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3 Tips for Making your Yard Ready for Migrating Birds this Fall

Oct9th 2014
Making your yard migration ready

Fall is here. The leaves are turning, the days are getting shorter, and birds are headed to where the weather is warm and where resources like food, water and shelter are plentiful. The exhausting southerly migration means birds need all the food and water they can get to boost their energy along the way. Unlike summer when food and water are plentiful, the fall brings shorter, cooler days and a decrease of these essential resources. In addition, there are more birds competing for their share. So don't pack up your feeders yet, fall is an active season for birds and there is a...

Heirloom begonias, funky ferns and white ceramics now in Osterville

Sep29th 2014
Heirloom begonias, funky ferns and white ceramics now in Osterville

Newly arrived heirloom begonias, funky ferns and white ceramics at our Osterville greenhouse! Just in time to move indoors for the season, we've brought in the most gorgeous selection of rare begonias from a specialty grower in Florida. These colorfully leafed specimens have stripes, dots, and light speckles resembling the Milky Way! Begonias make perfect low maintenance additions to indoor garden windows, requiring bright light and moderate moisture. Mixed with fun and unusual ferns, try begonias in a crisp white, ocean inspired ceramic pot! Come visit and see why we are so excited!...

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...

Fresh for Fall Planter Designs

Aug26th 20144 comments
Fresh for Fall Planter Designs

"Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower."

I read this quote somewhere and it totally resonated with me. New England foliage undergoes a dramatic color change people the world over come to admire. Fall is my favorite time of year… crisp, cool nights, apple picking and of course, fall foliage leaf peeping. It's also a great time to freshen up those tired looking summer plantings with vibrant, jewel toned colors. Incorporating perennials and herbs with annuals creates combinations rich in both color and texture.

Here are a few suggestions...

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...

Cooking with Herbs

Aug20th 20141 comment
Cooking with Herbs

by Katie Russell

It’s the end of summer and if you’re anything like me then you have more herbs than you know what to do with. My basil, parsley, mint and sage are growing like crazy and there’s only so much pesto you can eat before your brain turns to pesto. Here are some quick recipes that you can try to use up your herbs while still enjoying the fresh flavor profile that dried herbs can’t compete with.

Herbed Pasta Salad (Vegan)

Ingredients

1 box whole wheat pasta
1 cup olive oil
½ cup basil, chopped...

The Buzz About Pollinators

Aug12th 2014
The Buzz About Pollinators

Bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, bats, birds and other pollinators are some of the most important creatures. I must admit, I’m quite a bug and nature enthusiast, and find learning about pollinators absolutely fascinating. Whether or not you realize it, we all rely on pollinators to provide us with the wide range of foods that we eat. It's estimated that pollinators are needed for the reproduction of 90% of flowering plants and one third of human food crops. Planting gardens with pollinators in mind will provide these essential creatures with the food and nutrients they...

Janice Dempsey

Janice has worked for Mahoney’s since 2006. She works in our Wayland store and is an avid bird watcher, gardener, environmentalist, nature guru, animal lover and proud Grandma. Her fascination with nature and all the creatures in it started when she was very young. As a child she loved to share her...

Daylilies - the Perfect Perennial

Jul2nd 20142 comments
Daylilies - the Perfect Perennial

Daylilies are among the most carefree plants around today. Compared to many other plants their requirements are minimal and they will thrive in any climate.

Hemerocallis (botanical name for daylily) have been around for thousands of years, from ancient Asia to present where they are found in gardens and commerce around the world. You may have seen the orange fulva daylily in old gardens, along highways and in the wild.

I actually used to hate daylilies. I thought they were boring, they were dull colors, they’d only bloom once and then die back and I would refuse to put...

Debbie Martino

Debbie Martino is Mahoney's Perennial Product Line Manager (buyer). She has worked for Mahoney's since 1997. She is an avid gardener and most of her experience has been in her own gardens. She is a self-taught perennial expert and thoroughly enjoys working with plants here at Mahoney's and in her...

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...

Maximizing Small Outdoor Spaces

Jun17th 2014
Maximizing Small Outdoor Spaces

Living in the city as a young adult often means occupying spaces with limited-to-no outdoor access. For those of us who are inclined to grow things, that leaves few choices other than container gardening on fire escapes, porches, or roof decks. Whether we want to enjoy a few fresh tomatoes at the end of summer or we’d like to appreciate the form of a small ornamental tree, our options can be extremely limited. Tropical plants can – and perhaps should, if possible – be grown outside for the warm months, lending combinations of uniquely textural foliage and loud colors to...

Inspirational Annual Planters

Jun10th 20143 comments
Inspirational Annual Planters

I love this time of year. As I meander through our annual yard I am completely enveloped in this amazing technicolor carpet of flowers.

Annuals come in every color imaginable, and then some! And every year new varieties and hybrids continue to emerge, keeping even the most seasoned gardener excited to come in and see the latest and greatest shade of petunia or calibrachoa.

With all these options, the process of designing a window box or container planting can be a little overwhelming. What goes with what exactly? Thankfully there is no exact science to...

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 in the Garden Right Now - Late Spring

Jun5th 20142 comments
What to do in the Garden Right Now - Late Spring Edition

It seems like this year the season has kept cool longer, which is great for planting trees and shrubs. It means less watering, less stress on the plants and less work for us who are planting. This time of year is also great because you can see plants like Buddleia and Hydrangea in more than just stick form. I mean, you can see them fully leafed out and even in bud. I don’t know how many times I show people hydrangeas in April or early May and they give me that disappointed look, like “ahhhh, is that alive?” Well of course it is, it’s just what they look like in early spring. You...

'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 for...

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