MVUC Greenhouse Offers Heirloom Tomatoes and Rare Annuals

MVUC Greenhouse Offers Heirloom Tomatoes and Rare Annuals

The heirloom seedlings, grown in the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church greenhouse, are ready for planting in residents’ gardens.

Greenhouse manager Mary Barnett and her team of volunteers have over 30 varieties of tomatoes heirloom and hybrid including Green Zebra, Sun Gold, Cherokee Purple, Black Krim, and Chocolate Cherry. Among the flowering annuals are the Sensitive Plant, which Thomas Jefferson grew at Monticello; Ammi, which is like Queen Ann’s Lace, and Cuphea, which attracts hummingbirds.

The circa 1930 greenhouse on the grounds of MVUC, 1909 Windmill Lane, is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Memorial Day. Vegetables and herbs are $1-4, annual and perennial flowers are $3 to $14. Questions? Email Mary at

No garden? MVUC leases a small number of garden plots. Email Leah Chowdhury at to inquire. MVUC also maintains a vegetable garden to produce food for the Mount Vernon United Community Ministries food bank. To lend a hand, contact Mike or Isabel Arnold at