The grass is always greener in PA! Happy Travelers, are you familiar with the growing trend of immunity gardens? These fruitful at-home patches boast superfoods packed with undeniable health benefits. Prioritizing your day-to-day wellness and the strength of your immune system is made easy when visiting these greenhouses and nurseries across the commonwealth!
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1. DJ's Greenhouse & Gardens
Opening for the season on Apr. 15, spruce up your home landscape with a visit to DJ's Greenhouse & Gardens. Need a bit of inspiration? Their display gardens are just the ticket, as are their hands-on classes on topics ranging from salad bowl, butterfly, and herb gardens to the secrets of succulents and Native American medicine gardens. They even offer a class for kiddos on fairy gardens! With their large selection of plants from annuals to perennials, tropical, trees, and shrubs, your garden will soon be a happy place!
2. Al's Melons Farm Market and Nursery
The 50-acre Al’s Melons Farm Market and Nursery specializes in hanging baskets and bedding plants each spring. From there, they do all the work, planting and growing a bountiful harvest of veggies, including peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, cabbage, onions, and tomatoes for you to enjoy.
3. The Greenhouse Project at Nay Aug Park
Does your mouth start to water just at the thought of homegrown tomatoes and eggplant? Visit The Greenhouse Project to expand your knowledge with one of their horticulture classes and then start planting. This organization focuses on educating both children and adults about the relationship between the foods we eat and our health. The project’s 3,000 sq. ft. greenhouse and three thriving community gardens are more than worth the trip.
4. Peachey’s Greenhouse
Tucked away on a back road and surrounded by farmland in PA’s beautiful Big Valley , the drive to Peachey’s Greenhouse is as beautiful as the flowers and plants inside. Whether you are a new or well-seasoned gardener, the Amish-owned business offers top-quality plants, including edibles such as vegetables, berries, melons, and herbs. You can even build your own terrarium from their variety of air plants.
5. Redbud Native Plant Nursery
Your garden will be 'buzzing' with local pollinators this spring with plants from Redbud Native Plant Nursery. Their focus is strictly on the cultivation of plants native to the Mid-Atlantic region, so you know every plant you select is perfect for the region’s climate and soil. Whether your plant needs run from trees, shrubs, perennials or annuals, vines, grasses, aquatics, ferns, or edibles, they got you covered – with each plant nursery propagated, container-grown, and available in a variety of sizes.
6. Tammy's Garden
Whether you’re in the market for produce, flowers, or both, Tammy’s Garden offers all the essentials for gardening newbies and green-thumb enthusiasts alike who can’t wait to get their hands in the soil come spring. Jazz up your plot with beautiful outdoor statues and pottery at this one-stop shop. You’ll work up an appetite getting lost in all the greenery, so a stop at Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub biggest burgers in the world!
7. Nature Works Farm & Nursery
With a passion for healthy living and homestead arts and years of experience in urban, organic, and sustainable farming under their proverbial belts, the owners of Nature Works Farm & Nursery are committed to being a great source for vegetables, herbs, annuals and perennials, cut flowers, and even eggs! They offer customized tours of their 16-acre farm on topics ranging from organic gardening basics and how to start your own garden from seed to wild edible plants, managing garden pests without chemicals, and even raising backyard chickens and goats.
8. Rohrer's Seeds
With 100 years of experience comes unparalleled trust when consulting the master specialists at Rohrer’s Seeds. This is a one-of-a-kind retail seed and supply store has an extensive catalog featuring more than 1,600 varieties of plants, making it one of the largest in-store selections in the country! From seed starting supplies to books and tools to help you grow, you’re practically guaranteed to have the finest garden on the block!
9. Bonnie's Greenhouse
In need of an energy boost or stress reducer that only a little garden therapy can provide but don’t know where or how to start?! The gardening experts at Bonnie’s Greenhouse are trained in all things gardening – trees, shrubs, fruits, and veggies. For an added bonus, the antics of their mini horses, donkeys, and goats on-site are guaranteed to put a smile on even the grumpiest gardener!
