Buying Bulbs

Brent and Becky’s Bulbs offers a wide variety of high-quality bulbs. Through their Bloomin’ Bucks program our Club receives a 25% rebate on all purchases made through their website. Our Club uses this rebate to support our community projects and programs.

How to order:
  2. Scroll down and select: Garden Club of Madison
  3. Click GO; on the “Reminder” page click YES
  4. Click Spring/Fall Catalogue; scroll down and click on a picture to select your bulbs

Questions: Call Brent and Becky’s Bulbs at 877-661-2852


Acer Gardens: 447 Winthrop Rd., Deep River; 860-526-9056;

Ballek’s Garden Center: 90 Maple Ave., East Haddam; 860-873-8878;

Broken Arrow Nursery: 13 Broken Arrow Rd., Hamden; 203-288-1026;

Cricket Hill Garden: 670 Walnut Hill Rd., Thomaston; 860-283-1042;

Earth Tones Native Plant Nursery: 212 Grassy Hill Rd., Woodbury; 203-263-6626;

Garden Sales: 308 Oakland St., Manchester; 860-649-9406;

Grove Garden Center: 341 E. Main St., Clinton; 860-669-6757;

Lavender Pond Farm: 318 Roast Meat Hill Rd., Killingworth; 203-350-0367;

Madison Earth Care: 1250 Durham Rd.; 203-421-4358;

Madison Flower Shop & Garden Center: 376 Durham Rd.; 203-245-4851;

Maynard Greenhouses: 87 Ingham Hill Rd., Old Saybrook; 860-388-3300;

Native Plant Nursery: 2940 Redding Rd., Fairfield; 203-658-7475;

Natureworks: 518 Forest Rd., Northford; 203-484-2748;

Oliver Nursery: 1159 Bronson Rd., Fairfield; 203-259-5609;

Riggio’s Garden Center, Inc.: 136 Westbrook Rd., Essex; 860-767-0126;

Running Brook Farms: 219 CT-80, Killingworth; 860-663-5522;

Shady Hill Nursery: 628 Summer Hill Rd.; 203-421-1133;

Shoreline Gardens, LLC: 31A CT-145, Clinton; 860-669-0765;

Van Wilgen’s Garden Center: 51 Valley Rd., North Branford; 203-488-2110;

Vaiuso Farms, Inc.: 75 Hosley Ave., Branford; 203-433-7972;

Village Greene Gardens: 800 Boston Post Rd., Guilford; 203-453-1818;

White Flower Farm: 167 Litchfield Rd., Morris; 800-503-9624;

Wicked Tulips Flower Farm: 90 Brown Ave., Johnston, RI 02919; 401-297-3700;


For plants that are hardy, adapted to the climate, and often just as ornamental as many introduced species, go native! Below is a list of northeast natives, excluding introduced species that have naturalized. See DJG Native Plant Walk for other native shrubs.

Acer rubrum & saccharum, Red Swamp Maple & Sugar Maple

Amelanchier canadensis & laevis, Shadblow & Allegheny Serviceberry

Andromeda polifolia, Bog Rosemary

Azalea arborescens & vaseyi, Sweet Azalea & Roseshell Azalea

Betula nigra, River Birch

Chamaecyparis thyoides, Eastern White Cedar

Clethra alnifolia, Summersweet

Cornus alternifolia, Pagoda Dogwood

Cornus florida, Flowering Dogwood

Cornus mas, Cornelian Cherry

Hamamelis vernalis, Vernal Witch Hazel

Hamamelis virginiana, Common Witch Hazel

Ilex glabra, Inkberry

Juniperus virginiana, Eastern Red Cedar

Liquidambar styraciflua, Sweet Gum Tree

Myrica pennsylvanica, Northern Bayberry

Nyssa sylvatica, Black Tupelo

Pachysandra procumbens, Allegheny Spurge

Pinus strobus, Eastern White Pine

Quercus alba, White Oak

Quercus palustris, Pin Oak

Rhus aromatic, Fragrant Sumac

Rhus glabra, Smooth Sumac

Ribes alpinum, Alpine Currant

Sambucus canadensis, Elderberry

Thuja occidentalis pyramidalis, Pyramidal Arborvitae

Tsuga canadensis, Canadian Hemlock

Vaccinium corymbosum, Highbush Blueberry

Viburnum lentago, Nannyberry Viburnum

Viburnum prunifolium, Blackhaw Viburnum


The Madison Pollinatore Pathway Project works to preserve, protect and develop pollinator habitats throughout town. By joining the Pollinator Pathway Project, residents can help extend connections from their own properties to land-trust sites, town and state gardens and other private properties.

For more information:


Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens: Contains 93 acres of parkland, gardens, landscapes, and hiking trails that focus on the regional plants, ecology, and character of Southwestern New England. 151 Brookdale Rd., Stamford; 203-322-6971.

