Beds & Borders Inc. is a wholesale nursery on the North Fork of Long Island. It was founded in 1987 by the late Kathryn Pufahl. Since then Beds and Borders has grown from a single hoop house operation to a 25-acre state of the art facility.

From inception, we succeeded in building our business by making unusual and underused plants accessible. Through Kathy’s work with container gardening, she helped launch these annuals onto a national platform; where they’ve since gained much popularity.

We continue to provide a diverse and evolving plant list. Our knowledgeable and experienced staff are committed to providing the highest level of quality. From our handcrafted designs to the health of every individual plant we tirelessly strive to create a truly handcrafted product.

Our Company Values and Ethics statement is the cornerstone for all new and existing initiatives and interpersonal work. We have updated this statement to include the following:

Diversity & Inclusion- We believe the well-being of all is rooted in valuing diversity and inclusion in the ecology of plants, landscapes, people, and communities.

Regenerative Action- We strive to have the impact of our actions be a part of a process of renewal and restoration to our earth and community. Creating a place for life to thrive not just survive.

Non-Violence- We actively resist systems of violence, oppression, and abuses of power. We work towards creating systems of harm and trauma reduction.

Justice- We believe in accountability for actions of harm and implementation of steps towards reparations and restitution.

Empowerment- Our interpersonal work is empowering, evolving, and educational. Its foundations are in equanimity and compassion for all beings.

 

The work of becoming Anti-Racist, and eradicating White Supremacy starts in our homes, communities, and workplaces. We feel it is our responsibility as an organization to; examine and learn the ways we have caused harm and how we can do better in the future, to make a lifetime commitment of working towards greater equality and justice, and to follow through with ongoing actionable plans. 

We created the Planting Hope Project in loving memory of our founder Kathryn Pufahl. Every year we donate all of the proceeds from a plant to an organization we feel embodies the spirit and values Kathy founded our organization upon.

This year we will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Pelargonium sidoides to  The Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust

Pelargonium sidoides is native to South Africa. This plant was honored for it’s medicinal value and beauty. Along with the majority of Geraniums now commercially available the history and origin of this garden staple has been erased from the collective narrative. We feel this plants history is an echo of the oppression, disconnection, exploitation and silencing Black Americans have faced in the name of capitalism. 

Read below for more information about The Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust (this description has been copied from their website)

The Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust* (NEFOC LT) is a hybrid model land trust, bringing together a community land trust commons model for farmland preservation and a conservation land trust model to conserve and steward ecosystems with the goal of manifesting a community vision that uplifts regenerative global Indigenous, Black, and POC relationships with land, skills, and lifeways.

We are advancing permanent and secure land tenure through farmland acquisition and land access for farmers, as well as development of farmer training, resources, and community. We are working to conserve land through protecting native species ecosystems, engaging in regenerative farming and agroforestry, and advancing environmental policy that upholds the Rights of Nature (Personhood). Our land trust centers BIPOC voices and leadership and honors Indigenous sovereignty, while healing colonial harm and protecting our future by creating a carbon drawdown in the Northeast.

NEFOC LT staff and Board of Directors embody diverse skill sets in cooperative development, climate justice, food and land sovereignty, farming and herbalism, education, and Global Indigenous ways of honoring the land and one another. NEFOC LT is incubated by Soul Fire Farm and supported by a constellation of values-aligned allied and sibling organizations providing technical and legal support.

Our plants are grown in one of our two facilities; Laurel and Mattituck. At Laurel there are 10 Acres of indoor growing space, and at Wickham there is around 4 Acres. we have a combination of glass greenhouses and high tunnel hoop houses. 

Laurel is set up for propagation with ground heat, a seeder, germination chamber and a misting station. Most of our plants come from seed or through in-house propagation. We also buy in unrooted cuttings and rooted plugs. 

We got our start by tending stock for choice annuals that weren’t available in the industry at large. We have continued that tradition, over 160 of our plant varieties begin as stock plants. They are grown out during the off season and pinched often to ensure they are ready to be harvested for cuttings. Some of our plants like Coleus Compact Red we have been cultivating since 1987.

Laurel is where we transplant all our young plants into their finished pots, using 2 state of the art potting machines. 

During the spring in order to harden off material. We can turn the temperature down in isolated hoop houses, we use rolling benches that can bring plants inside and out depending on the weather. We use unheated greenhouse space that creates a very controlled outdoor environment, as well as outdoor growing space that has wind blocks from existing structures. Most plants that are hardened off will have undergone at least one if not all of these processes. 

We take pride in our intimate growing process. Our grower Fredy Alvarado along with the entire team waters all plants by hand. We talk to them, play them music, pray to them, we trim and shape them, space, deadhead and clean them. We truly care for our plants and ultimately they end up caring for us more then we could imagine in return.

Ask for us from your Landscaper or local Garden Center

See our plants in high profile plantings at Botanical Gardens and Municipalities throughout New York City and the Northeast

Come visit our greenhouses (wholesale only) and garden center in Laurel

600 Laurel Lane

Laurel, NY 11948

631.298.1836 (phone)

631.298.1834 (fax)