Many of our fellow plant people have the misconception that Herb
and I are trained horticulturists. Not so! Any
knowledge that Herb and I do have has been self taught. We
are avid readers and researchers and spend a good deal of the
winter investigating new plants that interest us. Time is
far too valuable in the gardening season to do much reading.
Our typical gardening season begins in January with seed planting
and ends in November with garden cleanup and sticking of late
season cuttings. We do have the added advantage of having
degrees in science and a background in Latin, which certainly
helps with plant nomenclature!
Herb has a background in cement and retired from
Lafarge in Whitehall. He worked in many departments there
(laboratory, operating and marketing) and ended his career as
Special Projects Manager. He still consults within the cement industry. I
worked for Sacred Heart Hospital in various capacities from lab
management to office management. I then worked for Biochem
ImmunoSystems as Hematology Technical Service Manager. Point
Phillip Perennials opened part time in 1996 and full time in 2000.
Fortunately neither Herb nor I consider running Point Phillip
Perennials to be "work". Let's hope it always remains as
much fun as it is today!
We have lived in Point Phillip since 1970 and raised our four
children here. Our kids now reside in various parts of
Pennsylvania. We have 10
grandchildren, including 21 year old triplets! They
graduated from three different schools in May and will spend part
of the summer working here before embarking on their career paths.
You can often see the
triplets here potting, gardening and performing all of the tasks
required to run a nursery. The triplets' mother, our oldest
daughter Marie, is also often here helping out. Our son David and
his wife Cathy are also involved. David makes some of our hypertufa and Cathy the handmade soap. Most of the people in our area first knew
us as Point Phillip Honey, which has existed since 1975.
We do much of our own propagation. Herb makes cuttings from
many of the plants in our gardens. We maintain two acres of
display gardens at the nursery. In addition to providing other
gardeners with ideas, these gardens are also used as a source of
both seed and cutting material. The gardens are also used to
display new plants that are being offered in the nursery.
The gardens are our best sales tool. When a customer asks,
"What does that look like?" We can often answer, "Would you
like to see it in the garden?"
We both are involved in many garden related organizations.
The organization that I work closest with is the Hardy Plant
Society, where I am a past President.
Happy gardening and come