Greenhouses, nurseries and garden centers statewide will be celebrating Saturday, April 30, during the second annual Maine Greenhouse and Nursery Day.

Building on the success of last year’s event to promote the “shop local”concept, 38 family-owned businesses will hold special events to highlight the joys (and challenges) of gardening in Maine.

They’re eager to entertain, educate, answer questions, give advice and share tips. Some will also feed attendees home-baked treats.

After a seemingly endless winter, Mainers are eagerly looking forward to the colors and scents of spring. Here’s a chance to get a preview of the season’s new introductions, and to start planning displays and designing window boxes.

Planned activities include giveaways, door prizes, raffles, plants and balloons for youth, container-planting demonstrations, landscape design advice, personal tours, expert speakers and mini workshops.

Area participating greenhouses include:

• Entwood Bonsai Nursery, 262 South Horseback Road, Burnham; 948-3244;

• Forest’s Edge Garden, 296 Main Road South, Hampden; 433-0755;

• Halfmoon Gardens, 54 Greenhouse Lane, Thorndike; 568-3738;

To find other local participating greenhouses or nurseries, visit for more details.