Tucked halfway up the south slope of Goffstown’s North Uncanoonuc Mountain is Uncanoonuc Mt. Perennials, a nursery with 2.5 acres, over 900 types of plants and 35 years of history.
Owner Nettie Rynearson grew up in a family of amateur gardeners but fell in love with plants in a college class. In 1979, she bought a plot of land on the mountain and started planting.
“It seems like it’s my purpose in life to make this property the most beautiful place on earth,” Rynearson said. “That’s what we’ve been working towards all these years.”
The nursery opens for business on April 25 this year and will operate Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rynearson has been expanding each year with more plants, extended hours and a progressing website.
Her latest project? Developing an online, printable catalog detailing every plant with its price, photo, and a colorful description.
“It’s quite a resource for people,” she said.
Uncanoonuc currently grows 80 percent of what it sells, and that number increases each year.
“We are different than a garden center, which sells fertilizers and gloves and cards, et cetera,” Rynearson said. “We’re a nursery. We’re all about the plants.”
Part of what makes Uncanoonuc unique is its extensive display gardens — half an acre of winding paths through color-coordinated gardens of labelled plants. There is also a formal rose garden with white wooden fences, brick patios, arbors, and pathways that circle around.
“It’s beautiful and smells wonderful,” Rynearson said. “Roses are one of our specialties.”
The nursery has an extensive selection of heart perennials, shrubs, flowering vines and berry bushes, just to name a few. With over 900 different plants to choose from, Rynearson said customers can get overwhelmed, so she created a group of low-maintenance plants she likes to call the “love ‘em and leave ‘ems.”
“They’re for newbies or time-strapped gardeners who want their gardens to look great but don’t want to spend all weekend on them,” she said. “It helps people know where to start and takes the scariness out of our huge selection.”
On June 27 and June 28, Uncanoonuc will throw its 35th anniversary celebration with bouquet giveaways, T-shirts and free refreshments.
For now, Rynearson and the nursery staff are just waiting for the snow to melt so they can start fertilizing and displaying the plants they potted in the fall in preparation for the spring.
“I have a great job,” she said. “I get to be outside, spending my time in the gardens and nurturing beauty.”
As seen in the March 26, 2015 issue of the Hippo.