Welcome to Kerns Nursery
2013 isour 26th year! AND we have been landscaping for over 31 years. WOW! At least it is WOW to US! Where did the time go…?
UPDATE: Fall is coming quickly to the Mountaintop! We are carrying many different varieties of Mums this year including a selection of early bloomers. Bulbs this fall will be by special order only so stop by and talk to us about your fall gardening needs.
Through the years we have witnessed quite a few changes in our business, in our little town of Jewett, NY (in the gorgeous northern Catskill Mountains). People do come from all over to enjoy the beautiful environment and the one we set here at the nursery itself. We take the time and put in the effort to present carefully arranged, clearly labeled plant material and offer a huge variety of flowering annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables– superseding almost any other similar business for 100s of miles around us. Our landscape shrubs and trees are area hardy varieties, carefully selected. Our employees have been a great help to us and to our clientele over the years. We so appreciate their honesty and hard work. They have gained much knowledge through education, on job experience and mostly from their own “ love of the plant” and can offer good advice to our customers.
Here on the mountaintop, most of us have put the big flood behind us – though never to belittle its affect. The economy – we have come to terms with – or at least we all do the best we can. And perhaps, after that long cold winter, aren’t we all ready to bloom again … so to speak? Is it time to turn around the garden, add a new one, change the landscape, improve your space and live with the cheerful colors of the summer? Yep IT IS! Flowers, trees and shrubs enhance our lives and make summer the best time of the year. Grow some healthy – fresh vegetables - cook with fresh herbs – and well play in the dirt!
Here at the nursery we have been busying updating and working on completing some new projects. Every year we try to become a little bit better, a little bit more innovative, even a little bit more different open to changing with the times. We try to keep up with what is happening with new varieties in the plant world and outside living.
So here’s this years plan:
WE ARE OPEN!!!! EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK through October.
Offering PERENNIALS – yes we continue to grow over 500 varieties of perennials. We’ve been planting up thousands and thousands of perennials since the first of March. This year more than ever – we carry approximately 15,000 perennial plants.
A new line of plants – WOODLAND VARIETIES of perennial plants – along with many native varieties, woodland plants can enhance you home or home to woods environment with some of the sweet specialties that evoke a surprise found along a mountain trail.
Examples: trilliums, jack in the pulpit, Solomon seal, columbine, toad lily, primrose, hellebore, foxglove, ferns and more
PERENNIAL OF THE WEEK: We once again will be displaying and putting on sale every week one specially chosen perennial variety to be “perennial of the week”
ANNUALS– I must admit I always had to have the biggest box of crayons – to have less than all the colors available was, like missing out on something special. There is no explaining how many varieties we have – you just have to come and see. We carry most all the great PROVEN WINNERS annuals in 4” pots plus others as well, flats of various bedding plants, and some special plants grown in pots from 6”-2 gals.
HANGING BASKETS: We grow somewhere around a thousand hanging baskets - so we have plenty from which to choose
If you like HERBS and are going to plant them, why not take them more seriously – plant some extra – cut when perfect layout in a cool dark airy place- and when dry, store for use all winter. We now offer affordable decorative herb jars for sale in the shop along with beautiful jars for infusing vinegars and olive oil with different herbs and spices. Great gifts too!
SUCCULENTS AND TROPICALS – echeveria, aloes, agaves – ferns, elephant ears, dracaenas, eucomis,….. Why our TOMATOS– remember we grow are tomatoes here and when we transplant them up into the quart pots we plant them extra deep so they really are rooted well and will have strong stems. This can give your tomatoes a better boost when transplanted to your garden. Check out our vegetable list to see what we are growing this year.
POOR IMPATIENS! What to do about it – if you haven’t heard – the nations growers and retail markets are sending out the bad news – our ubiquitous plant –IMPATIENS are in trouble! Yes, unfortunately there is a virus spread by air that can lead to an incurable downy mildew on impatiens plants (note: New Guineas are unaffected by this). We are still growing some to sell, but there is a chance that your plants can get mildew. We have lowered the prices on some varieties of new guinea impatiens this year so perhaps you can use these as a replacement. We also can help you choose some other alternative plants.
