Westerlings open lilac nursery in Potsdam showcasing dozens of varieties
Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 5:40 pm

POTSDAM -- Moore’s Hill Lilacs, a small nursery raising more than 25 varieties of lilacs, will be open Saturdays and Sundays in May from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Located on the farm established by Truman Moore in 1832, the lilac nursery is a project of Cliff and Janice Westerling. They also operate a small bed-and-breakfast on Moore’s Hill, which is mid-way between Canton and Potsdam, two miles north of US 11, at the corner of CR 35 and Finnegan Road.

“We are focused on lilacs, and all plants are grown here on Moore’s Hill,” said Janice. Westerling. They start with cuttings or very small plants, and raise them in nursery beds. “All our plants have proven they can handle a North Country winter,” she said.

The varieties available range from compact plants under five feet when full grown, to full-sized traditional lilacs and tree lilacs. Colors include shades of purple, pink, white and blue. There are early bloomers, late bloomers, and even repeat bloomers.

“Our goal is to help people find the right lilacs for their yard, so they can enjoy the beauty and fragrance of these wonderful plants,” said Mrs. Westerling.

They have a limited number of plants available in each variety. In future years, they plan to expand the number of plants available, and to create a lilac walk that will showcase the flowers to maximum effect.

For times other than the May weekend hours, people may call for an appointment at 265-1630. Information is also available at MooresHillLilacs.com.