A homeowner waters her garden in Kittery Point.

Nurseries and Garden Centers

Got a green thumb? This spring, energize your gardening routine with supplies and advice from some of Maine’s top horticulture experts. Along with providing a diverse assortment of seedlings and top-notch service, these growers’ shops cultivate a sense of community through creative workshops, farmers’ markets, and more.

01 Longfellow’s Greenhouses | Manchester

In its 21 greenhouses, Longfellow’s grows thousands of plants, including over 800 kinds of perennials and 200 types of herbs and scented geraniums, along with vegetable seedlings and other plants. Longfellow’s also serves as a community space, hosting farmers’ markets, arts and crafts shows, and fundraisers, as well as demonstrations and classes on successful gardening practices.

02 Snell Family Farm | Buxton 

In the family since 1926, the farm gives customers a ten-percent discount on pre-purchased goods, and when they buy credit beforehand, clients can shop without a transaction throughout the season. Snell’s also features baked goods and a pick-your-own raspberry program, among other offerings.

03 Skillins Greenhouses | Brunswick, Falmouth, and Cumberland

With a wide-ranging selection, three locations, and a helpful staff, many Maine gardens have depended on Skillins since the family business was founded in 1885. Skillins’s interest in community reaches beyond gardening, too, as demonstrated by its frequent art shows, and it holds courses in painting, planting, and floral decoration.

04 Estabrook’s | Yarmouth and Kennebunk

Estabrook’s is known for its diverse seedling options and friendly staff. A free Estabrook’s mobile app allows shoppers to earn rewards and peruse the plant catalog, which includes lengthy plant descriptions and care requirements. Though closed for the winter, Estabrook’s Yarmouth flagship location reopens in March; its Kennebunk store in April.

05 Johnny’s Selected Seeds | Winslow 

In order to deliver the highest-quality seeds and tools, Johnny’s tests all its varieties and equipment at a research farm in Albion before they’re sold. Many of its products are available online, and its website’s extensive Grower’s Library features instructional videos, planning tools, and various guides and charts that provide informational resources for people looking to expand their expertise.

06 Mainescape Nursery and Garden Shop | Blue Hill

Originally a landscape company, Mainescape now includes a full- service garden center and carries an assortment of home goods, as well as produce, baked goods, gardening supplies, and toys for pets. The horticulture shop also holds community events, such as the Peninsula Harvest Festival and a farmers’ market from October to May.

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