Thayer Nursery, a six-acre, family-owned farm, has been showering the community with exceptional plants and gardening products since 1965. Thayer Nursery guarantees that their kiln-dried firewood contains no stowaway bugs and has moisture levels below 25%. Unlike regular seasoned wood, kiln-dried wood spends three days de-liquifying in a 200-degree kiln before it is stored safely in an element- and Hamburgler-protected barn. Because of this extra-special care, the wood burns cleaner, hotter, and longer, and it doesn't require a PhD in Boy Scouting to light. Kiln-fired logs also contain less chimney-fouling creosote. In addition to fire fuel, Thayer offers a bevy of bouncing baby nursery plants such as three-gallon potted roses ($22.50) and eight-inch mums ($9 each). Shrewd shrub-tenders can prepare their greenery for winter snows with a 40-pound bag of HollyTone fertilizer ($32) from Thayer's complete line of garden supplies. Thayer Nursery has an extensive selection of organic gardening materials and homegrown advice about sustainable growing practices. Even regular, flesh-toned thumbs can take on a Kermit hue with The Gardener's A to Z Guide to Growing Organic Food ($24.95).
When Lou Whitney founded Twig, he wanted to offer a level of flower quality that he felt other shops lacked. Having been named one of the Best Flower Shops in Boston by CBS Boston, Twig seems to have done exactly that.
Whether the shop’s florists are artfully arranging tulips and hydrangeas into bouquets for the seasonal collection or creating custom arrangements to suit any event, they use the freshest blooms available. The selection of in-store gifts helps buyers accompany their bouquets with goods from Michael Aram, Juliska, and other quality brands. On-staff installation professionals can also create indoor and outdoor garden installations, which last longer than hiring a skywriter to draw flowers in the air.
Twig's staffers also share their passion for flowers with customers through themed floral-design workshops.
H. Teller Archibald opened the doors of the first Fannie May in 1920, delighting the passing palates of Chicago’s LaSalle Street with exquisite chocolates that continue to tickle taste buds today. Though nearly a century has passed, Fannie May’s alchemists still rely on the same recipes as the first store, refusing to budge on quality even when faced with shortages during war times and the never-ending Gregory Middle School food fight of 1997. Renowned for sweetness and attention to detail, the chocolatiers’ treats stand as an institution of inventive eats, from the gooey pecan and caramel of their Pixies to the sunny, toasted-coconut-encased dark chocolate of their Trinidads.
Cedar Grove Gardens marries a lush inventory of garden-ready botany with astute flower-arranging skills and a full-service gift shop. Portable plants reside in sturdy 12" patio pots ($18.95), replete with annuals that splash kaleidoscopic color onto steps and into living rooms and carefully balanced juggling acts. Returning beauty is rooted in verdant perennials ($6.95–$23.95) from cheery, ornamental grasses to the shade-skulking angst of a hosta. Cedar Grove Gardens' selection of cards ($1.95+) makes tidings easy to bear, and the shop's website keeps customers abreast of new arrivals, ensuring that customers don't accidentally gift last year's annuals.
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.