SUPPORTING LIFE AND LEARNING THROUGH SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPES
At Seven Bends, we believe that the act of gardening reminds us of our dependence on a healthy planet. Gardening teaches us patience and care and connects us more deeply to the environment around us. Seven Bends Nursery is committed to providing lovingly curated, high quality native plant material, herbs, and food starts that support the creation of ecologically friendly landscapes. Our plants are chosen for both their beauty and for their role is supporting the wildlife that keeps our minds peaceful and our landscapes healthy and beautiful.
We grow an assortment of native perennial flowers, trees, and shrubs important for wildlife within the Shenandoah Valley, Piedmont, and Appalachias. Our native plants are noteworthy for their beauty and resiliency, and support diverse, healthy landscapes. And because these plants are adapted to local regions, they are surprisingly easy to care for!
We also grow starts for vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees. Growing your own food, whether you are an avid gardener or a first-time patio experimenter, provides opportunities to reconnect with nature and learn about the importance of wildlife for producing the food we love to eat!
Planting native plants has many benefits. Native plants provide important resources for wildlife such as pollinators and birds. The root systems of some native plants, like grasses, promote good soil health by spreading deeper and wider than non-natives. Because they are suited to our local environment, planting native also offers relief for homeowners by eliminating the need for intensive maintenance such as watering, amending the soil, and controlling pests. If your plants show signs of nibbling, don’t fret. This is what you planted them for - to provide not only beauty, but to sustain life!
There is nothing more rewarding than biting into that first vine ripened tomato or sharing bumper crops with friends. These days, we have much less of a connection with our food - many school aged children do not even understand where food comes from. Growing our own food is not only delicious and rewarding, a home garden reminds us of our connection to the Earth.
Nothing celebrates a special occasion like a lovingly crafted plant--scents of pine from a fresh wreath, a local tree decked out for the season, signs to commemorate the day, and more. Check here to see what we are keeping our hands busy with as we look for ways to enjoy the day!