Carex specialist Pat Fitzgerald visits PDN/JLBG

We were delighted this week to welcome Irish nurseryman/marketer Pat Fitzgerald.  This was the first time we'd met in person, although we've corresponded on-line for years. We had a wonderful time walking through the gardens and sharing our excitement about new plants on the horizon.  Pat is best known for his amazing line of carex that he's developed, with more in the pipeline.  Here are a few you'll see if you visit during our final two Summer Open Nursery and Garden days today (Saturday 8-5), and tomorrow (Sunday 1-5). Pat Fitzgerald           Carex 'Everest' Carex 'Everillo' Carex 'Everlime' Carex 'Eversheen'   Read more [...]

PDN is looking for an Administrative Manager…is this you?

Hi Folks; Would you like to join our unique and talented Plant Delights Nursery team?  We're looking for a very special person for our newly created position of Administrative Manager, whose charge will be to oversee the entire administrative side of our business. This position will work closely with us (Tony and Anita) as we share our vision of enhancing both the customers' shopping experiences while also enhancing the behind the scenes nursery functionality.  We're looking for someone who is passionate about our mission, embraces improvements and change, and selling and shipping great plants to great people around the world. If this describes you, and if your skill set matches our needs, we'd love to hear from you.  Here's the link to the job description Happy Gardening! tony and anita Read more [...]

Summer Open Nursery and Garden

2016 9249 patio gardenToday…Sunday is day 3 of our 6-day Summer Open Nursery and Garden.  We hope you’ll drop to stroll the gardens and perhaps find a few plants you can’t live without.  We’re open today from 1-5 and next Friday, Saturday 8-5, and winding up next Sunday from 1-5pm. We’d love to say hello and answer your gardening questions, so load up your camera and your gardening friends and we’ll see you in the garden. Please allow plenty of time as there are an amazing number of great plants to see!

 

Kildeer nesting in the garden

Kildeer nesting at JLBGMost birds in the garden have the good sense to nest in relatively safe areas like trees, but not killdeers.  I almost ran over this nesting killdeer with the golf cart yesterday. Fortunately, they have rather loud voices.  We’re not sure if this is mama or daddy, but the babies can’t be far off.

 

We’re Hiring!

We have begun the hiring of seasonal shippers to help get all those plants out the door and to their new families.  Peak season is from March through June, but could continue longer, so if you live nearby, are physically (and mentally) fit, and have time available, we'd love to hear from you. We also have one immediate opening for a Full-time Maintenance and Facilities Specialist if you happen to have such skills, or have someone with those skills nearby. You may click on the embedded links for more details and contact information       Read more [...]

Soil Preparation for the new garden section at JLBG

The Soil is Alive!  Practicing our theme for the year, several feet of compost are added to each new bed and mixed with the existing native soil.  In this case, we are using fresh leaves collected by the local municipality, which will be mixed until it turns a rich black color.  These beds are the start of the newest section of garden around our new house site.   These new berms just installed by Sauls Road are composed of older compost, also mixed 50/50 with our native soil.  Planting began this week, so be sure and notice how fast these grow in well-prepared soil, when you visit us on future Open Nursery and Garden days. Read more [...]

Anita’s Mindfulness/Meditation Classes

DSCF5121Thanks to everyone who attended and provided such glowing feedback about Anita’s first Meditation/Mindfulness class this past weekend at Juniper Level Botanic Garden. She’ll be starting a series of Mindfulness related classes at the garden in 2016 including several nonduality event.  These classes/events are all designed to teach the use of the garden as a tool for reducing stress,fear, and embracing every moment of our lives. We’ll post the 2016 schedule as soon as the dates are confirmed. We hope to see you at one of these life-changing events.

 

Camellia Forest Nursery news

Kai Mei Parks

It is with sadness, that I share the passing of Camellia Forest Nursery founder, Kai Mei Parks, who just passed away from pancreatic cancer, diagnosed only last week. I’ll always treasure my early visits to the 35-year old Camellia Forest when it was a one woman operation, and how delightful Kai Mai was to chat with. She was a strong-willed workaholic, without whom we wouldn’t have this nursery treasure today.  Camellia Forest has been managed by her son David for the last decade plus, but you could still find Kai Mei pulling orders almost until the end.  Please share with us in a big PDN salute to this amazing lady!