10. Frailey's Greenhouse & Garden Center
From vegetables to bedding plants and everything in between, Frailey’s Greenhouse & Garden Center offers an afternoon worth of gardening goodies to explore. Following a successful day of garden therapy, sip back and relax with a toast (or three) at Uncle D’s Sassy Glass Winery. That’s right, this family business owns the next-door winery, too!
11. Riverside Greenhouse
Row after row, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Riverside Greenhouse will help new gardeners select the perfect array of plants, herbs, seeds, and soil for a truly bountiful immunity garden. Give your lawn some style too with a purchase from their extensive assortment of fountains and metal obelisks!
12. GreenSpace Indoor Farm
Broaden your gardening knowledge and expertise with a lesson on hydroponic lettuce, herbs, and edible flowers at GreenSpace Indoor Farm, a non-profit specializing in certified organic microgreens and sustainability. Mastering the art of indoor agriculture is perfect for urban residents and suburbanites alike. Microgreen grow kits, organic soil blends, nutrient-rich organic worm castings, and specialty organic seeds are all available for in-person pick up and their “Farm to Mailbox” program.
13. Miller Plant Farm
Miller Plant Farm has everything you need to start your own immunity garden. Dating back to 1928, this family-owned farm definitely knows a thing or two about growing plants of all types and varieties. Wonder what sets this third-generation business apart? These farmers grow 95 percent of the products they sell. From vegetable transplants and flowers to high-quality potting soil mix, their selection is outstanding.
14. Garden Dream Urban Farm & Nursery
Just 15 minutes east of downtown Pittsburgh and now one of Grow Pittsburgh‘s urban farm production sites, Garden Dream Urban Farm & Nursery is THE place to go for certified organic plantings! Discover a selection featuring more than 70 varieties of tomatoes, alongside their extensive array of other plantings – all of which make for a sublime shopping experience.
15. Twolick Valley Nursery & Gift Shoppe
Their motto is “brightening your life” and their mission is “to make sure our customers leave with a smile on their face.” One visit to Twolick Valley Nursery & Gift Shoppe and you’ll know they take each of these very seriously, with joy in all they do! Whether it’s their quality selections of vegetables, herbs and spices from their greenhouse, gorgeous plants and shrubs for your landscaping, a unique gift, or a helpful hint on how to grow your garden, leaving with a smile is practically guaranteed!
16. Ken’s Garden
Look no further than Ken’s Gardens for all your planting needs. The roots of this family-owned business stretch back to 1972. Their first store in Intercourse grew to a second location in Smoketown. Shop year-round for veggies, trees, shrubs, and supplies.
17. Creekside Gardens
Discover the ever-evolving garden center of Creekside Gardens! From spring through fall, find interesting plants to adorn your home. Take advantage of seasonal events year-round, as well as hands-on workshops for visitors, garden enthusiasts, and decorators. Whether you need new veggies to plant, a special gift for a friend, or fish for your water garden, the staff is ready and waiting to provide support.
18. Lurgan’s Greenhouse
The first step to a successful garden is to purchase lush and healthy plants. That’s no problem at Lurgan’s Greenhouse as the choices are simply amazing. This outdoor oasis has an incredible selection of plants, garden equipment, and outdoor décor. Take some time to view their beautiful plants and learn from the experts.
19. Esbenshade’s Garden Center & Greenhouse
Give your garden a head start with a visit to Esbenshade’s Greenhouse. This 16-acre facility offers quality plants and products for all of your landscaping endeavors. Since 1960, the garden center has prided themselves in bringing their customers the finest plants at the best prices. Find additional locations in Fleetwood and Mohnton.
20. Black Creek Greenhouse
Prepare to be amazed at Black Creek Greenhouse. The family-operated business holds more than 1,000 varieties of perennials, 130 herbs, and 50 types of tomatoes in addition to equipment or garden décor. Check out their famous selection of mums or come back during the Christmas holiday for their vibrant poinsettias.
21. Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouse
From house plants to herbs, Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouse is more than a garden center. This ever-changing operation offers quality products and services in all departments. Follow the smell of fresh baked cookies coming from their bakery or enter their gift shop where you can find seasonal décor and other special treats. Don’t forget to stop at the nursery for trees, shrubs, and perennials.
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