Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Fall plants - 25 percent off native perennials!


M R Gardens in the Oakley community of Asheville opens its sustainable nursery for fall plant sales, which last one month starting Saturday, September 14. Native perennials, groundcovers and herbs are 25 percent off regular price throughout the fall season.

Great Blue Lobelia - a few of the plants still have blooms at their peak
Customers interested in fall vegetable seedlings should make their selections by September 21.

Find us at 441 Onteora Blvd., Asheville. We plan to be open between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., unless otherwise posted. If you have questions, contact megan@mrgardens.net or leave a voicemail at 828.333.4151.

For those who can't make it on Saturdays, reserve your plants at our online store: squareup.com/store/m-r-gardens. You’ll find descriptions of most of the plants at this site. Contact us for a discount code to receive 25 percent off perennials.

Columbine — Year-old plants in half gallon pots

Sochan — More than one-year-old plants in gallon pots
Availability changes each week—The ones marked with an * are currently in stock. (Updated weekly).

Native Perennials
Anise Hyssop*
Asters — Aromatic*, Calico*, Golden*, Silky*, Smooth Blue*
Bee Balm, Bradbury’s* and Wild Bergamot*
Black Eyed Susan, Bicolor Daisy* and Goldsturm*
Blazing Star (Liatris) — Button* (3 left!)
Cliff Sedum (S. glaucophyllum)*
Columbine*
Creeping Phlox - Sherwood Purple*
Culver’s Root*
Doll’s Daisy (Boltonia)*
Fireweed* (1 left!)
Golden Alexander*
Goldenrod, Showy*
Great Blue Lobelia*
Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta)*
Ironweed*
Jacob’s Ladder*
Little Bluestem Grass*
Milkweed*
Mistflower* (1 left!)
Nodding Onion*
Rattlesnake Master*
Silphium - Cup Plant* and Rosin Weed*
Sochan (Rudbeckia laciniata)*
Switch Grass*

Groundcovers
Creeping Phlox - Sherwood Purple*
Sedum – Cliff,* Dragon’s Blood*
Spurge (Euphorbia)*
Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)* (1 left!)

Medicinal Herbs– Some of the above listed natives are medicinal. In addition, we offer:
Balloon Flower*
Catnip*(1 left!)
Comfrey*
Lavender*
Stinging Nettle*

Vegetable/Herb Starts
Cilantro* (1 4-pack left!)
Kale – Dwarf Siberian*
Kohlrabi*
Lettuce – Buttercrunch,* Cimarron Romaine*
Pak Choi*
Spinach – Gazelle,* Flamingo*
 
Fall vegetable starts
We aim for as sustainable as possible, using organic methods and growing in a passive solar greenhouse heated entirely by solar gain and cooled with manual vents. Our potting soil incorporates bi-products of other manufacturing processes to avoid the over-use of peat. We grow on a small scale with attention to quality, and diversify our income streams to alleviate pressure on the nursery.

If you’re interested in a tour of our passive solar greenhouse, contact us to set up an appointment. See the description here.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Native perennials and more - Greenhouse open Saturdays through early June

M R Gardens in the Oakley community of Asheville opens its sustainable nursery to the public Saturdays, April 13 through June 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We offer native perennials, groundcovers, seasonal vegetable starts, culinary and medicinal herbs, as well as other plants that benefit you and the garden.




Passive solar greenhouse in early April.
Find us at 441 Onteora Blvd., Asheville. If you have questions, contact megan@mrgardens.net or leave a voicemail at 828.333.4151.

If you can't make it on Saturdays, we can be open by appointment. Reserve your plants at our online store: squareup.com/store/m-r-gardens. You’ll find descriptions of most of our plants at this site.

Availability changes each week, but we’ll mark a * beside the ones that are in stock the day before the sale.

