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MDAR: Support Massachusetts greenhouses and nurseries during the gardening season

Growers across the state have been working hard since the beginning of the year to produce a variety of annual and perennial plants that can add to the beauty of homes. (Photo by Christin Noelle on Unsplash)

BOSTON – Spring has arrived in Massachusetts and with it comes gardening season. As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) encourages all garden enthusiasts to visit the nearest local greenhouse or nursery. Growers across the state have been working hard since the beginning of the year to produce a variety of annual and perennial plants that can add to the beauty of homes.

“As climate change continues to impact, it is more important than ever to support local growers and nurseries.” said MDAR Commissioner Ashley Randle. “As spring blooms, we encourage you to visit the over 170 locations across the state where knowledgeable growers are ready to help residents create a beautiful and sustainable garden. Their expertise can help you find the right equipment, seeds and plants that are well suited to our changing climate. By working together we can protect our environment while enjoying the beauty of nature.”

With over 3,000 acres of production, garden centers and nurseries in Massachusetts are the largest agricultural sector in the state. These local businesses, many of them multi-generational and family-owned, support the local economy with annual sales of over $164 million. In addition to plants, seeds and supplies, they also offer florist services and host special events and seminars throughout the year to provide gardeners with expertise on improving their green thumb.

“Massachusetts flower growers are proud of our efforts to conserve water, responsibly manage environmental resources, and promote beneficial insects and other natural management practices.” said Matthew Piscitelli, president of the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association. “This time of year brings excitement, joy and beauty for both amateur and professional gardeners. We are proud to be one of the largest agricultural sectors in Massachusetts offering locally grown flowers, and we appreciate the support and appreciation of our customers large and small.”

To find one of the many garden centers and nurseries throughout the state, use MDAR's MassGrown map at the link below.

–Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

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