A bouquet of flowers perfumes a room more elegantly than curry-filled humidifiers or a vase of recycled car fresheners. Skip offensive centrepieces with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of garden plants at Maidstone Tree Farm in Maidstone.
Unfurling more than 15 acres of trees, shrubs, and perennials, Maidstone decorates outdoor settings with colourful shrubs and majestic botanicals. Customers can embellish their walkways or hat collections with a potpourri of ornamental shrubs and evergreens, such as a Japanese maple ($50+) or 2-gallon pot of an Endless Summer collection hydrangea, a blooming plant bursting in a spectrum of warm hues that blooms for three to four months ($30). Maidstone also enriches sun-splashed properties with Asiatic and exotic oriental lilies ($6+) and paints shady locations in palettes of green, blue, and yellow with a spread of hosta perennial plants ($8+). Tree-farm staff cultivate their stock of botanicals on-site as well as hand-pick the healthiest flowers from reputable suppliers and inattentive bridesmaids in order to amass the largest garden centre in the Windsor and Essex County area.
Maidstone Tree Farm & Garden Centre
Not too much. Not too little. Just right. Since 1981, the knowledgeable Maidstone Tree Farm staff have been insistent on finding the goldilocks zone: that unique balance of water, sunlight, and fertilizer that helps every type of plant and tree in their garden thrive. They begin by hand-selecting flora—20-foot maple trees, many-coloured hydrangeas—that flourish in Windsor-Essex County's soil and climate. Across their 15-acre garden, they arrange their plants based on how much sunlight the plants need, clustering Asiatic lilies in sun-dappled patches of soil, and huddling green, blue, and yellow hostas in the cool shade. Then, they fine-tune their drip-irrigation system to quench the thirst of the trees, shrubs, and perennials without over-watering them. The great pains taken by the green thumbs at Maidstone Tree Farm result in plants that leave the garden centre at the pinnacle of health, ready for rearing and teaching multi-branch high fives.