100 Jericho Tpke. Westbury, NY 516-334-0066
Selling a huge selection of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, water and bog plants, gardening supplies, tools, home decor and outdoor furninture, Hicks Nurseries also commemorates the seasons with special events, beginning with its annual Flower & Garden Show every March. The 10-day show attracts hundreds of visitors daily and features temporarily erected garden vignettes, cooking demonstrations, gardening lectures and presentations and special appearances. Visitors also can bring soil samples for testing by master gardeners from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County; the master gardeners also are on hand during the show to answer questions and offer advice.
An indoor Halloween display featuring Otto the Ghost has become a tradition in autumn, accompanied by a canned-food drive, with fresh apples, cider and roasted corn for sale.
Come November, nearly the entire store is turned over to Christmas decorations, holiday home decor and holiday plants. In addition to a large selection of Christopher Radko and Old World ornaments, the store features "Elf on a Shelf" and Department 56 village displays. And, because it is a nursery, expect to see lots of animal- and gardener-themed ornaments and gift items. It also is a place to buy inflatables, LED lights, filler ornaments and holiday decor. Its Christmas plants include amaryllis and other forced bulbs, poinsettias and Christmas cactus -- there's a wreath-making and outdoor display area.Hours: Open seven days a week, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday until 8 p.m. Extended holiday hours. Credit cards: Accepted