SUNSUGAR NURSERY LLC
Happy to have you stop by today! My name is Bernadette Fox. I am the owner and primary grower at SunSugar Nursery. It is true that SunSugar Nursery is just in its infant stage in the plant nursery world but for me it started many years back when I was a little girl helping my momma in our flower gardens. Granted, I was more infatuated with picking flowers and making myself pretty and decorating the house than I was the actual gardening, but I know a seed was planted during that time. The seed finally germinated though when I became big enough to help my dad on our fruit and vegetable farm. That was when my eyes became big ol’ saucers and I couldn’t take enough in. My dad was a farmer, made a living growing hundreds of different fruits and vegetables, but he also just loved his trees and would explain all the different kinds every opportunity he had. His passion slowly rubbed off on me and I would stop whatever I was doing and with full-attention try to listen to every word. He was a wealth of knowledge. This gleaning of knowledge from my parents and hands-on experience led me to start gardening on my own when I was 9 years old. I made a clearing in our woods and immersed myself in the plant world. I used every ounce of my spare time in studying, experimenting, and growing all kinds of flowers and shrubs and trees. I had many failures but also many successes. As I got older I found myself wanting to share what I’ve learned and help others start their own flower garden or fruit orchard or vegetable patch or herb bed. I’ve done it all, I loved doing it, and I continue to find my happy place among my plants, so why not spread that joy to others!
SunSugar Nursery is located on the outskirts of Fremont, Michigan. Having grown up on a fruit and vegetable farm I specialize in producing and selling many kinds of fruiting and edible plants including fruiting trees, nut trees, berry bushes, and grape vines as well as vegetable plants and a staggering amount of culinary and medicinal herbs. Apart from the edible kind of plant I am also excited to share my passion for gardening and landscaping by producing and selling a wide selection of unique trees and shrubs hardy to our zone, native plants that are natural attractants and habitats for butterflies and other insects, tried and true perennial flowers, ferns, and plants with many that are deer resistant, and annual flowers that always brighten the day with their cheerful colors.
And always count on free and helpful advice to make sure your plantings and gardens are a success!
I currently sell plants at our single location at 4380 S. Gordon Ave., Fremont, MI 49412. If you are looking for vegetable seeds or nuts please check out our online store and see what’s available. If there is something you don’t see, make sure to drop us an email.
UPDATE January 2017: Exciting news for the future of SunSugar Nursery and for its visitors! I will be expanding my farm’s acreage; focus my efforts on sustainable and organic farming methods; become your number 1 culinary and medicinal fresh, dry, and processed herb producer; become your number 1 source for every kind of fruiting plant imaginable, from your common apple and blueberry to your unusual and rare haskap and pawpaw; and become a destination garden for you and your family to experience a guided tour of some of the most unique plants and fruits Michigan has to offer and be immersed in its beauty through community events and festivals.
We are open from May-November • Monday-Saturday • 10AM-5:30PM.
Apples, peaches, plums, cherries, nectarines, apricots, pawpaws, goji berries, gooseberries, kiwis, persimmons, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes, and strawberries.
Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, summer squash, watermelon, cabbage, winter squash, rhubarb, pumpkins, and gourds as well as culinary and medicinal herbs including basil, cilantro, rosemary, oregano, chives, chamomile, and thyme.
Large trees such as scarlet oak, tulip polar, and white birch; smaller trees such as crabapple, flowering dogwood, and purple smoketree; and many kinds of shrubs including lilac, butterfly bush, hibiscus, moonflower, and hydrangea.
Flowering perennial plants including hollyhock, foxglove, bleeding heart, lily; ferns such as ostrich and christmas, and groundcovers including sempervivum, sedum, and vinca.
Plants Available Currently
CLOSED for the season!
We will be updating this LIST at least weekly from Spring to November.
Get an idea of what I propagate and sell by browsing the 2016 Availability list below.
If you are a restaurant owner or looking to purchase wholesale herbs and produce check out my 2017 Forecasted Availability List for Restaurants.
FRUITING AND EDIBLES:
Apples: Honeycrisp, Ginger Gold, Red Delicious, Liberty, Fuji, Crispin/Mutsu, Cortland
Peaches: Flamin Fury PF-1, Starfire, Blushingstar (white flesh), Coralstar, Glowing Star
Plums: Santa Rosa
Nut trees: Shagbark Hickory, Butternut, Black Walnut
Blueberries: Patriot, Blueray, Top Hat, Bluecrop, Elliot, Jersey
Raspberries: Boyne, Latham, Jewel
Blackberries: Ebony King
Grapes: Green River, Seedless Reliance, Concord, Seedless Concord
Strawberries: Everbearing and Junebearing
Herbs galore!! Anise, arugula, borage, salad burnet, cilantro, chives, chamomile, dill, echinacea, lavender, spearmint, peppermint, nasturtium, spanish tarragon, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sorrel, stevia, summer savory, shiso, thyme, and valerian
Vegetables: Tomatoes: BHN 589 (excellent slicing and canning tomato), Monticello (plum tomato that is great for sauce, salsa, tomato paste, and canning), cherry tomato mixture that includes red, yellow, pink, and striped cherry tomatoes, heirloom mixture that includes Cherokee Purple, Mortgage Lifter, Lemon Boy and more.
Peppers: Turnpike (a large green sweet bell pepper that turns red when mature), Cayenne (a long red hot pepper that is used fresh, but more frequently used when left to dry on the plant)
Eggplant: Megal, an early maturing purple variety
Onions, leeks, zucchini and summer squash, winter squash, watermelon, beets, beans, and more
TREES AND SHRUBS:
Red Dosier/Red-Twigged Dogwood
Common Purple Lilac
PERENNIALS AND ANNUALS:
Hollyhocks, single and double blooms
Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergia bridgesii)
Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergia truncata)
Bottle Cactus (Hatiora saliconioides)
Lifesaver Cactus (Heurnia)
Mistletoe Cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera)
Passion Flower: Blue Crown
And more to come including hanging baskets!
Note: Because of a lack of available sales space, not all plants are displayed. Request specific plants and I’ll be happy to bring them out from the field or remote greenhouse.
Looking for large quantities? I can do up large quantities of the following plants on request:
Chaters Double Hollyhock
Blue Chimney Colombine
Nasturtium Whirly Bird
Heavenly Blue Morning Glory
Baby Doll Dianthus
Black King Carnation
Royal Empress tree