Oak Hill Garden Center

Oak Hill Garden Center

Oak Hill Garden Center logoOak Hill Garden Center is a wonderful addition to the Somerset community. Our garden center offers annuals, perennials, house plants, succulents, ferns and herbs. With three greenhouses, vegetable garden, pumpkin patch and poinsettias, Oak Hill offers something for everyone throughout the year.

The garden center provides a service to the community and vocational opportunity for individuals with IDD who live at Oakwood and in the Somerset Community.


Hours
Monday - Friday · 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday · Seasonal
Sunday · Closed

Located on Oak Hill Road. Take Light 11 on US Highway 27 · 606.677.4195


Barb’s Gardening Tips - A Frosty April

April 28, 2021

Mother Nature has shown us once again just how unpredictable she can be!  It’s not very often that Kentucky has a wide spread snow event in April, but many areas north of Lexington registered an inch or more accumulation.  What’s a gardener to do when we’re “itching” to plant our flower and vegetable seedlings?  I know it’s hard to wait, but the “frost free” date for the majority of the Kentucky is May 8th.  This is the date where statistically there is a zero percent chance of frost occurring; and is important, because most tender seedlings will not survive 32 degrees or lower.  So instead of planting now, resist the temptation and spend these next few weeks fine tuning your garden plans.  Soon enough the weather will be cooperative and you’ll be rewarded this summer.  
 
We have had many customers at the Garden Center asking about mosquito plants, the majority of the mosquito plant starts were killed when the heat went out in the greenhouse in February. Barb has been recently been able to make a limited supply of cuttings to sell in May, we will let you know when ready.

Happy Gardening!

Barb Hettmansperger, Greenhouse Manager at Oakwood
Barb Hettmansperger is the Greenhouse Manager at Oakwood. This program provides individuals with IDD meaningful activity and engages the community.


Barb’s Gardening Tips - Springtime in Kentucky

March 31, 2021

Hello Gardeners,

Are you looking to be a little more self-sufficient this year and have decided to plant a vegetable garden? You might begin with a quick trip to your local big box or farm store and check out their seed offerings. Most stores have an amazing variety of cultivars and seed companies to choose from.

The first step in the gardening process is knowing how much room you have in your garden to plant your vegetables. Measure your available space and roughly make a sketch of the area, then plot out the rows of vegetables you would like to grow. This exercise alone will give you an indication of how much seed or seedlings you may need to purchase. Certain vegetables, such as root crops - carrots, beets, and potatoes - and legumes - anything in the bean or pea family - need to be direct seeded into your garden soil. Other vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, and melons, thrive when planted as germinated seedlings, after the frost-free date in Kentucky.

A little early season pre-planning will help ensure your project is a success later this spring!      

Happy Gardening!

Barb Hettmansperger, Greenhouse Manager at Oakwood
Barb Hettmansperger is the Greenhouse Manager at Oakwood. This program provides individuals with IDD meaningful activity and engages the community.


Barb’s Gardening Tips

Hello Gardeners,  

We are starting to notice the first signs of Spring here in Kentucky – it’s in the air, so to speak!  And nothing says Spring like germinating seedlings for your yard and garden.  Gardeners lust after a yard full of fun and exotic flowers and vegetables; and by growing your own seedlings, you can expand your garden’s variety, and fill it with plants that many local greenhouses have never even heard about.  And all for a fraction of the cost!  There are several benefits to starting your own plant material.   Mainly, a  gardener can choose from an endless variety of seeds to germinate; each one offering unique flavors, colors, and growth.  I belong to a horticultural organization and their catalog lists over four thousand cultivars of tomatoes alone! Talk about variety!  Also, most gardeners feel a sense of satisfaction and empowerment when they rely of themselves to produce their own seedlings.  I believe many people are agrarians or “farmers” at heart, and gardening is one of the oldest, most basic human skills.  Plus, seed starting comes at a time of the year when not much is happening outdoors, so it’s fun to have a chance to do something constructive about “Spring Fever” -  a malady most of us gardeners suffer from.  A chance to get our hands in some dirt!   

Happy Gardening, 

Barb

Barb Hettmansperger is the Greenhouse Manager at Oakwood. This program provides individuals with IDD meaningful activity and engages the community.