Edward's Garden Center

Forty Fort, PA


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Exciting Additions to the Garden Center

As our loyal customers, blog readers and Facebook followers know, the staff at Edward’s Garden Center is always making exciting changes and additions to make the Garden Center a fun place for families to Explore and Enjoy! This season at the Garden Center definitely will not disappoint. We are delighted to tell you about the latest additions and we hope you stop in to enjoy them!

The Concession Stand-April 15
It has been a goal of ours to provide some form of snacks for our Garden Center visitors. We love our occasional visits from everyone’s favorite food trucks, but we wanted to offer something more permanent. That goal has finally been realized with the addition of our concession stand.

The concession stand will offer tasty treats such as hotdogs, popcorn, nachos, ice cream, slushies, coffee, soda, water, lemonade and iced tea. Food offerings will also change seasonally.

The concession stand will be open on weekends throughout the spring, summer and fall,

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More Children’s Events
One of the more exciting additions to the Garden Center this year is the addition of events specifically for children. We have four hands on events scheduled specifically for kids to come and explore their creative energy. Each event costs $10 (we provide materials required). Please reserve your child’s spot early, as the spots may fill up quickly.

May 7: Paint & Pot your Mother’s Day gift (Children’s event) $10 fee

June 18: Paint Your Own Bird House for Father’s Day (Children’s event) $10 fee

August 13: Fairy Garden & Gnome Gardens for Children (Children’s event. We supply container & soil) $10

November 26: Make Your Own Snowman Ornament (Children’s event) $10 fee

For a full list of our events, please check our our website.

Zen Garden 
Another fun addition to the Garden Center this year is our Zen Garden. Our staff has always wanted to add a beautiful space that is both peaceful and enjoyable. With the addition of our new product line, we were able to do exactly that. Stop by, grab a snack and relax in our new Zen Garden.

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2017 Event Dates

The warm weather yesterday and today has us longing for SPRING! Luckily we are just ten days from the Garden Center’s opening for the season so spring really is just around the corner.

For our loyal readers, Facebook fans and customers, we have some exclusive information.

First, mark your calendars, here are a dates for some beloved upcoming events.

Fall Festival: September 23-24
Holiday Celebration: December 2-3 

Second, we will be holding an evening event for those over 21 that may enjoy something dry or something sweet. Can you guess what it is? One more hint, it goes with cheese 😉

That’s right we will be hosting a wine tasting on July 21! More information will be available as we get closer, but we will tell you that there will be limited availability for this event. Let’s just say you will definitely want to keep your eye on the Facebook page for more info.

As you know, we love to host DIY and informational seminars. It gives us a chance to meet some of our customers on a more personal level and share our expertise. Our last announcement for today is to tell you we will be hosting MORE seminars and hands on classes, even adding some just for kids.

We have BIG things planned for Edward’s Garden Center this year. We hope you come out to support us and enjoy some family time!

Edward's Garden Center 2017 Events


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Thanks for a Great Season!

As 2016 comes to a close,  we want to take a minute to thank all of our wonderful customers and loyal followers for making this a fantastic season at Edward’s Garden Center.

We had many firsts this year. From our first ever Kiddieland Corn Maze to our new Holiday Topiary seminars, we had a blast seeing all of our regular customers and seeing many fresh faces. Our events keep getting bigger and more exciting each and every year. We love to introduce and host fun family oriented events for our customers. Next year, our Kiddieland Corn Maze will be back and better than this year. We are also planning some new seminars aimed directly at kids. Keep an eye on our website for more info.

Along with many firsts, we also continued to give the Garden Center a new look. Our “Home of Gnomes” continued to grow and take on a whimsical look with the silly monkeys hanging from their tree houses and tree branches.  At the very end of the season, we also added another green house. Not only will we be able to house more gorgeous flowers and plants to sell, but also hold more events.

goats3Another exciting part of our season was the addition of many pets to Edward’s Garden Center. It seems like forever ago, but early this past spring we adopted three baby goats and held a contest to name them. Our Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup have since grown and are definitely fan favorites around here. They are always “kidding around” with the guests 😉 We also adopted several new rabbits and some new tortoises.

2016 was a really fantastic year at Edward’s Garden Center. We truly thank all of you who supported us by coming to our events, visiting our animals, purchasing our plants and stopping in to say hello. We can’t wait to see you all again next year. Please keep a close watch on the Facebook page for news and contests! See you in 2017.

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Garden Center Happenings

We apologize that we haven’t written on our blog in quite some time. As many of you already know October was a very busy month at Edward’s Garden Center. We had the pleasure of giving some of you a good scare and sharing happy fall memories with many others.

Our Kiddieland and Corn Maze were a huge hit for families and children. Each weekend we had the pleasant sound of little giggles and squeals. Thank you to everyone who visited Kiddieland and the Corn Maze. It was a great success and we can’t wait to do it again next year and maybe make it even bigger! Though not as successful as Kiddieland, many guests had a great time in our Walk of Ghouls haunted house.

