New and Noteworthy at Linden Hill

If you haven’t yet been to Linden Hill Gardens this spring, you’re in for a big surprise. We have many exciting changes to share with you!


New Days and Hours

In 2017, Linden Hill will be open Saturdays and Sundays only, from 10am to 4pm. During the week, we’re concentrating on supporting Jerry and Evan’s amazing design work in the landscape design side of the business. On the weekends, we’re all about you!


New Staff

When you visit us, you’ll see two new smiling faces in our retail area: Joe Resch and Leah Papp. Technically, our retail manager Joe’s not new—he joined us last summer—but this is his first year setting up the nursery from a blank slate, and he’s done an amazing job of it (more on that next). Leah is enthusiastically assisting him in her role as ‘retail specialist’. Both Joe and Leah are gardeners themselves and are always happy to help you find what you’re looking for or suggest something new to enhance your garden. Lending a hand on Saturdays will be Peggy, an interior designer who has an especially good eye for color combinations. Peggy will be happy to help you select just the right plants and then check you out with a smile!


Nursery Features

Be prepared for a completely new shopping experience once you step through the Greeting Barn. If you’re short on time, check out the latest arrivals close to the entrance. We encourage you to plan for a long visit, though, because we now have quite a few “garden rooms” for you to browse through. By popular demand, we’ve brought back a number of old favorites, including “Works for Walnuts” and a greatly expanded area just for deer-resistant plants. We also have spaces dedicated to plants for pollinators, seasonal stars, and a hydrangea haven. No more need to guess if the plants you fall in love with will work together: We’ve already done the work for you.


New Garden Spaces

It wouldn’t be Linden Hill without new gardens to enjoy as well. The new Lilac Walk by the office is filling out nicely right now, and the planting around the farmhouse looks sharp too. There will also be a fantastic new area coming in the next month or two, between the farmhouse and barn: The Chartreuserie!


‘Space Invaders’ epimedium (Epimedium)

New Plants

Jerry’s knack for finding new and noteworthy plants is working overtime this spring. For shady spaces, consider the out-of-this-world flowers of ‘Space Invaders’ epimedium.


‘White Gold’ bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis)

For partial shade, ‘White Gold’ bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis, formerly Dicentra spectabilis) is a must-have, with bright chartreuse foliage that perfectly complements the chains of pristine white hearts.


For sun, check out our extensive selection of hens-and-chicks (Sempervivum). If you’re not used to thinking about hens-and-chicks as trendy, well, we think it’s about time they should be more widely admired. Their variety of colors and leaf forms deserve to be appreciated up close, and they show off beautifully in containers, looking equally at home in an elegant stone trough or an old muffin tin.


We have many already established in clay pots and also sell them in plastic pots in case you want to move them to a special container you already own.


‘Oddity’ hens-and-chicks (Sempervivum tectorum)

Those are just a few of the gems we have available at the moment. Whatever your interests, we’re sure to have something to tempt you, so make a trip to Linden Hill one of the highlights of your spring weekends!


 

2016 Ottsville Holiday Festival Participants

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Jerry Fritz is  pleased to be once again  hosting the very popular Ottsville Holiday Festival on December 3 & 4th in the stone barn at his retail nursery. Linden Hill Gardens is glad to provide a venue for these talented and hardworking artisans who take great pride in offering one-of-kind items you will not find anywhere else. Featuring all locally crafted seasonal gifts and treats from more than 25 talented artisans. Hours 10am-4pm.LeafSeparator Artisans Participating Include

Live Musical Entertainment will be provided by Linden Hill Garden’s favorite Troubadour

Thomas Johnston of Whitehouse Station NJ

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Bag it Beautiful – Designer tote, sling, and cloth bags made from fabric woven in the USA.


Blissful Naturals – All natural, hand-crafted lip balms, lotions, and body butters.


Chestnut Hill Farm Gourmet Foods Jams,sauces, gingerbread houses, Christmas cookies, gift baskets.Freshly prepared, ready-to-eat soup, chili, sandwiches, pastries,pot pie, coffee, hot coco and water.


Earthy by Design – Handcrafted, rustic styled jewelry made with an earthy style and organic feel, inspired by the warm, rich, earthy colors found in nature.


Glass Goddesses – Handcrafted stained glass gift items including lotus flowers, dream catchers, feathers, trees, candle cups and much more.


Humdinger Alpacas – Handmade alpaca items, sweaters, gloves, toy mice (cats love them!) and machine made blankets, scarves and hats.


Jane Stoller Jewelry – Unique, one of a kind jewelry featuring organic gemstones, silver. leather and pearls.


joeyfivecents – Storied jewelry and accessories made from vintage imagery and findings, resin and epoxy clay.


