About Our Plants
The majority of our plant inventory is Georgia-grown at our nursery and includes perennials, conifers, trees, and shrubs. We also stay abreast of current trends in the garden industry and search trusted plant sources to find other new and hard-to-find plants to offer for our discerning customers.
Please go to the links below for our current inventory of conifers, perennials, shrubs, vines and trees. Due to our small staff size and large inventory, these lists are updated once a year, so it is possible that some of the listed items may have sold out. Please check with us to determine availability, sizes, and prices for specific plants. Also included below is some information on Hellebore Downy Mildew which describes how we are handling the disease in our gardens and production.
Our plant labels used in our retail sales area provide information on each plant including scientific and common names, mature size and shape, growing requirements, flowers, and other characteristics. You are welcome to use our labels to produce markers for your own garden. The labels are printed on weatherproof matte inkjet labels available from onlinelabels.com. Note that these are master lists and include plants that may not be currently available at the nursery, see plant list above for current inventory.
About Our Gardens
The sales area of Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens is surrounded by many acres of display gardens which are open year round during daylight hours to visitors. These gardens provide a place for customers to see mature specimens of plants before purchasing them for their own garden, and include the Hellebore Trail and Winter Garden, Hill and Dell Shade Garden, and Gateway Sun Conifer Garden. Come on your own to wander and explore at will, attend our Garden Fair or Fall Open Houses for a tour, or schedule a guided tour for your group. Most of the proceeds from nursery sales are used to maintain the gardens.
The gardens of Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens were begun when Carleen and Sam Jones moved to the property in 1982, and continue to be improved and expanded today by their daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and Bill Hinesley. The style of the gardens is natural and informal with winding trails linking various garden areas. Plants in the gardens include: many types of flowering bulbs and perennials; a large collection of camellias and Japanese maples; natives including ferns, wildflowers, shrubs, and trees; and hundreds of types of conifers. Feel free to take photos, enjoy our whimsical garden art, read a book on a quiet bench in the shade, listen to the waterfall in the pond garden, or have a picnic while you are here. Our only rules are that dogs should be kept on a leash to protect our nursery cats, and for your safety, please do not enter nursery production areas unless accompanied by a staff member.
About Our Staff
Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens was begun in 1982 by Sam and Carleen Jones. Sam, a retired professor of Botany at the University of Georgia, and Carleen, a retired biology teacher (now both deceased), are highly regarded in the nursery field. They helped organize the Perennial Plant Association and the Georgia Perennial Plant Association, wrote numerous articles on plants, and won numerous honors and awards for their contributions to the industry. Sam and Carleen's daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and Bill Hinesley, began working at Piccadilly Farm in 2010 and continue to operate the nursery. Sam remained active in the management of Piccadilly Farm Nursery until his death in 2016. Valerie and Bill's daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Jacob Douylliez, now live on the farm and assist us in our work. Their daughter and our granddaughter, Valerie, makes the fourth generation of the family at Piccadilly Farm! To keep up with the latest industry news, we maintain memberships in organizations such as the Perennial Plant Association and American Conifer Society. Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens has received Awards of Merit from both of these organizations. Please contact either Valerie or Bill for assistance with your plant needs.
Valerie and Bill Hinesley with Sam Jones (center)
About Our Tours and Events
Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens is listed as an Agritourism destination by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. We enjoy sharing our gardens and celebrate them during a annual event called Garden Fair (formerly called Hellebore Days begun in 1992). Garden Fair is held on the first two Fridays and Saturdays in March. We also hold a Fall Open House on the first two Fridays and Saturdays in October. Please contact us for more information on these events because details may change from year to year. All tours and events are free and open to the public.
For more detailed information, send us an email to be added to our email list and receive updates on events. Please contact us to arrange a special tour for your group or garden organization. We have two power point presentations available for groups entitled "Hellebores and More for Winter Interest" and "Fall in Love with Conifers". Please contact us for information on our availability to make a presentation for your group. We charge a speakers fee and travel expense reimbursements, and your group should provide projection equipment needed for power point,
About Our Venue
Planning a farm or garden wedding, party, group meeting, or other event? Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens can provide a unique setting for your special event. Let us know how we can help. Our facilities at Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens include a large indoor meeting room and a covered 30' by 40' picnic pavilion with parking and restroom facilities that can be used for meetings, reunions, weddings, receptions and rehearsal dinners, and parties. Our gardens and pastures have areas perfect for farm and garden weddings, special occasion photography, and art or yoga classes. Please contact us for more information on planning your event.
About Our Design Services
Need help in planning your home landscaping? Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens is pleased to offer landscape design services by Valerie Jones Hinesley, Registered Landscape Architect. She is a 1981 graduate of the University of Georgia and formerly operated a landscape design firm in Savannah. She returned to Athens in 2011 to help her father operate Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens. Because of her love and knowledge of plants, Valerie particularly enjoys residential garden design and looks forward to assisting you.
For more information, see the attachments below.