Buy balsam seeds from elderly couple featured in EG

Posted on: January 9, 2019 | Written By: Doug Oster | Comments

I met passionate gardeners Glenn and Phyllis Ribblett after Glenn called with a garden question. We talked for a while and he told be about his wife having a stroke. It changed the way they gardened as detailed in this story. He has trouble seeing, but still is able to get plants in the ground and enjoy the hobby. I spent a couple of hours with them at their home and they touched my heart.

Glenn and Phyllis Ribblett of Baldwin have had to change the way they garden over the years. Phyllis had a stroke two years ago and Glenn is partially blind.

Glenn and Phyllis Ribblett of Baldwin have had to change the way they garden over the years. Phyllis had a stroke two years ago and Glenn is partially blind.

Glenn and Phyllis Riblett have grown these beautiful balsam seeds for decades.

Glenn and Phyllis Ribblett have grown these beautiful balsam seeds for decades.

The couple has been growing balsam flowers for just about as long as anyone can remember. These trouble free plants produce beautiful pink flowers all summer long and the seeds germinate easily. They can be direct sowed in the spring or started indoors several weeks before the last frost of the season.

They have thousands of seeds and hope to pass them along to gardeners who might not know about this wonderful plant. If you would like a packet, just send $1 to the address below in a self addressed stamped envelope.

This is a wonderful way to spread a legacy of gardening.

Here’s Glenn’s Facebook page.

For 40 seeds send $1 in a self addressed stamped envelope to:

“Seeds”
4864 Elmwood Dr.
Pittsburgh,Pa.15227

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Doug Oster is manager and editor of Everybody Gardens with a passion for gardening and a love of sharing is experiences with other gardeners. You will also find Doug’s gardening contributions in the Tribune-Review each week. He’s an Emmy Award winning producer, television host and writer. Oster is co-host of The Organic Gardeners Radio show every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Oster’s Outstanding Documentary Emmy was awarded for Gardens of Pennsylvania, a one hour special he conceived and produced for the PBS affiliate WQED. Doug appears every Thursday morning on KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today live at 9 a.m. “Gardening is fun, he says, enjoy every day spent outside tending vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees.”