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We are word people, having cut our teeth on Strunk and White, but we are familiar with the aphorism about pictures. We also know that it's no fun reading long blocks of text on a screen, even if they offer information that is timely and useful. At our nursery, we are engaged daily in practically every known form of gardening. So we put two and two together, bought a camera, and went into the video business. As the year progresses, we'll film all over the farm while seedlings get transplanted, Wisterias get pruned, Dahlias get potted, Begonias get staked...
Below, you see the results of our video efforts to date with plenty more in the works. If you have ideas for topics we should address, please send them to
Sincerely, Amos Pettingill

White Flower Farm Online Video Library
To view each video, click on the link below. Once the video appears, click on the arrow to begin playing. You can adjust the volume by clicking on the sound icon.

Welcome to White Flower Farm
Welcome to White Flower Farm
(2:53 minutes)

Meet Barb Pierson, nursery manager, and learn about the renowned mail-order company that's been...

Agastache 'Blue Fortune'
(0:55 minutes)

Robust 'Blue Fortune' is a mass of soft powder-blue flower spikes from July onwards...

Bareroot: Plants without Pots
(2:00 minutes)

We grow most of the plants we sell and bring them carefully to the ideal size and age for transplanting...

All About Dahlias
(6:00 minutes)

Dahlias are members of the Daisy family and native to Central America...

Collecting Hollyhock Seeds
(2:14 minutes)

Fine Gardening magazine collaborated with White Flower Farm on a series of videos about propagating plants from seed...

Allium Globemaster
(1:18 minutes)

This is the biggest and many think the best Allium yet. Small, silvery purple florets form 8-10in flower heads...

Gardening Inspirations
(4:35 minutes)

Join Nursery Manager Barb Pierson on a tour of the masterful, expressive gardens of Mrs. Chrissie D'Esopo in...

Amaryllis -- White Flower Farm Difference
(1:25 minutes)

We purchase premium-size Amaryllis bulbs from the finest Dutch growers. Each top-quality bulb is cured...

Gardening with Raised Beds
(1:55 minutes)

For many situations, a raised garden makes sense. If your soil is compacted or rocky or contains a lot...

Baptisia Australis
(1:16 minutes)

A genus of about 35 species of North American perennials. Prominent among them is B. australis,...

Growing Amaryllis in Water
(1:07 minutes)

Amaryllis bulbs are prized for their willingness to produce large and colorful blooms indoors in the dead of winter...

Canella Berry Wreath
(1:00 minutes)

The tangy scent of fresh Noble Fir is a favorite part of our holiday tradition, and these wreaths offer a memorable way to bring this magnificent...

Growing Tomatoes in a Container
(5:00 minutes)

If you have an area that receives at least 6-8 hours of sun a day during the summer, such as a patio, deck, or small backyard, you can..

Cleome 'Rose Queen'
(0:37 minutes)

An heirloom often seen in cottage gardens, Spider Flowers deserve a place in well-bred borders, too. Cleome 'Rose Queen' holds its fragrant...

(8:05 minutes)

When our friends bought a brownstone in Harlem, NY, we seized the opportunity to show them - and you - just how easy it is to transform relatively...

The Connoisseur's Collection
(0:51 minutes)

Our Connoisseur's Collection boasts eight Amaryllis, whose bloom is nothing short of mesmerizing. No one should be denied this triumph of color...

How to Grow Citrus Plants
(5:44 minutes)

Citrus, such as Meyer Lemon, Calamondin Orange, Lime Leaf (Kaffir Lime), and Key Lime, are not difficult to grow...

Cook's Herb Trio
(1:24 minutes)

Set in copper-toned pots, this indoor garden keeps fresh herbs at your fingertips in any sunny kitchen window...

How to Grow Clivia Plants
(1:25 minutes)

Clivia miniata are both beautiful and indestructible and are so easy to grow. They thrive even in a north window and require very little care...

Coreopsis 'Moonbeam'

(0:50 minutes)

'Moonbeam' is a real standout. Its pale yellow flowers are borne in great abundance above delicate, needlelike foliage and seem to blend...

How to Grow Jasmine Indoors
(3:39 minutes)

One of the hallmarks of the White Flower Farm Holiday Gifts catalog, Winter Jasmine will fill a room with its light, sweet fragrance...

  Cornerstone Astilbe Collection
(1:31 minutes)

Shade gardens don’t have to be boring. One of the best ways to add vivid color and lovely texture to shady areas is by planting Astilbes...

How to Grow Lavender
'Goodwin Creek Grey'

(3:05 minutes)

Not all Lavenders are easy to grow indoors as houseplants, but the variety 'Goodwin Creek Grey' will thrive...

  Dividing Dahlias
(6:03 minutes)

Dahlias provide dazzling blooms in mid to late summer and are easily grown in full sun and average, evenly...

How to Grow Roses
(5:49 minutes)

Nursery manager Barb Pierson grew up with Roses and says their care doesn't need to be complicated. She distills all the basics for you...

