Horticultural Bright Lights Symposium

We hope you're making plans to attend the upcoming Horticultural Bright Lights Symposium in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, NC.  The dates are Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24, 2016...830am - 330pm each day You can register here, but don't wait, since we expect a sell out! We've already registered, so we'll hope to see you there!  Did I mention the rare plant auction?  We're also opening the nursery and gardens at Plant Delights/Juniper Level Botanic Garden on Thursday September 22, 8-5, for symposium attendees. This very special symposium features 8 of the top young stars of the horticultural world, all of which will boggle your mind with their knowledge and passion for gardening The incredible speaker lineup includes: *Matthew Pottage is the Curator of the RHS Wisley Gardens, UK.  It says something to be named the youngest curator ever appointed by the Royal Horticultural Read more [...]

It’s time for our Spring Open Nursery and Garden Days

It's finally here...the time we share the gardens and open the nursery to the public. Starting tomorrow (Friday) morning, we welcome visitors to stroll the gardens and shop till you drop for cool perennials. Click here for times and directions.  The gardens here and Juniper Level look absolutely fabulous.  Below are a few images of what you'll see. Plant combinations abound throughout the gardens giving you ideas for your garden spaces at home. Here are a few of the gems you'll find scattered around the garden.  Many of the cactus are flowering this week including Trichocereus 'Big Time' Notocactus apricus is another favorite winter hardy cactus. Trilliums are everywhere with over 1000+ selected clones as well as many of our seed-propagated selections for sale. Pitcher plants are in full flower throughout the gardens and nursery...a sight not to be missed. Of course, who can resist great hostas like Hosta 'Autumn Frost' For Read more [...]

Plant Delights February 2016 Newsletter

Greetings from Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden. We hope you've received your 2016 Plant Delights Nursery catalog. If you're an active customer and haven't seen yours, drop us an email and we'll send a catalog. If you're not an active customer (haven't purchased recently), you may shop online or order a printed copy. If you're a garden writer/blogger, garden celebrity, local garden guru, etc., just let us know and we'll be glad to add you to our complimentary permanent catalog mailing list. Only a few weeks remain before we begin shipping plants again starting the first week of March. This means we're beginning to hire seasonal shippers to help during our busy spring season. So, if you're interested in joining us and are physically fit, please let us hear from you. Visit Us During Open Nursery and Garden Days Our first Open Nursery and Garden days for 2016 are only a short time away. Winter Open Days are actually one of our best attended events, so if Read more [...]

Plant Delights April 2015 Newsletter

Greetings PDNers! Nursery Update—Made it through Winter It's been quite a late winter at Juniper Level/Plant Delights, with the latest-occurring single digit temperature we've seen since our records began in the 1970s. Plants like hellebores in bloom when the cold snap hit have recovered, although flowers that were fully open or nearly so were slightly damaged. Hellebores are really tough and, after removing a few damaged flowers, they look great. Plants and More Plants Some of the very early trilliums, like the Florida forms of Trillium underwoodii, were also damaged. On a few of these, the entire stem collapsed back to the rhizome. When this happens, these trilliums will not return until next year. All of the other trillium species had the good sense to wait until later to emerge and are unscathed. One of the benefits of cold winters is a good chilling period for most perennials. Like a bear needs to hibernate, the same is true for most perennials and the Read more [...]

Trillium viridescens

Trillium viridescens in bud at stop 11 AR

It was great to finally see Trillium viridescens in the wild, although due to the cold spring, only a couple of plants were beginning to flower.  These also grew in floodplains, where they were unfortunately being devastated by the excessive deer populations…a problems that must be addressed before we loose more valuable plant populations.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the quick adventure recap.

2013 Plant Delights Nursery May Newsletter

Dear PDN’ers Thanks to everyone who took the time to visit during our recent Spring Open House.  In contrast to our Winter Open House, the weather was excellent and the threat of rain never materialized.  We were delighted to meet visitors who came from as far away as Canada to the north and Oregon to the west.  We’ll do it again in July, so we hope your vacation plans include Plant Delights, where we promise a garden and nursery both filled with amazing plants! Despite having a very busy spring, many great plants remain, including many full pots of hostas. If you purchased any of our hardy cypripedium ladyslipper orchids this year, you no doubt noticed the amazing, often multi-crowned plants that we were able to supply.  There are still a few varieties that have not sold out. While lots of other cool plants remain, work has already begun on the fall catalog, as descriptions are now being written on an array of very cool, exciting new plants that Read more [...]

2013 Plant Delights Nursery April Newsletter

            Dear PDN’ers It’s been quite a spring so far...very cool for much longer than usual...at least until early April.  Plant emergence was far behind recent springs when, out of nowhere, temperatures rose in the 80s for ten days and the garden sprung to life.  The subsequent late April temperature cool down, however, kept plant development about 1-2 weeks behind recent springs.  Because of the sudden warm-up we experienced in early April, many smaller perennials will wilt despite the soil still being moist.  As a gardener, this drives me a bit mad, but you have to realize the plants will adjust their stomatal openings (breathing holes) and be fine once they acclimate to the new temperature regimen, which usually only takes a couple of days. One of the garden tasks that need attention in spring is assessing the amount of shade in your woodland garden.  Spring is a great time to take stock of your Read more [...]

2013 Plant Delights Nursery February Newsletter

February 2013 Dear PDN'ers, I don’t know about you, but I’ve about enjoyed this winter long enough...and winter megastorm Nemo missed us.  While we’ve only had a low temperature of 18 degrees F in Raleigh, very mild by our norms, it has been consistently cool, which is great for the plants but not so much for those of us with thin blood...I mean chlorophyll. Out in the garden, our early trilliums are about 2-3 weeks behind normal, which is actually a good thing when it comes to avoiding those pesky late spring frosts.  Despite the cool, some plants just can’t wait.  Our silly clumps of Arisaema ringens are already trying to poke their heads through the soil far too early. When this happens, adding a few inches of mulch to help keep the soil cool will help delay their emergence.  Podophyllum pleianthum, a Chinese mayapple, also always emerges too early.  Fortunately, it seems to be quite tolerant of getting burned back to the ground time after Read more [...]

2011 Plant Delights Nursery April Newsletter

There’s been a lot going on since we last chatted. Spring has come, gone, and now returned. During that time, I spent a week botanizing my way back from a talk in Mobile, Alabama. I made a number of amazing horticultural discoveries including some fantastic trillium finds and I’m hoping to write up the expedition as time permits. While I was gone, the night temperatures back at PDN unexpectedly dropped to 29 degrees F, sending the garden and research staff scurrying to cover the sensitive plants with frost cloth. Due to their hard work, you won’t notice any substantial plant damage when you visit for our Spring Open House. Speaking of Open House, we’re only a few days away from the start of our annual Spring Open House...April 29-May 1 and May 6-8 from 8am-5pm on Friday and Saturday and 1pm-5pm on Sunday. On the second Saturday, May 7, we’ll be hosting the WPTF’s Weekend Gardener Radio show from 8-11am. We’ll be joined by NC’s own Rufus Edmisten...former Secretary of Read more [...]