Carolyn’s Shade Gardens Note Cards

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.

Stylophorum diphyllum & Mertensia virginicaVirginia bluebells and Celandine poppies in the Carolyn’s Shade Gardens woodland.


We are halfway through the fall nursery season with several exciting events yet to come.  Shrubs and trees are available for purchase, and the order deadline has been extended to Wednesday, October 2, at 9 am.  For the shrub brochure, click here.  My husband Michael’s Low Maintenance Gardening seminars on October 4 and 6 are available for registration now.  For all the details, click here.  We will have open shopping hours this Saturday, October 5, from 10 am to 2 pm.  Fall is the best time to plant so I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to fill out your fall garden.


Chanticleer Teacup GardenThe Teacup Garden at Chanticleer, Wayne, Pennsylvania.


However, the really exciting news is that Carolyn’s Shade Gardens note cards are finally available.  Customers who subscribe to this blog are always complimenting me on the photographs, and several organizations, including the New York Times, have purchased them.   Two years ago, I used my images to create a calendar, which was very well received.  Note cards have been on the project list since then, and I finally was able to set aside time to create them this fall.


Tulipa 'Little Princess' & Sedum album‘Little Princess’ tulip and white stonecrop at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens.


The note cards are blank on the inside and feature six of my original images, which all appear in this post.  They are 5″ by 7″ with a white border, and are printed on thick, satin card stock.  On the back of each card is a caption identifying the plant or location of the photo.  Each card comes with an envelope and is packaged in a crystal clear card sleeve.  The cards are available in sets of 6 for $20 or singly for $4.  They are perfect for birthday, sympathy, and thank you notes.  Plus the sets make great gifts for the upcoming holidays especially useful for hostess presents, last minute gifts, and for the friend who has everything.


Galanthus 'Potter's Prelude'‘Potter’s Prelude’ fall-blooming snowdrops at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens.


Local customers have several options for purchasing cards.  First, you can come to my nursery open hours this Saturday, October 5, from 10 am to 2 pm.  While shopping for cards, you can also look at the beautiful fall season plants and tour the gardens.  Second, to ensure availability, you can pre-order the cards for pick up during the open hours this Saturday or at another time that is convenient for you.  Just send an email to with the number of sets and/or a list of single cards using the captions from this post and your proposed pick up date.  Third, you can have cards mailed to you per the instructions below.


DSCN0351The Peony Garden, Winterthur, Delaware.


If you are not local or just want the cards mailed, you can send an email to with the number of sets and/or single cards desired.  I will email back with the amount owed, which will include shipping by USPS Priority Mail starting at $6 for orders that fit in a small priority padded envelope (about four sets).  At some point I hope to set up a PayPal option but am not there yet.  I will ship the cards outside the US but would have to price the shipping individually for each order based on actual cost.


Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst' at Carolyn's Shade Gardens‘Early Amethyst’ beautyberry at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens.


It is great to be able to make my photographs available in a more lasting and useful format.  And I am so happy with the professional quality of these cards.



Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S., zone 6b. The only plants that we mail order are snowdrops and miniature hostas and only within the US.

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.

Nursery Happenings: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens will have open shopping hours on Saturday, October 5, from 10 am to 2 pm.  Shrub and tree orders are due by Wednesday, October 2, at 9 am.  For details, click here.  Low Maintenance Gardening Seminars are available for registration by clicking here.

Facebook: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens has a Facebook Page where I post single photos, garden tips, and other information that doesn’t fit into a blog post. You can look at my Facebook page here or click the Like button on my right sidebar here.

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18 Responses to “Carolyn’s Shade Gardens Note Cards”

  1. Carolyn these are such eye candy…lovely images to spread around to so many!!!

  2. Your photos are very beautiful and I know how discriminating you are in taking your photographs. I am sure you will do well with your note cards. I bet your customers will purchase quite a few.

  3. Nicely done Carolyn!

  4. I love your photos, they are so full of inspiring ideas.

  5. Cool!! L

  6. That Low Maintenance Gardening seminar looks so interesting. If I didn’t live 6063 kilometers away I would surely register.

  7. Congratulations on creating those notecards – great idea and I’m sure they will do well. Of course no-one will want to actually MAIL them so they could become collectors items!

  8. Your photos and your amazing plants always inspire me. Thanks for sharing your gifts, Carolyn.

  9. Congrats on the cards. Your photographs and I know your garden are always beautiful. I so want to visit one day!

  10. These images are all so lovely. Your note cards should sell well! The teacup garden and the beauty berry ones are my favorites.

  11. Carolyn, I am not surprised that your photos receive such attention. We are moving further west but unfortunately not far enough to make visiting your nursery convenient. Fall blooming Snowdrops! something we don’t see every day.

    • Alistair, I wish you were coming to visit. Now that you will be in England you will really have to catch snowdrop fever and visit all the big snowdrop estates in late winter. I thought fall-blooming snowdrops were quite common over there, but they are rare in the US. Carolyn

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