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Mahoney's Celebrates 30 Years on Cape Cod

“Building a dream,” says Paul Mahoney in 1984, as they construct the main greenhouse at the Falmouth store. Left to right are, George Chapman, the first General Manager, John “Bones” Sylvia, still with the company, and Paul Mahoney Jr.
“Building a dream,” says Paul Mahoney in 1984, as they construct the main greenhouse at the Falmouth store. Left to right are, George Chapman, the first General Manager, John “Bones” Sylvia, still with the company, and Paul Mahoney Jr.

A local landmark for many, Mahoney’s Garden Centers celebrates 30 years on the Cape this May, with the Falmouth location holding an even deeper history. On May 3, Mahoney’s will thank their loyal Cape community for 30 great years with free raffles, complimentary pizza grilled in Mahoney’s own Fornetto pizza oven, giveaways and other exciting events.

 The first Mahoney’s Garden Center location opened in Winchester, on land owned by the family since 1878. In 1946, Paul Mahoney had his eyes set on college. To help with tuition, he built a farm stand next to the gardens and sold vegetables. In 1959 his passion became a reality as the farm stand became Mahoney’s Rocky Ledge Farm and Nursery. His wife Doris, whom he married in the fall of that same year, stood by his side as he grew the business and his family.

 After opening one other location northwest of Boston, Mahoney added his third garden center in East Falmouth in 1984. “The land already came with a wonderful history of its own based in gardening,” notes Mahoney. “It was part of a promise I’ve vowed to keep.”

 

For years the land was owned by H. V. Lawrence, who ran a garden center on the premises. Upon becoming ill, he turned to his acquaintance, Paul Mahoney, and asked that he carry on the garden center. At that time, it was too soon for Mahoney to expand, so it was sold to Kenneth Rebello and became Kenneth Rebello Landscaping Co. A few years later in 1984, Mahoney’s Garden Centers acquired it, with Mahoney keeping his promise that it remain in the gardening industry.

 In the early 1990’s, the company added an Osterville location to round-out their presence on the Upper Cape.

 According to Mahoney, he’s always been thrilled to be on the Cape, with the Falmouth location having a personal emotional hold on him.

 “All of us in the gardening industry have a bond together, and the fact that I could keep my promise that the property remain in the garden industry, means a lot to me. Mahoney’s is not only celebrating 30 years on the cape, but I’m celebrating even longer time-frame for Lawrence,” says Mahoney.

Now retired, the business is run by several of his now-grown children and grandchildren. Mahoney lives part-time on the Cape with his wife, and can often be found roaming the stores on the Cape helping out.

 Join Mahoney’s as they celebrate 30 years on Cape Cod. For more information, please visit www.MahoneysGarden.com or call (508) 548-4842.  

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Mary Ann Carcieri April 17, 2014 at 06:52 AM
Cape cod wholesale is 30 yrs old too and have much better plants

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