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Kerns Nursery 2017


As we begin our 30th spring season at Kerns Nursery, we wonder if we ever felt so inclined to leave winter behind.  And from what the buzz is among our acquaintances – everyone is ready for a weather change. Because of ice and snow and extreme cold temperatures, we find ourselves unable to put out the perennial plants and have our frames full until April 24th.  So APRIL 24th will be our official opening day for 2017! For months, we have been cooking up a storm in the greenhouses preparing this year’s crop. We grow all our own perennials and annuals on site, turning over the greenhouses twice with plant materials.  This year we are growing more than ever before.
And now is a good time to mention our really wonderful employees.  Remember the people who grow the plants, know the plants, and they are the same people who sell the plants to our customers.  Guess what that means!  You need advice you can get real advice here at Kerns Nursery.  Looking for something special or a particular plant, we can help you find the right choices.  Kerns Nursery tries to preserve not only a higher plant quality and more varieties than you’ll find about anywhere, but also a customer service level that big retailers cannot give, including very informative information carding.

Again we have over 500 varieties of perennials in stock.  Note: There has been some new interesting breeding going on in the industry, and the new plant varieties spill forth every year. Both Bob and I work hard researching and sifting through all that’s available and tries to bring to Kerns Nursery the best of the best, choosing plant material suited to our area in the Northeast.
So what’s new this year? 
The perennials:  note at Kerns we have a great many choices in favorite genus; you want astilbe – we have over 20 astilbe, Hosta, over 30, many heuchera, hemerocalis (daylilies), rock garden plants, echinacea etc.  And our prices are among the most reasonable around.
The annuals: As usual it’s the same thing with annuals as perennials.  I always had to have the big box of crayons – same with plants – lots of colors.  This year with so many new begonia varieties I’ve gone a little begona crazy.  Petunia colors have gone off the grid with imagination!  Now there are orange petunias, red petunias that are beyond RED, blended and edged petunias, so different than the old pinwheels of the past.  How does the name Kermit Purple and Kermit Piggy sound?  Moonlight eclipse, fire glow and Cloud #9?  We also have the two new varieties of DIGIPLEXIS.  We think it will be a great addition to summer gardens and pot combinations.  
This year I have made many unusual hanging basket combos that artfully combine contrasting colors or colors in blending hues.  We grow hundreds and hundreds of hanging baskets in all sorts of varieties. Proven Winners varieties in 4” pots abound on our tables in all the current selection and shades.  We also plant up your pots – so bring them by.
Vegetables and herbs – Trees- shrubs – soils, fertilizer and amendments– pottery – and our unique gift shop are all part of the experience of KERNS NURSERY!  Also remember, from Mother’s Day throughout the season the GARDENS are open to the public. 
LANDSCAPE SERVICE – Contact Bob at 518 734-3543.
We look forward to seeing you this season and hope we can help make your environment a little bit greener, a little bit brighter and make this spring summer and fall make up for the over dose of winter white.
 Pat Kerns.

2017 Annual List           2017 Perennial List         2017 Vegetable & Herb List


POTTERY: We are redoing some of our pottery displays and presenting to or customers a great variety of quality pottery in various sizes, shapes, forms, and prices.  We use many vendors and put much time into carefully selecting our lines of pottery – including, stone and cement benches, fountains, bird baths, sculpture and of course pots, pots and more pots!  We realize many of our customers are second homeowners and may not have time to make a commitment to large scale gardening projects.  At least there is the world of POTS!  Plant some yourself  or if not have us plant them.  I plant most all the combination planters personally in the nursery that we sell and many, many for custom orders.  Having a background in art and after planting thousands of pots over the years – I have some good combos in mind.  Color both in foliage and flower – height, shape, form are all whirling around in my head.  Part heavy thinking, part foraging among all our choices, but mostly my instinct has evolved with 40 years of experience. Pot planting is a real forte of mine.   So if you just want to enjoy, we can plant for you!

OUR SHOP:  We do the best we can to hold together as a complete nursery that addresses many of your seasonal outside living concerns.   Therefore we carry cedar furniture, gardening tools, fertilizers, soils, mulch and other supplies needed to take care of your gardens.  The shop also contains many items that we find special for one reason or another.  I think we carry the best hand care product there is.  We have some fine gifts, jewelry, pillows, vases, candles, and more.


OUR GARDENS:  Just to remind everyone are garden are open to the public when we are – except on odd occasion.  We hope to give our customers many ideas on how to plant and what to plant. (How to use color and height.  How to plant for the changing seasons) Perennial gardens change from week to week, so there is always something new to see.  Our annual gardens act as a display and test area for the varieties we carry. 

We hope you enjoy the excursion to Kerns Nursery from wherever you come from.  The drive is beautiful heading up the mountaintop.  Come to buy plants, but take a moment to enjoy the vast garden areas.  Our neighboring towns have some fine restaurants to complete a great day trip.

OUR PRICING: We have done the best we can to keep our prices in line with the standard market prices and in many cases we offer a better price.   

WEDDINGS:  Over the years we have evolved our business into incorporating specialty florist design.  We have done florals for many weddings, or other occasions.  You can expect high quality and attention to detail.  We even on occasion will stage a wedding on our property in the perennial garden area.  Please contact Pat at 518 -734-3543 for any inquiries

LANDSCAPING:  Bob has been landscaping on the mountaintop since 1973!  Along with our crew of diligent workers, Bob and I have worked together in planning and installing so many different projects in our area over the years that it’s easy to say we do know what we are doing.  We guarantee the trees and shrubs we plant for a year to assure our customers that the landscape we install is appropriate for our hardy mountain weather.  Landscaping takes good instinct, a very special sense of design and space, knowing your materials and innovative thinking.  Its more than dropping plants in the ground.  For a first class landscape design and application KERNS NURSERY is the only choice.


This is the first time I have gone on like this for a while – but we hope you will find us a completely unique and a special place to shop and spend time in.  It’s been a long road to get us where we are today on our back road here in the little town of Jewett. 
Thank you to all our repeat customers who have supported us over the years.

Opening Early April 2017


Looking forward to seeing you,

Pat & Bob Kerns

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Kerns Nursery

The Nursery started in 1987, but the Kerns’ have been involved in landscaping for over 30 years. Pat says “When we started the nursery we were so small it was ridiculously funny, and being off the main roads didn't’t help, but as word of mouth spread our business has continually gotten bigger and bigger.

We now have a large and very unique nursery, where the environment you shop in is like a well cared for garden – not a supermarket. More than that, we are a nursery for gardeners because the plant selection we offer makes it worth coming from a good distance away.

Prior to owning a nursery, I would have traveled to a place like this myself. We have regular customers from places like Albany, Cooperstown, Rhinebeck and Woodstock. Many second home owners buy not only for their Mt. Top house, but bring plants to their main residence down state New York as well as New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania not to mention many summer tourists that pass by every year or so from all over the country.

It’s very inviting here. Beyond the typical expectations you normally find while plant shopping, here you’ll find the pleasant environment captivating and the help attentive and knowledgeable.


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