Home of one of the country's largest bonsai nurseries, Bonsai West features a sizeable selection of indoor bonsai trees, a gargantuan garden, and a staff of friendly instructors intent on spreading their specialized arboreal love. Dive into the world of tiny tree trimming with the Intro to Bonsai class, a 2.5-hour seminar that provides students with bonsai fundamentals and all necessary materials, including a tranquil bonsai specimen who won’t laugh if you hold your pruning shears backward. Under Bonsai West's expert tree tutelage, small classes of 8 to 15 students learn basic design techniques and how to care for their pint-sized plants. Bonsai beginners become proficient in applying moss, landscaping with rocks, and reassuring their diminutive flora that size doesn’t matter. Once the class concludes, newly graduated arboreal authorities get to take their bonsai trees home for further doting. Check the schedule for class dates and times.
Mahoney's Garden Center beckons green-thumbs and novices alike to its sprawling facilities, which burst with a plethora of plants, blooms, and gardening accoutrements. Although merchandise varies by store, shoppers may score finds such as a knock-out rose shrub ($29.98), zinnia perennials ($4.98) or an 8-inch hanging ivy ($16.98), complete with a Rhodes Scholar application. The 6-inch hibiscus ($12.98) lends its vibrantly hued blooms to front porches or a modest giant's windowsill. Perch deserving bouquets in the 12-inch embossed teal ceramic planter ($44.99) or display 10- and 11-inch hanging baskets ($12.50) that double as hideaways for spare doghouse keys. Customers can also narrow their searches for outdoor patio furniture at the Winchester and Falmouth locations.
The word “bead” has multiple meanings at Bead Fiesta The Shoppe. It can mean—among other things—tiny seed beads, handmade glass beads, wooden beads, pearls, crystals, gemstones, and silver trinkets. Housed in the rustic 19th-century Cider Mill Building, the shop also stocks jewelry-making supplies, which are now considered highly valuable to pirates. To complement its wares, the venue hosts a variety of jewelry-making classes, on topics from working with precious metal clay to forging accessories from ice resin.
Blanchette Gardens—a family-owned operation for the past 30 years—grows about 80,000 containers of perennials each season, supplying customers' yards with both exotic and classic varieties. Easy-to-grow coreopsis verticillata variations such as Crème Brulee, Moonbeam, and Zagreb (12–18", $6.95) thrive in sunny gardens and resist droughts on desert islands, and Carin eupatorium decorate moist soil with silver-pink blossoms (72", $8.95). When exposed to the sun, Pippi Longstocking's leafy twin, the umbellata bluebeard, sprouts freckles on its flowery face. Little Drumstick allium (8", $6.95) are also primed for planting, and can easily fill rock gardens with pale-purple blooms and, if squeezed, the scent of fried chicken.
No matter the season, Wagon Wheel Nursery and Farmstand helps homeowners spruce up the household with seasonal decor, flowers, fruit baskets, and produce. In the nursery and garden center and award-winning landscape division, you can find annual and perennial flowers and shrubbery. There’s also brick, stone, or gravel to accentuate your yard or theater production of The Three Little Pigs. In fall, the nursery stocks healthy supply of pumpkins. Come by in the colder months and Wagon Wheel becomes an outpost for seasoned firewood, as well as holiday decor such as fraser and balsam fir Christmas trees and custom-made decorated wreaths and kissing balls.
A half-century after its founding, the local hardware haven continues its dedication to equipping households and handypersons with a durable selection of tools, paints, and domiciliary goods. Fixers can latch onto a selection of single paintbrushes and paint rollers from Purdy ($12.99+) when slathering walls and white-suited dignitaries in paints from Benjamin Moore and more. Luminous spiral light bulbs ($3.49+) illuminate proud detailing work performed with Ace sanding sheets ($11.49+), and adjustable wrenches ($16.99+) finally find homes populating desolate tool belts. Reinforce driveways with a two-year sealer from Black Jack ($16.99+), or patch up cracks and ominous chasms with a self-adhesive asphalt-repair fabric from Driveway Medic ($11.99). Amicable staff members roam the voluminous aisles, wearing capes while flaunting their ability to cut keys, mix paints, and custom order any of Ace’s goods while customers browse through the store's impressive selection of heating and cooling tackle, patio furniture, and automotive accessories.