Pleasant Hills Farm

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

01/30/2023

This past Saturday, in front of Jackrabbit Nation, we were able to recognize Coach Stig on his retirement & welcome Jimmy Rogers into his new role as head coach of South Dakota State University Football. 😍

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First poppies of the year are going in our family's 1877 Norwegian bible next to a flower my great-grandmother pressed o...
01/28/2023

First poppies of the year are going in our family's 1877 Norwegian bible next to a flower my great-grandmother pressed over 100 years ago!

Fingers crossed that these babies will be ready for Valentine's Day!  Hoping to have a nice variety of tulips, ranunculu...
01/24/2023

Fingers crossed that these babies will be ready for Valentine's Day! Hoping to have a nice variety of tulips, ranunculus, anemones and poppies for the holiday! Timing the start of these to hit Valentine's Day can be challenging and highly dependent on the growing conditions. This is the first winter we've had our geothermal hoop house operating with new solar panels and wind turbines to help sustain optimal growing conditions so I'm hopeful!

Some of our favorite dahlia tubers are now available for purchase on our website.  These have all been grown at Pleasant...
01/22/2023

Some of our favorite dahlia tubers are now available for purchase on our website. These have all been grown at Pleasant Hills Farm. Each year, we dig and divide half our dahlia field and let the other half over-winter under deep mulch covering. Our dahlia tubers will ship out in April for spring planting after the risk of heavy frost has passed. Several varieties are selling fast so pre-order now if you want to add any of these beauties to your garden this spring!

Bud Vase Table Assignments!   The inspiration for this came from Tonya .  While she created the  spectacular floral ense...
01/18/2023

Bud Vase Table Assignments! The inspiration for this came from Tonya . While she created the spectacular floral ensemble for our daughter's wedding, featuring a white, champagne and blush color theme, I had fun with this splash of color for the table assignments. These featured dahlias and lisianthus from our farm, along with gorgeous zinneas, strawflower and cosmos from .

Our 2023 Spring flowers are growing strong and will soon be ready to share, starting with our new Tulip Share in mid-Feb...
01/17/2023

Our 2023 Spring flowers are growing strong and will soon be ready to share, starting with our new Tulip Share in mid-February. Sign up now to receive your share of our premium spring harvest, including tulips, daffodils, anemones, ranunculus, peonies, and much more! Learn more at http://ow.ly/WMZx50Mscks.

A few of the flowers we cut for our daughter Peyton’s wedding this weekend.   Can’t wait to see the magic  makes with th...
10/01/2022

A few of the flowers we cut for our daughter Peyton’s wedding this weekend. Can’t wait to see the magic makes with them!

Checkers anyone?  This is a new dahlia to our field this year and I am IN LOVE!  It is ridicously productive and each bl...
08/01/2022

Checkers anyone? This is a new dahlia to our field this year and I am IN LOVE! It is ridicously productive and each bloom is truly unique ranging from deep burgandy with a few white specks to totally burgandy and white checkered. AMAZING!!! ❤️🌸❤️

Took some flowers to my friends at George at the Four Seasons in Georgetown yesterday.   Much needed mother-daughter hai...
07/29/2022

Took some flowers to my friends at George at the Four Seasons in Georgetown yesterday. Much needed mother-daughter hair day! Thanks to , I'm no longer looking like a frumpy farmer girl. We definitely should have done a before and after photo!

These Penhill Watermellon dahlias are providing my Monday Inspiration!  Thinking of all the gorgeous arrangements and in...
07/25/2022

These Penhill Watermellon dahlias are providing my Monday Inspiration! Thinking of all the gorgeous arrangements and installations that our talented floral design clients might create with these! It's inspiring me to create a little something for myself. What better way to start the week than with a little creativity and self care!

What's inspiring you to start your week off with creativity, courage, hope or whatever you need to have the best week possible?

We have another fun Wine & Design event happening on our farm this Thursday.  This month we're featuring our beautiful l...
07/19/2022
Wilding Flowers Co. Presents: An Arrangement With Lisis!

We have another fun Wine & Design event happening on our farm this Thursday. This month we're featuring our beautiful lisianthus, along with dahlias and other amazing blooms. Learn how to create a beautiful arrangement from the talented Tonya Jones of Wilding Flowers Co.

Our next Wilding Flowers: Wine & Design with Tonya is featuring summer's delightful lisianthus!

Summer is officially here and so are our dahlias!  They came on early and strong with beautiful long stems and gorgeous ...
06/24/2022

Summer is officially here and so are our dahlias! They came on early and strong with beautiful long stems and gorgeous blooms thanks to overwintering. We kept most of our dahlias in the ground this past winter instead of digging them up, storing and replanting which saved us an enormous amount of time. We also added 800 more plants doubling dahlia field this year. The newly planted dahlias will be about a month behind these guys. Looks like it's going to be a beautiful summer in our dahlias field!

Our fields have been exploding with peonies these past few weeks just in time for  to feature them in June's Wine and De...
05/31/2022

Our fields have been exploding with peonies these past few weeks just in time for to feature them in June's Wine and Design workshop on our farm this Thursday at 5:30 pm. Come join us for a beautiful evening on the farm while you learn from talented floral designer Tonya Rhinehart Jones and take home an amazing arrangement full of these lush beauties.



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Happy Memorial Day!  As we enjoy the beauty of this day and all it has to offer us, let us not forget those who are not ...
05/30/2022

Happy Memorial Day! As we enjoy the beauty of this day and all it has to offer us, let us not forget those who are not here to share it with us and especially those who have died fighting for our freedom and safety to enjoy days like these. We also pray for those who continue to fight for the freedom and safety of others during these challenging times. God Bless!

YAY!  It's Peony Season... my favorite time of year!  These Red Charm peonies are so full and luscious.   I can't have e...
05/19/2022

YAY! It's Peony Season... my favorite time of year! These Red Charm peonies are so full and luscious. I can't have enough of them around my house. I love their rich red color offset by this delicate lacy spirea that's now blooming on our farm as well. Added a little burgandy columbine for an airy element. Design isn't my thing but it's fun to play around this beautiful product!

We're nearing the end of our tulip season but some of the best have been saved for last.  This is one of my favorites - ...
04/19/2022

We're nearing the end of our tulip season but some of the best have been saved for last. This is one of my favorites - Black Parrot. She's grown in our outdoor raised beds because she doesn't force well for early production. Her color variation and texture is exquisite! What would you pair her with?

Flower Farmers Steve and Amy and their flower bus will be at back at the Darnestown shopping center at the corner of Dar...
04/16/2022

Flower Farmers Steve and Amy and their flower bus will be at back at the Darnestown shopping center at the corner of Darnestown and Seneca roads across from Harris Teeter today from 12-3 with bus full of our locally grown tulips, daffodils, ranunculus and anemones. Stop by to pick up an Easter arrangement or flowers to make your own!

Looks like it will be a warmer day than it was last Sunday when we had our flowers at the Darnestown Presbyterian Easter Egg Roll (pictured here) but we still had a great time meeting neighbors!

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!

Harvested this beautiful Fritillaria today with a bunch going to .  Can't wait to see the stunning arrangements they mak...
04/14/2022

Harvested this beautiful Fritillaria today with a bunch going to . 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!

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!

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 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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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

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.

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!

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 for all the amazing pre-chilled tulip bulbs!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

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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 .
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