February 2019
     Winter is a great time for reflection, learning something new whether it is reading, taking a tour, or attending a conference or trade show, and making plans for the future. In early January, we attended MANTS (Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show), an invigorating review of the wide selection of nursery vendors of live material, hard goods, gifts, equipment, tools and more. Now, while reflecting on past years and current trends, we are fine tuning our plans for 2019.   Our new team member and   "Manager of the Unityverse"   Chris Sade has jumped right into the planning process. Chris brings over 30 years of   logistics, general, 
Chris Sade
project, sales, business and operational management experience to Unity. Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, he earned his business management degree from Loyola University and lives with his wife, Marianne in Chestertown. Be sure to stop by to meet Chris and share a story about your experience with Unity.

     Here at the nursery we continue with the mission of serving as an "inspiration center offering services and products that foster a community living in harmony with nature." Now is an excellent time to take advantage of our "YES WE CAN " program: call, email, fax or stop in to pre-order and reserve your "can't-live-without" plant material, pottery, fountains, outdoor furniture and more. Our professional unity team offers delivery, set up or installation of all your nursery purchases. 
     Before we know it, spring will be here. It might be cold outside, but it is never too early to start thinking about Spring projects. Unity's garden consultants and design team are on standby during our normal winter hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Spring hours begin on the first day of Spring, March 21st.
 
    It looks like winter has finally arrived. Here at the  farm, we took advantage of the much appreciated extended mild weather to plant our pear, plum, persimmon, peach, apple, and nectarine trees. We are getting some bonus harvests from our Brussels sprouts, broccoli, romanesco, ginger and more.Right now on a sunny day, entering the high tunnel is like walking into Spring, and we are able to harvest spinach, scallions, carrots, beets, Swiss chard and more from crops carried over from fall plantings. Come visit us at the main nursery building/landscape showroom for our frequently updated selection of produce harvested straight from our gardens. 
     Looking ahead to spring, we are ordering seeds and preparing our greenhouse for planting. We'll be growing many of the same varieties you've come to love while also introducing a few new and fun varieties. Stay tuned for more details.
     We grow most of the transplants we plant here at the farm and once again plan to grow extra for retail sale from April through June. Herbs such as basil and the wide selection of heirloom tomatoes were especially popular. If there is a particular variety you are looking for, click here to email me.

     This winter Unity's  landscape design/build team continues hard at work making progress and completing projects. Unity's Field Operations Manager, Cliff Westman, and Environmental Designer, Lucas Lees, just completed the Certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape professional workshop. "The Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Certification is a new, voluntary credential system for professionals who design, install, and maintain sustainable landscapes.The credential training and examination are based on a core set of standards in sustainable landscaping emphasizing storm water retrofit best practices and conservation landscaping with native plants to benefit the environment." 

We appreciate all of your past and continued patronage and are truly excited about what we have to offer in 2019.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Pruning Workshop led by Steph Wooton for the Queen Anne's County Garden Club. (Registration is closed.) Monday, February 11, 1pm.

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