North Creek Nurseries

Every week dozens of local farmers, producers and artisans gather at the Kennett Farmers’ Markets to sell their own products, so you can find out exactly where your food comes from and how its grown. However, not all of the vendors at the Market are small time operatives. Landenberg-based North Creek Nurseries actually employs 60 full time employees to grow and market their perennials, ornamental grasses, ferns, and vines. The company does extensive research on functional solutions to environmental horticulture, introducing new specimens every year. They primarily sell wholesale, but made a concerted choice to participate in the Farmer’s Market each season. The company mission “to propagate and market plants that develop the relationship between people and sustainable outdoor environments” also recognizes the value of staying involved with the local community. So in addition to selling flats of plants by the truck-load, they will be bringing their spectacular array of plants to Kennett for the month of May and then again in September, in hopes of educating people as stewards of the land, showing the advantages of using native plants and creating sustainable landscapes, habitat gardens and stormwater management areas.

Northcreek Nurseries takes their involvement with the community one step further. Several years ago they created an employee community garden, with employees sharing in the work of selecting, planting, maintaining, and havesting the crops each year. A portion of the weekly CSA harvest has been donated to the Kennett Square Food Cupboard.

This week, Garden Manager Erin Kelly intends to bring the following perennials to market:

Native-Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’, ‘Twilight’ & ‘Screaming Yellow’
Native-Lonicera ‘John Clayton’ and Lonicera sempervirens
Native-Wisteria ‘Blue Moon’
Native-Aquilegia ‘Beidermier’
Native- Senecio aureus
Leucanthemum ‘Becky’
Viola ‘Etain’ & ‘Silver Gem’
Polemonium ‘Stairway to Heaven’
Helenium ‘Mardi Gras’
Geum ‘Flames of Passion’

So check your plant books, consider your garden options, and plan on picking up any of these wonderful specimens that will support the natural environment as well as bring beauty into your life.