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    Acres of Wisdom from Morrison's.


    We are a 2016 Proven Winners Certified Garden Center

    We are proud to announce that we have been named a 2016 Proven Winners Certified Garden Center. This high level distinction signifies that our employees have completed a comprehensive training course to develop the expertise in assisting our customers in choosing and growing Proven Winners plants successfully.Read more...

    Featured Plant: Clematis

    Whether it's the large, brilliantly colored flowers of Starry Nights, or the fragrant masses of showy flowers on the Sweet Autumn, Clematis vines make for a perfect, eye catching focal point in any garden.Read more...

    Our Nursery is Now Hiring

    We are currently looking for help in our nursery department. So, if working outside with beautiful plants, and being a part of the Morrison’s crew sounds appealing to you, then come fill out an application today!Read more...

    New Outdoor Living Catalog!

    We are now offering a Home & Garden Showplace Outdoor Living Catalog. This catalog offers outdoor furniture, grills, outdoor decorations and more! Flip through the catalog and then call or stop by the store with the item number, and we'll have it in the store in about a week for you!Read more...

    Featured Plant: Ken Janeck Rhododendron

    The Ken Janeck Rhododendron is a new variety in our nursery, and it's also our featured plant of the week. It's gorgeous pink flowers and dark green foliage, along with its compact size, is sure to make it a perennial favorite.Read more...

    Protecting the Bees

    It’s alarming to read the reports colony collapse disorder (CCD) and know that the honeybee populations are declining. We all want to know what is the cause, and more importantly how do we stop it? Many people believe that eliminating the use of Neonicotinoids will solve the problem, but can cutting out one class of pesticides really be the solution?Read more...

    Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard

    The Ruby Throated hummingbird is Massachusetts’ smallest bird, and with its unmistakable coloring and rapidly moving wings it’s also one our favorites. So, what do hummingbirds prefer to see in your yard?Read more...

    Attract Cardinals to Your Yard

    With its gorgeous, bright red feathers the Northern Cardinal is one of the most sought after birds for any back yard. So, how do you attract these beautiful birds to your feeders?Read more...

    Attract Chickadees to Your Yard

    Black-capped chickadees are our state bird, and with its signature song and small stature it’s easy to see why everyone wants them to come visit their yard. So, how do you attract these active little birds to your feeders?Read more...

    Morrison's & Monrovia. What it means to be green.

    Being in the gardening and nursery industry we tend to think of ourselves among the 'green' pioneers. We try to grow as many of our products as organically as possible and, at the very least, we use integrated pest management in raising our plants. One blemish on our industry has been the continued use of plastic in delivering plants to the public.Read more...

    Every Picture Tells a Story

    One of the best new toys of the digital age to benefit gardeners has been the digital camera. Those who know me know I would prefer to have a splitting maul or a shovel in my hand any day of the week but for us here at the garden center, today the person who comes into us with the digital camera and a few pictures is the easiest person to help.Read more...

    Dig Deep, Wide and Get Off to a Great Start

    Picking the right plant for the right spot is the first step in getting a new plant established in the landscape. After that, the quality of the planting job goes along way towards a successful addition to your landscape.Read more...

    Interesting Plants for Early Spring Color

    While native New Englanders may cringe in anticipation of that inevitable last snowfall, Mother Nature waits for no one and is moving forward. Look outside and see the first buds of the season rapidly emerging on trees and shoots coming up in your garden. It's spring and an explosion of color is closer than you think.Read more...

    Tree Profile: Cornus kousa ‘Summer Gold’

    My tree of the week is brand new to Morrison’s this year and one that breezed through our testing. Normally I would wait to expound on a plant but this liner I brought in from Heritage Seedlings in Oregon has performed so well in the container that we need to talk about it now!Read more...

    The Hydrangea: A True Summer Champ

    This week's special is a favorite that is coming into bloom now. Hydrangea paniculata is a very adaptable plant, growing in full sun to 1/2 shade and performing like a champ every year. We have over 10 cultivars in stock at Morrison's ranging from the true dwarfs like Bobo to giants like Tardivia that can grow up to 10’ tall.Read more...

    The Daylilly: Sending June out in a Burst of Color

    This Daylilly ('Hemerocallis') is one of the most colorful and popular perennials we sell here at Morrison's. It will thrive in a wide range of growing conditions and is hardy from zones 3 through 7. While it does prefer full sun, it will still flower and grow in partial sun conditions.Read more...

    BrazelBerries Raspberry Shortcake

    The BrazelBerries® Raspberry Shortcake is a new plant from Fall Creek Nurseries. BrazelBerries are bred to fit the garden nitch of dwarf berry-producing plants that will do well in containers or raised beds. They are self pollinating and very manageable. This red raspberry plant is thornless and very easy to handle.Read more...

