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It was nice to see everyone at The Philadelphia Flower Show last week, a grand way to start off the season. We will host our own segue into spring this weekend at Linden Hill with a Snowdrop Tea Party. We will have a celebration of snowdrops, featuring a special brewed tea and many varieties of galanthus to enjoy. You can also wander around the gardens to enjoy blooming snowdrops and other early risers- pulmonaria, hellebores and violas.

A few more upcoming events:

March 24th and 25th Hellebore Festival We will have an exciting selection of colors and varieties as well as blooming companion plants.

April 14th or 15th 10:30 am Trendy Terrariums Attend this fun informative workshop and create your own terrarium. Carole and I will be providing instruction and sharing our creative ideas. We will have many cloches, glass vessels and plants to choose from. The fee is $10 and includes the soil, pebbles and charcoal-plants and glass are extra. You can register by sending an email to

See us at Springle-a Pop Up Shop at the Chelsea Market in NYC from April 19-29!

If you missed Jerry Fritz’s appearance on March 1st on Martha Stewart, you can watch it here.

We look forward to your visit. We are open daily from 8-4.

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It’s time for our third annual Holiday Festival in the Barn at Linden Hill Gardens and we have a full house of talented vendors. Stop by this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am- 4 pm to shop for original handmade gifts by local artists, enjoy delicious food and socialize with friends.  

Vik’s Picks/Naturally Victoria All natural soap & homemade pickles

Chestnut Hill Farm Gourmet Foods Hot beverages and food, jams, jellies, gingerbread houses, cookie trays, gift baskets

Eye Candy Glass Art Gifts & jewelry

Breezy Meadows Farm Wool crafts made from their sheep: stockings, snowmen, santas, ornaments

Natalie Searl Photography Framed canvas and matted prints & notecards of Bucks County scenes

Easton Salsa Fresh and jarred salsa & hot sauce

Pipersville Frame and Art Art, prints, design and framing

Cottage Street Studio Pottery Jewelry and pottery

Linden Hill Gardens Seasonal plants, wreaths, birdhouses, tools and garden related gifts

Yafa’s Joy Sesame treats

Philading Organic cookies (regular and gluten-free), Scottish scones, vegan brownies, African veggie pies

Bhaktiveda Ayurvedic Products

Kelli Abdoney Photography

The Kitchen Potager Bucks Bounty Baskets, gifts, products by local artisans

Mainly Mushrooms Truffles, mushrooms, dry cured salami, smoked salmon

La Cire Candles Hand-poured soy candles

Winter Sun Farms CSA pick up on Dec. 3rd 9-11 am

Neil’s Sharpening Service

Church Hill Gardens All natural hand and body cream

Rocky Top Farm Handspun yarn, hand-knit items and kits

Emily’s Art Free-range eggs, jewelry, baked goods

Laurie’s Chocolates Original handcrafted confections including truffles, toffee, sea salt caramels, barks and hot cocoa mixes

The Primitive Posey Potpourri, florals, stovetop simmers

Woods Edge Wool Farm Alpaca/llama products, honey

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Fall is an ideal time for planting, and we are fully stocked with perennials and shrubs to add structure and beauty to your existing garden… or maybe you have been waiting through the summer heat and rain to plant a brand new garden. Either way, starting tomorrow, Friday, October 7th:

 All plants will be 50% off!

Also, This Saturday and Sunday from 10 am-4 pm stop in to the barn for our Fall Festival, featuring fine foods and talented artisans. We have many pumpkins and gourds for sale as well. It looks to be excellent weather both days, and, we hope to see you there!

We are open from 8 am to 4 pm daily, and Fridays until sundown for the Ottsville Farmers’ Market.

For weekly updates and news-visit us on Facebook

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Iris 'Immortality'

Happy Memorial Day Weekend-An ideal weekend for GARDENING!

We have several events this weekend at Linden Hill:

 Thursday at 8 am: Jerry Fritz will be on The Martha Stewart Morning Living Radio Show (on Sirius 112 and XM 157). Tune in for excellent advice and tips on planning a new garden.

