Every year, Grow Pittsburgh starts vegetable, herb and flower seedlings at The Frick Pittsburgh Greenhouse for sale to the public.
The sale begins Saturday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. and continues through Sunday, June 18. The sale is open the same days and times as The Frick: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
The Frick greenhouse and grounds are free to visit and open to the public, and the sale is self-serve; select your seedlings in the greenhouse and pay at the Orientation Center (the glass building closest to the parking lot). Some bags and trays may be available in the greenhouse, but it’s best to bring your own trays, boxes or bags to transport your seedlings. Seedlings cost $3.75 each.
We restock varieties as much as possible, but some seedlings will sell out. Shop early for the best selection! As selections sell out, we’ll post that information here.
Most flowers, herbs and cooler season vegetables will be available at the beginning of the sale. Warmer season crops like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant will be available around the beginning of May. 2017 available seedling varieties. Note: we want to ensure that you receive quality plants for your garden, so we are not offering peppers this year. We apologize for the inconvenience. Check Garden Dreams in Wilkinsburg for their excellent selection of peppers.
We will also sell seedlings at the Phipps 81st Annual May Market and National Public Lands Day May 12 from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and May 13 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. May Market is free and open to the public, and on Fri., May 12, National Public Gardens Day, Conservatory admission is 50-percent off during May Market hours.
When you purchase your seedlings, you’ll also get a summer salad recipe from The Porch at Schenley’s Executive Chef Kevin Hermann. At The Porch at Schenley, they believe that the best meals come from the best ingredients. Whether the food comes from their very own rooftop garden or from friends at Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance, they are proud to sponsor Grow Pittsburgh and share in the vision for everyone in the region to grow and eat fresh, local, healthy food.
In an effort to avoid supporting the agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology giant Monsanto, we’ve stopped purchasing seeds even indirectly sold through them. Monsanto’s vegetable seed division, De Ruiter, supplies many seed companies with some of our longtime favorite varieties. We’ve picked some substitutes in which we feel confident for taste and quality, and we’re excited to hear your feedback as you grow these new varieties.
Thanks for your support as we strive to more fully embody two of our organizational values: environmental sustainability and transparency. For more information, please see our Info Hub article on Safe Seed.
*We grow our seedlings according to national organic standards but are not certified organic.