2016 Ottsville Holiday Festival Participants


Jerry Fritz is  pleased to be once again  hosting the very popular Ottsville Holiday Festival on December 3 & 4th 2017 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.


Ottsville Holiday Festival

2015HeraldLHGOttsHolidayAdJerry Fritz is once again pleased to be hosting the annual Ottsville Holiday Festival on December 5th and 6th in the stone barn at his retail nursery, Linden Hill Gardens. This year features over 20 local vendors offering handcrafted, high-quality products.  Hours 10am-4pm.LeafSeparatorSweet and savory food treats will be prepared by  Eat This!, Laurie’s Chocolates, Q’s Cookies, Chestnut Hill Farm Gourmet Foods,  Food will be available to enjoy at the festival as well as to take home. Beverages including hot chocolate, coffee and tea will also be offered.

LeafSeparatorLinden 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.

Special Holiday Gifts Certificates will also be available to purchase at the festival or online by clicking here


 Featured Vendors for 2015



OKM Stumpt – Rustic log and wood slab side tables, cheese board gift sets, gift tags and ornaments, candle holders and other fashionably-festive home decor. Each piece is crafted from salvaged and re purposed Pennsylvania hardwood trees. Unique and beautiful Holiday gift ideas.


Chestnut Hill Farm Gourmet Foods Tasty baked goods, homemade sauces & jams, pure vanilla  extract, and of course, Darlene’s fabulous freshly baked and decorated Gingerbread Houses. Also offering hot chocolate. Mmmmmm!


Melissa Schulz – Jewelry and artwork with a modern vintage aesthetic.  Shimmery glitter and vintage chandelier crystals are abundant in her line with just the right amount of “bling”.  Melissa’s jewelry offers something for everyone, inspirational words, and funny sentiments balanced with decorative patterns and vintage inspired art. 


Remarle – All natural sugar scrubs for face & body, shea butter cream, black soap, face serum and hand soap. Gentle, products suitable for problem as well as normal skin types.



Eat This! – All-natural sustainable locally-produced jams, marmalades and a few other things. Also delicious special seasonal items packaged beautifully and ready for gift giving.

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 perfect for keeping warm this cold winter season. New this year are recycled sweater mittens and back by popular demand, are Bird Nesting Balls.

Jane stollerJane Stoller Jewelry – Using a combination of silver, gemstones, pearls and/or leather Jane creates beautiful pieces featuring raw and organic gemstones. The thumbnail image here showcases necklaces made of kyanite sticks,tanzanite and iolite.

Dresden Ornament

Jane will also be offering  Sally Willingham’s Dresden Ornaments. Originally made in the Dresden-Leipzig area circa 1880-1910, few of the pressed cardboard Christmas ornaments, have survived to this day. Sally has found a way to recreate these  ornaments.  Come see the running dog and other awesome pieces.


Sheila O’Connell – Sheila specializes in photographing impermanent things, arrangements made by man or nature, and accidental art.  She likes to shoot everyday subjects in a fun or unexpected way. Small matted prints and  boxed greeting Cards.


World Upcycle – New treasures from vintage finds. Pillow covers, quilts, scarves, bags & more. Made from re-purposed hand block printed textiles from India.


Laurie’s Chocolates – Handmade artisan confections. Dark and milk chocolates, specialty barks, hot cocoa mixes, chocolate covered pretzels and lollipops.


Earthy by Design– Unique art creations crafted utilizing recycled/re-purposed materials. Susan also offers workshops and classes using the principles of mixed media artwork creation. Let your imagination run free. Stop by to meet Susan Anderson and find out more!

Mountains of Hope – Handicrafts from Ecuador made by students of community members.  Purchase jewelry, bags, children’s items and more. Give gifts knowing your purchase is helping others.

Primitive Posey

The Primitive Posey Potpourri, stove top simmers, arrangements, wreaths,  holiday crafts. Very popular for holiday decorating and giving.

Q’s Cookies Whole wheat cookies and brownies & totally tasty gluten free  cookies. You can not even tell they are healthier options, they taste THAT good.


Lotus 8  – All-natural, vegan soaps, soy candles, body care and gift sets as well as hand thrown and glazed pottery pieces by Renee Bergere.

Stone mill Wool works

Stone Mill Wool Works – Braided wool baskets & rugs. Perfect for gift baskets. Many colors and patterns to choose from. A useful gift most anyone would appreciate receiving.

LHG holiday greenhouse

Linden Hill Gardens Our own offering of holiday/seasonal plants, terrariums, wreaths, roping, botanical-themed gifts, Thymes Fraser Fir candles and Greg White porcelain cups.