Laurie’s Chocolates – Gourmet hand-crafted chocolate confections including toffee, truffles, barks, hot cocoa mixes and other seasonal treats.


Leslie Zavar – Bead weaving jewelry, knitting and leather work.


Linden Hill Gardens – Table top herb gardens and seasonal plants.


Lotus 8 – All-natural, vegan soaps and  body care.


Melissa Shulz Creative – Crystal Jewelry : Art based with inspirational sayings.


Mix Pix and Prose – Fine art photography


Nancy Ondra – Art from the Garden – Botanical castings, sun printing, eco printing and hand-dyed fabrics


Offbeat GourmetPremium all-natural condiments for grilling, preserves, savory spreads, finishing salts, rubs, candied jalapenos & red fresnos, pesto, hummus, bitters, preserved lemons, gift sets for cheese and BBQ smoker.


Paula Focazio Art & Design – Colorful handmade porcelain bowls and cups carved with intricate, henna-inspired designs.


Q’s Cookies – The very best handmade whole wheat cookies plus a delicious selection of gluten-free cookies – never any preservatives.


Reimaginary Friends LLC – Where yesterday’s memories become today’s keepsakes.


Remarle Natural Skin Care Chemical free skin care products for acne, eczema, psorasis, rosacea & normal skin.


Riverwick Candle Company – Hand poured palm wax container candles in seasonal scents.


Rocky Top Farm – Handspun, hand dyed yarn, recycled sweater mittens, hand knit items.


Sacred Rose Herb & Root – Ptisanes, Potions, Premonitions


Sarah Cornwell Jewelry – Handmade jewelry using freshwater pearls & semi-precious gemstones. Sterling silver & 14kt gold filled custom hand stamped jewelry.


Stonemill Rug Co.- 100% wool baskets with leather handles.


World Upcylce – Handmade quilts, skirts, scarves and bags made from Indian textiles.


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Midsummer Magic at Linden Hill

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The Formal Garden at Linden Hill in mid-July

Don’t let the scorching weather we’ve been having stop you from enjoying your garden this summer. Early mornings and evenings are great times to do a bit of maintenance. If your catmints (Nepeta), hardy geraniums, and perennial salvias are sprawling, for instance, cut them back to within a few inches of the ground and give them a good soaking. They’ll quickly regrow into neat mounds of new leaves and maybe even more flowers for fall. That trick works well for freshening up post-bloom daylilies, too.

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These ‘Conca d’Or’ lilies are even taller than Jerry!

Want to add some wow factor to your July garden? Think big with some super-sized flowers and foliage. If you’ve been over to see the Formal Garden recently, you’ve probably noticed the towering lily stems rising above the other perennials. These big beauties are coming into bloom now, filling the whole area with fragrance. And look at the trunks on these ‘Conca d’Or’ plants—little wonder they’re sometimes known as “tree lilies.” If you’ve avoided growing lilies because you hate staking to keep them upright, you really need to give these glorious Orienpet Hybrids a try (and yes, we have them for sale)!

Jerry with Rheum australe

Rheum australe: no ordinary rhubarb!

Does your yard have a low spot that tends to stay damp even in summer? Instead of struggling to keep the weeds at bay, consider filling it with the bold foliage of Himalayan rhubarb (Rheum australe). This dramatic perennial grows in a broad clump of lush leaves, easily filling a space 4 to 6 feet across. This time of year, it also sends up towering spikes of starry, reddish purple flowers.

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We have large pots of Himalayan rhubarb ready to grace your garden.

Himalayan rhubarb is rarely available in nurseries—especially in large pots—but Jerry managed to find a few on one of his Vermont trips. We have one planted in the upper part of our new Rain Garden so you can see what it looks like in the landscape, and there are a couple available in the shade area next to the greeting barn. They’ll go quickly, so grab yours now!

Hydrangeas for Sale at LHG

Jerry’s a long-time hydrangea fan, so we always have plenty in stock.

For pure flower power, it’s hard to beat hydrangeas. Take a walk through the gardens at Linden Hill to admire them in a variety of settings—and don’t miss the crisp white blossoms of ‘Tardiva’ showing off now in the Island Bed next to the parking lot. We have a variety of top-notch selections available for sale, too, including the classic ‘Limelight peegee hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) and lacy blue ‘Blue Bird’ mountain hydrangea (H. serrata).

Hydrangea Little Lime at LHG

Have you been over to see the new bed that Jerry planted outside of the office? It’s packed with lots of his favorites.

