Carolyn’s Shade Gardens 2012 Calendar

Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery located in Bryn Mawr, PA, specializing in showy, colorful, and unusual plants for shade.  The only plants that we ship are snowdrops and miniature hostas.  For catalogues and announcements of events, please send your full name, location, and phone number (for back up use only) to  Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog.

Calendar Cover

Carolyn’s Shade Gardens 2012 Calendar $21.95

11” x 17”, ships in 3 to 5 business days, available worldwide

To read reviews and to order, click here.

20% off through 2/5/12 with code SHADOWHOG

Just in time for the holidays, I have created the first ever Carolyn’s Shade Gardens Calendar.  Using all my own photographs, each month is illustrated with a single photo or a collage that is seasonally appropriate.  All your favorites are there: snowdrops, hellebores, primroses, hostas, native plants, and much more.  Many of the photos have appeared on my blog and received numerous compliments.  Now they are gathered together in a beautifully printed calendar. 


Having seen self-published calendars before, I was stunned by the excellent quality of the printing.  The printer uses high quality, heavy stock, semi-gloss paper.  The photos are so clear that they look better in print than on my computer.  I scanned the cover and the February and October collages for this post to give you an idea of what to expect, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise of turning each page.  I am forever indebted to Clare at Curbstone Valley Farm for recommending the publisher and helping me through the process.


I hope you will want to order the calendar for yourself, but it would also make a great holiday gift for friends and family, hostess present, or gift for that someone who has everything.  Please send a link to this post to anyone who might be interested in an easy holiday present.  Let me know what you think of the calendar when you receive it or better yet write a review on the calendar site.  Your feedback is always important to me.

This is a print-to-order calendar so you must place your order directly with the publisher by clicking here.

For aesthetic reasons, I didn’t put captions in, but here is a list for everyone who has asked for them:

Cover: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens main terrace
January: snowdrops ‘Potter’s Prelude’ (Galanthus elwesii var. monstictus ‘Potter’s Prelude’)
February: un-named hybrid hellebores (Helleborus x hybridus)
March: checkered-lily (Fritillaria meleagris); white checkered lily (F. m. ‘Alba’); fumewort (Corydalis solida)
April: glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa forbesii) with ‘Caramel’ coralbells (Heuchera x villosa ‘Carmel’) left; ‘Little Princess’ tulip with white stonecrop (Sedum album) right
May: cinnamon fern (Osmunda cinnamomea) left; Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) and Celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) right
June: primrose ‘Cherry Pinwheels’ (Primula x polyantha ‘Cherry Pinwheels’)
July: ‘Teeny-weeny Bikini’ hosta left, ‘Holy Mouse Ears’ hosta top, Hosta tokudama species bottom
August: stone chair at Chanticleer with climbing hydrangea (H. anomala subsp. petiolaris)
September: ‘Early Amethyst’ beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst)
October: Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quenquefolia) left, northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) top, oakleaf hydrangea (H. quercifolia) bottom
November: ‘Blue Angel’ hosta with fall-blooming hardy cyclamen (C. hederifolium)
December: tea viburnum (V. setigerum) bottom, my gargoyle mascot left, Carolyn’s Shade Gardens carriage house top

Thanks, Carolyn

Notes: Every word that appears in orange on my blog is a link that you can click for more information.  If you want to return to my blog’s homepage to access the sidebar information (catalogues, previous articles, etc.) or to subscribe to my blog, just click here.

Nursery Happenings:
The nursery is closed for the year.  Look for the snowdrop catalogue (snowdrops are available mail order) in January 2012 and an exciting new hellebore offering in February 2012.  If you are within visiting distance and would like to receive catalogues and information about customer events, please send your full name and phone number to  Subscribing to my blog does not sign you up to receive this information.

35 Responses to “Carolyn’s Shade Gardens 2012 Calendar”

  1. ohh can’t wait…it looks fabulous…wanted to do one of my own so may email you….how are you getting your blog to snow???

    • Donna, Please feel free to email me about the calendar. Last year something popped up and asked if I wanted snow. I said yes and it just started automatically this year. Click Settings in the left sidebar in your dashboard and scroll to the bottom. Click the box for snow until 1/4. Carolyn

  2. How lovely, Carolyn … good luck!

  3. Carolyn, what a lovely idea! Have you considered asking the printer for a version for us in the Southern Hemisphere? Photos of snow in February just seem wrong, and of course the blooms are all at the opposite times of the year too.

