Favorite local nurseries
What do we look for?
There are a good number of places around the Lehigh
Valley to pick up some plants for the garden. So what do we look for in a
nursery? Great plant variety. Reasonable prices. Out of the
ordinary selections of perennials, trees, and shrubs. Friendly,
knowledgeable nursery staff. Our two favorites of the moment are
family-run nurseries on opposite ends of the greater Lehigh Valley:
South of Alburtis, near Huff's Church, there's a
little nursery tucked away. We would never have known about them if the
local paper hadn't done a write-up on them a couple years ago. The
husband/wife duo are both full of knowledge and helpful suggestions, and
obviously love their plants. Offerings include a good selection of
perennials, including ones off the beaten track; interesting tender
perennials; and, most of all, a great, albeit seemingly random, selection
of shrubs and trees. Even though it's a bit of a drive to get there, we
make sure we come around at least once a year.
Point Phillip Perennials
Way on the other side of the valley, north of Bath,
there's another spousal unit with similar dedication to their plants. The
nursery is worth a visit just for their display gardens, but once you're there
you won't be able to resist their fine selection of home-grown perennials and
woody plants, all at surprisingly reasonable prices. Visit them at www.ppperennials.com.
Other good choices
Edge of the Woods is
a native plant nursery just a few miles away in Fogelsville. Somehow I didn't
know about them for years, and found out about them through a random web
meander. I visited them this year (to donate a few ironweeds that were outgrowing
their space in my garden, and took a look at their offerings. Lots of variety,
in perennials, shrubs, and trees, including a few that are on my wish list; next
year I'll plan my visit outside of the heat of summer...
We also like to hit Foliage Farm near Kutztown every
once in a while, just to see what new offerings they have. Their prices
are higher than at the nurseries above, but they offer a different focus and
Glenmar nursery near Bath is worth visiting if you're
looking for pond plants and accessories. Their selection of pumps and pond
liners, toadpoles and fish, marginals and oxygenators, makes for a good one-stop
Another hidden gem is Eagle Point farmer's market,
right off Rt 100 near Trexlertown. Although their selling area is very
small, they pack in quite a variety of perennials and herbs, including ones I
haven't seen elsewhere in the valley.
I haven't had a chance to personally check out the establishments below
(at least not recently), but I include them because readers of this website
wrote to me to recommend them:
Farm & Greenhouse is a family-operated grower of annuals, perennials, vegetables
and herbs near Kutztown.
Jane in Bethlehem Township recommends Country Lawnscape on Morgan Hill Road,
off Route 78 South of Easton), writing: "Joe and Carol are very nice. They carry a lot of plants and some
unusuals. Sometimes I just go there and walk through the gardens because
it is so peaceful". They also got a
write-up in the Morning Call this summer.
Both Robin and Michele wrote to commend Hickory Grove Greenhouses,
a longstanding family-owned operation in North Catasauqua, for their
selection of annuals and perennials and their friendly expertise.
Robin also recommended Kuss
Brothers, a garden center in Dorneyville (where I've been able to
purchase Promix BX at times) for their selection of shrubs and trees, and Tilley's Nursery in Coopersburg for
their water gardening assortment.
Did we miss anyone?
our favorites above are little-known businesses that we just stumbled
upon. So it's very possible that there are others out there that we
don't even know about. If you think of other nurseries in the Lehigh
Valley that make the grade, please
let us know!
March 08, 2009