Wayside Farm is a small farm established in 1981, producing a unique selection of fine quality annuals and hardy perennials. We grow interesting and unusual flowering plants as well as the old favorites so well loved by many gardeners. We provide northern New England gardeners with an excellent assortment of high quality flowering plants that will encourage, excite, and ensure pride and success in gardening. We grow and sell these plants on location, at our greenhouses in North Sandwich, New Hampshire. When you come by you will experience a clean, well organized, and pleasantly floriferous environment with helpful friendly staff.
We differentiate ourselves from all the mass-marketing plant dealers out there who know little of growing in our area, and buy the plants suggested to them by distant salespeople. Like everyone else, we are looking for the next great plant; however we extensively research our new introductions, and compare them against similar varieties we've previously grown. Every year we try approximately 100 new plant varieties, and our customers have come to expect a lot of interesting and unusual things to try. We love to hear what you think of the plants available at Wayside as well as from other sources, and will be glad to share with you what we know (or don't know!). We love plant suggestions, and will gladly custom-grow most anything you might need! At Wayside, you can be sure to find both the latest varieties available and the faithful stand-bys you have had success with in the past.
We are not a plant vendor and are proud to grow all of our plants right here in North Sandwich: seeding, propagating and nurturing them until they are ready for the garden. We grow many of our 'premium annuals' from patent-protected unrooted cuttings purchased from all over the world, growing them from mid-winter through spring to assure that clean, high quality plants are produced. These include very interesting new and unusual plants, and provide some of the best flowering characteristics. Perennials and herbs sold at Wayside are produced from similar rooting cuttings, also from seed and division. Shrubs come from rooted cuttings, vegetables from seed. Bedding annuals in packs, specialty annuals in small, medium and larger pots, hanging baskets, and hardy northern container grown perennials are all available in the spring and throughout the summer.
Wayside Farm utilizes a comprehensive and well-researched biological approach to insect control. Our greenhouses are all thoroughly cleaned and the concrete floors vacuumed and disinfected at the end of each season to ensure a clean start-up in January. We purchase or raise a at least 10 types of beneficial insects to feed on any possible insect pest 'intruders', and begin introducing them as soon as we have plants growing again. While we are not organically certified, we do everything we can to ensure a clean and safe growing environment in our greenhouses for the plants we raise, the people who work here, and our gardening guests.
We hope this site provides you with useful information in planning your garden this growing season.
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Ben & Wendy Shambaugh, owners