid gardener, cook, and mother of three girls. I've had a lifelong passion for creating beautiful spaces inside and outside the home. My garden philosophy is simple: keep it fun, beautiful, and easy.

Buddhas, Cast Stone (fountains, urns, and statuary), and Lead Lite have arrived in Brighton!

Apr15th 2014
Buddhas, Cast Stone (fountains, urns, and statuary), and Lead Lite have arrived in Brighton!

Our spring shipment from Campania has just been unpacked! Campania is arguably the best maker of fine cast stone pieces in the country. Their pieces are beautiful to behold, heirloom quality works of art that are created in their factory in Pennsylvania, by real artisans.

We've been working with Campania International for many years, and are always delighted when they unveil their latest pieces. This past fall we trekked down to their factory and hand picked some very special things that you will only find at our Brighton store. We are so excited to setup these...

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 ...

How do I get rid of this moss in my lawn?

Apr9th 201411 comments
How do I get rid of this moss in my lawn?

I’ve heard all the remedies, and there are a lot out there.  Some of them work and some don’t. Some may help, but not one is the solution. But like almost anything else, if you understand moss and why it grows, the solution gets a lot easier.

FACT

Moss likes to grow in shady areas that tend to hold water longer than the rest of the lawn. That’s why you usually see it growing under trees or where the soil is more compacted. These are also the areas that the grass has a hard time growing. Yes, it likes acidic soils but it will grow in neutral soil as well. This...

'Uncle' Mike Mahoney - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Have you’ve seen our herb and vegetable plants and wondered, “Who is Uncle Mike?” Uncle Mike is Michael Mahoney, one of the six second-generation Mahoneys. With a face full of beard and too-well-worn hat, Uncle Mike is a genuine down-to-earth guy.

With a passion...

Getting back into the garden this spring

Apr3rd 201416 comments
Getting back into the garden this spring

As winter’s last grip of snow and ice slowly melts away, there’s eagerness in us all to get out in the garden and get “something” started. There may be a few cold night distractions or light snow discouragements in our way but spring always happens. Winters like this always welcome the spring in and make it oh so much more worth it. It’s like a kid waiting for cake and ice cream on their birthday, well you’ve got to eat supper first but that cake and ice cream is worth the wait, right? Well we can all get spring started around us. Whether it’s getting a jump on spring projects or maybe...

'Uncle' Mike Mahoney - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Have you’ve seen our herb and vegetable plants and wondered, “Who is Uncle Mike?” Uncle Mike is Michael Mahoney, one of the six second-generation Mahoneys. With a face full of beard and too-well-worn hat, Uncle Mike is a genuine down-to-earth guy.

With a passion...

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 DiPalermo - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Meet Sara DiPalermo, blog contributor and the greenhouse buyer and merchandiser at the Mahoney's Brighton location.
About Sara
Sara grew up in Woburn and has 18 years experience in the garden center and floral industry around Boston. She is passionate about her job...

Lifestyle Trends: Designing with Pottery - Part 2 of a 3 part series

Mar21st 2014
Lifestyle Trends: Designing with Pottery - Part 2 of a 3 part series

Enhancing your home with plants can have a huge impact on the aesthetic of your indoor environment. Choosing the right pot can be a bit of a challenge. What size? What color? What style? These questions will all be answered in part two of our series, designing with pottery.

Choosing a look Modern

The modern look is simple, elegant, structured, with clean lines. Squares, rectangles and cylinders are all great shapes for a modern look. White, grey, black and muted tones work best. When choosing plants, look for ones that have a compact form, repetitious...

Sara DiPalermo - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Meet Sara DiPalermo, blog contributor and the greenhouse buyer and merchandiser at the Mahoney's Brighton location.
About Sara
Sara grew up in Woburn and has 18 years experience in the garden center and floral industry around Boston. She is passionate about her job...

Lifestyle Trends: Designing with Tropicals - Part 1 of a 3 part series

Mar10th 20146 comments
Lifestyle Trends: Designing with Tropicals - Part 1 of a 3 part series

Enhance your home with beautiful foliage

We all know the benefits of having plants indoors, but choosing plants sometimes can be difficult. Knowing where to put which plant and how to display it makes a huge difference! Here are some tips to help make the process easy and fun.

Using cactus and succulents

Succulents look great in any home. Because this category of plants contains hundreds of varieties, the choices range all over the map. Succulents can be found in an array of colors ranging from eggplant, lavender, pink, sage, blue and contrasting...

Sara DiPalermo - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Meet Sara DiPalermo, blog contributor and the greenhouse buyer and merchandiser at the Mahoney's Brighton location.
About Sara
Sara grew up in Woburn and has 18 years experience in the garden center and floral industry around Boston. She is passionate about her job...

Gardening indoors during the winter months

Feb25th 20144 comments
Gardening indoors during the winter months

During the seemingly endless Winter months here in New England I find comfort and solace in my indoor garden, a collection of houseplants that connect me with nature. I know most of you are gardeners too, and like myself, are starting to get that Spring fever. The robins are starting to arrive but yet we still have to wait a little longer before the ground has thawed enough to get a trowel in.

I welcome you into my home to share and enjoy the things that make me most happy in life, plants! My collection contains live plants, dried botanicals and fresh cut flowers.

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Sara DiPalermo - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Meet Sara DiPalermo, blog contributor and the greenhouse buyer and merchandiser at the Mahoney's Brighton location.
About Sara
Sara grew up in Woburn and has 18 years experience in the garden center and floral industry around Boston. She is passionate about her job...

Come visit us for orchid fest!

Feb5th 20141 comment
Come visit us for orchid fest!

Just back from our annual tour of growers in Florida, we have brought back some amazing finds! Every year we track down the newest tropical plants to showcase at our orchid and houseplant fest! This year, we continue to see amazing calatheas and aglaonemas with colorful leaves, anthuriums that are so glossy and vibrant they don't seem real (check out the variety with nearly black spathes! ), a treasure trove of cool ferns, tons of gorgeous flowering orchids, succulents in many hues, and, maybe the most interesting group of all, the airplants!

Trucks have been arriving all...

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 ...

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...

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