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Welcome October


Welcome October

Halloween is coming. Get your pumpkins and corn stalks! Open everyday 8A-6P


Fall is here at our 'House' by The Side Of The Road! We are bursting with beautiful Fall items, corn stalks, pumpkins and everything you need to decorate your home inside and out. Our pumpkins range in price from Open everyday 8A-6P. 

Going to a party?  Don't bring blah burgers by themselves, bring flowers too!  (think Gift Certificate)

We're in New Hampshire HOME!

Try these fragrant flowers for your (indoor) winter garden

Enjoy the beauty—and sweet smells—of these houseplants that blossom during our coldest months.



Being cooped up for the winter makes us crave not only the warmth but the smell of summer. If you can’t afford a tropical vacation, visit one of our local greenhouses to find many houseplants known for their deliciously fragrant flowers or scented foliage.  

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See your by State Planting Zone Chart HERE

Freeze Dates by Zip Code:  HERE

Welcome Friends!

House by the side of the road 

370 Gibbons Highway
Wilton, NH  03086



Open everyday 8am - 6pm  even Sundays!

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Christmas Trees

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A bit of history on the House by the side of the road: We are a year round garden center with a lovely gift shop.  This business was started in 1971 and we've been at our current location since 1976.  We sell houseplants, annuals, perennials, shrubbery, hanging baskets, pottery, fairy garden plants and many accessories. 

Our knowledgeable staff is always available to help you choose what will work best for your property and your home.  With our years of experience, you can be rest assured that your home, garden and landscaping will be the best it can be! 


Can't think of what to get?
How about a Gift Certificate!


Please feel free to come in & explore our greenhouses.  In the winter months HBTSOTR provides a short tropical escape from the NH weather.  We have inside and outdoor ponds with our pet turtles, koi, and goldfish.  Free popcorn and hot coffee, we hope to see you soon!

Established in 1971

Still family owned, operated and loved.

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Hours Everyday: 

8am - 6pm


We have cut flowers in beautiful bouquets & lovely centerpieces.

We have smaller gifts & trinkets for any occasion you can give as a special surprise too!  Everyone loves flowers, for youngsters, maybe something for your little one to give to their favorite family member when you visit.

We already have primrose for sale that we grow ourselves and pansy baskets are being planted now.

Come on in, you'll find we have so many things to choose from and it's so easy to brighten someones day with flowers, you will be happy you made the trip!

Gift Certificates

How about a Gift Certificate for the gardener in your life?

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Free cookies, coffee & popcorn!

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Our Lovely & Talented Jean Green has a blog spot about us, check it out!



Our Specialties include:

  • Garden Supplies
  • Water Garden Plants
  • Perennials
  • Annuals
  • House Plants
  • Cacti
  • Exotic Plants
  • Trees & Shrubs
  • Orchids
  • Decoration
  • Gifts
  • Cut Flowers
  • Pottery
  • Convenience Store
  • Holiday/Seasonal Decorations

Welcome Friends!

House by the side of the road 

370 Gibbons Highway
Wilton, NH  03086




More than a staff, we are a team.


More than a staff, we are a team.








We have a lot of fun here, come on by and see what's new!

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What to expect!

What to expect!


Don't let your cat near the garden.

We have a great selection of Cat Grass $2.99 & Catnip $4.99. 

Our Cat Grass is grown by us from organic wheat berry grass seed in 4" pots for $2.99.  It is either a white or red wheat grass seed that we use, however the end result is nearly the same.  They last for only 2 weeks and it helps keep the cats away from the houseplants!  

Catnip/$4.99 & Cat Grass/$2.99




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October Calendula (Marigold)

October Calendula - (Marigold)

October Calendula (Marigold)

October Calendula - (Marigold)

October Marigold Calendula

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Botanical name: Tagetes

Plant type: Flower

Sun exposure: Full Sun

Soil type: SandyLoamyClay

Flower color: OrangeYellow

Bloom time: SpringSummerFall

No annual is more cheerful or easier to grow than marigolds. These flowers are the spendthrifts among annuals, showing a wealth of gold, copper, and brass into our summer and autumn gardens. The flower’s popularity probably derives in part from its ability to bloom brightly all summer long.

