Posted: 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wildflower Talk and Tour draws local garden enthusiasts

Mary’s Plant Farm and Landscaping to host comprehensive class on native wildflowers

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For over 60 years, Mary Harrison of Mary’s Plant Farm and Landscaping has been growing both ordinary and unusual plants, some of which were handed down from her parents’ garden. Harrison will teach a Wildflower Talk and Tour on Sunday, April 27. CONTRIBUTED

By Ginny McCabe

Contributing Writer

HAMILTON — Wildflower lovers are in for a rare opportunity with the “Wildflower Talk and Tour,” which will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at Mary’s Plant Farm and Landscaping. Mary’s Plant Farm is located at 2410 Lanes Mill Road in Hamilton. Pre-payment and a reservation are required by Friday, April 25. Cost of the class is $8 per person.

Mary’s Plant Farm Founder, Mary Harrison has been growing numerous varieties of wildflowers since 1945, when she moved to the farm. Once a cornfield, she created the colorful woodland, which sits on over six acres.

“Mary is going to be 93 years old in July. She’s back in the field right now with a shovel, planting. She does this from morning to night, she loves it and she knows it,” said Sherri Berger, the plant farm manager who is also Mary’s daughter.

The “Wildflower Talk and Tour” is a comprehensive class on native wildflowers, which covers spring blooming and summer varieties. The class will also feature a walk-through of the woodland with Harrison, where attendees will be able to view an extensive collection of wildflowers, she said.

“Our classes change from year-to-year, but for about 30 years, we have always done a wildflower seminar. Everybody loves it and it is well attended,” said Berger. “Mother loves the wildflowers. She has a huge collection, probably, more than you would see at other places.”

Berger said the farm has over 13 varieties of Trillium, alone that people can view, or purchase. Weather permitting, the class is held outdoors. Class size varies each session, with up to about 50 guests in attendance.

“People will see wildflowers here that they have read about, but they don’t find readily available, and we have them,” she said.

“Mary likes to do a show-and-tell type of class. She will have pots of the wildflowers and pass those around, so that everyone can get a good look at them. It’s a very informative talk. There are a lot wildflowers we go through, probably about 60 to 70 wildflower varieties,” Berger noted.

Known for their extraordinary and specialty plants, Mary’s Plant Farm has been described as “an unusual nursery and landscaping business,” where customers can walk through Mary’s private gardens, during regular business hours. There are three acres of mature display gardens to tour, along with three more acres of growing fields and a nursery sales area. A few of the featured plant collections include boxwood, daylily, ivy, hosta, hamamelis, magnolia, ferns, roses and more.

“People want to purchase growing wildflowers that they can see, grown in Ohio soil, and ready to put in their gardens. We are able offer them that, because we grow the plants here,” Berger said.

How to go:

What: “Wildflower Talk and Tour” at Mary’s Plant Farm and Landscaping

When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27

Where: 2410 Lanes Mill Road, Hamilton

Cost: $8 per person, pre-payment and reservation required. RSVP by Friday, April 25. Call (513) 894-0022 or email

More info: Call Mary’s Plant Farm at (513) 894-0022 or visit Email Mary, Sherri and their team at

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