Please take a look at our photo gallery on the website to see more of the fantastic photos our guests submitted.

With holidays just about a month away, our staff has been busy preparing for the Christmas season. As always, the Garden Center will have a beautiful selection of fresh cut Christmas trees, handmade wreaths, poinsettias, holiday gifts and custom holiday outdoor arrangements. Starting Wednesday, Nov. 23, our Christmas trees will be set up and ready to be sold.

Christmas Trees at Edward's Garden Center

To kick off the holiday season with our customers, we are hosting two events.

Twenty lucky people will be able to participate in our Holiday Topiary workshop on Nov. 27 at 11 am. Diane and other members of our staff will be showing the participants how to make a festive topiary. Cost for participation in the class is $30, which includes all supplies and instruction from our experts. If interested, call now to reserve your spot 570.287.4329.

If you can’t attend our Holiday Topiary class, you can begin your holiday season at our Holiday Celebration Dec. 3 & 4. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here to take pictures with all the kids and they may even bring a few of their reindeer. We will also have face painting, music, snacks and maybe a few surprises. More information will be on our website and Facebook page as we get closer to the event.

We hope to see all our readers, followers and customers at the Garden Center over the next few weeks!


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The Details: Fall Festival September 24 & 25

It’s that time of year and we are so excited for the Fall Festival this year! We have so much planned… some fun new events and some old favorites. Here is a complete list of everything we will have at the Garden Center for the Fall Festival. We hope to see each and everyone of our customers and families there.

Edward's Garden Center Fall Festival 2016Saturday and Sunday

Puppet Show with Susan Klein & Friends
Join us Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 12pm for a wonderful show by Susan Klein and her puppet friends. Start your visit to the Fall Festival with this wonderful show and the kids will be delighted.

Pony Rides
A Fall Festival favorite will be back again this year. For $5 your kiddos can have a ride on a cute pony and you can get some adorable photos.

Face Painting by Jessica
Another Garden Center festival favorite, Jessica and her helpers will be on hand to paint wonderful characters, shapes and animals on hands and faces for just $5. Every time she comes she brings new and exciting designs so make sure you stop by.

Food Trucks
Many of the favorites will be back and possibly some new choices as well. Trucks will be set up around 11am so bring your appetite.

Blue Chip Animal Farm Animals for Adoption
Our friends from Blue Chip Animal Farm will be on hand with some dogs that could use a new home, as well as some baskets to raffle and some items for sale. Edward’s Garden Center will again match all donations up to $500.

Sunday

Pet Costume Parade
Many would say this is the best part of the whole weekend, watching the pets parade around the Garden Center all dressed up. Dress your pet in the most creative or adorable costume you can think of and register at 1:45 for a free costume contest! Winners will be awarded various gift certificates.

Live Music by 3 Imaginary Boys
Back by popular demand, 3 Imaginary Boys will again provide some live music for the Festival. Stop by and see them from 12pm-2pm.

Balloon Animals by Justin-credible
Watch as Justin-credible takes a balloon and crafts animals, shapes, flowers and more. Take home the balloon shape of your choice for free!

We have so much planned for this year’s Festival and the Garden Center is dressed up so beautifully for fall! We hope to see all of your there with your friends and family. The fun starts Saturday September 24!

 


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Looking Forward to Fall at Edward’s Garden Center

The kids are on their way back to school this week and that means, sadly summer is coming to an end. Don’t fret though, because fall in Northeast PA is an awesome season and Edward’s Garden Center is fully prepared to help you enjoy everything fall has to offer.

Our staff has been extra busy preparing for fall the past few weeks. We’ve been selling off summer plants and moving in fall favorites. Our designers like Diane and Amy have been creating custom fall and Halloween decorations. Best of all, we have been busy planning for our month long Halloween celebration!

Everyone loves mums! And we are well stocked for the beginning of fall. Yellow, white, red, orange and more. Stop by and pick yours up today.

Is there anything that can help transition to a new season better than some new decor? It definitely does the trick around the Garden Center. Ask our staff to make a custom creation just for your home or garden.

As some of you may know, we put a lot of planning in to our events because we want them to be fun for the whole family. We have two events coming up that will help you celebrate fall and Halloween. We hope to see you there.

On September 24 and 25, we will hold our annual Fall Festival. We will have pony rides, face painting, music, snacks, a pet costume parade, visits from Blue Chip Animal Refuge and much more.

Beginning October 8, each weekend throughout October, we will hold a Halloween Celebration. The whole Garden Center will be transformed into a Halloween land. We will have a haunted maze, costume contests and a less scary area for the little ones. The staff is super excited to bring this month long event to our customers!


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Garden Center News and Previews

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Eric, Diane and the rest of our staff are hard at work expanding our Home of Gnomes area.

Many Garden Centers are quiet and slow during these hot July and August days. Not Edward’s! We are busy planning for the future 🙂 Because you readers are our loyal blog and Facebook followers, we are going to let you in on a few little-known upcoming events and changes. Keep reading for the scoop.

