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What's your favorite nursery?

10 years ago

This list has been compiled from the thread started by Garden_Frog back in September 03. It is based on the membersrecommendations (names in italics). The list is organized by region (and Upstate New York is HUGE!!): Capital Region/Glen Falls , Syracuse area , Finger Lakes/Central New York, Rochester Area, and Buffalo area. Some areas are not yet represented (Adirondacks for example), but this might come!

Other great sources of plants are Farmers Markets (as the one mentioned by upstategardener Christine in Downtown Rochester, or the one in North Tonawanda, Buffalo, on Saturdays, mentioned by Penny1947). Local Co-ops, too, are valuable sources. Honest Weight Co-op in Albany has really interesting choices on a day-to-day basis! So, let's not forget our "local growers"!

  1. Capital Region / Glens Falls Area
  • Verstandigs (Delaware Ave, Delmar) Nice variety of annuals, healthy and good prices -- babanna & Anne-Marie

  • Olsens (New Scotland Ave., Slingerlands) Healthy plants, expensive though. Nice variety of shrubs --Anne-Marie

  • Helderledge Farms (on the escarpent near Thatcher Park, Altamont): a wonderful place, looks less like a store and much more like a garden. Very unusual plants and knowledgeable staff --Kareen & PerennialFanatic

  • Gade Farm (Route 20 Western Ave.-just below Carmen Road, Guilderland). A great variety of just about every flower possible and a fair selection of veggies. --mcdonne ... And they have great wood fire for the winter! --Anne-Marie

  • Colonial Acres Nursery (on Route 20 - "Western Av."-, Guilderland): Healthy plants although expensive. A nice selection of shrubs. --Anne-Marie

  • Beckers Farm (Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush): reasonable prices and knowledgeable staff --Kareen

  • Story's Nurseries (Route 67, Freehold in Greene County) --babanna

  • Guernsey's Schoharie Nurseries (Schoharie, Schoharie County-30 minutes West of Albany) They have over 100 acres of nursery. --Rockman

  • Hewitt's (several stores around Albany)
    For trees......Lifetime guarantee on all trees and shrubs...Garden_Frog: Tara For bulbs: nice selection --Anne-Marie For seeds: nice selections --Anne-Marie

    South West

  • Country Grown Perenials (in Walton, South of Oneonta, Catskills). The place is unbelievable. I've been getting my shrubs & perenials from them for about 10 years now. Fresh blueberries to pick, too. --LIDebbie

    South [Dutchess County]

  • The Phantom Gardener Nursery (Route 9N, in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County) A bit pricey but they have a nice selection and the plants are healthy. --Rockman


  • George's (on Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham): good selection of perennials, good selection of trees and shrubs, but a little expensive --LNMP & KitCatClub

  • Faddegons (Norhtway at exit 6, Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham - huge varieties if seeking something "unusual". --Cremin

  • Valoze's (Route 9 just past Guptill's, Latham Huge collection of small (4" pots) perennials for $2.50 a pot --KitCatClub

  • Schulz Greenhouse (Hetchletown Road, Scotia) My all-time favorite nursery, for both selection and reasonably priced plants. Most of the stock is sold in smaller quart-sized containers. Local growers (2 or 3 greenhouses set up on his property) --mikee2

  • Toadflax nursery (Route 9, South Glens Falls).
    Directions: off Exit 17 of the Northway, head towards Glens Falls on Route 9... go by the transfer station, soon after, on the right-hand side. --adkmountaingirl A lot of unusual or hard to find plants. All plants are VERY healthy and of good size, worth the cost! Staff Knowledgeable --Garden_frog Staff go out of their way to help and answer questions! wonderful (and so healthy) selections! --adkmountaingirl Visited by Anne-Marie in September. What a pleasure! Absolutely awesome Mums Great nursery!

