Spring is now officially here, because my friend and I have made the first trek to our favorite Lancaster County greenhouses in Kirkwood, Pennsylvania.
We started out at Lone Pine Nursery, which is Amish-owned and operated, on a family farm. Not only do you find wonderful plants at bargain prices, the ladies of the family are exceptionally friendly and helpful. They will create lovely hanging baskets with plants of your choosing as you stroll through the greenhouses.
For wonderful herbs, vegetable starts, annuals, houseplants, hanging baskets and some perennials (like their gorgeous Lupines), Lone Pine has become our first stop. It isn’t large, but the service and farm scenes are such a treat for us former country girls.
Then it’s on to Groff’s Plant Farm, which is also family-owned and operated. If you can’t find it at Groff’s, you probably don’t need it! Greenhouses galore plus row upon row of outside tables filled with seasonal selections for shade and sun and in-between. There’s always something new, whether it’s the latest plant variety or whimsical handcrafted garden accents. After filling a wagon or two, enjoy sipping ice water and some friendly chit-chat while checking out.
As always, the car is filled to the brim before we knew it. Time to plant our finds and plan for our next visit!