Bedner's Farm & Greenhouse

Bedner FamilyThis is us. we’d love to welcome you in person.

Bedner’s is a thriving family farm, garden center, and landscape business located in McDonald, (Cecil Township), just 30 minutes southwest of Pittsburgh. In January, the growing begins in our greenhouses, 17 to be exact, all filled with hanging baskets, potted annuals, herb & vegetable plants, and perennials. That’s right, everything is grown here. We have the pleasure of watching it all grow during the coldest, grayest days of winter.

Which is why we’re so excited for our garden center to open each March through Christmas, and to fill it with a very large and fresh selection of homegrown trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals, gardening supplies, bulk and bagged soils, mulch, fall mums and pumpkins and Christmas-time offerings, including fresh-cut trees, wreaths, winter containers, poinsettias and more. We also offer our customers expert landscape services, year-round seasonal workshops, Wine Down Wednesdays and our own winery, weekly produce bags, a weekly Community Marketplace with local vendors, our own food truck, farm-to-table dinners, group events, pavilion rentals, plus fields to pick-your-own vegetables, flower bouquets and pumpkins in season.

We’ve been guided through good and challenging times by faith, family, hard work, resilience and a passion for the green industry. We believe in pursing excellence in everything we do and feel a strong commitment to serving our community and making lives better through gardening and the joy of growing, creating beautiful outdoor spaces, and making fresh, healthy produce available to everyone.

OUR MISSION: To provide the people of our community with quality plants, products, services, and experiences that rejuvenate and inspire.

OUR VALUES: Quality, Integrity, Teamwork, Dedication, and Education

Family History

1917     Bedner brothers, Stephen and Walter buy farmland in Upper St. Clair. Stephen and his wife, Elizabeth, begin the farming heritage with their four children: Robert, Russell (Bob’s dad and Russ’ ‘grandpap’), Arthur, and Ruth. The family farms for many years, transporting their produce to the market on the North Side by a horse-drawn wagon.

1956     Robert and Russell open Bedner’s Farm Market in Upper St. Clair on Bower Hill Road. Ruth helps the family business and marries Dick Rostron. They have two children, Nancy and Dave. Robert has no children and Russell and Joan (Maioli) have three: Bob, Ray, and Cathy.

1960     Bedner farm in Palm Beach county is established. In the early 1950s, Arthur Bedner and his new bride, Henrietta, relocate to South Florida from Bridgeville, to follow his dream of a new life in the farming industry. They have three children: Charlie, Bruce, and Steve, who continue to operate the farm and Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market.

1977     Bob and Sue Bedner marry, and their only child, Russ, is born in 1978. They work for the farm market in Upper St. Clair.

1984     Bob and Sue purchase a 42-acre farm in McDonald, PA, and begin building greenhouses to grow more container gardens, annual flowers and perennials. They deliver all their homegrown produce and flowers to sell at the family’s farm market in Upper St. Clair.

1997     Bob and Sue branch off from the family farm market to open their own retail greenhouse in McDonald. There are ten greenhouses at this time. Russ works for the family business full time.

1999     Melanie joins the business while dating Russ.

2000     Four more greenhouses are built to grow geraniums, container gardens, and perennials.

2004     Russ and Melanie get married. Melanie joins the family business full time after finishing her M.S. Ed. at Duquesne University.

2006     Russ and a family friend build a Nexus greenhouse, to be used as a larger retail space, including an expanded perennial and nursery area.

2013     Landscape design/build and maintenance services are now available.

2018     Russ officially launches Passiflora Springs Winery from the farm, where he produces, ferments, ages and bottles small-batch varieties. Grapes are predominantly sourced from the Suison Valley region in California.

2021     Passiflora Springs Winery begins sourcing some of its grapes from new regions in Italy.

Memberships

  • AmericanHort (formally the OFA)
  • American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA)
  • The National Association for Landscape Professionals (NALP)
  • The Garden Center Group
  • Washinton County Chamber of Commerce (WCCC)
  • Washington County Tourism and Promotion Agency (WCTPA)
  • McDonald Area Redevelopment Association (MARA)
  • Washington County Farm Bureau

Community Support

  • Flower bed plantings at the Panhandle Trail, McDonald Trail Station.
  • Cecil Friends of the Montour Trail
  • South Fayette/Greater Bridgeville Relay for Life
  • South Hills Women’s Club
  • Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
  • Cecil Township Parks and Recreation
  • Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny and Washington counties
  • Cecil and Muse Elementary schools
  • Future Farmers of America – Fort Cherry High School
  • Cecil American Legion
  • Cecil and Muse Fire Departments
  • Character Education Book sponsor for local elementary schools through The Ambassador Company
  • The Armory Center for Youth in Canonsburg
  • Strikes Against Cancer
  • The Still Remembered Project
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON.