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.
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.
The family staff at Dracut Appliance Center has been rounding up top-quality household appliances and electronics since 1949. National brands such as Maytag, Whirlpool, Sony, and Bosch headline the wide range of abode accouterments, including laundry machines and home-entertainment supplies. Sparkling new kitchen appliances—including ovens, refrigerators, and microwaves—breathe life back into culinary pastimes, replacing old ovens ruined by burnt grease and tally marks carved by gingerbread men. Dracut Appliance Center helps protect each device by extending the original manufacturers' warranties, and adept technicians can further fortify each machine's performance with professional installation and repairs.
Denault Studios helps the local art community to flourish, teaching guests to make their own artwork and showcasing the jewelry and fine art created by scores of local and regional artists. Three onsite studios—geared for fusing, flame working, and metals—house jewelry-making classes as well as kids' birthday parties. Experienced artists may also purchase private studio time.
Paint your own pottery Studio, walk ins welcome, kids, adults & alike love to paint pottery. We are a high quality ceramic shop. Unlike plaster, our pottery is glossy, more durable, & food safe! Our Paints are Non-toxic & washable! Walk in anytime & paint or join us for Ladies Night Thursday 6-9pm all year.
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.