Colorblends House & Spring Garden: An intimate garden set around a restored 1903 Colonial Revival mansion that is a collaboration between Bridgeport-based Colorblends Wholesale Flowerbulbs and distinguished Dutch garden designer Jacqueline van der Kloet. 893 Clinton Ave., Bridgeport; 888-847-8637;

Connecticut College Arboretum: A 750-acre arboretum with botanical gardens, founded in 1931, and located on the campus of Connecticut College. The arboretum includes multiple trails to view landscaped areas, botanical gardens, native plant collections, and more than 200 species of trees. 270 Mohegan Ave., New London; 860-439-5020.

Elizabeth Park: A 102-acre city park on the National Register of Historic Places, it includes extensive rose gardens and the Connecticut State Herb Garden. 1561 Asylum Ave., West Hartford; 860-231-9443.

Florence Griswold Museum and Gardens: The Florence Griswold Museum is located on 12 scenic acres along the Lieutenant River, and features a beautiful landscape and old-fashioned historic gardens. 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme; 860-434-5542.

Harkness Memorial State Park: A 230-acre Connecticut state park and botanical garden located on Long Island Sound. Landscape designer was Beatrix Jones Farrand. Great Neck Rd., Waterford; 860-443-5725.

Highstead Foundation: Formerly Highstead Arboretum, founded in 1982. 127 Lonetown Rd., West Redding; 203-938-8809.

Hollister House Garden: 300 Nettleton Hollow Rd., Washington; 860-868-2200.

Marsh Botanical Garden: Consists of an arboretum, gardens, and greenhouses on the Yale University campus. 265 Mansfield St., New Haven; 203-432-6320.


Bedrock Gardens: 45 High Rd., Lee, NH;

Chanticleer Gardens: 78 Church Rd., Wayne, PA;

Donald Kendall Sculpture Gardens: 700 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase, NY; (Open most weekends April–October, call first to confirm  914-253-3150)

Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Annual Tour (Beacon Hill GC): 10 Charles St., Boston, MA; (Open third Thursday in May, see website)

The High Line: 820 Washington St., New York, NY;

Longhouse Reserve: 133 Hands Creek Rd., East Hampton Long Island, NY;

Longwood Gardens: 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, PA;

Massachusetts Horticulture Society: 900 Washington St., Wellesley, MA;

The Mount: 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, MA;

Mt. Holyoke College Botanic Garden: South Hadley, MA;

New York Botanical Garden: 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY;

Sakonnet Garden Open Day: 510 West Main Rd., Little Compton, RI; (Only open one weekend in May, see website for details)

Storm King Sculpture Gardens: 1 Museum Rd., Windsor, NY;

Tower Hill Botanical Gardens: 11 French Dr., Boylston, MA;

Wave Hill: West 249th St. & Independence Ave., Bronx, NY;


Mother Earth rates the following as the top 15 sustainable seed companies due to consistently high germination rates, detailed variety descriptions, growing advice, and making the Safe Seed Pledge (written commitment to sell only non-Genetically Modified seeds or public declaration that they will not knowingly sell GM seeds):

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (MO)

Botanical Interests (CO)

Burpee Seeds and Plants (PA)

The Cook’s Garden (PA)

Fedco Seeds (ME)

Ferry-Morse Seed Company (KY)

High Mowing Organic Seeds (VT)

Johnny’s Selected Seeds (ME)

Nichols Garden Nursery (OR)

Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply (CA)

Renee’s Garden Seeds (CA)

Seeds of Change (CA)

Seed Savers Exchange (IA)

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (VA)

Territorial Seed Company (OR)

Online Seed & Plant Directory: Find a directory of more than 100 mail-order seed and plant companies at

Organic Seeds Off the Rack: Find organic and heirloom seeds from Burpee, Ferry-Morse, Cook’s Garden, and others, at big box stores, garden centers, and health food stores. Gift and gourmet shops may carry Renee’s Garden seeds. Food co-ops and independently owned health food stores, such as Southern Exposure, often have displays from regional seed companies. (Each company’s website includes a store locator button.) Some companies, such as Renee’s, Botanical Interests, John Scheeper’s Kitchen Garden Seeds, Seeds of Change, and others, offer school fundraiser programs.


For borrowing a few seeds, check out:

Bethlehem Public Library: 32 Main St. South, Bethlehem; 203-266-7792

Brainerd Memorial Library: 920 Saybrook Rd., Haddam; 860-345-2204

Comstock Ferre & Co. and Heirloom Market: 263 Main St., Wethersfield; 860-257-2790

Fairfield Public Library: 1147 Fairfield Woods Rd., Fairfield; 203-255-7307

Minor Memorial Library: 23 South St., Roxbury; 860-350-2181

New Canaan Seed Library & Exchange: 151 Main St., New Canaan; 203-594-5000

Scoville Memorial Library: 38 Main St., Salisbury; 860-435-2838

Westport Public Library: 20 Jesup Rd., Westport; 203-291-4800