In 1997, Bruce Gangawer, horticulturalist and landscaper, moved to 3265 Comfort Road in New Hope where he transformed 32 acres of flat, barren land into a beautiful greenscape. He spent two years growing plants in his nursery for his landscaping business, and before long he had a surplus of unusual plants that he made available to the general public.
Today, the extraordinary gardens that he designed inspire all who visit Paxson Hill Farm. Twenty acres of public gardens at this farm contain plants that can be purchased at the nursery.
“Instead of shopping at a store, all plants are displayed out in the open,” says Bruce. “It’s like shopping in a park.”
Bruce, who admits to getting easily bored with the typical plants you find at most local greenhouses, travels all over the country searching for rare plants.
“I look for unusual colors, fragrances and forms in the plants I buy, and also seek those that last longer,” adds Bruce.
You’ll always find something different every time you visit Paxson Hill Farm, so it’s always a unique experience.
If you’re searching for a particular plant, call or stop by for a complete inventory of the farm’s inventory of its landscape size perennials. Its petite pots of unusual perennials are also available if you prefer testing smaller specimens in your garden.
Also, enjoy walking past Paxson Hill Farm’s various water gardens filled with an array of beautiful aquatic plants from which to choose. They are essential for the health of ponds and act as water filters. In addition, water plants provide shade and shelter for those swimmingly beautiful fish.
Choices include water lilies, lotus, bog plants and floating plants.
Plus, these water gardens contain a diversity of domestic and imported fish, such as koi from Japan and Israel, fancy goldfish and shubunkin, ideal to fill your outdoor pond and control mosquitos. Ask a staff member to net your favorite fish to take home.
All ponds on display can be built to suit your landscape needs.
In addition, Bruce has crafted bridges and gazebos in his gardens that he can reproduce and sell you to enhance your landscape.
You are not required to make a purchase in order to enjoy walking through Paxson Hill Farm’s inspirational gardens. However, if you are interested in buying something, a knowledgeable staff member will help you find what you are searching for.
Bruce, or nursery manager Lynn Windholz, is usually available to answer any of your horticulture questions.
There is always something unique in bloom at Paxson Hill Farm. Come by to see what will enhance the exterior of your home.
For more information about Paxson Hill Farm, call 215-297-1010 or visit www.paxsonhillfarm.com.
PHOTO CAP: Horticulturist Bruce Gangawer, owner of Paxson Hill Farm, in his bridge gardens, which are open to the public. Photo by Susan Sandor.