Author: Melanie Bedner

Meet the Staff: Hannah Steimer

Hannah Steimer, Landscape Design Assistant

Hannah has been working in the horticulture industry for over five years now. She started out in the hort department at the Pittsburgh Zoo. She’s been on our Landscape Team for over a year now. She graduated from Community College of Allegheny with an Associate degree in Science and from California University with a Bachelors of Environmental Studies, minoring in Biology and a concentration in Conservation Ecology.

Favorite thing about your job: The abundance of personal and professional development opportunities! I have found it extremely uplifting to find a company that encourages continued growth in their employees. From being provided with professional journals, articles, and books to shadowing my coworkers in the field and freely asking questions, Bedner’s has continued to support and nurture my passion for the industry.

Top 3 favorite plants: Lupine, Calycanthus, and Sycamore

Best piece of garden advice: Know your light conditions. In particular, keep in mind that in the spring, bare-branched trees may give the illusion of sunny spots, but once leafed-out those areas will often be heavily shaded during summer and most of fall! 

Something interesting about you: I almost became a sonographer! I had been accepted into a sonography program and was weeks away from starting, when I realized I couldn’t imagine being happy unless I was working with/in nature. 

Interests and hobbies: Reading (historical fiction in particular), Hiking, Cooking

Favorite vacation spot: Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio

Proudest accomplishment: Being an aunt to two lively, naughty, and terribly spoiled little boys!

Favorite game or sport to watch or play? I don’t know how many people would consider it a sport, but the Redbull Soapbox races make for great tv! 

Meet the Staff: Jeremy Gruszka

Jeremy Gruszka, Perennial & Nursery Manager

Jeremy has been working in the horticulture industry for over 16 years. He is a fellow plant nerd that fits right in on our team. He graduated from Pitt with a degree in Marketing. Jeremy oversees the perennial production greenhouses, as well as the perennial and nursery department of the store. In addition to his primary role, he has also helped teach planting workshops and create our online store. 

Favorite thing about your job:
 Working with plants and good people!

Top 3 favorite plants: Dianthus, Echinacea, Heuchera (AND LILIES!)

Best piece of garden advice: This goes for life as well, but don’t be afraid of failure.

Something interesting: I grew up on the property of Longwood Gardens and would go bike riding throughout the gardens, fishing in the ponds, and cockroach crushing in the conservatories after hours. I have also had well over 100 stitches in my head throughout my life.

Favorite time of day: Dusk (sunset/primetime deer hunting)

People would describe me as: Laid back and EXTREMELY good looking.

Interests and hobbies: Anything outdoors, sports, and beer

Favorite vacation spot: Dominica 

Proudest accomplishment: Buying a house

Favorite game or sport to watch or play? Watch: Hockey Play: Basketball

Weekly News, 9.16.20

Hi there,

We have so many choices of what to do with our time, don’t we? I try to be careful in how I choose to spend my time, because it’s short and precious. We tell each other things like, “enjoy every moment” and “time goes so fast.” We all know this truth, but I feel like I’m learning it more and more. There are days at home with our girls that go so fast and I wonder– what in the world did I accomplish today?

I hate to ever feel like I am wasting time. I may be a little obsessive about it, admittedly. I start and end the day thinking about what I need to accomplish and what I did or did not accomplish. I’m learning to let go of that mentality, and accept that I am a human “being”, not a human “doing”. It’s so great to just slow down sometimes and just “be”, right?

When we are in the mode of “doing” things though, gardening is never a waste. Each time we– care for our soil and plants, weed, prune, show someone our garden, visit someone else’s garden, learn something new about plants… we are always investing in time well spent. As Robert Breault says, “If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.” Gardening is always time well spent, friends.

One new thing that our family is now “being” is the owners of a puppy. She is a mixed breed from a local shelter. She ended up there all the way from Texas! We’re having a great time taking Daisy for walks outside and watching her discover the JOY of the outdoors. There’s a good chance you just might meet Daisy next time you’re at the greenhouse 🙂

Here’s what’s new and interesting this week:

