The Greenhouse At Morgan Lane Blog

The Green Event: It’$ all about the green…Environmental Awareness Event, CSCC
April 18, 2010, 1:20 am
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Thank you so much to Cleveland State Community College, and the staff, for putting on the return event “It’$ all About the Green”. We appreciated being invited to participate. We are a local organically – raised greenhouse and farm featuring creative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Last year we were unable to attend; and this year was chaotic getting to the event and being off the farm…but we were happy to be exhibitors. Hopefully, lots of people were able to get the coloring and information sheets on the horses; the brochures for the farm, the greenhouse and antique shop, the Appalachian Quilt Trail and our large block at the farm; and the various TN Farm Directories that we provided. If you did not, we have more of most of the items at our farm.
We were a bit late getting there, and had to leave, due to the birth of Sleipnir Sequoyah x NEJ Golddust Emma’s colt early this am. Mare and foal are doing well. Sire is proud of himself. All the stallions said HEY!!!! All the mares want one of their own.
We did make some new friends, and had some interesting conversations while we were there. It looked like the event was well attended, and had lots of different exhibitors, with items of interest to various attendees.


April 17, 2010, 12:05 pm
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We had a very nice turnout last Saturday for our Spring Open House and Plant Sale. It was gorgeous weather and everyone had a nice time on the farm.

We still have Tomato, Pepper and Vegetable plants. And lots of culinary herbs and perennials.

Thank you to all our customers. We appreciate you coming to us.

2010 Spring Open House and Plant Sale

2010 Spring Open House and Plant Sale
Saturday, April 10th, 2010
10:00am to 4:00pm
We are a small family farm. We grow 98% of our plants ourselves. Everything is organically grown and while we have some common varieties, we mostly concentrate on Unusual and Unique culinary herbs and HEIRLOOM and ethnic varieties of vegetable plants, especially Tomatoes and Peppers.
We also have Blueberry bushes and some other fruiting plants and perennials.
We have limited space and only grow a small amount of each of many varieties. We will have over 30 types of Heirloom, Ethnic and other Tomatoes; and over 75 types of sweet, mild to HOT peppers.
We do take requests and deposits.
Antique Shop on the farm, with glass, china, vintage hats and jewelry +
Also the largest herd of Registered Morgan Horses in the south. Foals to senior citizens; stallions, mares, and geldings. Historic bloodlines in people-friendly, gorgeous, intelligent horses. Mostly Blacks and Bays, some Chestnuts, and a Palomino.
House plants ON SALE NOW.
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am until 4:00 pm

Our daffodils are mostly open now
March 31, 2010, 3:17 pm
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Our daffodils are mostly open now, and they are putting on a happy face for visitors to the farm, with the antique shop and the greenhouse. It is the largest quantity and most variety of daffodils that we have ever had. They remind me that we have been settling in here for awhile. We’ve played ‘Johnny Appleseed’, leaving properties nicer than we found them. But is great to be able to see our plantings mature, and the daffodils dance.
Caitrin and Kathy, and occasional helpers, have been really busy with developing planting beds around the farm, with bulbs, small shrubs, and perennials. Our lilacs are starting to bud. I can’t wait for them to open. People told me that lilacs didn’t do well in the South. But I looked around and saw that that wasn’t true. We have a family heirloom single white lilac that is wonderfully scented, and it is putting out tons of shoots.
It has been a grey Winter here in southeast Tennessee, and the greenhouse has provided the reminder of Spring and regrowth and sprouting. Yesterday Michael and Tim Patterson helped to pull the shade cloth back to let more sunshine in. An old-timer had told me that this Winter has brought the fewest days of sunshine that he has ever seen…about thirteen. But we seem to have turned a corner, and we’ve had a few days of blue skies in a row. Just in time for Easter.
Our kitchen table, John’s grandparents’, has had several versions of blue ball jars full of daffodils to cheer up the inside of the house, as well as outdoors. I hope that wherever you are, you have a few daffodils to see too.

Houseplants on Sale
March 12, 2010, 1:49 pm
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We organically grow culinary herbs year-round and Heirloom, Ethnic and some hybrid Tomatoes, Peppers, and other vegetables and edible flowers for Spring Gardening from seed. 

The greenhouse is getting crowded with seedlings, and some Houseplants need to leave their warm nest for the winter. 

Currently, we have ON SALE:

Asparagus fern

Avocado Tree  


Snake Plant/ Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

Wandering Jew

Also reduction on Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera) …some are ready to bloom for Easter. 


Scented Geraniums…especially Lemon Scented… Citronella, the mosquito chasing plant.

Bamboo for privacy hedge and garden poles +
June 9, 2009, 9:49 pm
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The people that owned our farm prior to us, planted bamboo on the corner entrance to the property.

It comes from an historic farm in Cleveland. It grows to over twenty-five feet, and has formed a dense planting. It isn’t invasive, however, like some of the bamboo.

We sell clumps of 3-4 stalks of whatever size, as ‘dig your own’. We also sell single stalks of bamboo for various purposes.

Some people want them for bean poles for their gardens. Some use it as rustic curtain rods. John thinks that they’d make great old fashioned fishing poles–the kind with just a line hanging from the tip. One musician picked out stalks that were just so, to make flutes for sale.

We’ve had bamboo travel as far as Iowa, and as close as in the neighborhood.

Our bamboo does not get extremely wide in diameter. Probably an inch plus at the thickest.

We call it the “Bamboo Forest” and our daughter, Britta, has featured it in her Book about her blind dog, San. (San’s Adventures on Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm, available in the Shop, on his website, and on

Organically raised Squash at the Farm or at Farmer’s Markets
June 9, 2009, 5:23 pm
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We’ve been picking our fresh organically raised squash. We have several varieties including yellow crookneck and straightneck, zucchini of different types, and white scalloped bush .

The white scalloped bush squash look like mini spaceships. If you get them when they are tiny and steam them, they make a great addition to a kid’s plate…what kid doesn’t want to have a spaceship on his plate?

We have it fresh picked at the farm…and we are going to the Chilhowie (Polk County) Farmer’s Market in Benton, and the McMinn County Farmer’s Market in Athens.

The farm is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. If you come to the farm, you can see all our lovely flowers, the antique shop, and the horses.

The baby scallop bush squash, you can steam like you would slices of yellow or Zucchini squash.

The larger Zucchinis work well for delicious Zucchini bread…I’ll be adding my favorite recipe soon. Slices of the larger yellow and Zucchini squash are great for making vegetable lasagna or for layering with onions and baking as a side dish.