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Pleasant Hills Farm

Pleasant Hills Farm Growing flowers sustainably and organically on a historic farm just outside of Washington DC.

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Daffodils might be my new spring obsession.  I'm loving the uniqueness and beauty of each variety we're growing.  This w...
04/14/2022

Daffodils might be my new spring obsession. I'm loving the uniqueness and beauty of each variety we're growing. This was the first group to blossom for us. More to come! We planted 25 varieties this year and I'm already shopping for new ones to plant next year!

#springobsession #springflowers #daffodils #flowerfarmer #localflowers #grownnotflown

Harvested this beautiful Fritillaria today with a bunch going to @littleacreflowers.  Can't wait to see the stunning arr...
04/14/2022

Harvested this beautiful Fritillaria today with a bunch going to @littleacreflowers. Can't wait to see the stunning arrangements they make with these. My floral design talent is limited but I love providing beautiful blooms to talented designers who can make magic with their beauty!

#fancyflowers #localblooms #flowerfarmer #flowersofinstagram #springflowers

Yesterday's harvest of Columbus, a beautiful double pink tulip that resembles a peony when it opens up and has an incred...
03/05/2022

Yesterday's harvest of Columbus, a beautiful double pink tulip that resembles a peony when it opens up and has an incredible vase life. These beauties have particularly long stems! We have loads of tulips now if you're feeling that spring fever! Stop by the farm this beautiful weekend between 12-4 on Saturday or Sunday for an extra boost of spring!

#SpringFever #flowersofinstagram #flowerfarmer #tulips #flowerharvest

Spring is springing early in our greenhouse!  Sorry we haven't posted for a few days but we've been busy harvesting tuli...
02/26/2022

Spring is springing early in our greenhouse! Sorry we haven't posted for a few days but we've been busy harvesting tulips. These were forced from pre-chilled tulip bulbs from @netherland_bulb and have been so healthy! We've got about 20 varieties in bloom now including many parrots, doubles and interesting singles in pretty much every color available.

Our farm will be open this weekend from 12-4 on Saturday and Sunday if anyone needs some tulips to jump start their spring fever!

#springiscoming #tulipfever #locallygrown #flowerfarm #flowersofinstagram

The Anemones are coming!!  We have 20 varieties of anemones growing in our hoop houses including Bianco Centro Nero, Mis...
02/19/2022

The Anemones are coming!! We have 20 varieties of anemones growing in our hoop houses including Bianco Centro Nero, Mistral Grape and Mistral Rarity pictured here. They're just starting to arrive. Get ready for their beauty!!! Can't wait!

#anemones #localflowers #flowerfarmer #grownnotflown

This is Ad Rem, one of my all-time favorite tulips with an elegant stiff outer leaf and near perfect petal in beautiful ...
02/18/2022

This is Ad Rem, one of my all-time favorite tulips with an elegant stiff outer leaf and near perfect petal in beautiful salmon. Wait until she opens up. More to come!

#tulipwonder #flowerfarmer #grownnotflown #flowersofinstagram #dutchgirl

The texture and color on these bright parrot tulips are simply amazing.  I'm in ❤️ These are definitely up there as one ...
02/18/2022

The texture and color on these bright parrot tulips are simply amazing. I'm in ❤️ These are definitely up there as one of my favorites. Wait until they open... to die for. More to come!
#amazingtulips #flowerfarmer #grownnotflown #locallysourcedflowers

Foreshadowing the iPhone back in 1958.  I came across this ad while looking through one of my grandmother's old magazine...
02/01/2022

Foreshadowing the iPhone back in 1958. I came across this ad while looking through one of my grandmother's old magazine's. Priceless.

So, kids (anyone younger than me) .... imagine this.... you're back in 1958 and away from home and you want to call someone. No problem! Drive around until you find one of these magic boxes. Go inside the magic box, deposit your coins and talk to someone for 2 minutes, assuming they answer. If not, too bad. No voicemail, no texting, no group chats. Would you survive?

