Exploring the Wonders of Fall!

Today is the first day of our Fall Open Nursery and Garden. We will be open til 5pm today, 8 am -5 pm tomorrow, and 1 pm - 5 pm on Sunday. Don't fret if you can't make it this weekend, we will also be open next weekend, September 16 - 18. Come explore the gardens in their full fall glory and get inspiration for your own garden. Our sales houses are stocked full or rare and unique perennials to excite even the most seasoned gardeners. We are adding plants to the sales houses throughout open house, and many in limited quantities. Here is a teaser of items we added just today: Verbena 'Lavender Frappe' and Aspidistra 'Leopard'. During your visit, be sure to stop by our grape arbor and sample many varieties of muscadine grapes (Vitis rotundifolia) such as Farrer, Janebelle, Sweet Jenny and Ison. Muscadines can have bronze or purple hulls, ripen in the fall and are native to the Southeastern US. Which is your favorite? Read more [...]

Plant Delights Nursery 2016 Fall Catalog is here!

Our Fall Catalog is on its way to mailboxes now, featuring over 100 amazing selections including more than 30 brand new plants for 2016. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come. Fall is a great time for planting, so get your orders in now while supplies last!

Photo of Hibiscus 'Perfect Storm' announcing 2016 Fall Catalog

 

 

PDN & JLBG Open Position – Seasonal Horticultural Assistant

Plant Delights Nursery is seeking an energetic seasonal garden and grounds assistant to work up to 40 hours, Monday–Friday. Qualified candidates must be physically durable, have a tolerance for a wide range of outdoor weather including summer heat, have a good work ethic, a friendly personality, and be able to work well with others. Qualified candidates must be able to pay acute attention to detail while working at a fast pace. Send resumes with cover letters of interest with reasons why you are the ideal candidate to heather@plantdelights.com Preference will be given to applicants with horticultural or garden experience.  Position Classification: Hourly (Non-Exempt) Seasonal $8.00/ hour  Job Description: Perform horticultural maintenance in the display gardens including weeding, raking, and mulching Assist with grounds maintenance, including repair from storm damage Must be able to lift 50lbs Other duties as assigned Read more [...]

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 [...]