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Visiting the Working Gardens in Massillon, OH

May 16th, 2009

Yesterday I visited Scott and Andee at the Working Gardens in Massillon, OH. Working Gardens is a small greenhouse that specialized in native, woodland and shade loving plants. They also offer herbs and veggies, and this year they’re running a CSA. (If you live in the Massillon area, check their website for dates & hours of the plant sale).
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I managed to score a few plants that I’ve been looking for. Scott also gave me a few interesting things to try; among them an heirloom Italian Cayenne pepper. He got the seeds from a friends grandfather. I’m really excited to see how it tastes, I’m a big fan of Cayenne pepper.
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Scott gave me the tour of all of the gardens including the veggie beds that are part of his CSA program.
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Diva the dog helped with the tour.
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The veggie beds are filled with lettuce and garlic along with peas and potatoes. There are also a lot of peppers and tomatoes under row covers since we’re supposed to get a cold night tonight (forecasted in the 30′s BRRR that’s cold).
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They have a lovely shaded property of 3 acres with a wonderful spring which feeds this great stream bed. They also use the spring to irrigate the crops, how great is that!
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Speaking of tree peonies, I spotted this one in his garden as we were leaving, what a beauty!
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It’s always nice to meet people that have similar interests. Brian and I had a great time visiting and getting to know Andee and Scott. I met Scott on Freedom Gardens, if you aren’t a member you should check it out, it’s a great place to meet like-minded folks.

What are some ways you’ve met other gardeners?

3 Comments to “Visiting the Working Gardens in Massillon, OH”
  1. Helen at Toronto Gardens on May 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Local garden clubs are a great way to meet other gardeners — I wrote a post about that just last month. I also meet people when I’m just out on the sidewalk staring at my garden; “creative staring” helps me see the gaps and imagine how I’d fill them. Stopping to admire other gardens as I pass has also launched many a good garden conversation. And garden tours, too. Or drooling over the same plants in the garden centre. Not to mention Blotanical. The reality is that gardeners are a pretty friendly bunch.

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  2. Andee on May 18, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I was delighted to meet you and Bryan last weekend. I hope we get a chance to stroll around the gardens again. I have loved ready your blogs as it is always nice to see that there are others who can get so excited by strawberry blooms. With regards to that tree peony and the very justified concerns about the price of such beauties, I have a tip. Find which of your local garden centers has them available and ‘stalk’ them for their end of the season sales. I have bought 2 tree peonies at 1/2 price at the end of summer. They need a little protection from harsh drying winds and you need to clip the suckers from the species peony that will grow up around the graft. Other than that, they have been easy to maintain.

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  3. Lovely Hellebores | Chiot's Run on April 3, 2010 at 4:47 am

    [...] Last year I finally bought one from my friend Scott from Working Gardens when I went to his plant sale last spring. I’ve been waiting for them to bloom. I was super excited 2 weeks ago when I noticed the blooming [...]

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