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Newsletter Fall 2020

Please note that the Newsletter will no longer be mailed via USPS (snail mail). We're sorry for the inconvenience to those on the mailing list, but newsletters will be available at the nursery for up pick as usual. If you wish to recieve one via email, please send your email address. Thank you.
Fall Blooming Bulbs Article

Roses updated 2021

Roses antique and heritage2021
No Seminars or Events for 2021

45th anniversary at MPF

The Garden Cafe' Menu

We are partnering with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens as a partner in the "Plant for Pollinators Challenge". Visit the Zoo's site at


Type of Payment Accepted - Beginning April 2nd, 2019 we will no longer accept Credit Cards for in house sales. We will accept cash and personal checks.

This is the web site for Mary's Plant Farm
nursery and catalog garden center.

We offer rare, unusual, native, heirloom and connoisseur
plants, trees, shrubs, bulbs, herbs, container, garden
statuary, etc. All plants listed in our print catalog
can be found here. Call, e-mail, fax,
or mail your order to us using the
printable order form.

As of March 28, 2013, we picked up some newly introduced stock of rare trees.
I was told by the progagator/patent holder that Mary's is the first retail nursery to have these for sale.
Cornus kousa 'Mandarin Jewel' is the first yellow fruiting dogwood, and as the fruit ages it turns an apricot color.
Cercis c. 'Vanilla Twist' is the long awaited white blooming redbud in weeping form.
Both varieties are in limited quantity, but we have them available for spring planting.

Please note that hours change for Summer & Fall, read all hours listed.
Spring Hours 2021:
April 6th through May 30th
Tues. - Sat. 9:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday noon to 4:00pm
Closed on Monday

Summer & Fall Hours 2021:
June 2nd through October 30th
Wed. - Sat. 9:30am to 4:00pm

Closed Sunday & Monday & Tuesday



Winter Hours: By Appointment




Fall Blooming Bulbs For Your Garden

We all think of spring tulip and daffodil bulbs, but there are so many other hardy bulbs that give color in the garden during the year. By planting proper varieties, you can have bulbs in bloom from January through November.  But let’s focus on fall blooming varieties.  Some of these bulbs produce their foliage in the spring that feeds the bulb for their fall bloom.  Others produce the foliage at the bloom time.  These fall blooming varieties are dormant during the summer, not bothered by drought or heat.  Then as the summer season begins to close these fresh blooming jewels appear in the garden, starting with Lycoris.  Commonly called ‘Magic Lilies’ or ‘Naked Ladies’ they seem to sprout overnight, with tall stems of pink lilies.  Planting them near hosta, peonies or any spring blooming plant they give that area a new burst of color. Then the fall varieties of hardy cyclamen begin to show their delicate flowers prior to the foliage coming that will be evergreen all winter till it goes dormant in the spring.  We all know of spring crocus, but what about fall blooming crocus.  There are many varieties from Crocus speciosus, C.zonatus, and even the Crocus ‘Sativus’ which produces the spice saffron.  For cooks this is a plus, as you can grow it in your own garden. One group of bulbs that are not widely known, but create a huge interest in our gardens is the Colchicum varieties.  These beauties look like a crocus on steroids, in pinks, lavenders and white.  They are 3 inches to 6 inches tall with large cupped blooms or as a huge double blooming flower.  There is a rarer crocus like bloom in bright yellow for fall called Sternbergia.  Its color is so bright that you can see it across the garden.  
All of these wonderful fall blooming bulbs will accept sun or shade, so even those darker spots in the garden can have fall color.  So get planting!




A Tribute

...for a lawn littered with the chocolate and cream blooms of Magnolia 'Woodsman'
...for coming home on a dark, cold winter day and being pulled into the side yard by the scent of a Hamamelis in full bloom
...for the incredible brightness of a double bloodroot pushing out of leaf litter when I was all out of energy at the end of a long day
...for the bright blue blooms on Mary's special Nigella weaving through a fuzzy Salvia argentea
...for standing under a Cercis alba in a May wind and being reminded of a snowstorm
...for watching the morning sun glint through the golden leaves of a Rohani Beech (it really was a gold one!)
...for the delicate blossoms on a patch of rue anemone at the edge of a woodland
...for a Cercis 'Silver Cloud' that hides my secret garden from the neighbors' yard, so I can enjoy a glass of wine, a good book and my fountain in peace at the end of a long day
...for the serrated leaves of a Corsican hellebore winking at me as I run to the car late for work after spending too much time looking at the awakening garden on an early spring morning
...for the stately elegance of a Cercidiphyllum pendula keeping watch over the back gardens
...for being able to look out the window when doing endless sinks full of dishes and seeing a Cercis 'Hearts of Gold' entwined with the majestic purple of a Jackmanii clematis
....for the best biscotti I ever ate
...for sharing your endless wisdom, love of plants, good humor, and a hug!

There is so much Mary's Plant Farm in my garden--thank you both!
Cincinnati, 2008

Cincinnati Enquirer 2001 May 28 article

Cincinnati Enquirer
May 28, 2001 newspaper article about Mary.

Mary's Plant Farm as featured in Country Woman magazine

Mary's Plant Farm as featured in March/April 2000 issue of Country Woman magazine

We ship plants MARCH, APRIL, MAY and then again in SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER.
Spring and fall blooming bulbs are shipped SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER.
Plants are NOT shipped JUNE, JULY and AUGUST,.

Plant shipments in MAY and NOVEMBER depend upon the weather.


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GUARANTEE: Each order we send will be filled with stock of fine quality, packed with care to reach you in good live growing condition. If you are not entirely satisfied, return it at once for refund minus postage.

We are not responsible to replace plants that have failed due to conditions beyond our control such as possible neglect, weather, growing conditions or the lack of experience on the part of the gardener.

A Word About Native Plants: We offer many native varieties because we like them, but we do not collect them from the wild. We grow them from cuttings or seeds, and are listed as Native.

Prices subject to change.

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