Some of my most treasured items are the old books I have from my family.  Pictured here are some of their bibles and scr...
01/31/2022

Some of my most treasured items are the old books I have from my family. Pictured here are some of their bibles and scripture, mostly in Dutch or Norwegian, and often with a pressed flower or two! These flowers likely date back to the late 1800s or early 1900s. Looks like I found my true calling with flower farming!

#historymatters #ancestorymatters #antiquelove

When you slightly over order Amaryllis for the holiday season and they're blooming on every windowsill and mantle in you...
01/29/2022

When you slightly over order Amaryllis for the holiday season and they're blooming on every windowsill and mantle in your house. Not a bad thing, in the end... I am enjoying their beauty. Knowing me, I'll probably do it again next year.

These beauties are from @leoberbeebulb

#floweraddict #amaryllis #winterblossoms

I am often asked what in the world would inspire me to leave a secure corporate executive role to farm.  I honestly stru...
01/22/2022

I am often asked what in the world would inspire me to leave a secure corporate executive role to farm. I honestly struggle to find the answer. Is "I just feel it in my bones" a good enough answer? It was for me. As validation (as if any was necessary), I look back on these treasures and influence from my family:

1) N.A Carlburg Mercantile - my great grandparents mercantile store in SD back in the goldrush years. They believed in hard work for an honest living
2) My grandmothers' (on both sides of the family) love for flowers as evidenced in their floral shears, vases and circa 1900 flower arranging books
3) And lastly, and perhaps most importantly, my father's workbooks, starting with his 1940s 4H farming journal, pictured here, and then his civil engineering field journal from his college studies at SDSU.

#historymatters #ourstory #inspiration #whoweare #legacy #flowerfarming

We're growing like our flowers and adding more positions for 2022.   If you enjoy working with your hands (and don't min...
01/21/2022

We're growing like our flowers and adding more positions for 2022. If you enjoy working with your hands (and don't mind getting them dirty) and you'd rather be outside on a beautiful (or rainy) day than cooped up in an office, check out the positions we have available for 2022 by clicking on the link in our bio. Send us your resume and tell us a little bit about you and why you are interested in joining the PHF Team. It's a fun environment where you'll have plenty of opportunity to contribute, learn and laugh!

#farmjobs #flowerfarming #PHFblooms #PHFTeam

This is Leen Van Der Mark, a prized Triumph tulip with cardinal red blossoms and yellow edges that mature into a bright ...
01/20/2022

This is Leen Van Der Mark, a prized Triumph tulip with cardinal red blossoms and yellow edges that mature into a bright white as it opens. It's a great tulip for forcing and growing hydroponically, as these tulips pictured here were. I think these are a perfect Christmas and Valentine's Day tulip! I can't wait for the rest of ours to blossom over the next few months. Thank you @netherland_bulb for all the amazing pre-chilled tulip bulbs!

#tulipforcing #hydroponictulips #flowerfarmer #PHFblooms

With a snow storm heading our way, I could use a little Spryng Break!  This tulip is new to us this year and it is simpl...
01/14/2022

With a snow storm heading our way, I could use a little Spryng Break! This tulip is new to us this year and it is simply spectacular with it's white petals fringed in red. It opens up to the most amazing pinwheel design!
#wintertulips #flowerfarmer #tuliplove

Snowboard seems like an appropriate Tulip for January!  It's bloom is on the smaller side but impeccably elegant with ex...
01/12/2022

Snowboard seems like an appropriate Tulip for January! It's bloom is on the smaller side but impeccably elegant with exquisite pure white blooms on long stems. I may have found my new favorite winter tulip. It's definitely in the running!

#whitetulips #winterwhite #wintertulips #flowerfarmer

This is Strong Love and she's taking off like gangbusters in our hydroponic tulip garden.  I love her as much in this st...
01/11/2022

This is Strong Love and she's taking off like gangbusters in our hydroponic tulip garden. I love her as much in this stage as I do when she is in full bloom.

We have several varieties of tulips now available if you need something to brighten your cold winter days!

