Alpine Mont-Echo: Considered one of the best suppliers of alpine, rock garden and woodland plants in the country, this small specialty nursery in the foothills of Mount Sutton and Mount Echo couldn't be in a prettier setting. They organize regular events through the warm season, including their annual open house in June, which includes lots of other local growers and artisans and is on many local gardeners' calendars. Address: 1182 Parmenter Rd., Sutton, Qc., tel.: 450-243-5354. Website: AlpineMtEcho.com.
BMR (West Brome): The place our contractors go for hardware. Friendly staff, good prices and selection. Rating: Very good. Last visited: regularly. Address: 15 chemin West Brome (route 139), West Brome, Qc., tel.: 450-263-1383.
BMR (Sutton): Supposed to be a fine hardware store, too. Last visited: not yet. Address: 200 rue Principale South, Sutton Qc., tel.: 450-538-1383.
F.G. Edwards Inc.: Very cool, sprawling, country hardware store, with feed and farm supplies and oh so much more. Bought myself an awesome splitting axe there the other day. Rating: Awesome! Last visited: regularly. Address: 12 chemin McCurdy, West Brome, Qc., tel.: 450-263-2008.
J.L. Flanagan: Super-cool country-style store as old as the hills. Plenty of interesting stuff in here, including hardware supplies ranging from eclectic to handy, excellent maple syrup products, Highland beef from Robin Badger (see more on her on my food page, under "Farms & Gardens"), St. Viateur bagels (shout out to the old hood!) and great eats from the Abercorn bakery. Rating: Awesome. Last visited: regularly. Address: 39 Victoria, Knowlton, Qc., tel.:450-243-6480.
Quincaillerie Home Hardware Malouin: This Waterloo hardware outlet is known for good selection and prices. Last visited: regularly. Rating: Very good. Address: 6400 rue Foster, Waterloo, Qc., tel.: 450-539-3722.