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By: Samanta Roseme Posted: May 16th, 2022
Senior Care

The Therapeutic Effects of Nature: Best Garden Centers and Nurseries in CT

Gardening checks off so many boxes on our wellness list:

Being outdoors relaxes the soul

Light exercise reduces stress

Creativity stimulates the brain

Beauty produces positive feelings

While I’m not a fan of yardwork, I am a big fan of gardening. Whether you are adding a new garden in your yard, swapping out new plants for old, or just doing up some containers for your front walk, you’re going to need a trip to the local garden center or nursery.

Fortunately, Connecticut has dozens of these great, independently-owned plant extravaganzas that have gorgeous native plant species that you simply can’t find at the big home stores. So while your neighbors’ yards will all look generically the same, your yard will be the standout on the block.

Let’s take a look at one of the best from every county in Connecticut, moving west to east.

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Best Nursery in Fairfield County: Native

Focused on the full spectrum of native New England species — from well-known to obscure — owner William Kenney stocks a great selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, wildflowers, grasses, and more. Located in Fairfield.


Best Nursery in Litchfield County: Cricket Hill Garden

For over 30 years, Cricket Hill has amazed visitors with their six-acre “Peony Heaven” garden display, featuring several rare varieties of Chinese tree peonies. These distinctive perennials share space with a wide variety of other shade, fruit, and ornamental trees, as well as dozens of other perennials and shrubs. Located in Thomaston.


Best Nursery in New Haven County: Earth Tones Native Plants

Owners Kyle and Lisa Turoczi grow all their stock from native seed sources that they collect themselves, ensuring strong, healthy cultivars. A wide selection of perennials, ferns, grasses, shrubs, and trees keep you looking for hours, but if you want a more precise method, you can use their online Native Plant Search Wizard to find the perfect plants for your space. Located in Woodbury.


Best Nursery in Hartford County: O’Brien’s Nursery

1,600 varieties of hosta! 100 varieties of Japanese maple! And that’s just to start your planning at this incredible nursery for the gardeners who want particular or distinct cultivars of specific plants. Be sure to check out all their different daylily species as well. Located in Granby.


Best Nursery in Middlesex County: Ballek’s Garden Center

Dating back to the 1660s, this working farm models old-world values and modern-day green technology, harnessing solar power and “green” gardening practices. Ballek’s is a great one-stop shop for both the outdoor and indoor gardener, providing incredible service and a terrific selection. Located in East Haddam.


Best Nursery in Tolland County: The Garden Barn Nursery and Landscape

With over 13 acres of gorgeous variety, the Garden Barn can satisfy gardeners of every experience level. They’ve also gone the extra mile for pet owners, stocking a large area of pet-friendly plants that’ll keep your fur-babies safe from toxic plants in your landscape. Located in Vernon.


Best Nursery in New London County: Burnett’s Country Gardens

Massive grounds with multiple greenhouses are stocked with exotic and rare garden and house plants to satisfy any plant enthusiast. Burnett’s also hosts a weekly farmer’s market so you can buy local produce, meats, and crafts while you outfit your landscape. Located in Salem.


Best Nursery in Windham County: Logee’s 

This family-owned exotic plant shop will simply amaze you. Visit their 122 year old “Ponderosa” lemon tree or their orange tree that bears 10 varieties of fruit! With six greenhouses on the grounds, you will find too many beautiful plants to buy at all once — but why not make a go of it?! Located in Danielson.


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About Samanta Roseme, RN BSN

Samanta Descombes Roseme, also known as Sam, is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer (CVO) at Assured Quality Homecare (ASQ). As the CVO, Sam is responsible for setting ASQ’s vision, mission, and goals and ensuring that the company is aligned. Sam brings in over 8 years of experience in the Healthcare field and has a Bachelor’s degree in Registered Nursing from the University of Connecticut. In 2016 Samanta, along with her husband Caleb, founded Assured Quality Homecare with a vision of providing high-quality, trained, and compassionate caregivers to the aging community of New London, CT. Samanta and Caleb are raising three beautiful children, and as a mother and woman of faith, you can find Samanta volunteering at her church in her free time.


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