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You Ott to Know About Ott’s Exotic Plants! Schwenksville, PA

Posted on: October 18, 2009


You Ott to Know About Ott’s Exotic Plants!

943 Gravel Pike, Schwenksville, PA 19473

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The first time I drove down route 29 in Schwenksville PA and saw a giant glass building with a domed top stretching 50 feet into the air, I had to pull over. As I parked my car and saw hundreds of colorful mums crowding a giant hill, and a big stone cottage with a slate roof, I knew that Ott’s Exotic Plants was destined to be on the Retro Roadmap.

otts from the hill

Open every day but Christmas this garden wonderland is owned and operated by the Godfrey Ott family. The greenhouse with its Disney-like stone building with slate roof was built in 1964 when it opened as a retail business and the same time that “Ott Mountain” made its debut.

stairway to mums

Story goes that there was a huge pile of dirt left from excavating for the greenhouses and parking lot, growing weeds and in general not very attractive. Godfrey instructed his sons to plant mums on the dirt to spruce it up and soon it became a local attraction. A tunnel was excavated through the pile and staircases were added so folks could get a view from the top. To this day families from all around like to come and have their photos taken against a backdrop of the colorful flowers.

Family Photos

The other eye-catching invention of patriarch Godfrey Ott is the giant conservatory he designed and had built in 1970. I expected to see Colonel Mustard with a lead pipe as we walked into the humid air ;-)

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The conservatory houses  a waterfall with a walkway above it, a fish pond, full grown palm trees and the most humumgous hanging ferns I’ve ever seen – I had Retro RoadHusband Cliff stand beneath one to give an idea of the scale of them (or do his Sideshow Bob impersonation!)

King Size FernIt truly is a tropical oasis, and gives those of us in the north a destination to visit during the cold hard winter months. Yeah, that would be me!

Conservatory Waterfall
Palm Trees

Ott’s is not just an attraction, but a place to get all of your gardening needs with acres of other greenhouses with annuals, perennials, herbs, bonsai, succulents and more. The Ott family is friendly and eager to help you find just what you’re looking for.
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So if you need mums for the fall, pointsettas for Christmas, Valentines flowers, Easter lilies or items for your garden, you “ott” to go to Ott’s!

  • aubrey

    Sideshow Cliff! I LOVE it! Great post. The place seems like a Willie Wonka of mums.

  • Ian Ott

    Thank you to the creator of this little write up, I’m Godfrey’s son – this is excellent to give us more business in these slow times :)

    • http://www.RetroRoadmap.com Mod Betty / Retro Roadmap

      Ian- glad you found the writeup and hope it helps! I love the indoor waterfall and the hill of mums- truly a great place. Keep up the good work!

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  • Frances Hoenigswald

    You forgot to mention the cats! Otts has, at present, a tortoiseshell and a calico, both collared, well taken care of and in excellent health. They patrol the enormous property, and keep mice, voles, and other small rodents down. They will graciously accept a stroke & scratch from visitors, but are mainly all business. I was just there, and managed to see both of them.

    • http://www.RetroRoadmap.com Mod Betty / RetroRoadmap.com

      Frances = how could I forget the cats! I do love seeing them roam around the greenhouses and curling up and snoozing in the flats boxes, brings the place a homey touch, even to this dog lovin’ gal!

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