Saturday our winter series and for sure it’s the most popular as it deals with “What’s New” for 2020.  As always, the new stuff is quite extensive and some thoughtful consideration must go into our selection process as we decide what to offer our customers the next spring season.  Most of the new plants are available in a somewhat limited quantity as we want to tread the waters carefully to be sure the material will perform for us and perform four our customer’s in their landscape or garden.

Trees, shrubs, vines, annual flowers, roses and herbaceous perennials are the fare as we briefly explain and describe the new plants with high resolution photographs with a power point presentation.  At the end of the program, about 15 minutes are reserved for questions although sometimes the Q and A session lasts longer.

The trend also is to turn beautiful yet potentially invasive plants into noninvasive ones through at least four methods of accomplishing it.  Too lengthy for us to discuss now as it will be discussed in a blog for late March.  For me, the challenge is always looking for new stuff in trade magazines, the internet and trade shows and sometimes finding out about a new plant directly from the grower or other accident.  As I have said before, our display space especially in the greenhouse is so limited that I doubt that we offer half of what is available with the label of “new”

We are considering more seminars later in spring and early summer although formerly when we had them, they we not well attended which is not surprising as everyone wants to be outside when the weather is nice and the days are long.

Join us this Saturday in the Owl Barn for this eye opening session as we navigate the new plants.  All seminars are $8.00 with wonderful refreshments although none of them contain alcohol.  All seminars begin at 11 a.m. and finish by 1 p.m. or a little before.

Also, this weekend is the Greater Akron Orchid Society Show here at the nursery!  They offer exotic, unique orchids on display including orchid vendors and experts on hand to answer your questions. The show is free and open to the public. For more information, visit their website:

Hours for the Orchid Show:
Saturday March 7, 2020 (10 am to 5 pm)
Sunday March 8, 2020 (11 am to 4 pm)

Hope to see you this weekend!