Robert Gardner grew up in the world of gardening. At the age of 13, he started helping work the fields and sell plants at his family's nursery, becoming the fourth generation of his family to go into the business. Decades later—now at the helm of the family business—Mr. Gardner purchased a property in Chester Springs and created Gardner's Landscape Nursery. Here, he oversees the growing of 100,000 annuals and perennials each year and the stock of home decor and patio furniture that is made in America.
Mr. Gardner and his staff also help patrons design custom outdoor environments, selecting plants, trees, and shrubs that beam with fall colors or thrive in specific conditions. Alternatively, patrons can explore on their own, browsing a glass house with plants and flowers or a 19th-century barn, which houses outdoor furnishings and the ghosts of garden gnomes.
Since its 1987 inception, NaturaLawn of America’s plant-protecting business has spread to more than 66 locations in 23 states, spreading its passion for eco-conscious, organic, and customizable lawn care to thousands upon thousands of acres of yard. Through two distinct lawn-service programs built around pesticide-free and organic greenery care, the grass whisperers promote deep root growth and replenish spent soils with natural infusions of trace elements, controlled-release nutrients, and warm, fatherly advice.
The team of horticulturalists at Kirshner Landscapes & Nurseries tends to a lush, 11-acre garden center filled with more than 1000 plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers, in addition to offering at-home landscaping services. Steamy greenhouses and benevolent trees shelter the nursery’s plants, which number in the thousands and include such specimens as white butterfly bushes, mountain laurel, and venus flytraps trained to only catch and release. The nursery and garden center also stocks gardening tools, mulch, and outdoor pottery. Staff members are available to consult with clients about which plants are right for their garden or where they should be planted. As for landscaping services, the team can handle regular maintenance such as trimming and pruning as well as more extensive projects.
Baskets, trellises, and pots fill Healthy Gardens and Supply's racks and shelves, awaiting the day their mesh bottoms and wire tops embrace the tender roots and leafy tendrils of hydroponic and organically grown plants. The plant purveyor furnishes home growers with supplies such as grow lighting, tools from cable ties to thirsty lights, and nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus. Additionally, a library of instructional books packs bindings with hydroponic how-tos, cutting instructions, and tips on how to comfort jealous houseplants.