Beautiful Houseplants can be found at Moscarillo’s

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Sometimes when I enter a garden center, I can spot their strong suit. In the case of Moscarillo’s of West Hartford, CT, it was definitely their beautiful selection of healthy house plants. This is not to imply they don’t have much more to offer, because they do, but I was particularly impressed with their house plants, dish gardens, and orchids.

But before going to their greenhouse filled with them, I ventured into their perennial section. The outdoor tables were labeled with individual wooden letters by alpha order to help you find a plant. Need an Epimedium for example, go to the big E on a stake. Clever and unique, I thought. It helps the customer find their way.Soil

They also had nice neatly stacked bags of soil for the garden and containers, which I thought was well labeled and placed on the grounds. Although I must admit, I like when soil is under some type of cover because we all know what it feels like to carry wet soil.  I always prefer bags which are clean, not wet or torn, and when under cover it helps. However, their bags were in fine and in clean conditions.

As I walked past the soil area, I noticed a back door to greenhouse was open, so I pushed my shopping cart inside and spotted pitcher plants and bonsai specimens in front of me, but also saw many house plants in this greenhouse. It was filled with good looking house plants. I think I said out loud, Ah Nice.

Alpha lettering

Why are good looking and healthy important?  Because insects spread quickly on unhealthy plants, especially if moved into a home where perhaps conditions are not ideal, and it can happen quickly. It’s best to select a plant with no problems from the start.


Another aspect that pleased me, was the cleanliness in general. This greenhouse was fairly packed but not unkept.  And then, I began to notice their dish gardens with orchids. The orchids were pristine, and the dish gardens well done. My mind said to me, someone here knows what they are doing.

There were some Jade plants that I thought were perfect for creating head planters, like mine shown below. They also had small plants of Norfolk island pine next to a large specimen on display. The pine has handsome foliage. Its an evergreen plant, great for the patio with medium light, or as a house plant. It grows to 8′ tall so high ceilings are helpful.


Jade head

There was a gift shop and even a little section with fresh veggies. Nice touch.  As I paid for my items, I laughed at the register person’s shirt which read — Stay Calm and Moscarillo’s On.  We discussed the origin of the saying, but that’s another story.


Moscarillo’s is located at 2600 Albany Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117.


Telephone: 860-236-5487 or 800-464-9106

Dish Gardens

They have a small ad in the Garden Trail book, but a big area and offerings at their nursery. Worth a visit on your travels, especially if you are looking for a beautiful houseplant.

more Dish Gardens



Written by Cathy Testa

Arts and Crafts at a CT Nursery this Weekend

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The Gledhill nursery in West Hartford, CT is holding an Arts and Crafts fair this weekend on August 2 and 3, 2013 from 10 am to 4 pm. I happened to visit this nursery for the first time yesterday (as part of my goal to visit nurseries listed in the CT Garden & Landscape Trail.)

On my way to this place, I did run into some roadway construction coming from Bloomfield but it moved quickly and perhaps will be done by Saturday. But also be on the lookout for the entrance. It can be tricky to see the enter versus exit road. Look for the street sign. As you drive down it, you will feel as if you are entering a private residence. The driveway into the back parking area is very narrow and lined with beautiful plants and trees. This nursery has an immediate park like feel to it.

RoadA friendly nursery staff person greeted me immediately as I entered the grounds, admiring the small water gardens in particular. She apologized for the mix of plant areas as she explained they were organizing spaces for the 30 vendors participating in a crafts fair this weekend. It is held annually. So I thought I need to post this immediately to let everyone know about it.

The nursery staff person also told me their landscape department has a knack for water gardens as she noticed I was taking photos of them. This garden center has some small greenhouses, a nice gift shop, and displays such as a path leading to an arbor. If I were able to go this weekend to see the crafts show, I would but other commitments prevent it. If you decide to go, let me know what you think. Oh, I also noticed they had some organic products on their shelves for bugs and fertilizers.

Water gardens

The plant areas had little garden decor here and there too. It seems like a fun place to browse, plants very healthy all around, and I’m sure in the height of the season there’s more to enjoy. There’s lots of inspiration for those taking notice of all the details all around the premises.

Organically at Gledhill

The address is 650 Mountain Road, West Hartford, CT 06117. 860-233-5692.

Just be sure to drive carefully into the area. I suspect they will have additional parking during their event this weekend with all the vendors planned.


Their website is


Overall, park like, tranquil, and secluded. When I commented that folks from my area may not know about Gledhill, she replied, neither do some locals to West Hartford. Perhaps, now, they will.

written by, Cathy Testa

Water garden Gledhill