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*2018 Event Listing Updated - Continual Catalog Updates through March*

Newsletter Spring 2018
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 2018

Seminars and Events updated 2018

40th anniversary at MPF


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.

Mary's Plant Farm sign
Please note that hours change for Summer & Fall, read all hours listed.
Spring Hours 2018:
April 3rd through May 31st
Tues. - Sat. 9:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday noon to 5:00pm
Closed on Monday

Summer & Fall Hours 2018:
June 1st through October 27th
Tues. - Sat. 9:30am to 4:30pm

Closed Sunday & Monday



Winter Hours: By Appointment

Events and Seminars
The following events are planned for 2018. Note those events that require a reservation (513) 894-0022.

Sunday April 29th, 1:30pm
A comprehensive class on native wildflowers.  Not only spring blooming varieties but summer ones also.  Then, join Mary with a walk through the woodland to view the extensive wildflower collection. 
Fee: $10.00 per person prepaid with reservation


Sunday May 6th, 1:30 pm

Bring a container or tufa trough or purchase one at the nursery and learn how to design and plant an attractive combination pot of annuals, perennials or succulents. Fee $10.00 for instruction and soil mix. Bonus: 10% off all plants purchased to fill container during class. Reservation please

container garden classes mixed container garden


Reservations accepted for Tea & Scones served Saturday May 12th and Sunday May 13th, 2 to 4pm. $12.00 per person, with pre-paid reservation. Limited Seating. Served in the garden weather permitting or it will be served in the Cafe'/Gift Shop if inclement.


Sunday May 20th, 1:30 pm $10.00 per person pre-paid

Looking for a new tree or a replacement for the dead ash? There are so many options. Learn about native varieties, shade, small ornamental, and flowering tree options that are disease resistant, and tolerant of Ohio weather and soil conditions. Tour Mary's gardens to view the many suggestions.


Sundays July 15th and July29th at 2:00pm, and Thursday July 19th and July 26th at 1:30pm.
Enjoy a four-course high tea served in the garden.  An afternoon of delight for your senses.
Reservation only with Pre-paid fee:  $30.00 per person. Limited Seating.

Sample menu: offerings change every year
Scones - Lemon, cranberry oat and apricot-white chocolate with lemon curd, Devenshire cream, & violet jelly.
Tea sandwiches - cucumber, curried chicken, dilled egg salad.
Fresh Fruit compote with mint sauce or Soup Course of Strawberry with mint
Dessert - Lavender pound cake with vanilla cream.

Teas - Lemon Grass, Earl Grey, ConstantComment.


ART IN THE GARDEN Sunday, August 12th Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy a walk through three acres of gardens where local artists will display their fine art work from paintings to scultures and more, including living art with plants. As you walk the gardens, chat with the artists and relax at a bench or table. Enjoy light refreshments, a glass of wine and beverages available for purchase. Guided garden tours will be hosted by Mary at 1:30 and 4:00 pm. Art and plants available for purchase, art vendors may not have access for Credit Card purchases, Admission $8.00 per person

'GARDENING FOR COCKTAILS' Saturday, September 8th, 1:30 p.m.

Learn what herbs and flowers to easily grow to use in new and fresh cocktails. Sample a flight of these refreshing cocktails along with light refreshments. Recipes and instruction included. Fee: $25.00 per person with reservation.


Saturday October 6th, 10:00 a.m.
Materials and instruction are included to make a 12" x 18" trough with your choice of mold shape
Pre-paid fee: $35.00 per person. Advanced reservation required. Limited availability.

Hyper tufa trough




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 DECEMBER, JANUARY.
Plants are NOT shipped JUNE, JULY and AUGUST.

Plant shipments in FEBRUARY, MAY and NOVEMBER depend upon the weather.


Mary's Plant Farm and Landscaping
2410 Lanes Mill Road
Hamilton, Ohio
phone: 513-894-0022
fax: 513-892-2053


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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.

All Material © Mary's Plant Farm,March 14, 2018
To order, go here: How to Order, or email with your questions.

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