Sara Barrios

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 and nature. She specializes in custom designs and container plantings. 

She also has a green cheek conure parrot named 'Houdini' (photo right) which she brings into the Brighton store on occasion.

Sara’s Garden

It's a combination of both sun and shade perennials, with annuals peppered in for added color in between bloom times. The sunny side contains summer phlox, rudbeckia, coreopsis, yarrow, euphorbia and stonecrop, and she's recently added a buddleia for its delicate fragrance and butterfly-attracting qualities. The smaller, shady patch of her garden holds a carpet of sweet woodruff and lysmachia, plus goat’s beard, astilbe and houttuynia. Every year she plants a window box filled with her very favorite flower, sweet peas. She describes the fragrance as "transcendent".

What Sara blogs about on the Mahoney’s Garden Blog

  • Creative container plantings
  • Seasonal tips aimed to inspire
  • Her personal favorite plants
  • Houseplant recommendations and advice
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,...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Terrariums Part 3: Closed-top Terrariums
Part 3 of a 3 part series Part 1 Terrariums Part 1: Introduction Part 2 Terrariums Part 2: Open-top Terrariums With a closed-top terrarium, you are essentially creating a mini eco-system. As you find the perfect balance within this system, don't be discouraged if a plant doesn't make it!...
Terrariums Part 2: Open Top Terrariums
Part 2 of a 3 part series You can read part 1 of this series Terrariums Part 1: Introduction here. Terrariums can either have an open top or be completely encased in glass. Both look great in your home décor and are very rewarding, but I do have different suggestions for each. Here I'll be...