A family whose love for flora spans three generations, the Stadlers started their plant-growing endeavors back in 1932 when Paul Stadler began gardening for clients in Georgetown after emigrating from Switzerland. Soon, they opened up a small landscaping-and-gardening center, and today—more than 75 years later—Stadler Nurseries has grown to populate 340 acres of fertile land where they propagate native plants, landscaping shrubs, trees, roses, and more than 700 varieties of perennials. A staff of horticulturists and enthusiastic green thumbs helps visitors navigate the vast greenhouses and outdoor gardens, offering tips on how to prune leaves, fertilize soil, and teach plants how to roll over on command.
The original grounds guys were a band of 10 brothers with a passion for landscaping. Together, they built The Grounds Guys around their love of freshly cut grass and well-manicured topiaries in 1987 and have expanded ever since. Together, they sharpen their tools every day before heading to people's homes to landscape and maintain exquisite yards.
With a sprawling selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs, vegetables, and more, Frey’s Greenhouse has helped gardeners spruce up their yards for more than 40 years. Blooming geraniums ($3.49) and other annuals set up shop year after year, and perennials such as impatiens ($1.49 for a 4-pack) can hardly wait to host summertime garden parties. Visitors may choose from dozens of hanging baskets to adorn decks, porches, and doghouses with brilliant splashes of color ($23.95 for 12”). More than 50 types of veggie plants, including cucumbers ($1.49) and lettuce ($0.99 per seed packet), help salads freshen up, and just-picked rosemary transforms shy pork chops into barbecue celebrities ($2.89). Friendly staff members help shoppers navigate the 25,000-square-foot space, unearthing glazed Malaysian pottery ($19.95) and locating the perfect shovels for pint-size diggers' sandboxes. They’re also happy to provide advice on fertilizer use, pest prevention, and recovery of runaway garden gnomes.
When leaves start changing colors and floating on cool autumn breezes, Jumbo's Pumpkin Patch opens its gates to become a flurry of family fall activity. Visitors hop on a hayride that takes them to the 15-acre pumpkin patch, where scores of bulbous gourds lie ripe for the taking. Also accessible by hayride, a sprawling Fairy Tale Trails Maze themed corn maze tests families' navigational skills and/or willingness to eat their way back home. Back at the farm, kids hop on pony rides and mini-wagon rides or try on a new face from a face painter. A petting zoo offers visitors close encounters with friendly farm animals, from rabbits and sheep to pigs and cows. The patch and attractions are located on the grounds of the Huffer Family Farm, which was purchased by the family in 1870. Seven generations later, the Huffers still cultivate the land for crops—when they're not cultivating corn mazes and armies of really nice scarecrows.