Don’t think you have room for a full-sized shrub? Check out pink-tinged ‘Little Quick Fire’ or bright white ‘Little Lime’ peegee hydrangeas: Both reach just 3 to 5 feet tall—about a third of the size of the species. Jerry couldn’t resist adding a bunch of ‘Little Lime’ to the bed in front of the office this spring, but we still have some nice-sized containers available.

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Aren’t the soft sherbet colors of ‘Bicolor’ butterfly bush simply lovely?

Another colorful shrub that works well in summer borders is butterfly bush (Buddleia). We have a number of cultivars for sale, in a range of colors and sizes to suit any sunny site. If you enjoy making beautiful plant partnerships, you have to give ‘Bicolor’ butterfly bush (Buddleia x weyeriana) a try. This hybrid has purple buds that open to peachy pink to raspberry pink florets with orange centers, providing plenty of opportunities for creating outstanding color echoes, as in the combination shown above with ‘Bicolor’ butterfly bush, ‘Blue Paradise’ summer phlox (Phlox paniculata), and Mellow Yellow spirea (Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’).

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The Formal Garden at Linden Hill in mid-July

The gardens at Linden Hill are looking fantastic right now, and the nursery is filled with lots of beautiful plants for sale, so be sure to come over for a visit. And if you’ve ever wished you could get hands-on in our beds and borders, now’s your chance: We have opportunities available for garden helpers. Call the office at 610-847-1300 or stop in for details. While you’re here, don’t forget to take a walk down to the pond, because the lotuses are amazing right now. We look forward to seeing you!

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Look at the size of these lotuses!

David Benner Moss & WIldflower Tour Schedule Just Released

Sign up early to ensure a space on one of David Benner’s popular home garden tours

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See our good friend, Dave on Saturday, April 9th at Linden Hill Gardens where he will be answering your gardening questions and also offering his own plants for sale (cash or check only please).

Moss & Wildflower Garden Tour 

Spring 2016 Tour – 42nd Year

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 This special two acre natural landscape in New Hope, PA will again be open for personal guided tours from April 20th through May 17th by appointment only.

Dave Benner’s Moss and Wildflower Garden has through the years become renowned for its explosion of colors, texture, and vivid green carpet of moss.

Below are the dates and times schedules for the garden tours:

April 20 – Wednesday – 9:30, 1:00 and 3:00

April 21 – Thursday 11:00 and 2:00

April 23 – Saturday 10:00

April 24 – Sunday 2:00 and 3:00

April 27 – Wednesday 10:30, 1:00 and 2:30

April 29 – Friday 10:00, 1:00 and 3:00

April 30 – Saturday 9:30, 1:00, 3:00

May 1 – Sunday 2:00, 3:00

May 4 – Wednesday 10:30, 1:00, 3:00

May 6 – Friday 10:00, 2:00, 4:00

May 7 – Saturday 10:00, 2:00, 4:00

May 9 – Monday 10:00, 2:00

May 12 – Thursday 10:00, 2:00, 4:00

May 14 – Saturday 9:00, 11:00, 1:00, 3:00

May 15 – Sunday 1:00, 3:00

May 17 – Tuesday 10:00, 2:00, 4:00

Tours last one hour and are limited to 12 people.  There is a $10 fee per person.  Please No Pets or Young Children.  Please wear flat shoes or sneakers (no high heels).  Please carpool as parking is limited.  To ensure availability please make your reservation as soon as possible.

To schedule a tour or for more information, please call 215.862.5388 or send an email to bigdavebigsue@hotmail.com.  Please include your mailing address & phone number.     Thank you –   Dave E. Benner

Let’s Get Back to the Garden…

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Summer vacations have ended and cooler temperatures will soon return. Now is the perfect time to add some new additions to the garden, the anticipated fall rain will soak the roots, and mild weather will allow the plants to become established before the cold frost to come.


Hydrangeas add a blast of color during the late summer right on throughout the autumn. They can grow in sun or shade depending on the variety. The flowers make excellent cut flowers for bringing your garden indoors.


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We have recently restocked our Hydrangea inventory. This week, we received several 20 gallon Hydrangea ‘Limelight’ for a client, “WOW” does not adequately describe how large these plants are. See Jerry being enveloped by them below! We have three additional specimens available for sale in the nursery, call the office for details. 610-847-1300.

jerry and huge hydrangeasFor our customers with average-sized needs, we have 3 gallon sizes available:

Hydrangea paniculata varieties: Lime Light, Little Lime, Little Quick Fire, Fire Light, Bobo, and Mega Mindy,

 Hydrangea macrophylla varieties include: Pia, Nicko Blue, Cityline Pro and Endless Summer.


See Gallery of images below and stop in to Linden Hill this week Wednesday through Sunday 10am till 4pm to select an addition for your late summer garden. Remember to water daily through the season, soaking the roots well each time.

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