What’s new at nurseries on Martha’s Vineyard

While summer is not here yet, our gardens need us to prepare for it now. To help you get in the spirit of sun, I spoke with Lori Machado and Leslie Deal at Donaroma’s Nursery and Floral Shop on Main Street in Edgartown.Katryn: What should people be planting now for the summer season? Lori: We have a great selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials all ready to go. New annuals are becoming available every day for planting. This great spring weather has given everything a happy early start. This is a great time to fertilize existing plants and shrubs in your landscaping. Katryn: Are you running any specials to help Islanders get their homes and garden ready for the summer season?Lori: We have a large selection of plants priced to sell. Come visit us regularly for new specials. We work hard to always provide top quality product and great prices.Leslie: Our full line of organic garden products…from potting soil to bug sprays. We have also revamped our tool selection with top-of-the-line hand tools, rakes, shovels, pruners, and gloves.Katryn: Is there anything new this year at Donaroma’s?Lori: Here in the nursery we have expanded our organic product line to keep up with the need for being green. Organic soils, fertilizers, and pest control as well as carrying Eco MV’s product line. Come visit us in the Green Shed. As always we have a friendly, helpful knowledgeable staff eager to help with your gardening/landscaping needs.Leslie: You can also join us on our new Facebook and Twitter pages, which we will be updating several times a week. Be checking for new arrivals and specials. Also, we will be having a pink and green cocktail party on Friday evening May 7 from 5 to 7 pm in the garden store at Donaroma’s…Wear pink and green and be entered to win a fabulous prize. There are also several other great nursery options on Island as well, who specialize in organic plants to plants native to the Island.Middletown Nursery offers mostly organic native plants, non-invasive ornamentals, trees, shrubs, and plantings. Keep in mind they also have a wonderful selection of veggie seedlings, flowers, and bulbs along with the supplies needed to tend your fantastic garden. For more information you can reach them at 508-696-7600.Going Native Nursery (goingnativenursery.com or 508-693-2505) has been specializing since 2003 in plants native to Martha’s Vineyard that have been organically grown from seeds or cuttings from confirmed native Island sources.Vineyard Gardens Nursery (vineyardgardens.net or 508-693-8511) is “dedicated to providing the best plant material, installation and maintenance solutions to sophisticated customers on Martha’s Vineyard who wish to enhance the beauty, value, safety, and health of their seaside and coastal landscapes,” according to their website.Eden Market and Garden Center (edenmv.com or 508-693-5202) has been providing top quality produce, plants and garden-related products to the Vineyard for 24 years. Dedicated to excellent customer service, they will go out of their way to make sure your gardening and food experience is enjoyable.A final Island favorite, Jardin Mahoney’s (jardinmahoney.com or 508-693-3511), ensures they can help you with all of your gardening needs. They have an award winning selection of trees and shrubs to annuals and perennials, along with all the pots, fertilizers, tools, and decorations you need to make a garden your neighbors will envy.Happy gardening.