    • Lyn, I don’t even know if the printer ships to Australia, but they will do events/important dates to suit various countries. You are right—if I was in the southern hemisphere I would have to shuffle all the photos. Maybe you should make a calendar for the half a world I don’t cover :-). Carolyn

      • It probably doesn’t matter to non-gardeners. I know they sell a lot of calendars here with the seasons all wrong. I’m happy to share the world equally with you, Carolyn, but I suspect I will have to get better at photography first!
        I hope your calendar sells well.

  4. I came to visit because of the comment you left on my blog. I was pretty sure there would be a post about your calendar. It really is nice Carolyn and it looks like they did a fine job with your beautiful photos. Hope you are successful with it as it looks to make a nice gift. My friend and I discussed calendars but she said printing costs are generally too high, but she has a source that will do smaller runs that is more cost efficient. I have produced my own calendars for clients in the past and sent them as Christmas gifts. Producing them myself allowed all the graphics to be controlled by me which was the part I most enjoy doing. This company does do a nice product and looks like a good source that Clare found. Much luck to you in the sale of your calendar.

    • Donna, Thanks for the encouragement. When you come here I will have to show you the amazing quality of the photographic prints in person. You really have to see it to believe it. One of my customers called it “high defintion” (she wrote a review on the site) and I have to agree. However, you are also right that the printing costs are very high so I need to sell a lot to make this worthwhile. Carolyn

  5. The photos that you chose look so pretty. I know the entire calendar must be superb. Good luck on the calendar sales. I bet each of your customers will want one.

  6. Great looking calendar, this is a wonderful idea.

  7. Congratulations on this endeavor. It looks beautiful. Good luck!

  8. Your photos are always superb so I’m sure the calendar is wonderful, good luck with your sales

  9. It looks amazing Carolyn, good luck with it. I will have to think of ideas like this to make retirement a little more comfortable.

  10. it looks like a beautiful calendar Carolyn, I especially like October, wish you every success with it, Frances

  11. it looks nice calendar with nice photos,good luck

  12. I will add my name to the the list of those who consider the photos for your calendar to be beautiful.

  13. Looks beautiful Carolyn – congratulations.

  14. How beautiful Carolyn, I love it to have my calendar too, but that is too far out yet. LOL. Good luck.

  15. The garden blogging world is such a kind and supportive place. Thanks for all the good wishes for my calendar. I wish you could all see it in print. Carolyn

  16. Well I couldn’t resist – I bought Claire’s too, but then decided I actually do need another for the office so I’ve just bought yours too. So know that at least one of your calendars will be gracing a wall in sunny South Africa very soon 🙂

    • Christine, You don’t know how happy that makes me. I love the idea of you seeing Carolyn’s Shade Gardens in print all year. I wasn’t even sure that the calendar was available outside the U.S. I would love to know the details of the shipping. If I do this again next year, I will have to do a better job of figuring it all out. Thanks so much—you have made my day. Carolyn

      • Hi Carolyn – I’ve e-mailed you the exact details, but just for the record, I was impressed with – it was quick and easy to order. They offered 3 shipping options: standard, priority or express mail (at a fee of course), but that is pretty standard – we pay for shipping too. So I would imagine its the same for anyone in Australia or the UK who want to order – Easy and quick. I was impressed with the process (I buy a lot from the USA and am not that easily impressed :). I think you chose wisely to do it through Lulu.

        Best of luck with the calendar – I am sure you will sell plenty!

      • Thanks, Christine. All my international blogging buddies can have a Carolyn’s Shade Gardens calendar on their wall too :-). Carolyn

  17. Recipients of your calendar are sure to be pleased! It looks gorgeous!

  18. Wow! What a great idea…love it! x

  19. I was very happy to help Carolyn. Sorry I disappeared at the end of this project, the storm that ripped through here last week was unbelievable, and severed our phone/internet. So glad it all turned out well without me though 😉 Aren’t the calendars gorgeous? I’ve used a number of self-publishers, and these calendars are by far of the best quality. I can’t wait to see yours!

  20. Bet it’s an absolute stunner Carolyn as half the time I pop over to your blog just to ogle your shady blooms. Wishing you large sales, for now and when you next open your nursery.
    p.s. have just ordered one 😉

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