The smell of your favorite flower or the sound of a hummingbird are all easy reminders of how beautiful spring and summer are, especially after record-setting low temperatures and a snowy winter season. Cumberland Valley's garden shops, farmers markets and home décor stores have everything you need to get your yard, recipes and house ready for the new season.
Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses - Ashcombe's expansive greenhouse, garden and floral centers, and produce and food sections are a must-stop for residents and visitors any time of year, but particularly in the warmer months. Stock-up on garden supplies, plants, and homemade treats. As an added bonus, Adams County Winery has a wine shop located inside Ashcombe's main building that features all of your Adams County Winery favorites available for tasting and purchasing. 906 West Grantham Rd, Mechanicsburg
Highland Gardens - This family-run gardening center recently expanded to a five-acre growing location. With over 1,500 kinds of perennials and everything you need to have a successful growing season, stop by Highland Gardens before starting your picturesque outdoor garden. 423 South 18th St, Camp Hill
Maplewood Farm Market - Maplewood in Shippensburg is a produce market and greenhouse selling vegetables, melons, berries, tree fruit, pumpkins, deli items, preserves, cider, eggs, dairy products, baked goods (Fri. & Sat. only), honey, flowers, herbs, bedding plants, seasonal turkeys, made-to-order hoagies, Christmas trees, country decor, and bulk foods. You will find it all at this one-stop shop conveniently located off of Interstate 81. 8564 Old Scotland Rd, Shippensburg
Oak Grove Farms - Oak Grove Farms operates a farm and country store offering fresh produce, baked goods, homemade breads and soups, dairy products, 50 types of homemade jams and jellies, as well as hanging baskets, bedding plants, and vegetable plants. They also offer a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, giving members the opportunity to share in the bounty. 846 Fisher Rd, Mechanicsburg
Paulus Farm Market - While fun in any season, Paulus Farm Market's open air facility is the perfect afternoon adventure for the entire family this spring and summer. Paulus' selection of plants, gardening supplies, and hanging baskets is ideal for the growing season. Enjoy the variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, deli items, and baked goods while the kids play with the barnyard animals. 1216 South York St, Mechanicsburg
Stauffers of Kissel Hill - Stauffers has a few locations around Central Pennsylvania and many resources to make your outdoor dream décor a reality. The staff will help you design the layout of your inspired home and outdoor concepts. 51 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg
Find more fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables at the collection of farmers markets spread throughout Cumberland Valley. View a complete list of farms and markets. TIP: Double-check hours of operation. Many locations are open seasonally. You can also follow the Fresh Picked Fun trip idea for even more delicious goodies.
Farmers on the Square - Hanover & High Sts, Carlisle; Hours: Wednesday 3-7 pm
Adams-Ricci Farmers Market - Adams-Ricci Community Park, Enola; Hours: 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month from 3-6 pm
West Shore Farmers Market - 900 Market St, Lemoyne; Hours: Tuesday 8 am-3 pm (select vendors only); Friday 8 am-6 pm; Saturday 8 am-2 pm
Buttonwood Gardens - 980 Waggoners Gap Rd, Carlisle; Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 10 am-4:30 pm; Friday 9 am-4:30 pm; Saturday 9 am-3pm
Carlisle Country Market Farmers Market & Specialty Shops - 1446 Holly Pike, Rt #34, Carlisle; Hours: Thursday-Friday 7 am-4 pm; Saturday 7 am-2 pm
The Country Butcher Shop - 286 McAllister Church Rd, Carlisle; Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 9 am-6 pm, Thursday-Friday 9 am-7 pm, Saturday 8 am-5 pm
Hollabaugh Brothers Fruit Farm & Market - 545 Carlisle Rd, Biglerville; Hours vary seasonally.
Garden Gate Farm Market - 1560 W Trindle Rd, Carlisle; Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9 am-6 pm; Saturday 9 am-5 pm
Shippensburg Auction Center - 1122 Ritner Highway, Shippensburg; Hours: Tues, Thurs & Fri 9am-sold out
The Peters Orchards - 10540 Carlisle Pike, Gardners; Hours: Daily May through October 7 am-7 pm; Daily November-April 7 am-5 pm.
Whether you have a green thumb or are just starting your first garden, these classes are a great way to learn more about flowers and growing your own food.
Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses - Ashcombe presents a variety of classes throughout the year, but spring and summer classes are great for any gardener. Some events require pre-registration.
Penn State Agricultural Office of Cumberland County - Provides a variety of informal workshops, conferences, and educational programs throughout the region focusing on topics such as trees, lawns, and landscaping, health; animals and livestock, and forage and food crops. They also work closely with the Cumberland County Master Gardeners program to host a series of lectures about home horticulture, plant science and environmental stewardship through gardening.
While spring and summer are great times to prepare and focus on the outside garden, don't forget about your indoor space. Places like Blooms by Vickrey, The Whimsical Poppy, and Pealer's Flowers can help you put together a floral arrangement for your home or find specialty décor items that aren't offered anywhere else.