But first a little history so you understand what’s REALLY going on! Miss Lynne started out with a little 10×10 greenhouse that Gary constructed on a dare after he thought she had paid too much for plants for a single flowerbed in the front yard . That was about 40 years ago. She remembers standing in a brand new 18×24 ft. greenhouse the next year and thinking that she’d NEVER fill it up!
Six greenhouses and 10,000 ft. of growing space later, Farmer Gary and Miss Lynne decided to give up the wholesale business and enter retail. Then came another 10,000 sq. ft. of space at a brand new location on Rt. 11 South at the Shenandoah Heritage Market. Named the “Best Greenhouse in the Valley” for the last 4 years, the retail business has thrived, known for it’s houseplants, hanging baskets, veggie plants, bedding plants, perennials and much…. much more! Their pottery selections rivals any in the area!
So in 2014, the next chapter of this saga unfolds….
Miss Lynne and Farmer Gary have decided to close the retail business on Rt. 11 come June of this year and move the retail business back home on the farm. It’s hard to imagine customers not enjoying poking around the entire growing range of plants at the farm during the spring. The market location will open March 10th of this year for the last time…. with it’s final days planned for mid June. But never fear…. customers will still be able to shop for all their favorite plants at the farm in years to come. So check by the market for special deals, maps to the farm, and more!
There’s just so much going on out here at the farm! A country store, weddings, Country Teas, a butterfly conservatory in the summer, all those fall pumpkin and maze activities…. and in 2014, Christmas parties, a winter wonderland and much more is planned. It just makes sense for us to consolidate all our efforts in one place as we continue to expand activities at the farm.
House plants and more!
We have become known for our extensive collection of containers for houseplants and container gardens. We offer design advice and even invite customers to plant their containers or ours right here in the greenhouse.
In June, we host a butterfly conservatory for 10 days right in the greenhouse at the farm. Proceeds benefit the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Day Care Center. Hundreds of butterflies are released in the conservatory for this event.
Experts are on hand to answer questions about the plants and butterflies – a real learning experience!
As summer rolls around, the greenhouse operation on Rt. 11 closes and everything moves out to the farm. Shop for plants, visit the farm with your children, enjoy the butterflies, or just relax and enjoy the fresh air! Farm activities, including the carousel, slide, cow train and much more are available 9-1 Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays through the summer. The greenhouses are always open from 9-1 Monday -Friday at the farm during the summer
Fall is aMAZEing!
September through October we are at the peak of fall activities with painting pumpkins, growing pansies and thousands of mums. Join us at our corn maze “Back Home on the Farm” at our home location just north of Harrisonburg.
We close the greenhouses down on November 1st and you’ll need to stay tuned for our plans for Christmas. We’re excited – a Christmas Winter Wonderland, Santa’s workshop, children’s activities, and we’ll be offering company Christmas parties – we promise you’ll have fun!