  • new arrivals this week include a wide variety of pumpkins, indian corn, fall pansies, and houseplants.
  • our Retail Manager, Tristan, is teaching a houseplant for beginners class tomorrow night. We still have a few chairs available.
  • due to many requests, we’ve added one more Fall Container workshop on for this Saturday, September 19 at 2pm. For $35 you get a 14″ pot, soil, and a wide variety of plants to create your own fall masterpiece. 
  • our new Education & Events Coordinator, Maddison, is teaching a Fall Gardening Tips + Tricks class next Thursday night. She’ll be doing a demonstration of how-to divide perennials, how to collect seeds, and much more! We’ve worked together a brief time already and I
  • we’re super excited to announce a new event schedule for the rest of our season, which will be out SOON! Our weekly Thursday night classes will still be happening until the week before Christmas. There will also be presentations and workshops on the weekends. 
  • October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and in partnership with The Still Remembered Project, we’ll be hosting a month-long remembrance event at the greenhouse. Keep an eye out for details in the newsletter on September 30, and spread the word with those you know who have experienced a loss.
  • our greenhouse vegetable crops are looking good! I’ll share some photos of the progress next week.
  • we’re having a HUGE tree and shrub inventory clearance sale on select items. All plants are 75% OFF and must go. They are all mature, balled & burlapped plants, and you will need a truck to transport them. See the list below, and see one of our Sales Associates. All plants are first come, first served and while supplies last.

Thanks for reading, and happy gardening!

Take care,

New Arrivals!


Upcoming Events:

Thursday, September 17 @ 6pm  
Houseplants 101

Saturday, September 19 @ 2pm
Potting with a Twist: Fall Containers

Thursday, September 24 @ 6pm  
Fall Gardening Tips + Tricks

Saturday, September 26 @ 8:30am
Yoga on the Farm
Click Here to Learn More & Register!

Weekly News, 9.9.20

Hi there,

The longer that I’m working in this field, the more I realize how much plants and gardening really bring us together. I enjoyed visiting several of your home gardens this summer, and look forward to it next year too. The quote by Monty Don explains it well– “

“I am always more interested in people than plants. Nature doesn’t make gardens, people make gardens. And the story of a garden is always the story of a person.”

And likewise– plants don’t make a garden center and landscape business, people make it what it is. Our business has been blessed by a GREAT staff, and I’ll be sharing more about them in the weeks to come. Each member of our staff has a story, (and most often one that involves loving plants), and contributes their unique talents, knowledge and dedication to make Bedner’s Farm & Greenhouse and Bedner’s Landscape & Design what it is. This week you can learn more about our Perennial & Nursery Manager, Jeremy Gruszka.

Here’s what’s new and interesting to know this week:

  • more of our homegrown fall mum crop is ready. We will have plenty all month long, and replenish the store benches everyday.
  • we grew a new and interesting plant called Pumpkin on a Stick this year. See the Russ Recommends video below to learn more. 
  • fresh perennials and shrubs arrive this Friday, including– Azalea ‘Girard’s Crimson’, Barberry ‘Crimson Cutie’, three colors of the Butterfly Bush ‘Pugster’ series, ‘Winter Gem’ Boxwood, ‘Aphrodite’ Sweetshrub, ‘Emerald Gaiety Euonymus, ‘Blue Chiffon’ and ‘Lavender Chiffon’ Rose of Sharon, ‘Summerific Ballet Slippers’ perennial Hibiscus, ‘Limelight’ Hydrangea, ‘Sky Pencil’ Holly, ‘Ginger Wine’ Ninebark, and more!
  • in addition to our homegrown produce offerings, we also have honey, maple syrup, hot sauce and apple cider all made by local producers. Russ’ wines are also available to purchase by the bottle.
  • our Management Team has been working hard to plan for staying open in November and December. We will be open for Christmas trees, wreaths, greens, and poinsettias. We are also super excited to offer wreath, centerpiece, and winter porch pot workshops! The class list and registration will be up within the next couple of weeks.

However you are creating beauty in your space at home, we are here for you! It is our honor to provide you with the plants, products, services and experiences that bring you both inspiration and rejuvenation!

Take care,

Container Gardens
25% OFF

12″ Hanging Baskets
25% OFF

fall mums not included

Upcoming Events
Thursday, September 10 @ 6pm
Fall Gardening with Doug Oster

Saturday, September 12 @ 9:30am
Yoga on the Farm
Class held rain or shine in the outdoors, (we practice in a covered pavilion if it rains). There is no registration needed. Just show up at the greenhouse entrance by 9:20am. From there we walk together as a group over to our pond side yoga spot. Fee is $10 payable by cash or check to the instructor Kristen the day of. Bring a mat, large towel or blanket for the grass, and water. Join us!