    Mixing Up Some Proven Container Recipes

    Great cooking is all about complementary colors and flavors, balance and textures. In our eyes, however, few recipes match the vivid color and sheer thrill of a well-designed hanging basket, container or window box. From spillers to fillers to thrillers, the possibilities are nearly limitless.Read more...

    How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Lawn

    The infestation starts to appear sometime in April. One by one you notice the ominous signs of activity in your neighborhood. First they gain a noticeable foothold up the street, then you spy them in your neighbors lawn. Finally they are poking and prodding in your own front yard. No, these aren't grubs, they're lawn service technicians.Read more...

    Flowering blooms that hang around all season

    There's certainly no shortage of spectacular annuals to brighten your home this spring, the trick is keeping that color deep into the season. Proven Winners suggests for the best looking hanging baskets that you fertilize regularly. Annuals bloom off new growth and to promote that growth they need constant feeding.Read more...

    Harringtonia: As Yew Like It

    We've all been taking stock of our yards this spring, what was damaged with the snow, what plants might rally after a late start, what beloved perennials might not have survived. As we survey our own deer marauded landscape at home I'm now aware that our local deer don’t particularly like Japanese Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia) and left it alone this past winter.Read more...

    Japanese Skimmia, Four Seasons of Beauty

    20 years ago when planting the front of our new house nestled in the shade of big White Pine trees we needed a low growing plant that wouldn’t block our view to the garden. We decided on the Japanese Skimmia (Skimmia japonica). This beautiful, broadleaf evergreen has thrived and grown to be a bush that is 3′ x 3′ and only 18″ tall.Read more...

    The Spectacular ‘Wim’s Red’ Hydrangea

    Five years ago my wife Susanne brought back to this country a new panicle hydrangea from Europe named ‘Wim’s Red.’ We have three of these plants in our garden at home and they’ve all performed well. This year at Morrison’s we’ve finally been able to get our first of these plants in from Monrovia Nurseries for your own garden.Read more...

    Erosion and Living by the Ocean

    Living by the sea is beautiful, but every year we must deal with beach erosion. This year was particularly bad for many waterfront owners, here are some steps that can be taken to help minimize the loss of sand.Read more...

    A Sweet Potato Primer

    The soil has now warmed up enough and it’s time to plant sweet potatoes, but wait, don’t they only grow down south? Maybe you mean the pretty foliage plant that is used in planters that in one season can grow up and flow out of a container trailing up to 6 feet?Read more...

    What's With My Lawn? Red Thread.

    With wet, cold weather coming back, the number one question from our customers is “what are the pink spots on our lawn?” Many customers are bringing in patches of grass that are partially brown with touches of pink through it. On close inspection of the grass, you can see tiny little red threads coming off the grass tips.Read more...

    Winter Care for Laying Hens

    When winter arrives, one of the most common questions we are asked is, "how do I care for my chickens, and how do I keep them laying?" While a decline in egg production is inevitable once the days get shorter and temperatures drop, there are things you can do to keep your hens happy, healthy and providing some home fresh eggs during the winterRead more...

    Don't Forget About our Feathered Friends

    Winter has arrived and has brought with it snow and freezing cold temperatures. While for us this means bundling up and dealing with that headache of shoveling, for our feathered friends, winter is a time where food and water are scarce, and survival is difficult. So, what can we do to help the wild birds survive the harshness of winter?Read more...

    Protect Those Paws!

    When the temperatures drop it’s important to remember that our four legged friends are just as susceptible to the cold weather as we are, and it’s important to give them a little extra care during the cold winter months.Read more...

    Protect Your Chickens from Frostbite

    Winter is here, the temperatures are dropping and if they continue to fall the threat of frostbite can become a real threat to your flock. So, what do you do if your chickens do get frostbit, and more importantly, how do you protect them from frostbite in the first place?Read more...

    The Inside Scoop on Melting Agents

    The bitter cold has arrived and with the days ahead looking to be just as cold, the ice doesn't look like it's just going to go away on its own. Nobody wants to be "that neighbor" that didn't shovel or de-ice their property, but what's the difference between rock salt and other de-icers? I've put together a primer that will tell you what melting agents are plant-safe, kid-safe and how to keep your walkways safe for everyone.Read more...

    Feeling Under the Weather?

    Remember what happened last winter? It's hard to forget pulling feet of snow from your roof, and while this winter has been mild so far, it's never a bad idea to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.Read more...

    Avoiding that "Charlie Brown" Christmas Tree

    You can trust our quality selection of trees and ensure that the only thing under the tree on Christmas morning are presents and not dry needles. Here are a few tips to picking out the perfect tree for Christmas and how to keep it fresh and looking majestic all through the holidays.Read more...