Native Perennials
Anise Hyssop*
Asters — Aromatic*, Calico*, Golden*, Silky*, Smooth Blue*
Bee Balm, Bradbury’s* and Wild Bergamot*
Big Bluestem Grass*
Black Eyed Susan, Bicolor Daisy* and Goldsturm*
Blazing Star (Liatris) — Button, Marsh and Northern (To be available in fall)
Columbine*
Creeping Phlox - Sherwood Purple*
Culver’s Root*
Doll’s Daisy (Boltonia)*
Fireweed*
Golden Alexander*
Goldenrod, Showy*
Great Blue Lobelia*
Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta)*
Ironweed*
Jacob’s Ladder*
Little Bluestem Grass*
Milkweed*
Mistflower*
Mountain Mint*
Nodding Onion*
Rattlesnake Master*
Silphium - Cup Plant* and Rosin Weed*
Sochan (Rudbeckia laciniata)*
Sundrops - Prairie*
Switch Grass*

Groundcovers
Creeping Daisy*
Creeping Thyme - Mother of Thyme*
Creeping Phlox - Sherwood Purple*
Euphorbia*
Roman Chamomile*
Sedum – Dragon’s Blood*
Sweet Alyssum – Carpet of Snow; Royal Carpet*
Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)*

Medicinal, Culinary Herbs and Annual Flowers – Some of the above listed natives and groundcovers are medicinal. In addition, we offer:
Ashwagandha*
Basil*
Balloon Flower*
Calendula
Catmint*
Catnip*
Comfrey*
Feverfew*
Gotu Kola*
Lemon Balm*
Marigold*
Marjoram*
Parsley*
Stinging Nettle*
Tulsi (Holy Basil)*

Vegetable Starts
Collards
Kale – Lacinato, Vates*
Kohlrabi
Lettuce – Buttercrunch, Parris Island Romaine, Cimarron Romaine
Pak Choi
Swiss Chard
Tomatoes
Peppers – sweet* and Jalapeno
Eggplant

We aim for as sustainable as possible, using organic methods and growing in a passive solar greenhouse heated entirely by solar gain and cooled with manual vents. Our potting soil incorporates bi-products of other manufacturing processes to avoid the over-use of peat. We grow on a small scale with attention to quality, and diversify our income streams to alleviate pressure on the nursery.

If you’re interested in a tour of our passive solar greenhouse, contact us to set up an appointment. See the description here.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Plant Preview - Ordering in 2019


You're probably thinking about your garden this week of early warm weather! Here’s a preview of plants at M R Gardens for 2019.

For those who have participated in our Pre-Season Prep Service in the past, you might notice that order dates are a little later this year, although you should receive your plants at similar times of the season, or perhaps a little earlier than usual.


  • Spinach and arugula should be ready for your garden mid-March, so check back for information on how to reserve your plants in early March. UPDATE! Plants now available. See https://squareup.com/store/m-r-gardens/
  • Kale, Collards, Kohlrabi, Pak Choi, and Lettuce (Buttercrunch, Romaine) should be ready mid to late April, and you can start ordering end of March. UPDATE! These plants are also now available on the online store.
  • Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Culinary Herbs, Medicinal Herbs, and Annual Flowers should be ready early May, and you can start ordering mid-April.
We expect to have more varieties and larger quantities of native perennials than previous years, and we add these selections to the online store when they are a good size. We also continue to offer a variety of groundcovers.

Verbena stricta is a native prairie plant—good for attracting beneficial flowers to the garden.
It can also be used medicinally.

At M R Gardens, we strive for as sustainable as possible. That includes growing in a one-of-a-kind passive solar greenhouse, heated entirely with solar gain; incorporating potting mix materials that are by-products of other manufacturing processes; and using organic practices.

In addition to online sales, we open our greenhouse to the public on Saturdays in spring, starting in early April.

If you anticipate ordering large amounts of any vegetable or herb starts, or if you have any requests for special varieties, please contact megan@mrgardens.net or 828.333.4151 — sooner than later!

Happy garden planning!