At the Flowering Shrub Farm we grow plants that are locally hardy, disease resistant, fragrant & old fashioned to sell during our Retail Plant Sale May 15 to July 4; 10 AM to 2 PM, Mail Order or by appointment including Old Roses introduced before 1856 (Alba, Gallica, Damask, Centifolia, Portland or Wild) and disease resistant Modern Roses since then (Rugosa, Kordesii, Moyesii, Ramblers, Climbers and more), Classic Lilacs introduced between 1880 and 1972, Blueberry bushes, Peonies, Native Pinxterbloom Azalea (R. nudiflorum), Swamp Azalea (R. viscosum) and Rosebay Rhododendron (R. maximum). I dont sell plants until they have flowered verifying the variety and flower color (in 7 gallon pots). Many people email me at azaleahs @ or leave a message on the answering machine at 518-765-2917 to let me know when they are coming or to ask about a particular variety. I can call back to answer any questions. Others just drop in during the plant sale and I've posted my cell phone number on the barn door to call if you can't find me (even if I'm out in the fields I can get back in a few minutes). I'm partially disabled so if you don't see me during my posted hours its probably because I'm lying down somewhere nearby and will come when called. The Flowering Shrub Farm is a Retail micro-nursery. Everything (except the smallest rooted cuttings) are grown locally in two locations. The Plant sale location is less than an acre where we have the plant sale and propagation facilities. Everything else including around three thousand lilacs, several thousand Roses and two hundred Native Azaleas or Rhododendrons are being grown outdoors on less than 5 acres. In the list below I show the plant name and type followed by (zone, general flower color, date introduced, repeat blooming (r) or not (n/r), height x width.

("Growing Roses Organically" Wilde), "Growing Roses Organically" by Barbara Wilde, Illustrations by Michael Gellatly and Adam McCauley, Distributed in the Book Trade by St. Martins Press, ISBN 0-87596-880-5, A+,

"Taylor's Guides "Roses" Ondra), Taylor's Guides "Roses" by Nancy J. Ondra, published by Houghton Mifflin Company, ISBN 0-618-06888-0, good pictures and hardiness zones.

("The Encyclopedia of Roses" McKeon), "The Encyclopedia of Roses" by Judith C. McKeon, published by Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA 18098 ISBN 0-87596-656-X, Got this from The Voorheesville Public Library in Voorheesville, NY 12186. At the time this book was published the author was chief horticulturist at the Morris Arboretum and in charge of the Arboretum Rose garden.

I grow all three highbush blueberry bush varieties of Vaccinium corymbosum ('Blueray', 'Bluejay' and 'Bluecrop') in a single pot trained as a single shrub. This insures you'll have full cross pollination without having to buy three shrubs.

For Lilacs this year I have 'Ludwig Spaeth' Syringa vulgaris (z3, purple, 1880, n/r, 10x)