Mountain Gardens


Special Guest Plant Walk with Stephen Barstow

Mountain Gardens is pleased and honored to announce a plant walk with Stephen Barstow on Sunday Sept 22 1-5 pm. Stephen is the author of "Around the World in Eighty Plants", the best book available on growing and using perennial vegetables, and since he resides in Norway all the plants he discusses are hardy here. He will be visiting Mountain Gardens in between giving a presentation at the Atlanta Botanic Garden and then flying to Iowa to give a keynote address at a Midwest Wild Harvest Festival being organized by Sam Thayer. You can read much more about his work at his website

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Special Guest Workshops with Thomas Avery Garran

Mountain Gardens is very pleased to announce a pair of workshops co-taught with Thomas Avery Garran.

July 13th: Using Local Herbs in Chinese Medicine and July 14th: Grow Chinese Herbs

Mr. Garran is the author of what are, in my opinion, the two best books (of the eight now available) on the very lively subject of using western herbs in the practice of Chinese medical herbalism: Western Herbs According to Chinese Medicine (Healing Arts Press, 2008) and Western Herbs in Chinese Medicine: Methodology and Materia Medica (Passiflora Press, 2014). He is currently based in Beijing, China and recently completed his PhD at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences: National Center for Materia Medica Resources and Daodi Herbs.

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Seed List 2019

Our Seeds List has been updated for 2019.

Returning this year are two edibles, Good King Henry (Chenopodium bonus-henricus) and Malva verticillata ‘Crispa,’ as well as a popular medicinal, spilanthes (Acmella oleracea). New to our list are salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius), and the purple variety of mitsuba (Cryptotaenia japonica var. atropurpurea), both edibles.

To order, email with your request. If you’re looking for inspiration or growing information, we have some helpful resources available on the Seeds homepage (scroll down).

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Our 2018 Workshops Calendar Is Up!

Our new calendar of workshops is up on the Workshops page.

New for this year are Grow Woodland Medicinals and Grow Adaptogens.

The first workshop of the year will be on April 28th, Spring Useful Plants.  We'll cover ID, uses, ecology, propagation, cultivation and harvest of a wide variety of edible, medicinal, and craft (fiber, dye. paper, basketry, etc., etc.) plants.

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Wasabi Update 2018

We anticipate having fresh seed available in late May- early June.  At present we have a limited number (about 70) of two year old plants available at $6 each, plus packing and shipping, which depends on the quantity ordered - let us know how many you want and we will give you the total, then you can pay by Paypal (or mail us a check).  Sorry, we cannot accept international orders for plants.

    This is seed grown wasabi, so it is not a named variety; the named varieties are selections for larger roots and have to be cloned by tissue culture. They are somewhat more difficult to grow.

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Joe Hollis