Mary’s Plant Farm in Hamilton has three acres of display gardens that bloom 12 months of the year.

With more than 39 years of serving the area, Mary’s Plant Farm continues to please its customers with display gardens filled with rare heritage plants and native species. The small farm provides more for its visitors each year, including tours, seminars and classes for all to enjoy.

Sherri Berger, manager of Mary’s Plant Farm, says there is nothing that compares to the farm’s gardens and nurseries. 

“We have three acres of display gardens that have everything and anything that you want to see. The gardens change every three weeks so that there is always something to see. The gardens bloom 12 months out of the year; we are unusual in that because not a lot of places have that available,” says Berger. 

Owner Mary Harrison and her daughter, Berger, opened the small farm in 1976 with Berger’s newborn and a passion for gardening. Harrison, now 94 years old, still maintains her three acres of private gardens and works every day. 

“Many who do not know her are surprised by her age, but those that do find her a testimony to what working in a garden can do for life’s longevity,” says Berger.

This year alone, Mary’s Plant Farm has hosted a variety of events from tea parties to plant classes, where students can simply learn about wildflowers or get hands on and design and plant an attractive pot. 

The farm’s High Tea in the Garden, scheduled four times a year for the past 15 years, features an afternoon of delight for your senses with a four-course high tea served in the garden on fine china and linens.

“It sells out very quickly. I had ladies from England the very first time I did it and these two girls came up to me afterwards and said it was as lovely as any tea in England,” says Berger. “They have come back every year”.

On Aug. 9 the newest event to the farm takes place. At Art in the Garden guests are able to stroll through the three acres of woodland paths where fine art will be on display. 

The event showcases handpicked artists from all over the region and features a variety of mediums, including metal work, pottery, stonework, stained glass, watercolors, acrylics, oils and photography that are all for sale.

The last event before the end of the 2015 season is the Hyper Tufa Trough Class. Students learn how to make a rustic-like container that looks like rock but is lightweight and perfect for garden use.

“The ladies do it in October, in the greenhouse. Our recipe is the best recipe because it will last outside. The Hyper Tufa Class is good for someone who wants to make a container that looks like stone that you can plant plants in,” explains Berger. 

Although the plant farm is only open to the public from April 1 to Oct. 31, Berger and Harrison work year round to maintain their outstanding reputation. 

“We are the only nursery [in the area], other than the Cincinnati Zoo, to [be the first to get] such rare plants,” explains Berger. 

“We have some common plants but people come from all over the United States because they know that the unusual plants that are getting harder and harder to find are available here.”