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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2016 Ottsville Fall Festival and Season Finale Oct 22

2016 Ottsville Fall Festival and Season Finale

October 22, 2016

Live Musical Entertainment provided by Thomas Johnston

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Jerry Fritz is  pleased to be hosting the Fall Festival on October 22nd 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 20 talented artisans. Hours 10am-4pm.

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Attending the Fall Festival will be representatives from

The Lotus School of Liberal Arts

The mission of The Lotus School of Liberal Arts: To cultivate a high school community of compassionate, mindful, lifelong learners who are able to meet life’s challenges with the confidence and knowledge of how their efforts can help create a better world for themselves and others.

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Stop by and find out more about this innovative high school – located right here in Ottsville.
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 Artisans Participating Include

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Architectural Birdhouses – Handcrafted unique abodes for our feathered friends.


Blissful Naturals All natural, hand-crafted lip balm, lotions and body butters


Chestnut Hill Farm Gourmet Foods Jams, pickles, pies, candy apples, haunted gingerbread houses and mini pot pies. Freshly prepared, ready-to-eat soup, chili, sandwiches, pastries,brownies and hot apple cider.


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.


Hayefield – Nancy Ondra’s Botanical art, garden photo note cards, alpaca products and seeds.


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


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


Laurie’s Chocolates – Hand-dipped fresh gourmet confections including toffee, truffles, barks, and  hot cocoa mixes.


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


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


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 porcelain pottery with free hand carved “henna” designs.


Photo Popping – Combining photography and sculpting with a patent pending method, giving the artwork a 3 dimension look.


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


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


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


 Rocky Top Farm – Hand shorn sheep fleece is processed completely by hand and spun into one-of-a-kind yarn. Perfect for knitting, crocheting or weaving. Hand-knit woolen items and hides.


Sheila Sacks Designs – Handcrafted decadent soaps, vine-grown loofahs and wooden soap dishes.


Snugpups – Cosy and stylish custom dog coats designed to fit all dogs.


 

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Time for some Holiday Cheer!

‘Tis the season!

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Festival Holiday Decorating with Natural Gifts from Linden Hill

Fresh Mixed Greens Wreath


Mixed green wreaths always add a festive touch. Ours are crafted by hand using freshly gathered boughs. These wreaths will add beauty and spirit to a front entrance or foyer at your home and business. We offer different combinations of materials, including fir, boxwood, chamaecyparis, rhododendron and juniper with berries. Look closely to decide which of these bountiful ensembles strikes your fancy. You can also choose your own unique bow, with options ranging from traditional red velveteen to flashy, glittery chartreuse, with every color in between.


Wiltpruf to Protect your Fresh GreensJerry’s secret wreath care tip: For longevity, we spray our wreaths with Wiltpruf, which keeps them fresh and prevents moisture loss. Try to keep your wreath out of direct sun and away from heat. You can also mist your wreath daily with water to keep the greens looking their best.


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Fresh winter bouquets created using the abundant green materials gathered here at Linden Hill. These make wonderful unique and attractive centerpieces for use indoors or out. We also have the very popular, robust bunches of freshly cut winterberry. Make sure to keep all of these bouquets in fresh water, changing out daily, to ensure long lasting beauty.


Holiday Plants GroupingHoliday houseplants include varieties of amaryllis, colorful mixtures of cyclamen, paperwhite narcissus, These make delightful hostess gifts, or as an interesting centerpiece on your own dinner table.  We also have a variety of our very popular, one-of-a-kind terrarium glass orb ornaments, glassware, ornaments and other signature creations.

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Holiday Hours

Wednesday through Sunday

10am – 4pm

Stop in we will  be happy to assist you in selecting the perfect botanical themed gift.


Linden Hill Gardens

8230 Easton Road (611) Ottsville, PA 18942

610-847-1300

lindenhillgardens.com

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Think Spring! 2015 Horticultural Chat Room with Jerry Fritz at Linden Hill Gardens

Think Spring!

2015 Horticultural Chat Room with Jerry Fritz at Linden Hill Gardens


 

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With spring just a little more than four weeks away, I am in full planning mode. I am so excited about the new season and what I have in store for 2015.


Please join me this Saturday, February 21st at 10am in the greenhouse at Linden Hill as I share with you some of the newest and hard-to-find plants I will be offering for 2015 as well as learning about other exciting events I have in the works. We will be serving hot coffee & tea along with tasty breakfast breads from our good friend, Patrick Mullaney of the fabulous Brig O’Doon Coffee House.


Please Click Here to register so we know who is coming.


Here are a few teasers for you to preview – can you guess what they may be? Looking forward to seeing you Saturday! — Jerry Fritz



 

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New Year, New Seeds: How We Plan our Cutting Garden

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Seed Catalogs

 It’s time for every northern gardener’s favorite winter activity – sitting down and reading the new seed catalogs. The arrival at the mailbox signifies new beginnings, and a chance to reflect on past years and then plan to make improvements to the coming season’s garden.  Much can be learned by studying seed catalogs and it is exciting to discover new combinations, colors and possibilities.


