Now, anyone that knows me well knows that I LOVE growing, baking and cooking with Rhubarb, and for the past two years I have been on a search to find new varieties of rhubarb plants for our garden, to no avail. Last year it became a quest not unlike the search for the Holy Grail.
And so I immediately called and registered for the class, and could hardly wait to tell Skipper the good news. He happened to be out and about with our son, who is trying to get in as many driving practice hours as he can, as his 16th birthday is roaring up on us! As soon as they got home, Skipper came running in the house to excitedly tell me that they had seen a big sign for a RHUBARB CLASS while they were driving around the countryside. What are the chances? It is fate, I tell you!
We headed up to Uncle John's Home and Garden in Olmstead Falls, a very old and quaint little town. And for a girl that had visited what she thought were the best premier nurseries in Minnesota and northeast Ohio, I WAS BLOWN AWAY!
How had I never heard about this place before? Family owned and operated for more than 40 years, it is no surprise that they were named as the 2016 Best Garden Center by the Cleveland HotList.
Laura launched into an interesting and organized presentation, recipes were shared, questions were asked and answered, and everyone was gifted with a prize bag. And the best part? Laura rolled out wagon loads of rhubarb plants that were available for sale. And after searching for ANY variety of rhubarb plants for more than two years at more greenhouses than I care to remember, this was the gold moment!
Never in my life have I found THREE different varieties of Rhubarb before! I'm still squealing! In years to come we will now have four varieties of rhubarb to mix and match! And even more inspiration for all of my Rhubarb Recipes!
The night ended far too quickly...but we were each handed a huge Rhubarb Float to enjoy on our way home. YUMMY! HAPPY TUMMIES!
Believe me, you have got to visit this place as soon as you can - it is beyond words!
Uncle John's Home and Garden
8579 Columbia Road
Olmstead Falls, Ohio
As for me, we'll be heading back to Uncle John's Home and Garden again during the next few weekends to pickup fresh herbs and other garden plants. I still can't get over the quality of the plants that we saw here - and you'll be seeing many of these herbs and vegetables in the months to come right here at SNOWFLAKES & COFFEECAKES on my Gardening page. I can hardly wait to share with you as we watch them grow!
I was also asked to share some of my rhubarb recipes with Uncle John's Home and Garden to be posted on their website and linked back. I urge you to visit my Rhubarb Recipe page during the next few months, as many more fresh rhubarb recipes will be posted.
Did I tell you how much I love rhubarb? And Spring?