Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Pre-Season Prep: Order seedlings before the start of the 2021 growing season!

Get ahead of the game this year 

We’re offering a pre-order option for vegetable, herb and annual flower seedlings for the 2021 spring season. Reserving your plants by the dates listed below helps us grow the correct number of plants. With so many folks at home gardening this year, ordering ahead of the season is especially important!


We’ve also listed the dates that we expect your plants to be ready. At that time, you pick them up at M R Gardens, 441 Onteora Blvd., Asheville. We email you to arrange a pickup day/time.

Defiant is a disease-resistant slicer

Early Spring Seedlings: Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Dill, Kale.

Pre-order by mid-February. Pickup in early April.


Summer Crop Seedlings: Eggplant, Peppers (sweet and hot), Tomatoes (slicers, disease-resistant, heirlooms, cherries and plums).

Pre-order by March 12. Pickup in early May.


Herbs and Annual Flowers: Ashwagandha, Basil (three varieties), Calendula, Feverfew, Nasturtium, Parsley, Tulsi and more!

Pre-order by March 12. Pickup in early May.


Go to to reserve yours. PLEASE IGNORE THE PICKUP DATES IN YOUR SHOPPING CART. That is a default setting that we’re unable to change.


We’re also in the midst of updating our Native Perennial and Groundcover sections. In addition to the varieties listed on the site, we also have: Aromatic Aster, Cream Wild Indigo, Downy Wood Mint, Harebell, Purple Giant Hyssop, Yellow Giant Hyssop, Common Violets, Heart-leaf Golden Alexander, Ox-Eye Sunflower (Heliopsis), Starry Campion, California Poppies, Snow in Summer, Marshmallow and White Official Hyssop. Contact us directly if you'd like to reserve any of them: or 828.333.4151.


Scarlet Bee Balm

Looking for lettuce? Due to warm temperatures in March in recent years, we’re experimenting with a new growing time for lettuce to prevent it from bolting early. We expect it to be ready by mid-March. Contact us directly to reserve yours, and be prepared to cover it in case we get freezing temperatures at that time. We typically grow Romaine and Buttercrunch.


We also have Swiss Chard, which you can also reserve by contacting us directly.

If you prefer to pay by check rather than through the online store, you can email us the names of the plants and quantities that you’d like.


M R Gardens in the Oakley community of Asheville aims to grow as sustainably as possible. We have a passive solar greenhouse so that no heat is needed other than solar gain, use renewable resources in our potting soil mixes, and practice organic growing methods. Plants are grown on a small scale so that individual attention can be given to plants, ensuring high quality.


Many thanks – Ordering ahead is a big help to your neighborhood nursery!


P.S. If you can’t predict your order at this moment, no worries, we always grow extra. We plan to be open on select Thursdays to Sundays: April 1 to 4; April 15 to 18; May 13 to 16 and June 3 to 6.