We have 24 rows of flowers that we grow intended solely for cutting . We also intermix as many plants that produce blooms suitable cutting as possible throughout the gardens. Around the perimeter of the cutting garden are cedar posts connected with thin wire on which we plant vines (see below for easy to grow vines that we found to work beautifully in 2014)

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For the Linden Hill Cutting Garden, we strive to feature a wide-range of color, texture and height using some rare selections that will stop visitors in their tracks. We always include flowers that create long lasting and original bouquets. 2014 was our first year for the cutting garden, a trial of sorts, to figure out which plants will work the best.  We have saved many of the seeds to use this year, but look forward to also  choosing additional selections.

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Tithonia ‘Torch’

The all-star around the farm last year was Tithonia ‘Torch’ (Mexican Sunflower or Flower of the Aztecs). It outgrew most of the staff, bloomed nonstop with a vivid orange-y red that was so bright that you could see it from the other side of the nursery, and got the most “What is that?” questions. Needless to say, we will definitely be growing this again. We do not only grow annuals in our cutting garden, but also include planted rows of perennials, such as mixed varieties of Iris germanica and Phlox paniculata. We suggest Phlox ‘Jeana’ as a  fragrant, long-blooming, native perennial, good for cutting.

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Phlox Jeana


We switched out some of the rows as summer progressed, such as swapping out the Bachelor Buttons  for a compact Ageratum “Blue Danube’, which proved to be an excellent performer. There were a few rows of pastel Cosmos ‘Sensation Mix’ and ‘Sonata Mix’ and we plan to include a hot-colored Cosmos such as ‘Bright Lights’ this year.

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Cosmos Bright Lights


One of the most interesting plants was the old fashioned heirloom  Amaranthus caudatus (Love lies Bleeding or Tassel Flower). It features long, crimson ropes, perfect for spilling down the side of a vase or for drying.

Planting Cutting Garden

 The seeds are started indoors in late February or early March, depending on the germination time. We plant the seedlings out in the gardens mid-May. They are usually about 6 inches tall, and we space them 1 to 1 1/2ft. apart.
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 Here is a look at our plan from last year, which worked out very well. We left 18″ between each planted row for access paths (which grew smaller as the summer went on). In the beginning you may be weeding these rows on a regular basis, but, as soon as the plants get going they will shade out the weeds.
2014 LHG Cutting Garden

2014 LHG Cutting Garden


Here is a look at some of the flowers close up in little bouquets:

Dahlia Phlox Ageratum Scabiosa Arrangement
1. Dahlia ‘Peaches and Dreams’, Phlox ‘Nicky’, Scabiosa ‘Black Knight’ and Ageratum ‘Blue Danube’.


Scabiosa Black Knight Pink Cosmos and Hydrangeacloseup

2. Scabiosa ‘Black Knight’, Cosmos ‘Sensation Mix’, Hydrangea macrophylla


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3. Tithonia, Zinnia ‘Envy’, Ageratum ‘Blue Danube’, Amaranthus caudatus, with Russian sage
And one of the ‘sunniest’ dinnerplate dahlias – ‘Kelvin Floodlight’.




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Note: Grow dahlias from tubers. To read more, see the previous post on fall dahlia care.




 A few quintessential cutting garden plants that I would like to grow this year:
1.       Gomphrena globosa (Globe Amaranth) with irresistible, sturdy and fuzzy globes, that keep their color even after drying.
2.       Lisianthus– a favorite of florists and romantics.
3.       Definitely, more Zinnias-in all colors.
4.       Verbena bonariensis-We had this growing in other beds, but, it would be stunning to do a whole row. As an added bonus it attracts monarch butterflies and self-seeds. 
5.       Many wow-inducing surprises
6.       After looking at the catalogs-Everything!


Here is a listing of the vines we use to edge our Cutting Garden:

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Cobaea scandens – Cup and Saucer Vine

Ipomoea lobata (Firecracker Vine, Spanish Flag Vine)
Cobaea scandens (Cup and Saucer Vine)
Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet Pea) ‘Old Spice Mix’, ‘Elegance Series’
Lablab purpurea (Purple Hyacinth Bean)
Phaseolus coccineus ‘Painted Lady’ (Painted Lady Runner Bean)
Morning Glory ‘Heavenly Blue’


For some beautiful and enlightening ‘seed reads’-check these out:
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds http://www.rareseeds.com/
Johnny’s Selected Seeds http://www.johnnyseeds.com/
Seed Savers Exchange http://www.seedsavers.org/
Seeds of Change http://www.seedsofchange.com


 Have fun enjoying studying the catalogs! Think Spring!   —- Jessica
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