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M R Gardens
Pre-season Prep: Now taking plant orders!
It's best to reserve kale and other early spring starts by mid-February.
Also check out our expanded selection of native perennials.
Make sure you get the varieties you like
We’re offering a pre-order option for vegetable, herb and flower seedlings for the 2021 spring season. Reserving your plants by the dates listed below helps us grow the correct number of plants. With so many folks at home gardening this year, ordering ahead of the season is especially appreciated!
We’ve also listed the dates that we expect your plants to be ready. At that time, you pick them up at M R Gardens, 441 Onteora Blvd., Asheville. We email you to arrange a pickup day/time.
Vates Kale
Early Spring Seedlings: Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Dill, Kale.
Pre-order by mid-February. Pickup in early April.
Summer Crop Seedlings: Eggplant, Peppers (sweet and hot), Tomatoes (slicers, disease-resistant, heirlooms, cherries and plums).
Pre-order by March 12. Pickup in early May.
Herbs and Annual Flowers: Ashwagandha, Basil (three varieties), Calendula, Feverfew, Nasturtium, Parsley, Tulsi and more!
Pre-order by March 12. Pickup in early May.
Go to to reserve yours. PLEASE IGNORE THE PICKUP DATES IN YOUR SHOPPING CART. That is a default setting that we’re unable to change.
Looking for lettuce? Due to warm temperatures in March in recent years, we’re experimenting with a new growing time for lettuce to prevent it from bolting early. We expect it to be ready by mid-March. Contact us directly to reserve yours, and be prepared to cover it in case we get freezing temperatures at that time. We typically grow Romaine and Buttercrunch.
We’re also in the midst of updating our Native Perennial and Groundcover sections. In addition to the varieties listed on the site, we also have:
Native Perennials:
Aromatic Aster
Cream Wild Indigo
Downy Wood Mint
Heart-leaf Golden Alexander
Ox-Eye Sunflower (Heliopsis)
Purple Giant Hyssop
Yellow Giant Hyssop
Scarlet Bee Balm
Starry Campion
Snow in Summer
California Poppies
White Official Hyssop
Contact us directly if you'd like to reserve any of them: or 828.333.4151.
Scarlet Bee Balm
If you prefer to pay by check rather than through the online store, you can email us the names of the plants and quantities that you’d like.
M R Gardens in the Oakley community of Asheville aims to grow as sustainably as possible. We have a passive solar greenhouse so that no heat is needed other than solar gain, use renewable resources in our potting soil mixes, and practice organic growing methods. Plants are grown on a small scale so that individual attention can be given to plants, ensuring high quality.
Many thanks – Ordering ahead is a big help to your neighborhood nursery!
P.S. If you can’t predict your order at this moment, no worries, we always grow extra. We plan to be open on select Thursdays to Sundays: April 1 to 4; April 15 to 18; May 13 to 16 and June 3 to 6.
Do you like to clean? We're hiring...
Pass it on to anyone you know who may be interested. This opportunity is the perfect gateway for someone who wants to be a part of the farm.
We’re looking for a reliable helper to take care of the farm’s tiny house, which is on Airbnb. It usually needs cleaned two to three times a week during the busy season, which lasts from March to December. We can give you the schedule about a month in advance. Days of the week vary, but Sundays and Fridays are popular check-in days. You would need to reserve Noon to 3:30p.m., but it often takes less time, especially after you get the hang of it. You won’t be responsible for every turnover—we have additional helpers—but you can sign up for as many as you'd like. It’s preferred if you have some professional cleaning experience, but as long as you are detailed oriented and love to clean, then do apply. Please note that we will teach you a fairly strict cleaning routine to make sure we are complying with safety standards—for the health of you and the guests. We put a lot of care into the tiny house as it’s an essential piece of our farm business, and plus the guests often learn a bit about sustainable agriculture and ecological landscaping while they are here! We provide everything you need to clean. Compensation is $40 per turnover during training (apx. five cleanings), and then $50 per turnover once you are fully trained. We also offer you plants, fresh vegetables, and medicinal herbs when we have extras to share. If you’re interested in ecological gardening, let us know, as we can also include lessons in our style of landscaping. That often leads to paid work either here at the farm or with our landscape design clients, who often request garden helpers.
Plant Spotlight: Golden Alexander
Golden Alexander provides so much delight in mid-spring as it’s one of the first plants to display its flowers after winter. Like all varieties in the carrot (Apiaceae) family, Golden Alexander’s umbel flower attracts beneficial insects to the garden. It is an important plant to a number of short-tongued insects that are able to easily reach the nectar in the small yellow flowers. Black Swallowtail caterpillars feed on its leaves. Golden Alexanders have a long bloom time, adding subtle color to the landscape through early summer. Best in full sun or light shade, but tolerates full shade. Medium-wet to medium-dry soil. Space: 2 feet; Height: 3 feet.
Half Gallons for $6 available at our online store.
Washed pots
Donate clean containers
Would you like to get rid of your plastic plant containers and carrying trays? We take square pots from 3.5 to 5 inches wide; half gallons (square or round), gallons and above; as well as all types of trays. You just need to make sure they are scrubbed free of soil. (Soaking in dish soap water helps). That's very important for keeping a disease-free organic greenhouse. We bleach them as soon as they arrive at the greenhouse. Many thanks!
Typical sizes that we use
Trays are especially helpful!
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Megan, Owner of M R Gardens. Photo by Vickie Burick Photography
In the Oakley community of Asheville
(828) 333.4151
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M R et cetera, LLC  •  441 Onteora Blvd.  •  Asheville, NC 28803

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