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Garden Centers and Nurseries for Lebanon, PA: Independent Family-Owned Businesses

Updated on May 6, 2015
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Maren gardens in Pennsylvania, specializing in earth-friendly, unconventional, creative, joyful artistry at low cost.

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Wonderfully large artistic clear signs label plant groups in Frey's family-owned nursery.
Wonderfully large artistic clear signs label plant groups in Frey's family-owned nursery. | Source

Feel the Love for the Plants

Big box home improvement stores may offer nursery plants during spring, summer, and fall, but they procure these from outside vendors. If one wants to adopt a plant which has been loved from the beginning, try shopping at a family-owned nursery

South of Lebanon City on Colebrook Road

Along Colebrook Road, also known as Route 241, two family garden centers sit one-eighth of a mile apart in wide open countryside. They are the perfect pair, complementing each other with the distinct products they offer.

Frey's Greenhouse seems very upscale and decorator-focused. Just a stone's throw away, nearby Nolt's Garden Center is the "git-er-done" hardscaping and hardware specialist.

Frey's Greenhouse

The sign at the road for Frey's.
The sign at the road for Frey's. | Source
Gorgeous bit of painting on the side of one of their buildings.
Gorgeous bit of painting on the side of one of their buildings. | Source
This line-up of shopping carts is not born of arrogance.  You really will want to fill it up!
This line-up of shopping carts is not born of arrogance. You really will want to fill it up! | Source
Helpful banners identifying major sections of Frey's Greenhouse.
Helpful banners identifying major sections of Frey's Greenhouse. | Source

Frey's - The Floral Designer Upscale Plant Nursery

Jerel Frey is the owner of Frey's Greenhouse. He established it in 1981 and it now boasts almost 25,000 square feet of retail greenhouse space. This is the largest of the family nurseries near the city, employing up to 19 staff. The layout is extremely user-friendly with clearly marked sections, artistic signs for plant types, and even numbers assigned for each table of plants.

Frey's offers annual and perennial flowers, herbs, vegetables, bushes, trees, and mulches. What really sets Frey's apart, however, is its offering of accessories. Copious hanging baskets form a Serengiti of choices. Topiaries, decorative pots and containers, and elegant doodads for the outside garden and inside the home make this nursery ann experience!

This nursery is always closed on Sundays.

More Photos from Frey's Greenhouse

Just a small portion of the hanging baskets on display - it seems like a continent!
Just a small portion of the hanging baskets on display - it seems like a continent! | Source
Helpful "aisle" type numbers for the plant tables.
Helpful "aisle" type numbers for the plant tables. | Source
Advice for herb use.
Advice for herb use. | Source
Wow!
Wow! | Source
I want to live here.
I want to live here. | Source

Nolt's Garden Center

The roadside sign for Nolt's Garden Center.
The roadside sign for Nolt's Garden Center. | Source
An immaculate, solid pergola with outdoor kitchen.
An immaculate, solid pergola with outdoor kitchen. | Source
Closer view of the outdoor oven.
Closer view of the outdoor oven. | Source
Pavers and landscaping stones.
Pavers and landscaping stones. | Source
A tidy, clean exterior.
A tidy, clean exterior. | Source

Nolt's - The Hardscape Git-Er-Done Tool Nursery

Irwin Nolt is the owner of this fine nursery, established in 2006. However, the Nolts are no newcomers to the plant trade. This family has been in the business for decades. As the webpage states: "Dad has been in the greenhouse business ever since he was a boy. It started with a single greenhouse beside grandpa’s farm market." Nolt's Garden Center has one location with 5 to 9 employees.

Nolt's stocks a full line of pavers and retaining wall blocks in close to 30 colors. Amazingly, there is no minimum order; one can buy the block by the piece. Add to those the great selection of firepits, fireplaces, chimineas, and grills and one can create an oasis. Delivery for bulky items is available.

As one can see from the photos, Nolt's Garden Center has a hardware store feel with many items displayed on traditional pegboard. Its items are high quality and diverse, just not frilled up with extra merchandising display.

This garden center is closed Sundays.



