Today…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!
Most 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 are currently looking to fill our position for a greenhouse/nursery grower. If you or anyone you might be interested in such a position, click the highlighted text to learn more.
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.
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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 [...]
Just a reminder that our 2015 fall 20% off overstock sale ends at midnight today (Sunday). Don’t miss this great opportunity to save on over 300 amazing perennials…while they last.
Thanks 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.
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!
Garden Photography Workshop This Weekend
Be sure to get your front row seat to photograph along side professional garden photographer Josh Taylor here in our gardens. Check out the details and register at Garden Photography Workshop and learn more about Josh on his website: Joshua Taylor Photography.
Some of Josh Taylor's Recent Work
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I just snapped this photo of my favorite flower in the garden…my lovely bride, Anita Jane. Anita will be conducting her first class (a Mindfullness class &walk) here at Juniper Level Botanic Garden on Saturday October 24. Only a few spaces remain for this unique and insightful opportunity. I’m sure you’ll find her as amazing as I do.