The Snyder family established one of the ﬁrst pioneer home-steads in the 1890s where the PC Nursery sits now.
In addition to the gurgling stream, pathways and meadow at the nursery, there is a small farmhouse and several out-buildings.
The Garden Store on the north side is ﬁlled with gardening tools and supplies.
However, committed to sustainability and creativity, Sophy expanded and ﬁlled the farmhouse with green design ideas, cacti and vibrant indoor plants.
The Boutique carries pottery and paintings by local artists, small-batch bath and body items, clothes and accessories, garden and design books, and other botanically inspired items for your home.
Gardening at a high altitude is gratifying. Park City Nursery owner and gardener, Sophy Miles Kohler, has some tips and tricks to make your garden grow this year.
She explains, “Gardening is a pastime that pays off in dividends, whether you enjoy continuous blooms or harvesting your own food.”
WHAT ARE THE MUST˜HAVE TOOLS?
Women, get a glove that fits! You will feel a world of difference.
WHAT AND HOW DO I PLANT?
For blooms all season long, plant hearty wildflower seed mixes designed specifically for high altitude.
Sadly, starting annual vegetables and flowers by seed without a greenhouse can be less satisfying due to the short Park City growing season. Invest in seedlings or mature plants for maximum growing, picking and eating satisfaction.
Set yourself up for success from the ground up with good soil. In Park City, most dirt has a high pH level; typically, it is filled with rocks and heavy clay. Mix in fresh, nutrient-rich topsoil.
WHAT ABOUT CONTAINER GARDENING?
Container planting is a blast and a fantastic way to enjoy a manageable vegetable or flower garden. Or, use it to complement existing flower-beds with various heights and sizes of planters.
It is also a great introduction to gardening because it keeps you from feeling overwhelmed by soil preparation. Simply fill a container with a healthy organic soil and compost mix, then plant.
Container gardening is ideal for those with mature landscaping because it allows gardeners to keep their green thumbs and hands in the dirt.
HOW DO I KEEP A GARDEN FRESH FROM SPRING TO FALL?
Start early. Warm spring days are ideal for prepping soil in beds and pruning mature shrubs and trees.
For optimal spring to fall blooming, having a mix of annuals and perennials will give you the most interesting garden with blooms all season long.
Some “go-to” long-lasting perennial bloomers in Park City include delphinium, day lilies, coneflower, blanket flower, daisies and flowering shrubs such as spirea.
Ground covering and shrubs, while they may not be as attention grabbing as large blooming flowers, add depth, height and interest to your garden and landscaping.