The Boston Globe beat me to it. Today they published a listing of garden events and special plant sales for the Boston area. Their listing included Garden in the Woods, the headquarters and botanic garden of the New England Wild Flower Society. It's a beautiful wildflower center tucked away in Framingham, MA. Lovely place to visit, native wildflowers never looked so good. Their annual plant sale is Saturday, June 9th, 2007.
The Globe also mentioned the Middlesex Conservation District Spring Plant Sale, which is Friday, April 26 (3-6 PM), and Saturday, April 27, 2007 (8 AM- noon) at the 4-H Fairgrounds on South Chemsford Road in Westford. Too late to pre-order, but you can show up on the sale days and purchase from a variety of plants, including bareroot evergreen seedlings, shrubs and trees, fruits, groundcovers and perennials. Very moderately priced, I've had great results with the shrubs.
I've never been to this one: The New England Unit of the Herb Society of America will present its 27th Annual Herb Plant Sale at Elm Bank on May 12 from 9 AM to 1 PM. Offerings include perennial and annual herbs, heirloom plants, shade plants, ground covers, and new plant varieties. 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA. neuhsa.org
Sounds excellent. But if you crave herbs, you must go to Gilson's Herb Lyceum on Route 119 in Groton, MA. They have an amazing selection of herbs, over 300 varieties. They grow something like 20 kind of thyme alone. I'm not sure if they're even open yet, give them a jingle at 978-448-6499. The Herb Lyceum also hosts six-course herb dinners on Fridays and Saturdays, $50 per person, reservations required, BYOB. Their food is most delicious.
Another highly recommended gardening stop is Blanchette Gardens in Carlisle, MA. They only do perennials, but they have a fantastic selection, and all their plants are guaranteed to be hardy in our area. As I wrote about Blanchette's before:
"They have a unsurpassed selection of plants, many imported from China and Japan, that you won't find anywhere else. The owners care as much about leaf texture and plant form as they do about flowers. Plants are very reasonably priced. Perennial heaven! It's an unassuming, no-nonsense nursery with knowledgeable, helpful owners. I've been buying their plants for four years and have had only great results."
Blanchette's opens on April 28, 2007.
Corliss Brothers Garden Center and Nursery on Route 133 in Ipswich, MA comes highly recommended by a landscaper as a great source for shrubs and trees. Haven't been there yet though.
Let me know your favorite garden shop or great little plant sale. Please share your info in the comments.