I am a warm weather person, through and through. When the snow begins to melt in earnest, clearing the path for green growing things and balmy springtime breezes, I am in my element. And when the threat of frost is over and I can start digging around in the dirt, I’m in heaven, because that means it’s time for my first trip to the Adams Fairacre Farm Garden Center in Kingston.
Adams Garden Center is not just a greenhouse and seed store. It’s a destination, especially if you’re the type (and I am) who enjoys wandering around botanical gardens. The Garden Center is a sprawling outdoor nursery with a massive greenhouse packed to the gills with a dizzying array of flowering plants, and shrubbery, not to mention vegetable and herb plants ready to be put in the ground. There are few things more satisfying to me than leisurely walking through the rows of plants, stopping to smell the basil and rosemary, fantasizing about where to plant the broccoli, Romaine lettuce, red peppers, Roma tomatoes, and a variety of herbs that will end up in my garden beds. Adams is one-stop shopping for equipment, too, and their prices are reasonable. Year after year, I’ve packed the back of my car with trays of plants and the supplies I need to get started, and I’ve never broken my bank account doing it. What’s more, Adams Garden Center employees are knowledgeable and always ready to for me to pepper them with a million questions on what I should plant when and where.
Gardening isn’t just something I do to get fresh home-grown vegetables on my table; it’s a therapeutic pursuit, one that wouldn’t be quite so much fun without a few trips to the Adams Garden Center during the season. Adams Garden Center is open M-F 8am-9pm, Sat. 8am-8pm, Sun. 8am-7pm. Located in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Wappingers, and Newburgh. www.adamsfarms.com.
– Kandy Harris