Family owned and operated greenhouses for 30 years
Located outside of Ephrata, Homestead Gardens is a small greenhouse farmette growing quality plants, flowers, hanging baskets and flower pots. We grow many of our plants from seed, in order to ensure a healthy plant and offer flowers at a great price.
Homestead Gardens began out of Ron Weaver’s interest in growing hardy, healthy plants. Growing up as a child, Ron experimented with growing flowers in a small, backyard greenhouse, which sparked his love for growing plants. Over the years, Ron continued growing with wholesale tomatoes, and eventually transitioning into bedding plants and flowers in 1990.
In our’ first year we began by growing just a few varieties of flowers and some hanging baskets. With such a small variety, Homestead Gardens started by selling from a roadside stand set-up. Over the years, we have grown to offer hundreds of flowers, thousands of hanging baskets, and a variety of popular plants. We grow a wide variety of bedding plants and flowers, with a focus on the plants that are popular and grow well in the local area. In 2019, after years of carrying Proven Winners petunias, including Bubblegum Supertunias, Homestead became an official Proven Winners certified greenhouse.
For the last 30 years, Ron & Rosene have been blessed to grow and provide quality plants for Lancaster county, Lebanan County and the surrounding areas every year from March through June.
Outside of the spring season, Homestead Gardens attends a farmers market in Philly on Saturdays from 9am-1pm, June-November. Year-round, Homestead Gardens grows fresh-cut herbs for Stauffers of Kissel Hill.
Growing healthy plants from seed
From the start, Homestead Gardens focused on growing our plants from seed. This ensures full control of a healthy plant and savings from not having to buy plugs, which we continue to pass on to our customers with great prices.
Spring Flower Season (mid-March through mid-June)
Starting in November of the previous year, we begin growing our bedding plants from seed in our basement. Over the following months, our family works on filling thousands of plant packs and pots and transplanting our plants to build root structure and produce a quality plant.
During the spring season (mid-March to mid-June), our greenhouse hours are:
Farmers Markets (summer through fall)
From June through Thanksgiving, Homestead Gardens attends the Saturday Overbrook Farmers Market, operated by the Food Trust. We do our best to grow our vegetables and fruit to be the healthiest and freshest they can be.
We attend the Overbrook Farmers Market, which is open every Saturday, 9am-1pm, from June though Thanksgiving at Overbrook Presbyterian Church.
Fresh-Cut Herbs For Stauffers of Kissel Hill (year-round)
Homestead Gardens supplies fresh-cut herbs to our local grocer — Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill. From fresh basil to thyme or oregano, our plants produce fresh herbs even through the coldest months.
Visit Homestead Gardens today
From mid-March through mid-June, Homestead Gardens’ greenhouses are open to the public. Experience what it’s like to stroll through our greenhouses full of hundreds of plants and arrangements today!
695 Water St, Ephrata, PA 17522