Perfect Day Coffee – Warm up at the festival with a nice hot cup of locally roasted coffee or tea and take away fresh beans to use at home or give as holiday gifts. Rain Forest Alliance certified, Fair Trade Certified as well as USDA organic. Coffee doesn’t get any better than this.  


 riverwickRiverwick Candle Company – Offers environmentally friendly hand-poured palm wax candles in enticing scents perfect for the winter holiday season.

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Saving Dahlias, Protecting Figs, Recycling Leaves

 Saving Dahlias, Protecting Figs

 Recycling Autumn Leaves

Save your dahlias!

A common question we are asked by visitors to our new cutting garden is

‘Do you save your dahlias?’

 The answer is ‘Yes, we certainly do!’

Here is the method we prefer to use at Linden Hill Gardens.

Dahlia after frsot

For dahlias, the opportune time to dig the plants up is after we have experienced several frosts. Wait until the leaves are black and the foliage has died back. Cut back the stems to about 3″ ( it is great to tie an id tag around the stem).


Jessica’s Tip: Use a digging fork to uproot the dahlias, so as not to slice the tubers.

Dahlia Tuber

Shake and rinse off the excess dirt from the tubers. You can either divide the clumps now, or wait until spring. Let the tubers dry in an area above freezing for 4-5 days. It is very important to make sure that the tubers are dry when going into storage.


Saving Dahlias in Crates and Peat


We have had great success with lining bulb crates with burlap and packing the tubers in peat moss. You can also use cardboard or wooden boxes.



Dahlia stacked

You will want to keep your stored dahlias in a dark place that will not freeze like a garage or basement, ideally between 40-50 degrees. Check them once a month if you feel or see they are shriveling, spray them with some water. From our experience, we did not find watering them to be necessary.

You can then plant your dahlias again in spring after the frost date has past.

 LeafSeparator Spanish Mission Fig Care

Overwintering Spanish Mission Figs

Another tender plant we overwinter here at Linden Hill is the fig. We are crazy about these edibles, and it is very simple to save the plants over winter. Like with the dahlia process, allow the figs to go through a few hard frosts and lose all of their leaves. Then put them into an indoor area that will not freeze. (We place them in the same barn room as the dahlias).

LeafSeparatorGardening Tip from Jessica:

Fallen leaves are great nutrition for your garden! Instead of putting them on the curb or burning them in the yard (gasp!), take advantage of the benefits they can provide to the garden. Optimally you should shred your leaves using a lawn mower with a bag attachment, as they will stay in place and decompose faster, but if you do not have a bag, simply use them as is. Pile the leaves in an out-of-the-way space, in an area unlikely to attract critters, and create a batch of nutrient-rich soil ready to add to your planting beds next year. Alternatively, use the leaves as a natural mulch for your vegetable garden or perennial beds.  I have many locust trees at home, and luckily the leaves are tiny enough that they do not need to be shredded and they compost extremely fast, so just letting them lay in the garden works perfectly. Please be advised however, we do not recommend using black walnut leaves! The natural toxins in the will damage or kill plants.

Good Luck! Please do not hesitant to bundle up and come in to see me at

Linden Hill Gardens anytime to ask questions or to see our process. –Jessica

We are open Wednesday through Sunday 10am – 4 pm

Save the Date for the Ottsville Holiday Festival December 6th & 7th 

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November Gardening Tips

 November Gardening Tips


1389Water Well

Remember to continue to water, especially new plantings before the ground freezes, up until Thanksgiving. This important measure helps ensure that your plants have the moisture that they need going into dormancy.

Go Low

To avoid mice and vole damage over the winter, cut your perennials back as low as possible to the ground. Do not leave any dense foliage as it will encourage nesting and eating.

Record Favorites
This time of year, while cleaning up in the beds, it is great to make a note of the best annuals to grow for next year. Think of those easy, awesome performers that really wowed throughout the season. Our top show stoppers were cardoons (Check out these giants that grew from 4″ to 4′!), Tithonia (Mexican sunflower) and Dahlias!



Sat and Sun December 6th & 7th


The Ottsville Holiday Festival in the Barn

1396Get in the spirit of the season and choose from unique handmade gifts for your friends and family. Stop in and enjoy fine food, friendly and talented vendors offering incredible wares, along with a great atmosphere. You’ll find jewelry, florals, botanical items and seasonal plants, wool goods, woolen baskets, jams and sauces, cakes, award winning cookies, upcycled textiles, quilts, bags, scarves, all natural soaps and candles, chocolates, homemade pickles, all natural cosmetics, photography and stationary, gingerbread houses, and hot, prepared food.

 We are open Wednesday through Sunday

10 am to 4 pm

1393Fall Color on Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’