Garden Center and Nursery Round Up: Columbia and Dutchess
By Madaline Sparks
Though spring officially arrived in March, clearly Mother Nature didn’t get the message! Snow is still melting and temps are many degrees below what is supposed to be typical by now. That said, it will come and we need to be ready to hit the ground running. To help, we’re highlighting some of the best places to shop for all the things you’ll need to get gardening in the RI region, whatever is on your list: plants, tools, pots, soil and more. This week, we feature locations in Columbia and Dutchess counties and next, we’ll share spots in Berkshire and Litchfield counties.
Since 1973, this full-service nursery has been offering the surrounding area a broad selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables. Their garden center is well stocked with tools, supplies, containers, outdoor furniture and bulk and bagged landscape materials. They specialize in a large collection of native plants, many styles of containers (including weatherproof ones in attractive faux finishes) and a wide variety of all types of hydrangeas. Many of the newest plant introductions can be found each year at this well-organized establishment. The customer service is exemplary and if they don’t have what you want, they’ll go out of their way to try to get it for you. Design, construction and maintenance departments are also available.
2308 Route 203
A special feature of the plant selection at this 27-year-old establishment is the availability of difficult-to-find heirloom varieties, all grown on site in their 11 greenhouses. For many annuals, such as marigold, coleus, snapdragon, zinnia and more, dozens of varieties and colors are proffered in each. Old-fashioned sentimental favorites that grandma had in the garden can be found along with hundreds of annuals including the newest hybrids and trendy colors just introduced to the market. A plethora of healthy vegetable, lettuce, tomato and herb starts are stocked as well as lush hanging baskets, perennials, shrubs and landscape materials in bags or bulk. Country Caretaker reseeds throughout the season, so if plants need to be replaced, this is the place to go.
Route 295 & 22
Founded by a successful landscape professional just a few years ago, Pondside has quickly gained a reputation as the go-to destination for plant connoisseurs and avid gardeners. In addition to classic and familiar plant material, one can source unusual, exotic and hard-to-find trees, shrubs, annuals, tropicals and perennials. Each season, a huge truck arrives from the Pacific Northwest with a load of gorgeous Japanese maples and evergreens not typically available in this area. The garden center offers a curated selection of fine pottery, garden tools, and accessories. The staff is very knowledgeable and design, installation, maintenance and quality stonework are available through the landscaping division, A+Gardens.
5918 Route 9G
In 2012, a new 5,000 sq. ft. store and a 14,000 sq. ft. geo-thermally powered greenhouse space completely altered the offerings at this 50-year old farm market. Thousands of hanging baskets, scores of annuals, and dozens of varieties of tomato, herb and vegetable plants are available every season alongside a bakery, fresh produce from their farm and orchard, garden pots and supplies and a limited number of perennials and shrubs. Multi-task and shop for the garden and the table at the same time.
65 Chatham Street
A few more for the record in Columbia County:
The Chatham Berry Farm: A farm market with a great selection of annual, herb and vegetable plants under the same roof with a fantastic selection of fruit, produce, a butcher shop, bakery and hundreds of locally produced products.
2304 Route 203
Holmquest Farm: A huge selection of hanging baskets, bedding plants, annuals, herbs and vegetables at very affordable prices.
516 Spook Rock Road
The Secret Gardener: A charming boutique garden center in the heart of the Hudson shopping district.
250 Warren Street
From humble beginnings as a farm stand in 1933, multiple generations of the Adams family now oversee a full service market at their flagship store in Poughkeepsie (one of four in the area). It is also the home of Mark Adams Greenhouses, a five-acre complex of greenhouses where bedding plants, perennials and poinsettias are grown to sell in all of their stores. The Garden Center stocks everything the home gardener needs to start seeds, improve soil, install lawns, vegetable and flower gardens — the works. Not sure what your soil needs to grow healthy strong plants? Bring them a soil sample and they’ll test it for you and help you choose the right amendments.
765 Dutchess Turnpike
Eight greenhouses, 3 holding houses and 70 acres of growing space make up NDBG. One of the greenhouses is completely devoted to organic edibles including heirloom tomato plants, vegetables and herbs. Nearly 700 varieties of mature perennials are grown on site along with hundreds of annuals and tropicals. The whole layout is well organized and arranged for easy shopping and learning with alphabetical signage, cultural information and photos. This beautiful setting is a little remote but worth the trip. They sell what they grow and when it’s gone, it’s gone for the season, so shop early.
389 Salisbury Turnpike
After nearly 20 years in business with a reputation to be proud of, Rhinebeck’s Phantom Gardener is newly owned by three long-established area landscape and garden specialists. This six-acre nursery and garden center is really a one-stop-shop with a full complement of trees, perennials, annuals, tropicals, aquatic plants, supplies, tools, and handcrafts by talented local artisans. A selection of organic soils, potions, fertilizers, and mulches, both bagged and in bulk, are available. Their collection of well-made garden statuary and pots is handsome and impressive. Design, maintenance, landscaping and hardscaping services are also available.
6837 Route 9
More irresistible stops for garden goods in Dutchess County:
Grandiflora: a lovely and charming boutique garden center located on the Greig Farm, Dutchess county’s premier pick-your-own fruits destination.
144 Pitcher Lane
Red Hook, NY
Millbrook Gardens Landscaping and Garden Center: Specializing in design, construction and fine masonry, this outfit can take on garden restoration or new installs from stone walls to tennis courts. The garden center features fine outdoor furniture, plants, gifts and a vast array of tasteful garden décor.
3783 Route 44
Twin Brooks Gardens: This nursery focuses on perennials, fruit trees, large shrubs and large specimen trees and their installation. They can move big trees or plan and install an orchard.
3424 Franklin Avenue