Looking for a secret garden? Want to plant your own? Heagerty's Home and Garden shop will help on both counts.
Eileen Heagerty the former nightclub owner known simply as "Styleen," is the shop's proprietress. Tucked away on a quiet edge of the historic Sedgewick Farms neighborhood on 114 Helen St. (at the corner of Farmer), gardeners can choose between annuals, perennials and vines grown by Kathleen Murphy. Her greenhouse specializes in heirlooms, open-pollinated plants that have been around for at least 50 years.
These older varieties give a more graceful and relaxed look in the garden; they are also more fragrant than many hybrids, Murphy said. Heirlooms grow true from seed, unlike hybrid crosses, so gardeners can collect and save seeds to plant next year.
Tables in the peaceful backyard "secret" garden at Heagerty's are filled with four-packs of sweet William, double hollyhocks, foxglove, rose mallow, bush violet, forget-me-not, snapdragon and small pots of asarina, morning glory and castor oil bean plants. Annual packs sell for $5.50 and perennials for $6.50; individual pots cost $3.
More than plants
Heagerty's Home and Garden is located in a turn-of-the-century house with high ceilings and wooden floors. It's interior is painted in earthy colors such as moss green and sky blue. Besides Murphy's plants there are garden accompaniments for sale. You'll find well-thought-out functional and decorative items for your house or garden, such as unique hose-guards shaped like garlic scapes, wall art depicting a large mosaic bee with whimsical red dice antenna, or stately smiling Buddha statues. Candles, jewelry, glazed pots, garden tools, trellises and furniture fill the shop. And it's the only place in central New York to buy Mrs. Meyer's sweet-smelling organic household cleaning products.
Or simply kick back for a bit in Heagerty's own garden. Relax while listening to birdcalls or the pleasant thunk of bamboo wind chimes. Admire the fuzzy fountain of deep purple clematis blooms and the ornamental allium that look like exploding fireworks.
Thursdays through June 19 pay $5 and participate in a garden chat at 6:30 p.m. Heagerty's Home and Garden shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 701-5730 hhgstore.com.