Saturday and Sunday 8am to 4 pm: OUTRAGEOUS ANNUALS. Now is the time to liven up perennial beds and containers with exotic and dramatic annuals. An outlandish, bold combination is Gunnera manicata with iresine herbstii and passiflora. You can see this in person in the new ‘Shutter Planters’ at Linden Hill.
Saturday night from 7 pm to 10 pm: BEE there for a special engagement and screening of ‘Queen of the Sun-What are the Bees Telling Us?’ 
This is a great opportunity to join the highly respected and internationally known Bee Keeper, Gunther Hauk , for a screening of the recently released film “Queen of the Sun” directed by Taggart Siegel (of “The Real Dirt On Farmer John” fame). Gunther is featured in this award winning documentary along with other well- known champions of “Apis Mellifera”, otherwise know as the Honey Bee. Author of “Towards Saving the Honey Bee”, Gunther will be available to answer questions and share his Honey Bee wisdom with those who attend! Pre show- beverages and honey centric refreshments will be served. Catered by River Nymph Caterers. Suggested donation $25 to $40. 
Seats are limited, to pre-register call or Email Berkana Farm 610 -847-2122

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Today at Linden Hill, in the greenhouse, we have a little promise of and peek at spring: almost blooming galanthus nivalis!

Last fall, in preparation for the Philadelphia Flower Show, Luke, Jerry and I planted thousands of galanthus bulbs in several locations at the farm- many in the ground, and many more in aged terracotta pots.  We have been meticulously checking their progress and watering them (as snowdrops do not like to dry out). The galanthus are now in various stages of growth, from just poking out of the soil to blooming.

One of Jerry Fritz’s passions and favorite plants are Galanthus (Snowdrops). ‘Galanthus mania’ began when he first saw the wonderous and stunning masses of them at the Royal Horticultural Society in England. He has now started a dedicated club: The Galanthus Group of the Delaware Valley, to discuss and enjoy all things galanthus.

Galanthus (snowdrops) look spectacular when planted with eranthis hyemalis (winter aconite) and helleborus.

A few of the varieties growing at Linden Hill are:

Galanthus nivalis, Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’ & ‘Sam Arnott’ & ‘Viridapice’, Galanthus ikariae, Galanthus elwesii, Galanthus ‘White Dream’

If you are interested in joining The Galanthus Group of the Delaware Valley or in pre-ordering snowdrops, send an email to

More Upcoming Events at Linden Hill Gardens


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A Horticultural Chat Room- Saturday, February 5th at 10:00 am in the office at Linden Hill Gardens



If you are thinking/dreaming of spring like us, we invite you to a fun, informal and social event to talk about great new plants and projects at Linden Hill Gardens. We will have the 2011 schedule of  our weekend plant events and would love to see our fellow gardeners and friends. Refreshments will be provided, and if you arrive early, you can stop in at the Ottsville Indoor Farmers’ Market, a new and wonderful winter event at Linden Hill.

Other upcoming events:
March 6-13 We will be at the Philadelphia Flower Show
March 26 & 27 Our annual Hellebore Festival, featuring hellebores and companion plants

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Holiday Display


Announcing:  The Ottsville Indoor Farmers’ Market

Here at Linden Hill Gardens, we are getting ready to convert our Holiday display into an indoor Farmers’ Market space…

Join us this winter every Saturday from 9-noon, (Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 and Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26) in our heated greenhouse.


Holiday Display and Indoor Market Space

The Ottsville Indoor Farmers’ Market will feature great local farmers and artisans, winter-themed weekly activities including toasting marshmallows, sledding, ice-skating and food demonstrations.–Look forward to Saturday mornings full of delicious food, quality wares, and family fun!

If you would like to suggest ideas or make requests, please contact us at

Happy Holidays from all of us at Linden Hill Gardens!