#wintertulips #hydroponicflowers #flowerfarmer #flowersofinstagram

Our first anemone is making her grand entrance!  This is Bianco Centro Nero, a beautiful Italian Anemone.  We start our ...
01/05/2022

Our first anemone is making her grand entrance! This is Bianco Centro Nero, a beautiful Italian Anemone. We start our anemone growing by pre-sprouting them in soil trays (2nd picture) in our cooler for 3-4 week and then plant them in crates which go into our hoop houses. This first anemone is growing in our small heated greenhouse. Looks like we'll have anemones for Valentine's!

#anemoneflowers #flowerfarmer #winterflowers #flowersofinstagram

Our first hydroponic tulips arrived at the same time as our first snow to help brighten an already beautiful day!  I thi...
01/04/2022

Our first hydroponic tulips arrived at the same time as our first snow to help brighten an already beautiful day! I think I can get use to tulips in January!

#wintertulips #hydroponicflowers #flowerfarmer #grownnotflown

Hoop House plants are all tucked in for our first snow.  The rows in this unheated hoop house are full of ranunculus and...
01/03/2022

Hoop House plants are all tucked in for our first snow. The rows in this unheated hoop house are full of ranunculus and we have some anemones growing in crates in the center aisle. I think I'll stay inside tucked in nice and cozy today as well! Happy Winter!

#winterfarming #coldseasoncrops #hoophousegrowing #winterishere #firstsnow

01/01/2022

Happy New Year! May the New Year bring you and your family peace, love and health! See you in the New Year!!! Xoxo ❤️

Here's a final look at how we grow tulips on our farm.  The tulips we grow hydroponically and in crates come pre-chilled...
12/30/2021

Here's a final look at how we grow tulips on our farm. The tulips we grow hydroponically and in crates come pre-chilled from Holland which means that they have already had the necessary weeks of chilling by the time they arrive and are ready to start growing. The rest of the tulips we buy have not been chilled and need to be planted outside for winter chilling before they bloom in the spring. We grow them in temporary raised beds filled with compost so that we can easily harvest them with the bulbs on and then reuse the compost elsewhere on the farm. The bulbs are packed in tight and we are growing about 10,000 this way in multiple long raised beds.
#tulipfarming #flowerfarming #flowerfarmer #sustainablefarming

Phew!  Finished planting the last of 200+ tulip crates this week.  They're being stored in our production shed for rooti...
12/29/2021

Phew! Finished planting the last of 200+ tulip crates this week. They're being stored in our production shed for rooting and then will be taken to our hoop houses successively to finish growing. We grow about 60% of our tulips this way because it allows us to better time our tulip availability and extend the season. It also minimizes tilling and digging in our soil.

#lowtillfarming #tulipforcing #flowerfarming #flowersofinstagram #grownnotflown

Kyra and Luiz, two of the rockstars on our farm, planting tulip crates.  Looking back on 2021, having these two join our...
12/28/2021

Kyra and Luiz, two of the rockstars on our farm, planting tulip crates. Looking back on 2021, having these two join our farm team were definitely highlights for the year! Grateful for amazing help and new friends! #teamwork #farmlife #newfriends

So excited to be growing hydroponic tulips in our basement this year!  Watching these babies take off has been so fun!  ...
12/27/2021

So excited to be growing hydroponic tulips in our basement this year! Watching these babies take off has been so fun! Looks like we'll have tulips for Valentine's Day, if not earlier ❣️

Thank you @littlefarmhouseflowers and @thetulipworkshop for offering a great course and content! Thank you @coolhollowflowers for letting me buy some of your hydro trays. Happy growing!