More Photos of Nolt's Garden Center

Grills for the total barbecue masters.
Grills for the total barbecue masters. | Source
The cooking tools for outdoor chefs.
The cooking tools for outdoor chefs. | Source
Chimineas both basic and fanciful.
Chimineas both basic and fanciful. | Source
Ornaments and accessories for the garden.
Ornaments and accessories for the garden. | Source
Tools for outside play.
Tools for outside play. | Source
More tools and supplies for outside.
More tools and supplies for outside. | Source

Nolt's Plants Include Native Plants for Pennsylvania

This center regards shrubbery as its strongest and biggest category. I liked that they have winterberry - a native plant which supports many animals and insects.

Also, they carry butterfly weed perennials. Although the common name includes the word "weed," do not be mislead. This is an important flower for the butterflies which migrate through south-central PA.

What thoroughly impressed me were striking varieties of petunias (see photos below.) Nolt's is an official PW plant grower which provides them the newest varieties. The purple with white stripes is aptly named Pinstripe. The black on is Black Magic.

PW Petunia Newcomers at Nolt's

PW petunia Pinstripe.
PW petunia Pinstripe. | Source
PW petunia Black Magic.
PW petunia Black Magic. | Source
Another view of PW petunia Black Magic.
Another view of PW petunia Black Magic. | Source

Sunset Designs Nursery and Landscaping

The exterior of Sunset Designs.
The exterior of Sunset Designs. | Source
Right at the entrance of Sunset Designs, one encounters sea creatures on lampposts.
Right at the entrance of Sunset Designs, one encounters sea creatures on lampposts. | Source
Seahorses on an elaborate lamppost.
Seahorses on an elaborate lamppost. | Source
Bushes waiting for homes.
Bushes waiting for homes. | Source
Healthy plants.
Healthy plants. | Source
A pergola ready for hanging baskets.
A pergola ready for hanging baskets. | Source

Sunset Designs - A Garden Center for the North Side

Sunset Designs sits within the City of Lebanon on North 7th Street. Look for the two huge lampposts, one with seahorses and the other with dolphins. Owner Joe Zidik established this business in 1988. It is modest compared with the prior two nurseries, but meets a need for convenience. They especially supply for water gardens and ponds. It is a single location with 5 to 9 employees. Also, Sunset contracts to provide lawn mowing and landscaping services.

During the summer, this nursery is open limited morning hours on Sundays (call ahead to learn the exact times.)

More Sunset Designs

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A small pond display.
A small pond display. | Source
Small landscaping stone is sold at Sunset Designs.
Small landscaping stone is sold at Sunset Designs. | Source

Three Garden Centers convenient to Lebanon, PA

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A markerFrey's Greenhouse -
1875 Colebrook Road, Lebanon, PA 17042, USA
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A country club for flowers.

B markerNolt's Garden Center -
1555 Colebrook Road, Lebanon, PA 17042, USA
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Has all the options for paths, walls, outdoor living spaces among the flowers.

C markerSunset Designs & Landscaping -
1313 North 7th Street, Lebanon, PA 17046, USA
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Absolute convenience for city of Lebanon residents on the north side.

Phone Numbers and Websites

Frey's Greenhouse - Lebanon

717-272-8447

http://freysgreenhouse.com

Credit cards accepted: MC, VS, Dis, Amex.


Nolt's Garden Center

717-273-8850

http://www.noltsgardencenter.com/

Credit cards accepted: MC, VS, Dis.


Sunset Designs & Landscaping

717-279-0875

No website.

Credit cards accepted: MC, VS, Dis, Amex.


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In the Spring

In the spring, the hearts of young men may turn to baseball or romance, but my heart turns to God's wonderful outside world. All these nurseries have great toys for gardeners such as I.

Photos and text copyright 2014 Maren E. Morgan.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I find it interesting that, despite many fine Hubs on gardening, not one is suggested as a "Related Hubs" suggestion! What gives?

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Perspycacious, I do not know, but I have a guess. My hub has only been "live" for a few hours. I think that after 24 hours, all systems will be in place. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub!

      Beautiful plants and sounds a wonderful challenge.

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      DDE, you have me laughing! YEs, I guess the challenge is to prevent myself from buying too many flowers and decorations!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The photos are very interesting, Maren Morgan. I've never seen a black petunia before. The pinstripe one is beautiful! I'll look for both of these flowers at my local garden store.

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks, AliciaC. Both of those petunias are new varieties from the Brand PW - which I think stands for Prize Winner. Good luck!

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