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.
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.
Winding Brook Farm is austere even by the standards of farm time, a 208-acre Bucks County plot that has been farmed by four generations for more than 100 years. The farming is still in full swing, with 100 head of dairy cows milked twice a day and 600 acres worth of crops planted and harvested each year. The good earth gives rise to a bevy of produce, including corn, soybeans, and rye. Educational groups drop by to learn about the way of life, milking cows for themselves and learning about the seeds.
Though the farm is operational year-round, fall is when it is at its most active. Corn mazes send pictographic messages into the stratosphere, displaying stalk-carvings of cows and tractors for the benefit of travelers overhead. Come Halloween, the fields become infested with skeletons and madmen out to spook hay wagon riders.
With wholesome, home-spun dishes prepared daily, Tabora Farm and Orchard cultivates a back-to-basics feel that extends beyond its 19th-century barn confines. Start the day with a sweet, delicate pastry, such as a pinwheel or a turnover ($1.29 each), still less indulgent than being spoon-fed oatmeal by a corgi butler. Pies come in 13 flavors, enveloping raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and strawberries inside doughy first-class packages ($11.99 each). Remind spoons to be patient when stocking freezers with homemade ice cream in classic and palate-bending palate flavors such as lavender, chocolate maple bacon, and rosemary lemon thyme ($2.99 for a scoop, $4.99 for a pint). Commune with your food source via an extensive schedule of U-pick options, including green beans, blueberries, cucumbers, apples, and more. Lunchtime browsers can avail themselves of farm-fresh meat roasted on-site and crowned with fresh bread, lettuce, and tomatoes in sandwich form ($6.50+), and Fresh-made mac 'n' cheese, pickles, and salads can round out or give self-improvement tips to any meal.