#hydroponics #wintertulips #flowerfarmer #flowersofinstagram

So fun making corsages for Gonzaga homecoming with @wildingflowersco, who was the creative inspiration behind the projec...
10/30/2021

So fun making corsages for Gonzaga homecoming with @wildingflowersco, who was the creative inspiration behind the project! #homecoming #flowerjewelry #localflowers #gonzagacollegehighschool

Progress being made on our geothermal hoop house.  100’ x 30’ x 8’ deep hole was dug (a little more than a while ago but...
10/20/2021

Progress being made on our geothermal hoop house. 100’ x 30’ x 8’ deep hole was dug (a little more than a while ago but life happens…) pipes laid at ground level covered by soil. Another layer of pipes will go in before more fill dirt is added. Air will circulate through the two layers of pipe powered by solar fans to maintain a consistent temperature in the hoop house of around 52 degrees.

10/20/2021

Enjoy a walk through our Dahlia field on a beautiful evening…

Shiloh Noelle dahlia in the sunset.  I can't really complain about the long days that end with working in the fields whe...
10/14/2021

Shiloh Noelle dahlia in the sunset. I can't really complain about the long days that end with working in the fields when I'm surrounded by beauty like this.

#happyendings #sunsetbeauty #fortheloveofdahlias #shilohnoelledahlia #flowerfarmer #grownnotflown #flowergirl

This is Sweet Nathalie, one of my favorites in our dahlia garden.  With romantic soft pink petals fading to creamy white...
10/13/2021

This is Sweet Nathalie, one of my favorites in our dahlia garden. With romantic soft pink petals fading to creamy white centers, life doesn't get much sweeter than this!

#sweetlife #flowerpower #dahliaobsessed #grownnotflow #localflowers

So let me introduce you to Peaches AND Cream, which is apparently not the same as Peaches N Cream, which  I thought I wa...
10/12/2021

So let me introduce you to Peaches AND Cream, which is apparently not the same as Peaches N Cream, which I thought I was buying when I placed my dahlia tuber order last year. Seriously, whoever showed up second to this name game should have come up with a more distinguishable name. Regardless, I'm happy my mistake introduced me to this stunner, which I've personally renamed Candy Corn. You will always have a place on my farm but look out for the other Peaches that will be arriving next year!

#dahliaobsession #peachesandcream #candycorn #flowerfarmer

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14820 Kelley Farm Drive
Darnestown, MD
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The original plantation of Pleasant Hills was founded in 1765. Over the years, it has only had a handful of owners, including the Kelley Family who owned the property for roughly 100 yers starting in the mid 1800’s. They operated Pleasant Hills Farms Dairy. Since then, much of the original farm has been developed into the lovely neighborhood in which we live, Spring Meadows in Darnestown, MD, and little has been farmed. Since 2015, we’ve been fortunate to call the original manor home and about 10 acres of the original farm our home.

We’ve been working hard to turn our ivestment into a working farm once again and have decided to keep it’s original name out of respect for it’s rich history, which we hope to preserve and pass on to future generations. Like our farm’s founders, we follow organic farming principles and embrace traditional homesteading.

In 2018, we’re excited to launch Pleasant Hills Farm CSA, offering fresh produce, flowers and eggs, as well as a farm-stay AirBNB. Stay tuned for updates and more information!

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You have a very nice farm with a lot of history. It is nice to see that the old house has not been torn down like so many others have. I was reserching my gassaway family line as well as the homes they built in montgomery county maryland . I was very glad to see that plesent Hills had not been torn down like my great grand father's father (William A. Gassaway's )house was. I think it is wonderful that you are useing it as a farm and it is very beutiful at that. My Great uncle William F. Gassaway told me ,that our family lost land that was siezed by the union forces at the start of the cival war . He never told how much our fammily had lost . John h. Gassaway had land on both sides of the potomac river . When the cival war started he was kind of in a real bind .he had hid a skiff down at the edge of potomac river close to Van Deventer island ( Gassaway lands at the time before cival war ) a couple hundred acers also on the VA. Side .So the union army arrested john hason Gassaway for conspirring against the Union. He spent some time in the old fedral prizon in washington D.C. He lost about 1000 acers . It was never talked about much after that . I had to dig to find out about the details of what really happened. IT was a real loss I guess at the time . Any way what I have seenon your page is very nice .