Quality Products & Services for Five Decades
Ashcombe, in Mechanicsburg, PA, is basically an independent garden center. We started out as a wholesale vegetable farm in 1956. We are an ever-changing operation with quality products and services in all departments, a full bakery plus a garden supply, perennials, and a well-stocked nursery.
We Have a Lot to Offer
Besides shopping for plants for your landscape and inside your home, Ashcombe has attractions and events that your whole family will love!
Important Attractions & Events
- Seasonally themed gift shop
- Ashcombe's country café
- Our own beehive maintained by honey bee-friendly
- Our resident animals - a friendly potbelly pig and his buddies, the goats
- Workshops for all ages
- The Children's Garden
Programs Through the Year
- Love is in the Air (Feb)
- Spring Open House (March)
- Backyard BBQ (June)
- Butterfly Day (August)
- Fall Harvest Days (Sept-Oct)
- Holiday Open House (Nov)
- Country Christmas (Nov)
- Ladies Night (Dec)
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.
Protecting Spring Bedding Plants & Vegetables
In a year or so, several small greenhouses were added to grow spring bedding plants. From this small beginning of 25 acres of vegetables and two or three greenhouses, the present business emerged.
Glenn and Mary Ellen Gross were the founders of the organization, renting the land from Mr. Henry Thornton, owner of Ashcombe Farms.
For a number of years, the Grosses worked with one or two helpers, plus seasonal workers, to plant the flowers and vegetables, trim blueberries, harvest asparagus and do the many chores that such an operation requires. 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.
A major expansion occurred between 1970 and 1978. A fire destroyed a number of buildings in 1974. The rebuilding of the product department took place in 1975, and a fire protection (warning) system was installed.
In 1977, a tract of land was purchased along with buildings, at Shermans Dale, including a greenhouse owned by Glenn's father and redesigned for growing spring bedding plants. The Ashcombe facility had started to grow foliage and flowering plants. Selling both wholesale and retail, the business filled the available land with greenhouses. 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).
The Tragic Incident
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.
Our Dynamic Growth Pattern
Ashcombe is an ever-changing operation with quality products and services in all departments, including a full bakery, deli, and gourmet foods, plus expanded garden supply, perennials, and a well-stocked nursery from spring into fall.
Ashcombe continues to be a viable part of the community, employing many full-time and part-time staff and seasonal employees.
Our Loyalty Rewards Club
- Free membership
- Special unadvertised offers
- Points system
Earn 1 point for every dollar spent and receive a $5.00 Reward Certificate for every 200 points earned!
No Card Necessary!
Just give us your phone number or name at checkout, and your points will start adding up. There's no need to overflow your wallet with another card that will end up lost or forgotten.
By providing your email, you will automatically receive our weekly emailed newsletter. We'll keep you updated on
- Seasonal plants
- Upcoming events
Fill out an application at the registers next time you're in!
Enrollment & Participation
Enrollment is easy, and the benefits are immediate!
To sign up, simply complete an application and bring it to our establishment. You are considered an active member once you submit your application to our cashier. You must provide your phone number or name during your transaction to ensure that your points are properly accumulated.
We cannot credit your purchases toward your reward after your transaction has been completed. After receiving 200 points, you will be mailed a $5.00 reward certificate good toward your next purchase.
Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses guarantees that we will never sell or share any information such as your name, phone number, address, email address, or purchase information with a third party.
All information gathered through the use of this program will be held confidential and will be used exclusively to provide you with special savings and benefits.
- Your Loyalty Rewards Club membership is not a line of credit or charge account.
- Lost or stolen reward certificates cannot be replaced.
- Continued membership requires one purchase per year. (Simply provide your phone number or name and there's no need to re-register).
- Reward certificates cannot be exchanged, refunded, transferred, or redeemed for cash or any other form of credit or gift certificates.
- Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses reserves the right to change or discontinue the Loyalty Rewaards Club program at any time.
- Your address must be kept up-to-date to receive your rewards.
- Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses is not responsible for lost, misdirected, late, or undelivered mail pieces.
- Must be 18 or older to be a member.
- One account per household/address.
Shop for a Cause
- Want to raise funds for a local church, group, or charity?
- Need additional dollars for your organization?
- Ashcombe will partner with you for a successful fundraiser.
Earn up to 20% of your total group sales for your cause.
Call (717) 766-7611 for details and to reserve your event date.
January through March and June through December (some dates excluded).