About Us

About Us

Hi there! We are Jane and Paul Murphy, and we run Hickory Hill Heath and Heather, a small nursery in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, specializing in heaths and heathers suited to the mid-Atlantic region. We love the variety of foliage and flower color that these plants provide year-round.

After seeing heather at Longwood Gardens in the early 90’s, we fell in love with it and started growing heath and heather, wanting plants that would provide year-round color for our Newark, Delaware home. Shortly after, we joined the NorthEast Heather Society to learn more about heather. We do not have formal training in horticulture; ours is the result of hands-on learning.

Jane & Merlot in the garden, and Paul at a show in PA

At a NorthEast Heather Society conference on Cape Cod, we attended a hands-on heather propagation demonstration. We were hooked. We built a small greenhouse in our Newark, Delaware backyard and began propagating plants for our ever expanding heather beds. Along the way, we determined that many cultivars will prosper in the mid-Atlantic region if given the right growing conditions.

We retired in December of 2006, and made our dream of starting a heath and heather nursery a reality. In Spring of 2007 we opened Hickory Hill Heath and Heather in Oxford, Pennsylvania.

One of the heather gardens at our home

We have since added companion plants – Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel), a selection of dwarf conifers and Japanese maples, and blueberries. Contact us for more information. These plants cannot be shipped.

We also have (and recommend) bales of long needle pine straw from North Carolina.

Pine straw is a great mulch for acid-loving plants. It provides winter protection and prevents weeds. It’s also great for animal bedding. Pine straw provides warmth, but doesn’t absorb moisture. Contact us for more information. Pine straw cannot be shipped

Our Events schedule is posted, and we hope to see you soon. We expect to add more venues as the year progresses, so check back again.

Summer in the heather garden