POTTERY: We are redoing some of our pottery displays and presenting to or customers a great variety of quality pottery in various sizes, shapes, forms, and prices. We use many vendors and put much time into carefully selecting our lines of pottery – including, stone and cement benches, fountains, bird baths, sculpture and of course pots, pots and more pots! We realize many of our customers are second homeowners and may not have time to make a commitment to large scale gardening projects. At least there is the world of POTS! Plant some yourself or if not have us plant them. I plant most all the combination planters personally in the nursery that we sell and many, many for custom orders. Having a background in art and after planting thousands of pots over the years – I have some good combos in mind. Color both in foliage and flower – height, shape, form are all whirling around in my head. Part heavy thinking, part foraging among all our choices, but mostly my instinct has evolved with 40 years of experience. Pot planting is a real forte of mine. So if you just want to enjoy, we can plant for you!
OUR SHOP: We do the best we can to hold together as a complete nursery that addresses many of your seasonal outside living concerns. Therefore we carry cedar furniture, gardening tools, fertilizers, soils, mulch and other supplies needed to take care of your gardens. The shop also contains many items that we find special for one reason or another. I think we carry the best hand care product there is. We have some fine gifts, jewelry, pillows, vases, candles, and more.
OUR GARDENS: Just to remind everyone are garden are open to the public when we are – except on odd occasion. We hope to give our customers many ideas on how to plant and what to plant. (How to use color and height. How to plant for the changing seasons) Perennial gardens change from week to week, so there is always something new to see. Our annual gardens act as a display and test area for the varieties we carry.
We hope you enjoy the excursion to Kerns Nursery from wherever you come from. The drive is beautiful heading up the mountaintop. Come to buy plants, but take a moment to enjoy the vast garden areas. Our neighboring towns have some fine restaurants to complete a great day trip.OUR PRICING: We have done the best we can to keep our prices in line with the standard market prices and in many cases we offer a better price.
WEDDINGS: Over the years we have evolved our business into incorporating specialty florist design. We have done florals for many weddings, or other occasions. You can expect high quality and attention to detail. We even on occasion will stage a wedding on our property in the perennial garden area. Please contact Pat at 518 -734-3543 for any inquiries
LANDSCAPING: Bob has been landscaping on the mountaintop since 1973! Along with our crew of diligent workers, Bob and I have worked together in planning and installing so many different projects in our area over the years that it’s easy to say we do know what we are doing. We guarantee the trees and shrubs we plant for a year to assure our customers that the landscape we install is appropriate for our hardy mountain weather. Landscaping takes good instinct, a very special sense of design and space, knowing your materials and innovative thinking. Its more than dropping plants in the ground. For a first class landscape design and application KERNS NURSERY is the only choice.
This is the first time I have gone on like this for a while – but we hope you will find us a completely unique and a special place to shop and spend time in. It’s been a long road to get us where we are today on our back road here in the little town of Jewett.
Thank you to all our repeat customers who have supported us over the years.
MID APRIL – OCTOBER 28TH
OPEN DAILY 9 - 5 AND 10 - 4 ON SUNDAYS
There are extended hours on Memorial Day weekend and the first weekend in June
Our hours our Monday thru Friday 10-5
Looking forward to seeing you,
Pat & Bob Kerns
The Nursery started in 1987, but the Kerns’ have been involved in landscaping for over 30 years. Pat says “When we started the nursery we were so small it was ridiculously funny, and being off the main roads didn't’t help, but as word of mouth spread our business has continually gotten bigger and bigger.
We now have a large and very unique nursery, where the environment you shop in is like a well cared for garden – not a supermarket. More than that, we are a nursery for gardeners because the plant selection we offer makes it worth coming from a good distance away.
Prior to owning a nursery, I would have traveled to a place like this myself. We have regular customers from places like Albany, Cooperstown, Rhinebeck and Woodstock. Many second home owners buy not only for their Mt. Top house, but bring plants to their main residence down state New York as well as New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania not to mention many summer tourists that pass by every year or so from all over the country.
It’s very inviting here. Beyond the typical expectations you normally find while plant shopping, here you’ll find the pleasant environment captivating and the help attentive and knowledgeable.
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