  Echinacea 'Coconut Lime'
(0:57 minutes)

Another breakthrough in Coneflowers, 'Coconut Lime' is the first ever double-flowered, white Echinacea...

How to Grow Tuberous Begonias
(3:00 minutes)

Tuberous Begonias offer spectacular flowers in a wide range of colors over an exceptionally long season, and do this in shade...

Echinacea 'Merlot'
(1:15 minutes)

Expansive, rosy pink petals are displayed on long burgundy stems. Best of all, this hardy, well-branched Coneflower...

How to Plant a Strawberry Jar
(6:06 minutes)

Terra-cotta jars with multiple openings for plants have been around for years and are commonly called Strawberry jars...

  Emerald Isle Hosta Collection
(0:52 minutes)

Exclusive.Hostas are categorically the finest ground cover for shade and one of the loveliest and most popular...

How to Pot and Care for

(1:51 minutes)

Amaryllis bulbs are prized for their willingness to produce large and colorful blooms indoors in the dead of winter...

  Geranium 'Rozzane'
(1:05 minutes)

This award winner is the longest-blooming and most prolific blue-flowered Geranium in our garden...

Planting Your Bareroot Peonie Planting Your Bareroot Peony
(4:16 minutes)

Herbaceous Peonies will live for decades, even generations, so it makes sense to give your bareroot plant...

  Herbs on the Windowsill
(1:24 minutes)

To be able to pinch a few leaves of fresh Rosemary or Thyme while icy winds swirl menacingly outside...

Planting Perennials in the Fall
(2:45 minutes)

In many parts of the country, there's still time to add perennials, shrubs, and trees to your garden...

  Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'
(0:51 minutes)

A delightful miniature variety reaching to about 8in in height, but it's as tough and resilient as any...

Propagating Plants from Cuttings
(6:35 minutes)

The propagation department at White Flower Farm creates plants for our catalogs and store in a number...

  Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'
(1:17 minutes)

In July, this mounding shrub produces huge round heads of pure white blooms...

Seed Starting
(2:05 minutes)

Busy gardeners can have the pleasure of enjoying many different varieties of heirloom and hybrid Tomatoes...

  Hydrandea macrophylla Endless Summer™
(1:13 minutes)

Another first - a Bigleaf Hydrangea plant with flowers that form on the current year's growth as well...

Sowing Seeds
(2:47 minutes)

During the summer of 2007, we began a media collaboration with our neighbor down the street...

  Jasmine: Fragrance Beyond Description
(4:31 minutes)

David Smith was one of White Flower Farm’s first employees and director of horticulture from 1954-1990...

Vegetable Gardening from White Flower Farm, Part I
(5:40 minutes)

In 2009, nursery manager Barb Pierson designed a vegetable garden for White Flower Farm, choosing a...

  Lantana Landmark™ Rose Sunrise
(0:45 minutes)

A mounding annual that is deer resistant, heat tolerant, and irresistible to butterflies and hummingbirds...

Vegetable Gardening from White Flower Farm, Part II
(3:41 minutes)

When the spring weather has settled and all danger of frost has passed...

(2:34 minutes)

There is no finer perfume than the smooth, cool fragrance of Lily-of-the-Valley, but this handsome little plant...

Vegetable Gardening from White Flower Farm, Part III
(4:08 minutes)

It's July and the harvest is underway in our Kitchen Garden, which was planted in mid-May. Each quadrant...

  Naturalizing "The Works" Daffodil Mix
(1:42 minutes)

The large, bright blooms of Daffodils are synonymous with spring, and large sweeps spread across...

      Old Time Peony Collection
(1:28 minutes)

The large, bright blooms of Daffodils are synonymous with spring and large sweeps spread across...

      Paperwhite Bulbs for Indoor Fragrance
(4:47 minutes)

The all-time favorite bulb for forcing, Paperwhite Narcissus are easily grown indoors during...

      Perovskia atriplicifolia
(1:06 minutes)

One of the great garden plants of all time, this semiwoody perennial carries a cloud of small blue flowers on widely arching stems...

      Plant the Hummingbird Annual Collection
(3:09 minutes)

Add a welcoming note to an entryway or dazzling color to a deck with annual containers...

      Reblooming Daylily Lady™ Elizabeth
(0:35 minutes)

One of the stars of the Lovely Lady™ series, this elegant snowy white flower seem all the more pure...

      Salvia 'May Night'
(0:59 minutes)

This long bloomer provides gardeners with the deepest, darkest violet-blue flowers to be found among the perennial...

      Tabletop Trees from White Flower Farm
(2:58 minutes)

Learn how to take care of Tabletop Trees from White Flower Farm's Nursery Manager...

      Zinnia Zowie! Yellow Flame
(0:43 minutes)

Nothing ignites a bed or mixed border like a mass planting of Zowie! Its brilliant, yellow-tipped petals start off...

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