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Please Note:

The Retail Nursery is OPEN now. The gardens are in late summer glory. Fruit is ripening in the orchard. The retail is full of the new crop. Now is the time to visit, hope to see you soon!
Retail Store Hours

We are now Shipping Plants. The new crop is ready and the selection is great. It pays to order early, as some things are in short supply this year. If you don't see something you are looking for, be sure to check back or email us. We'll be getting in new plants through out the fall and winter season.

Come Visit Us

When We’re Open
The local nursery is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:05-5:08. We’re always closed between Christmas and New Year’s and on Thanksgiving Day, Easter Sunday, 4th of July.

Summer Siesta 2015
During the hottest part of the year we change our open schedule to shorter days in July and some time off in August. We’ll take this time off to recharge our batteries and give our crew some well deserved time off. We’re still here to answer your plant growing questions. You can reach us by phone 850 925-5644  (just leave a message, we will call you back) or email us
-Nursery reopen September 2nd Wednesday through Sunday 9:00 to 5:00 .

We Love for People to Visit

A visit allows us to spend time with you and share some of the finer points of growing great plants and having success in your garden. We can wander the orchards, taste some fruit, and talk about gardening. Here’s just a sample of what you’ll see along the way. Thanks for making it possible to continue to share our passion. We’ve been at it for 37 years now and we wouldn’t have made it without you. – Brandy and Ted, JFE

The Gardens

Gardens Sign 1Gardens Flower BorderThe gardens are laid out all around the retail nursery. They’re an eclectic mix of off beat ornaments mixed with edibles.    The main parking lot garden is a mix of old cottage garden plants with lots of tasty vegetables thrown in. It changes seasonally so it’s always worth checking out. It’s usually a blend of old fashion cottage flowers like poppy, foxglove and hollyhocks (growing hollyhocks in Florida is a challenge; notice no pictures of those YET!)


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The outer parking lot gardens are trial plantings to help determine how well new varieties of flowers will do in our area.

Our gardens are also a show case for new vegetables we’re trying out.   If you see something you like you’ll probably find new starts on our vegetable benches.

Organic TechniquesWe grow all of our own vegetable and flower starts. We specialize in unusual and heirloom varieties, as well as a wide range of culinary herbs and cottage garden flowers. 

SeedsOur seed comes from companies like Botanical Interests and Seed Savers. You’ll find a great selection of them in the seed shop, as well as all the supplies to start your own with.

Tropics1We have a passion for the tropics, so you’ll find lots of cool taros, angel trumpets, and hot summer color at the height of the season.   We are always experimenting with new varieties and working to show you interesting ways to arrange them in your gardens. New additions come from our travels through out the country to botanical gardens and nurseries in the far corners of the states. We have been known to load up a rental car with plants so much we can no longer see out any of the windows. (not including the windshield of course!) There is always something new being added to the gardens so  plan on a few visits a year.

The Retail Plant Displays

Retail Wisteria ArborThe retail plant displays are the heart of our operation. Fruit trees are our first and primary love. We grow over 175 varieties, many of which are heirlooms given to us by local gardeners. You’ll find extensive collections of blueberries, grapes and citrus.Retail Sales Perennial Area Early Spring 2015 1

We also grow a wide range of ornamental. The retail is laid out in sections of types of plants. You’ll be able to wander through perennials,  butterfly plants, sections that contain good hedging and screen plants, shade garden plants, grasses that grow well in our area, palms and shade trees. We’re also working to bring to you a good collection of native plants. This is a new area for us and it’s one of the cornerstones to the new direction the nursery is
Retail Sales Fruit AlleyRetail Sales Perennial Area Early Spring 2015 3Retail Shade Area 1Retail Sales Bedding Plant Area Spring 2015 3
taking. As we learn more about permaculture and the building of food forests, we are finding the natives are an important component of the mix; providing food and habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife, bringing pollinators into the garden, and building soil.

PotsYou’ll also find an eclectic mix of pottery and garden art through out the retail area. We showcase many local artists and tend to encourage the bizarre, so you’ll never know what you’ll find along the way.

When you visit the nursery, be sure to check out our SALES AREA. This is where all the misplaced orphans wind up. Whether they’ve got a little twist in them (but hey, they’ve got character), or they’ve just been hanging around too long, these guys just need a home. They’re not sick and they’ll respond to just a little TLC. Everything’s 50% off or more. It’s a great deal for everybody; make sure you check it out regularly, as the selection changes often.

The Orchards

We have two orchards at the nursery; the older a mixed citrus orchard, and the newest a mixed fruit orchard.

Orchard 2015 2Citrus OrchardThese orchards were created to give people a place to wander, taste fruit that grows well in our area and learn a little something about how to be successful growing them in your garden. The newest orchard has been created using food forest techniques. If you haven’t heard about this great concept, study up on it, it is the answer to growing food in a crowded world. We wrote a brief article for the Tallahassee Democrat with some good links in it; check it out “FOOD FOREST GARDENS”. We’re starting to see more interest in this new form of gardening where ever we go in the states. It looks like a more earth friendly approach to gardening and is so much easier than tilling, weeding and spraying!


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Garlic Chives around Fruit TreesAnyway, the new orchard is a study in building soil without tilling; we’re growing a mixed crop of clover and cereal rye between the trees to cut and lay on the orchard floor for summer mulch, and a crop of oil seed radish, canola and mustard around some of the trees to draw beneficial insects, suppress nematodes, and build organic content, (whew that a lot of work for three plants to do!).
In addition, last summer the ladies planted lots of garlic chives around the trees to create a barrier to keep the pesky ants and other crawlers off the trunks.

ComfryWild Horn Face BeesWe planted a few colonies of Russian Comfrey last winter around the edges of the orchard, which we’ll lift and divide this winter to make more. This Russian Comfrey is great stuff! It grows like the wonder weed from hell, producing tons of leaves that can be cut and used for mulch around the plants. The plant mops up food from the soil and deposits it in the leaves, then when you use it for mulching your plants, or to adding to your compost heap, it gives it back in the form of rich fertilizer, we’re talking FREE fertilizer. It’s also makes a super home for the good bugs. So the new orchard is coming along nicely. You’re welcome to visit it, it’s way out in the back forty, so ask for a guide when you come, you know we love to share our ideas with you.

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2 Responses to Come Visit Us

  1. Lonnie Harvey March 11, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

    Hi, I am looking for a Parsons Brown orange tree in the 3/5 year old size, also possibly a Hamlin in the same size. Is this something you may have? Thanxxxxxx Lonnie Harvey

    • Brandy March 11, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

      I’m sorry but we don’t have either of those available in any size larger than what shows on the website. Brandy

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30 Saint Frances St.

Crawfordville, Florida 32327
PHONE: 1-850-926-5644
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