Ashcombe is an ever-changing independent garden center in the heart of central Pennsylvania. There's more to Ashcombe than plants. Here you'll find knowledgeable, friendly staff who are committed to giving our guests the best experience while they enjoy all Ashcombe has to offer.

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From seed to sprout, Ashcombe's staff is here to answer your gardening questions and guide you to success.

We are dedicated to sharing our passion for gardening with everyone who enters out store.

Authentic, family-oriented, and dedicated: we are unapologetically ourselves.

Our Story


1962 and Beyond

Ashcombe Vegetable Farm was started in 1956 as a wholesale vegetable farm, principally growing asparagus, strawberries, sweet corn, and more. In 1961, a small roadside stand was set up to sell vegetables grown on the farm.

The 70s and 80s

Over the years, the vegetable farm doubled in size, and fruits and vegetables were purchased from outside sources to sell at the constantly changing roadside market.

As the business grew during the 1970s, garden supplies, and dried flowers were added to the already thriving plant and produce business. Later a gift shop was added. In 1983, a small bakery came into being in the produce department (at the main store).

On May 22, 1989, a devastating fire completely destroyed the retail store. Through the efforts of many dedicated employees, the operation was continued in the parking lot on a reduced scale until the present architecturally designed facility was built with enlarged departments throughout, enabling increased products and services in each. This new complex was ready for use in March 1990, a thrilling time for everyone involved.


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Ashcombe Today

Ashcombe is always changing to grow and adapt to the market and our customers. Each year something new gets added to the business to keep the momentum. In 2022, Ashcombe celebrated 60 years in business! The current Ashcombe includes retail plant sales, a production department, a nursery, gourmet foods, a gift shop, a bakery and cafe, a garden supply department, and classes and events.