  • Watkins --PerennialFanatic

  • Meads --PerennialFanatic

  • Garden Time --PerennialFanatic

  • Quaker Farms --PerennialFanatic

  1. Syracuse /Oswego Area
  • Phoenix Flower Farm (in Phoenix area) Daylilies, Irises, Peonies, Hostas, unusual shade plants. Truelly amazing place! starina Large variety of grasses Wendy_the_Pooh Also recommended by DustyDigger
  • Country Herbs and Flowers (County route 8, in Fulton) Pretty good prices. Over 1500 different perennials and over 100 herbs. Great place --kklady Ornamental grasses, water plants, cannas, and fish for the little pond --starina
  • Ontario Orchards (in Southwest Oswego) For trees and shrubs --starina
  • Seneca Hill Perennials (Oswego area) My current absolute favorite for rare shade plants and perennials! --starina
  • Grandpa's (in Sodus ) For perennials -some interesting finds --starina
  • Seneca Trails Garden Center (off of Rte 20, outside of Oneida) --rouan
  • FarmersMarket (right across the street from Carvel Ice Cream store on R12, in Watertown) Extremely knowledgable manager, healthy plants, good selection! --littledesertrodent
  1. Finger Lakes Region/ Central New York
  • Bakers' Acres of North Lansing (Groton , between Cortland and Ithaca) Herbs and perennials and much more-- Wendy_the_Pooh

  • The Plantsman (on Route 34B, Ithaca) Excellent unusual plants, great prices and very knowledgable owner --mzebe

  • Plantasia Nursery (636 Dawson Hill Road , Spencer ) The best for dwarf evergreens, evergreens and Japanese maples, topiary and all the classic trees and shrubs --mzebe

  • Veronicas Garden (1748 Trumansburg Rd, Trumansburg) Very good selection, organically grown perennials --mzebe

  • Harvest Hills (off of Rte's 5 & 20 in Geneva ) --rouan

  • Borglum's Iris Gardens (Austin Rd, Hall, south of Geneva --west of Seneca Lake) They dig the iris right out of the ground for you --misstish64 Great, and fantastic prices. He also has peonies and a few other perennials --juspeachy Dana started something new this year, he has added named iris to the dig your own bed's $5.00 a clump, & he has also gotten in to Daylilies. Great people that go out of their way to help you.. :) --nyvoices99 Anita *If you cant visit in person, go to their website!

  • The Overlook Perennial Gardens (on Middle Rd., just out of Hammondsport) Fantastic! Small, but great plants and wonderful prices. They have some fairly hard to find plants, and Old English roses. --juspeachy

  1. Rochester Area
  • Garden Factory ( in Gates, Just west of Rochester) Huge, the biggest in Western New York, and they have anything you could want. --yjtj

  • Sara's Garden Center in Brockport Somewhat pricey but great sales at the end of the season. Great place to find unusual varieties -- MaryBz5NY

  • Spring Valley Greenhouse (Daansen Rd, Walworth) Known for their clematis (actually give away free clematis on their opening day!) Also excellent for veggies --Rini & Upstategardener Have an inviting website, if you cant visit the place!

  • Walker's Nursery in Marion Sporadic hours but great people, very direct about what to expect from plants -- they won't dissuade you from buying anything but they want you to know what you are going to get. --Rini

  • Wayside Gardens (on rte 31 in Macedon) A bit pricey, but they have a good selection. I found herbs there that I couldn't find anywhere else. --rouan

  • Lucus (Route 31, Macedon) Very unique plants -- upstategardener Christine

  • Trollybed (Route 31, Macedon) Very unique plants -- upstategardener Christine

  • Oriental Garden Supply (in Mendon) Bamboo, unusual conifers, dwarf conifers, japanese maples, unusual trees

  • Bristol's Nursery (Route 96, in Victor) Somewhat pricey but great sales at the end of the season. Great place to find unusual varieties -- MaryBz5NY --Also recommended by rouan

  1. Buffalo Area
  • Galleys -- deg08 & husky004
  • Menne Nursery (Niagara Falls Boulevard, Buffalo) -- rbirch & Penny1947
  • Majeski Nursery (French Road, Buffalo)--husky004
  • Stedmans -- rbirch
  • Adam's (in the town of Tonawanda) --
  • Russells (East Amherst, towards Buffalo) -- deg08, rbirch, and yjtj
  • Garden in the Hollow (Route 5 in Clarence ) Small place for bargain hunters - smaller, healthy plants at great prices . Check out sales in the early spring on perennials. --Gertlee
  • Masterson's (East Aurora) Good pond plants husky004 Also recommended by deg08
  • Johnson's Nursery (East Aurora) Unusual perennials & shrubs - very healthy. You will pay, but it's worth it. --Gertlee
  • Boston Hills (just outside of Eden) Reasonable prices, wide variety, and great service --Glennkid
  • Eden Valley (Eden) We are so far out in the western part of the state (Little Valley, NY that Eden Valley sounds good to me. --parmm
  • Johnston Nursery (in Erie, Pennsylvania) Great selection, outstanding prices ( HALF the price of Menne/Adams/Russells and TWICE as large), and friendly service --Glennkid