I stumbled upon the Tri-County Greenhouse in Mansfield Depot CT while wandering around, and had to stop. The greenhouse is open year round, offering loads of great plants, plus season specific offerings. In the spring, there are annuals, vegetables, perennials, herbs, Easter plants, Memorial planters, and summer bulbs. In the summer, annuals, vegetables, perennials, herbs, garden bouquets, mixed planters, and hanging baskets. Fall offers Chrysanthemums, perennials, Spring bulbs, and fresh bouquets. Finally, in the winter, there are Poinsettias, holiday wreaths and planters, houseplants, fresh cut Freesia, and floral bouquets.
The Greenhouse is a division of Tri-County ARC, a nonprofit agency serving the intellectually disabled community, our goal is to provide individuals with paid training and work experience in a retail horticultural setting. This support and training extends to planting and caring for potted annuals, vegetables, and perennials, transplanting seedlings, watering and maintaining plants, gardening and grounds keeping, customer service, community interaction, and clerical skills.
Overall the Tri-County Greenhouse impressed me. The grounds are humble, but well maintained, with plenty of plants at reasonable prices. One of the major assets to the greenhouse, is that, according to Chris, the manager, most everything is grown on site.
My plant interests primarily reside in the succulent family, and a good portion of their cacti are grown from seed, not cutting, like I’m used to. That was super interesting to me.
One of the biggest plusses was the two tiny kittens. Let me clarify, there were two tiny, 7 week old kittens, Elizabeth and Pinnochio.
Overall, the greenhouse was incredibly welcoming, for a great cause, and had tiny kittens. What’s not to love?