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The Gardener's Eye

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Bunker Farm: A New Source for Choice Plants

Helen O'Donnell, garden buddy and fellow blogger (Anemone Timeshas started a working farm with her husband and another couple in Dummerston, VT. Helen has studied at Great Dixter under the tutelage of Fergus Garreett on two occasions. She has become a knowledgeable and enthusiastic plantsperson. As part of the farm, she has started a nursery that has some cool Dixter plants (non-Dixter annuals and perennials too).

These plants are mostly perennials

Most of the annuals are in super-sized 6 packs, so the plants are nice beefy and ready to plant in your garden

Helen's greenhouse

My Loot.

This little gem called Salvia 'Crown Jewels' caught my eye. I have never seen before but Helen said the seeds of this plant, called Chia in Mexico, were used as a food crop by Native Americans and it is now a popular health food product. 

Helen's nursery is small and just in the very beginning stages but she has some choice plants to offer. The nursery is open Saturdays 12:00 to 5:00 or by appointment. It is located about 10-15 minute drive north of Brattelboro, VT. It is a little tricky to find, so be sure to have a navigation device. Note the farm doesn't have a sign yet. Helen is a delight. If you live in the area, please check Bunker Farm out!

Helen O'Donnell
The Bunker Farm
857 Bunker Road
Dummerston, VT 05346

email for appt:

The mission of The Bunker Farm is to:

Produce and market naturally grown meat, vegetable, nursery and forestry products in a sustainable and profitable manner.

Develop innovative and purposeful connections between producers and consumers in order to strengthen Vermont’s local food system and the social and community connections that nurture it.

Invest in community outreach and on-farm education to foster a sense of place, heritage, and identity for local students and community members.


  1. I couldn't agree more about Helen and her plants, I've filled my car 3 times this spring.

  2. I hope more and more gardeners find about Helen, her planet and her enthusiasm. If you are near NH in August, Helen will be selling plants at my garden during the Monadnock Open Days on August 23, 2014.

  3. I have to control myself, I filled the car a few weeks ago. Love that Helen grows in larger 6-packs, the annuals are so much more advanced. Can't wait to return home and see what is blooming in our garden... Such rare finds.

  4. Hi Paula. helen specializes in chice unusual plants. I agree those large 6 packs make for big healthy plants ready for the garden.

  5. Thanks everyone, I couldn't do it without support from you great gardeners!

  6. Not sure which I like more, Helen: you or your plants! Rumor around here is that more visitors are coming are coming from NH.



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