Saturday, September 12 @ 2pm
Fall Container Workshop  SOLD OUT!

Thursday, September 17 @ 6pm
Houseplants 101
 Click Here to Learn More & Register!

Weekly News, 9.2.20

Hello friends,

The garden center is transitioning to fall and it’s a welcome change of seasons. Our staff has been busy putting out fresh plants and products daily, including mums! The store changes almost daily this month, so check back with us often for new offerings.

Whatever your garden and decorating needs are this season, and whether you want to DIY or have us do it for you, we are here to help. Our garden center staff is ready to assist you with fall planting and decorating ideas, and our landscape team is booking fall clean ups and 2021 landscape designs.

Here’s what to know this week:

  • new arrivals this week include a trio of bottled sauces from local producer, the Bearded Devil Hot Sauce Co., as well as pure maple syrup from Cedar Run Farm in WV.
  • fall vegetable garden transplants are available, including Kale ‘Toscano’, ‘Black Seeded Simpson’ Lettuce, ‘Allstar Gourmet Mix’ Lettuce, ‘Bright Lights’ Swiss Chard, ‘Ruby Red’ Swiss Chard’, Leeks, ‘Stonehead’ Cabbage, ‘Amazing’ Cauliflower’, ‘Top Bunch’ Collards, ‘Castle Dome’ Broccoli’, and ‘Bloomsdale’ Spinach. Plant now for a fall harvest!
  • We still have a nice selection of herb plants, including basil to go with your homegrown tomatoes, ‘Pineapple’ Sage, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Sweet Marjoram, Parsley, Rosemary, ‘Lemon Variegated’ Thyme, Winter Savory, 
  • our Fall and Christmas workshop series will be announced in next week’s newsletter.
  • Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Clean-Ups and Design & Install spots are filling quickly! Click here to fill out a Landscape Request Form.
  • check your Bedner Bucks balance through our mobile app. You can also follow this link and enter your email address to get your balance, however we must have your email on file for you to do so.
  • Our store hours for the months of September and October will continue to be Wednesday – Friday, 9-5pm, and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Scroll down below to see some of our new arrivals and sale items. Have a great rest of your week and Labor Day. We hope to see you soon!

Take care,

Plant Spotlight – Dwarf Mondo Grass

Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nanus’

Plant Height:  4 inches

Flower Height:  6 inches

Spacing:  6 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b


Dwarf mounds of narrow dark-green foliage; bell-shaped pale lilac to white flowers in summer followed by bright, sky-blue berries; striking when massed along borders; not actually a grass but more closely related to lilies

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Mondo Grass features dainty spikes of lilac purple bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late summer. Its attractive grassy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. It produces sky blue berries from early to mid fall.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. 

Dwarf Mondo Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Mondo Grass will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 6 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 8 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 6 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Dwarf Mondo Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a ‘filler’ in the ‘spiller-thriller-filler’ container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Do you want to bring more enjoyment to your outdoor space? Join us to learn how to build your very own cast stone fire pit. Russ Bedner will teach you best practices and some great time saving tips.  

– Space is limited to 20 participants.
– Online registration and pre-payment is required.
– All guests receive a coupon for $10 off your next purchase.
Register Here

NewGen Boxwood ‘Independence’
Buy 2, Get 1 FREE!

NewGen Independence® was chosen based on its very high tolerance to Boxwood Blight as well as its outstanding performance in Boxwood Leafminer trials. It’s growth is similar to Buxus microphylla ‘Green Beauty’ but has much better Boxwood Leafminer resistance and the leaves are slightly more elongated. NewGen Independence® was a chance seedling found in the Williamsburg, Virginia area.

Philodendron ‘Danadu’
Buy 1, Get 1 FREE!

Beautiful, deeply cut, glossy green leaves provide lush, tropical appeal indoors, or in the landscape in frost-free regions. Lobed evergreen foliage is smaller and more profuse than other species of cut-leaf philodendron. If used indoors, accommodate with ample bright light and consistent moisture.

New Arrivals!


Upcoming Events:

Thursday, September 3 @ 6pm  
Potting with a Twist: Fall Containers

Saturday, September 5 @ 10am
DIY Fire Pit Demonstration

Saturday, September 5 @ 2pm  
Potting with a Twist: Fall Containers

Thursday, September 10 @6pm
Fall Gardening with Doug Oster
Click Here to Learn More & Register!
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