Cavano’s Perennials is a respected resource in the Mid Atlantic horticultural community. The reason is evident once you speak to the Owners, Ferenc Kiss, and Taylor Pilker. A passion for what they do is a natural part of their conversation. Smart growth is part of their philosophy. This way, they can go above and beyond inustry expectations.
The Cavano’s Team is serious about their commitment to the horticultural industry, as well as the environment. Attention to detail in the finished products and the need to exceed consumer expectation is an intentional business practice.
My first visit to Cavano’s was several years ago. The Association of Garden Writers (now known as GardenComm, International) coordinates a Regional meeting, partnering with Cavano’s. We toured the facility, reviewed the plant material, and gathered. The team at Cavanos were the perfect hosts. It was a memorable day and we learned a lot about their history.
With humble beginnings as a cut flower farm, one could say that over time, Cavano’s has grown up. When the former owners retired, this business became a partnership of friends. Ferenc and Taylor have taken Cavano’s to the next level with their work ethic and expertise. This combination has met the needs of the horticultural industry. Pivoting during this pandemic offered a new opportunity. Online ordering and contactless pickup has allowed Cavano’s to remain accessible.
On a recent visit, I was fortunate to enhance my pollinator garden. I love Echinacea and all of it’s many cultivars. One I had been looking for was calling my name .
Echinacea “Fatal Attraction” packs a lot in a small plant. A little shorter, blooming later, and a little longer than other cultivars, she stands out. A terrific front of the border plant with an an upturned bloom, a noticeable cone and black stems. Some say it has a slight fragrance that is also a bonus. I can only imagine how this will look front and center in my new pollinator garden next season.
Wendy Brister, Marketing Director at Cavano’s is a wealth of information. She suggested another cultivar I should consider for my pollinator allotment.
When I saw the bloom, I knew that Wendy suggested wisely. Known as a clumper, shorter in stature, and double rows of petals, “Virgin” was intriguing. Virgin is a popular asset to any pollinator garden. I am counting on “Virgin” calling all the pollinators into my garden next year.
Cavano’s certainly had more than Echinacea’s for my garden. This company also offers herbs and ornamental grasses. The plant list is quite impressive, offering in-depth information. Defining specific soil conditions, bloom time, and watering needs means there is no guessing required. A statement on their website makes me know this is a reputable company. Cavano’s has an statement committing to non use of neonicotinoid pesticides. This speaks volumes to the conscientious gardener.
As a local business committed to being the best in the industry, reputation is everything. Cavano’s has a reputation of being mindful of their environmental footprint. As a Grower, selecting quality plants for diverse conditions is important. Being the resource that garden centers know is a reputation worth having.
Cavano’s also offers a wonderful list of 200 low impact native plants. Some garden mainstays like Rudbeckia, Amsonia hubrechtii, and Asclepius cultivars. Xeric landscaping, rain gardens to bioretention landscapes, this company has the required plant material. What a wonderful way to design a project and have a dependable resource to count on.
I like to think of Cavano’s as an industry pollinator. The diversity of plant material grown onsite, attracts vendors near and far. This pollinator called Cavano’s serves as a connector of healthy plants to in the Mid Atlantic. Most gardeners want the best plants for our gardens. It is wonderful knowing there is a local grower we can depend on as a resource.
My 2021 pollinator garden and the plant list from Cavano’s will give me something to look forward to. As we begin nesting, a refresher on pollinator gardens is heavy on my mind.
Do you have a pollinator garden? What plants are on your pollinator wish list?
At the Cottage, dreams of pollinators are heavy on my mind…
Teri, Cottage In The Court
To find out about a How to Grow a Pollinator Garden, listen to my podcast. I recently had a chat with Heather Andrews of Garden Thoughtfully. Heather is a new GardenComm Member on a mission to encourage more people to think about pollinators.
To find out about GardenComm, International, click here. There is even a special opportunity to view a holiday offering of a one act play called: Betrothal” by Lanford Wilson.by
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