Marigolds have daisy-like or double, carnation-like flowerheads and are produced singly or in clusters.  Although there are some 50 species, some marigolds we know come from just three:

  • Tagetes erecta are the tallest, at three to five feet. They are sometimes known as African, or American, marigolds.
  • Bushy T. patula, or French marigolds, are somewhat smaller and more compact. Elegant and eye-catching, they have relatively demure flowers and usually grow from 6 inches to 2 feet tall.
  • The dainty T. tenuifolia are the signet, or rock-garden, marigolds that like hot, dry sites and make a wonderful edging. Their flowers are edible.

Marigolds have been sterotyped but they offer tremendous variety; some have fantastic aroma; all marigolds are good in containers and provide long-lasting cut flowers


  • Marigolds need lots of sunshine.
  • Though they grow in almost any soil, marigolds thrive in moderately fertile, well-drained soil.
  • Sow them directly into the garden once the soil is warm, or start seeds indoors about a month to 6 weeks before the last spring-frost date.
  • The seeds germinate easily, but watch out for damping off if you start them inside.
  • Separate seedlings when they are about 2 inches tall. Plant them in flats of loose soil, or transplant them into the garden.
  • Space tall marigolds 2 to 3 feet apart; lower-growing ones about a foot apart.
  • If planting in containers, use a soil-based potting mix.


  • Germination from large, easily handled seeds is rapid, and blooms should appear within a few weeks of sowing.
  • If the spent blossoms are deadheaded, the plants will continue to bloom profusely.
  • When you water marigolds, allow the soil to dry somewhat between watering, then water well, then repeat the process.
  • Do not water marigolds from overhead. Water at the base of the plant. 
  • Do not fertilize marigolds. Too rich a diet stimulates lush foliage at the expense of flowers. Marigolds bloom better and more profusely in poor soil.
  • The densely double flowerheads of the African marigolds tend to rot in wet weather.


Farmers and gardeners have long known that marigolds make important companion plants all over the garden. Not only does the scent of the marigold (Tagetes spp.) repel animals and insects, but the underground workings of the marigold will repel nematodes (microscopic worms) and other pests for up to 3 years.

Marigolds themselves are hearty but may be prone to gray mold, bacterial leaf spot,powdery mildew, Alternaria leaf spot, damping off, and root rot.


  • In flower arrangements, strip off any leaves that might be under water in the vase; this will discourage the overly pungent odor.
  • Marigolds can be dried for long-lasting floral arrangements. Strip foliage from perfect blossoms and hang them upside down.

Cooking Notes

  • The bright petals of signet marigolds add color and a spicy tang to salads and other summer dishes.
  • The flower petals are sometimes cooked with rice to impart the color (but unfortunately not the flavor) of saffron.
  • 'Mexican Mint' (sometimes called Texas tarragon) is a study little herb that can be substituted for French tarragon in cooking. This species has been long used in Latin America for tea as well as seasoning.

Wit & Wisdom

  • In the late 1960s, Burpee president David Burpee launched an energetic campaign to have marigolds named the national flower, but in the end, roses won out.
  • For years, farmers have included the open-pollinated African marigold 'Crackerjack' in chicken feed to make egg yolks a darker yellow
  • Marigold (Calendula) is an extremely effective herb for the treatment of skin problems and can be used wherever there is inflammation of the skin, whether due to infection or physical damage; for example, crural ulceration, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, mastitis, sebaceous cysts, impetigo or other inflamed cutaneous lesions.
  • As an ointment, Marigold (Calendula) is an excellent cosmetic remedy for repairing minor damage to the skin such as sub dermal broken capillaries or sunburn. The sap from the stem is reputed to remove warts, corns and calluses.
  • In the 12th century Macer wrote that merely looking at the Marigold plant would improve the eyesight and lighten the mood.
  • In South Asia, bright yellow and orange Marigold flowers are used in their thousands and placed in garlands and to decorate religious statues and buildings. They are also used as offerings and decoration at funerals, weddings and other ceremonies.
  • Pigments in Marigolds are sometimes extracted and used as a food coloring for humans and livestock.

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The above content is thanks to Almanac.com