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Iris 'Gerald Darby'

The first monochromatic planting at Linden Hill is complete: The Blue Garden is situated on the right side of the entry drive amongst five Dawn Redwoods, and features a walking path.  We planted every blue/purple- blooming perennial at the nursery, beginning with several varieties of Salvia, Nepeta and Veronica. Other plants include Aster, Camassia, Thalictrum, Campanula, Iris, Kalimeris and those with blue foliage such as Sorghastrum nutans and Rosa glauca. We invite you this spring to enjoy the many different hues and variations within the spectrum of “Blue”.

 The critters are hungry!….This week, We have been occupied cutting back perennials in the gardens..the mice and voles have been eating, nesting and tunneling more than ever this year. Their first choice was Iris ensata ‘Variegata’ in the front beds. (Thank goodness we had divided and potted up several in the summer!). We have been cutting the remaining iris down to the ground level, as well as most other perennials – hopefully, this will deter the critters. It is an important  time in the season to spray deer repellent, too -our top choices are Neptune’s Harvest Fish Fertilizer or Liquid Fence.


We encourage you to come over to Linden Hill and make a terrarium to enjoy over the winter, or to give as a holiday present to a friend or family member. We have all of the supplies- beautiful cloches and vessels, super plants and an ample and comfortable work space in our greenhouse. Read an article about our terrarium workshop last month in The Bucks County Herald on page 22. 


Three upcoming events of note:

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Last Monday, it was such a treat to accompany Jerry to The Martha Stewart Show. A week prior we had gathered all of the chartreuse plants at the nursery, including a few irresistible specimens from the display beds. We put them into aged terracotta pots, and groomed them for television. We also cut flowers and interesting foliage from the gardens which included Aster tartaricus ‘Jindai’, Salvias, Spirea thunbergii ‘Mellow Yellow, Grasses, Amaranth, Hydrangeas, Itea and Cardoon. We departed from Linden Hill Gardens with two car loads full of plants. My vehicle carried the cut flowers and pumpkins (Reid Fritz gave each person in the audience a homegrown ‘Jack be little’ pumpkin), and Jerry’s transported all of the potted plants – a rolling, glowing sea of chartreuse!


Full Plant Elevator

We arrived in NYC and the plants were swiftly unloaded and brought up to the set. I was excited to  see the behind-the-scenes workings and bustle of a show such as Martha Stewart. The staff at the show are so friendly, helpful and sweet! They artfully arranged plants and coordinated plans for the show the next day, October 19th. There is even a permanent plant area on the set, a beautiful nook with orchids, begonias, ferns and other specimens, cared for by the show’s gardening expert Andrea Mason.  The other sections such as the kitchen and craft sets were spotless and tastefully decorated (is this a surprise?). The ceiling was totally covered in lights, and the cameras were huge and on wheels.


Jerry with script

The next morning at a coffee shop, Jerry rehearsed the script with fervor and noticed a patron in a full length chartreuse coat with a white flower print. On the way to the show, we accidentally walked in the wrong direction, quickly corrected the mistake, and were right on time.

Chartreuse Plant Display

The show is live, and Jerry did the segments with ease and charisma.  Martha seemed to love all of the chartreuse plants, and commented that her guests often inquire about the Lonicera nitida (Boxleaf honeysuckle). The second segment on Creating a Fall Arrangement was especially fun to watch, and I hope that it encouraged others to make a fall bouquet. The cardoon leaves didn’t make it into the final arrangements, but they do last a long time after being cut, and make a bold and unexpected addition to a composition. (We have plenty of mammoth cardoons growing here at Linden Hill). 

Cut Flowers for Segment

Along with some attractive plants, Jerry gave Martha a gift basket of…-Chartreuse hedgehog gourds!!!


For more photographs click here and watch the segment on Chartreuse Plants here.

See you soon,



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Please join us for the season finale weekend at Linden Hill Gardens on Saturday, October 16th and Sunday, October 17th! Linden Hill Gardens Season Finale Info

We have scheduled “Time in the Garden: All you can Gather” from 8-9:30 am; a timed race providing first dibs to gather your favorite plants!

There will also be a “Cart and Carry Sale” from 10-4 pm on both days for those who prefer a more leisurely stroll for their garden selections. 

Both are great opportunities for your fall plantings! Please register for “Time in the Garden” via email:

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