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Carolyn’s Shade Gardens 2012 Calendar

Posted in calendar with tags , , on December 4, 2011 by Carolyn @ Carolyns Shade Gardens

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.

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