3714 VT Route 11, Londonderry, VT 05148
Curtis and Martha Cowles, owners
Member, Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping marks 23 years in business this year. Curtis Cowles is a certified horticulturist, while Martha takes care of the financial end. Cowles became interested in horticulture at a young age, watching his grandfather manually pollinating rhododendrons in Massachusetts. Over the years he worked summer jobs in landscaping, got an associate’s degree in horticulture, and with his wife Martha started Glebe Mountain Gardens in 1994. The property has about 35-37 acres, of which 25 acres are forested and in the current use program. Cowles said he “buys everything in,” choosing hardy Vermont or northern varieties of flowers, vegetables, and herbs and raising them in the greenhouse. Trees and shrubs come from Vermont and Canada. Cowles specializes in patios, stone walls, landscape plans, and natural landscaping. Though not officially organic-certified, he uses organic fertilizers, especially with the food plants.
Glebe Mountain Gardens also has a holiday shop, open from November to Christmas. Cowles spends his winters as a professional ski instructor of 30 years, now at Stratton.
He said his main challenge, aside from weather, is finding summer employees. “I let people know we work in the rain,” he said.
The garden center and the open greenhouse hours are 7 days, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. They sell small garden supplies as well as plants.
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping is located on Rte 11, about 1½ miles east of Londonderry.