We are a nursery that grows perennials, grasses, ferns, vines and woody plants. At times we also grow and offer other plants that may be annuals, biennials or temperennials. (temperennials are plants that are hardy in warmer climates but in our climate are usually grown as annuals or are brought indoors or otherwise protected for the winter). Anything goes if we like the plant and decide to grow it!
We have been growing since 1987 in the northern New Jersey and borderline New York State areas. We have been selling to the trade in mainly Bergen, Morris, Essex and Passaic counties in NJ and in Rockland, Westchester counties and New York City in New York and a few counties outward in all directions.
Our primary business has been and is wholesale growing and supplying the green industry. Starting in 2005 we added retail on specific appointed days.
We are located in a healthy hardiness zone 6. It is our aim to offer plants that perform well and that we can recommend for success in our area. Of course we are constantly finding new cool plants to trial, debate about and possibly include. These days there is always another new plant to try and we have as little self control as anyone to indulge. For us, it is a work in progress, sifting through the huge amount of choices, and in this process we have found some pretty fine sure-shot performers.
I tend to envision our nursery growing fields as one large garden. There is watering, pruning, and other similar maintenance to do, and also observing and enjoying the plants through the seasons just like a garden.
We grow plants in a potting mix consisting of properly composted pine bark, peat moss, vermiculite, perlite, organic matter, slow release fertilizer, organic fertilizer, super phosphate and dolomitic lime. Just like the excellent soil prep, where a concentrated and diverse garden would luxuriate, we aim to supply everything the plants need to thrive in the soil/potting mix preparation. Then we figure out the plants' preferred light needs by trial and keep up with the spacing and watering as they grow. Of course, we are always refining this process as we grow and continue to learn about the plants and their needs as each season progresses and completes another cycle. I get attached to the plants that we grow in a given season and sometimes even feel the responsibility to find good homes for them. It is extremely satisfying for me to walk among the fields in the angled evening light. This may be the only chance I get at plant quality time. While moving along the various blocks of nursery plants, the numerous maintenance signals are easily overwhelmed by the beauty of the plants, the successes, the colors and the light of the moment.
Our nursery-growing goal is to give the plants an environment that they will thrive in, and then, leave them alone. The plants are the growers and we are the gardeners. Our mission, since we decided to accept it, is to find out what the plants like and provide it for them so they will thrive, and in turn dazzle us.
We have birds nesting in the plants in the nursery, hatchlings splashing in our run off, hawks high overhead, dragonflies and pollinators buzzing around flowers and earthworms in the pots. We certainly feel and aspire to a sense of place in our natural surroundings and we invite the spirit of fine gardeners to come and browse thru it all.
Members of and Supporting:
Bergen County Board Of Agriculture
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Metro Hort Group
New Jersey Farm Bureau New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association
New York Botanical Garden
Perennial Plant Association
A fine summer's day at our nursery
BILL KOLVEK PERENNIALS / P.O.Box 8525 Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677 / FAX# 845-735-1157