Open-Nursery Days 2018


Once again offering extended Open Nursery Days during peak bloom!

Flats of labeled epimediums pulled for plant sales.

Come see Epimediums for sale in a garden setting, along with other unusual companion shade perennials. There will be additional shade plants for sale not offered in the catalog, as well as flea-market garden treasures.

     Apr 27 & 29  (Fri. & Sun.)

Featuring companion perennials & the earliest Epimediums in bloom.  (Closed Sat. Apr. 28)

     May 4 – 13  (Fri. thru Sun. of the following weekend)

Open for 10 days in a row, including weekdays, during the peak season of Epimedium bloom.

May 18 – 20  (Fri. thru Sun.)

Featuring the latest blooming Epimediums including many Chinese species.

         Open 10am-4pm —Rain or Shine!

Our mail order nursery is normally closed to the public, however, we open for viewing and sales on specific days during Epimedium bloom. For those of you within a reasonable driving distance, I encourage you to visit and make your plant selections in person, as this is the best way to really see the plants in a garden setting in order to determine how they will fit into your own garden.

This year’s Open Nursery Days will again follow an irregular pattern in order to allow me to participate in two traditional off site sales. Visitors (and especially repeat visitors) will be able to see the wide range of Epimedium bloom this year during two (Friday and Sunday only) weekends at both ends of the bloom season, as well as during a long (Friday through Sunday of the following weekend) stretch during peak bloom. This schedule should enable visitors to catch full range of Epimedium bloom as well as the peak bloom of a few spectacular companion plants.

Epimedium plants in garden border at Garden Vision Epimediums nursery

Some of the stock beds you’ll see at during my Open Nursery Days featuring Epimedium species and varieties at their peak.

The very earliest Epimediums will be in bloom during our first open weekend: Fri. Apr. 27 & Sun. Apr. 29, along with the earliest blooming companion plants– Bloodroots, Trillium and Jeffersonia. The nursery will be closed on Sat. Apr. 28 when I will be selling plants at the spring plant sale at Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, NY.

We will again be open for an extended stretch of days, including weekdays, from Fri. May 4 through Sun., May 13 of the following weekend, for prime time viewing of the peak of Epimedium bloom and spring foliage color. So if you have lots of questions and want my undivided attention, plan a weekday visit during this time. Weekdays are also a good time for group visits.

Your last chance to visit the garden/nursery is Fri. May 18 through Sun. May 20.  This last open weekend, I predict you’ll still see a lot of bloom and also much in the way of foliage interest and ultimate plant size. Many of the later blooming deciduous species and the Chinese evergreen species are then flowering. Whenever you visit, you will have plenty to observe as the species and varieties walk us through the spring. I will keep this page updated closer to the time as the bloom season plays out, so that you can plan your visit accordingly.

Epimedium path

Please note that not every variety listed in the catalog or website will be available for sale during these open days (but I usually have a few extra treasures that are not listed in either-including a bit of a garden themed yard sale going on again this year as well), so if you have specific varieties on your wish list, place your order ahead of time (give me at least a couple of days of heads up to pull your plants) and specify a pick up date during this event.

  • To protect our research collection, please leave children and pets at home.
  • Be aware there are no available restroom facilities on site and no nearby public restrooms– other than weekdays during our open hours and til noon on Saturday. Please plan for a restroom stop before your arrival. We really are “out in the boonies”, so if you are looking for lunch, we will have restaurant recommendations, but most are 5-10+ miles away. We will have some light refreshments available, and there is a shaded area with a table and chairs that you may use for your picnic lunch.
  • Wear good walking shoes. Our nursery is on a generally level ground, but is set up as a working nursery and the ground may be uneven, soft/muddy in spots.
  • On Sat. May 12, Phillipston will have its annual town-wide yard sale. The event is sponsored by the Girl Scouts. Maps will be available on the Common for $1.
  • Directions:
    10 Templeton Rd (on the Common), Phillipston, MA      (across the street from the Library/Town Hall Annex)
  • (GPS users: Phillipston Center) From Rte. 2 take exit 19 (Phillipston). Turn left (west) on Rte 2A toward the town of Phillipston. Take immediate left just past the King Phillip Motel/Restaurant onto Baldwinville Rd toward Phillipston Center. In 1.4 miles you will approach the Common as the road bears right in front of the Elementary School. Go straight ahead at this curve, and continue around with the Common on your left, until you pass the town hall on your right. The nursery is behind the salmon Cape on the Common. Park on the street where parking is permitted or in the parking lot across the street. Enter the nursery on foot from either Templeton or Barre Road.  Discreet Epimedium signs and balloons will direct you.