Wayne Paquette is the Owner of Quackin’ Grass Nursery

Wayne Paquette began gardening at the age of 4 years and continues to do so to this day. From the school of “hard rocks”, his best friend – a trusty shovel at his side, he has learned from the actual experience of gardening, sweat, reading, trying new plants, blood, open eyes and the occasional tear!

Mr. Paquette lived in New York City for many years where he owned and operated Merrill Gardens, an interior/exterior green installation and maintenance company.

He moved from Brooklyn, NY to Brooklyn, CT in 1999 where he currently resides, opened Quackin’ Grass Nursery and lives on the nursery grounds. He is actively involved with the Connecticut Hardy Plant Society, having been this very active society’s vice president for several years. Wayne is also the garden writer for The Villager Newspaper series with his popular column, The Potting Shed. He also continues to wordsmith for various other publications and plant societies.

Why The Name “Quackin’ Grass Nursery”

At a Connecticut nursery some years ago, my dear mother eagerly searched the benches of perennials for something exciting, new or different. Lucille spied an ornamental grass. She lifted it with sure hands, soil-clotted roots trailing from the drainage holes. “Look!” she exclaimed, “They have QUACKIN’ GRASS!” An ear-splitting roar spontaneously burst from the rather boorish middle-aged woman in the next aisle. Small clusters of soil dislodged from the exposed roots. As the echo of the woman’s bellow dulled to an off-key tinny timbre the clumps of soil fell exploding on a bench below. As I began shaking my head from side to side Lucille’s face transformed from pink to red and then shaded an ungodly purple. The grass nodded its disapproval as pieces of soil jumped from the bench committing suicide on the ground below. In that frozen moment with the dangling roots exposed as was my poor mother’s misnomer I quietly informed her that the flat contained Briza maxima: Quaking Grass!

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