When can I come to the nursery to buy plants?

We are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm.

What is bare root?

Bare root is when the plant is removed from its growing container and the roots are rinsed to remove the potting mix.

Why can't you ship to my state?

Federal and state statutes impose restrictions on the shipment of nursery and greenhouse stock in an effort to minimize the spread of harmful insects, diseases, and other pests.

Why do you ship bare root? Doesn’t it harm the plant to be out of the pot?

Shipping bare root serves a couple of purposes. First, it reduces your shipping charges. Shipping plants in their pots with potting mix would require a larger box, and the box would be much heavier. Second, it enables me to ship to many states and comply with their plant material regulations without obtaining a phytosanitary certificate from my inspector in New York. This means I don’t have to add that charge to the cost of the plants.

Bare root shipping is common, and I have been shipping bare root for several years with no problems. However, the customer must be prepared to either hold the lilac in a temporary location, like a large pot, or a pile of mulch, and to keep the roots covered with potting mix or topsoil (or mulch in a pinch) so they don’t dry out, or to plant the lilac immediately in its permanent location shortly after arrival. It is critical that the roots not dry out; that will kill the lilac. It’s also not a good idea to let it sit in the shipping bag for any length of time after arrival. Please plan accordingly when ordering! Planting and care instructions will be provided with your order.

How do you pack the lilacs for shipping?

First I bare root by removing the potting mix. The roots are rinsed, and while still damp are wrapped in paper, then placed in a plastic bag. Each plant will have a label with the botanical name. I’ll select a box that's the right size for each order.

I ship via USPS Priority Mail. It’s very convenient, as the mailman picks up any outgoing boxes when he delivers the mail. Your tracking number will be emailed to you, and of course you can email me if you have any questions or concerns.

What’s the best way to reach you?

I know some people won’t like this answer, but email is best. I have a full-time job and do not conduct nursery activity during weekday business hours, but generally will respond the same evening. On weekends, I am outside working in the nursery and assisting customers. Thank you for your understanding in this regard.

What if I’m looking for a lilac cultivar that I don’t see on your website?

Please feel free to ask! I have many contacts around the country and may be able to find what you’re looking for. I also have larger sizes available.

How do I plant and take care of my lilac after it arrives?

You can download a PDF of our planting and care instructions here.

Do you have larger sizes?

Yes, for some of the lilacs, but those are best picked up at the nursery, as they become expensive to ship due to the height and weight. Use the contact form to get in touch if you're looking for something specific.