Spring blossoms at Donna’s Greenhouses

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April showers bring May flowers, and so much more this time of year at Donna’s Greenhouses in New Gloucester.

What began as a small vegetable stand in 1986, has grown and blossomed into a colorful and expansive array of products and services to suit the fancy of any gardener. From soil and compost materials, to annual and perennial flowers, vegetable plants and herbs, as well as fruit trees and bushes, Donna’s can get you started. With a variety of fertilizers and mulches, all available for pick-up or for delivery in bulk, Donna’s will help you keep your garden healthy and beautifully maintained.

For those who enjoy decorating, Donna’s carries a large assortment of Massarelli stone garden accent pieces and bubbling fountains. Owners Donna and Chuck McNally travel extensively, visiting art auctions and other out-of-the-way places, and delight in bringing unique and affordable decorative pieces to offer their clientele.

In addition to their five greenhouses and multiple meandering outdoor garden paths with well-stocked tables and trays, bountiful hanging floral baskets, and landscaped areas teaming with colorful flowers and delightful statuary, Donna’s has a lovely gift shop stocked with locally made Blackcat Pottery, pottery by Wayne Messer of Cumberland, bird feeders, sundials, candles and gifts for the nature enthusiast, as well as all of the essential garden tools and seeds.

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Donna and Chuck have mastered the art of gardening and enjoy sharing their knowledge as much as they enjoy sharing their flowers. For the gardener who wants to “enhance his or her ability to get a plant from seed to garden,” Donna’s offers weekend classes in “Growing Seedlings.” Chuck will provide all of the supplies and assistance needed to start and grow 72 plants for your garden. Donna will be leading “Container Gardening” classes on how to create a window box or other container garden with plants of your choosing, whether you prefer flowering, vegetable or herb. These classes are offered through a local Adult & Community Education program and require preregistration by calling 345-3217.

In addition, every Saturday in May, Chuck will teach a “Raised Bed Gardening” class on techniques and resource development for creating raised bed gardens. Call or visit Donna’s Greenhouses for more information regarding classes. Although the raised bed gardening class is free, the fee for the Adult Education classes is minimal.

In mid-June, Donna’s will participate in the annual Country Garden Tea & Tour over four days of plants, tea and snacks. FMI, visit www.countrygardenteaandtour.com.

Donna’s Greenhouses, 216 Ricker Road, New Gloucester, is open every day until 6 p.m. Visit their greenhouses and gift shop and take a stroll through their gardens, or call Donna and Chuck at 926-3776 to see how they can help you make the most of your green thumb by “gettin’ dirty at Donna’s.”

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