Expanding the Home of Gnomes (Kids Area)
We always planned for our Home of Gnomes to be much bigger and more kid friendly. Last fall when it opened, we honestly got too busy with customers and other projects to finish working on our beloved kids area. Now that the spring rush has calmed down, we are expanding the Home of Gnomes. We are adding more decorations, lights and even a tree house! All of these projects will be completed before the Fall Festival this year. Check our Facebook page to keep an eye on our progress.

Edward's Garden Center Home of Gnomes

Things that Go Bump in the Night
Halloween is a HUGEly popular holiday in NEPA. Edward’s Garden Center wants to get in on the fun! This year we will have a huge Halloween Festival on the weekends in October. There will be decorations, food trucks, costumes, a maze and perhaps some ghoulish face painting. It will be great fun for the whole family and we are super excited to share this with you.

Make Your Own Garden Seminars August 7 & 14
Our most fun hands-on seminars are coming up this Sunday and next Sunday. On Sunday August 7, the Garden Center will hold a Make Your Own Air Plant Display workshop. For a $20 fee, you can make an air plant display to take home and learn all about air plants.

 

On August 14, our super popular Fairy, Gnome and Miniature Garden workshop with Diane will take place. Last year, the group that participate had a blast digging in the dirt and creating their own miniature gardens to take home. For $20 you can make a gorgeous display in a container we provide or you can be creative and bring something from home.

There are spots left for both of these hands-on workshops. Make sure to call and save your spots before they fill up! 570-287-4329 ext 1.

Other Miscellaneous News
In just about three to four weeks our shipment of Mums will be arriving! This is definitely a favorite time of year for us and we know many of you wait for this arrival too. Also, be on the look out for another Facebook contest sometime in August. And as always, stop by the Garden Center to visit with the animals, chat with our staff and see all of the items we get in new week after week.


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What Blooms During the Dog Days of Summer

It’s hot out. And it’s dry. NEPA has been going days without seeing anymore moisture than the water in the humid air. Your evening ritual probably includes soaking your plants everyday to try and keep the plants from wilting.

This time of year it is tough to enjoy your garden. You may be wondering what actually blooms in July and August. Keep reading and we will give you a bunch of options to make your garden pop with color during the dog days of summer.

Begonias
Begonias are pretty bloomers that come in varieties for every space, from flower beds to hanging baskets. Pluck flower heads off as the start to fade and your begonias will keep blooming from spring through late summer. The flowers can actually be grown as perennials if you take the extra step. Pick off flowers as they fade. When the plants begin to turn yellow in fall, withhold water. When the tops are completely dry, dig the tubers from the soil, and remove the tops. Dry them in the sun for a few days, then dust the tubers with sulfur powder or another fungicide to prevent rot. Store in paper containers in a cool, dry, dark place until planting time in spring. (DIY Network)

Edward's Garden Center Summer Bloomers

Scarlet Sage
Scarlet sage (Salvia splendens) is a perennial typically grown as an annual. Some varieties like full sun, while others like the shade. Watch where you plant them, and deadhead them when needed and these plants will glow bright all summer long.

Edward's Garden Center Summer Blooms

 

Coreopsis
A bright, fluffy yellow flower grows atop tall stems and is often called ‘sunray’ or ‘tickseed’. They are very rugged plants and there are nearly 100 varieties with different colors and sizes. Coreopsis grow best in full sun, but will adapt to growing in partial shade as well.

Edward's Garden Center Summer Blooms

Dahlia
Growing in many vibrant colors, Dahlia’s are a very popular summer bloomers. They can be planted in sunny spots in your garden or added to a container garden. They thrive with lots and lots of water so on weeks like this one, you will want to water them thoroughly.

Edward's Garden Center Summer Blooms

Gaura
White flowers cluster like butterflies atop tall spikes on these tall airy plants. Selected forms include ‘Siskiyou Pink’ (to 2 feet tall), with rose-pink flowers and ‘Whirling Butterflies’ (to 3 feet tall), with white flowers. The heaviest blooming occurs in late spring, but expect flushes of flowers to recur throughout the summer and into fall.

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A Visit to Longwood Gardens, Kennet Square

Two of our avid readers and longtime customers visited Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square during a family vacation. Talented 15 year old Johanna Kiska sent in some absolutely beautiful photos she took while walking around the gardens and asked to share them with our readers. Scroll down and take a look at photo collage.

Before you take a look at the photos, you should probably learn a little more about Longwood Gardens. The gardens sit on over 1000 acres, outside of Philadelphia. Open to visitors year round,  there are special events for every season. Longwood Gardens features many conservatory gardens including Acacia Passage, Banana House, Indoor Children’s Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Orangery, Orchid House among others. There are also hundreds of fountains that put on a dancing water show several times a day.

Only two hours from the Wilkes-Barre area, Longwood Gardens is a MUST see for all garden lovers. The trip is easy and a great idea for the whole family.

Here is a small taste of what you can discover.

 

 


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Five Family Fun Backyard Ideas

The kids have been out of school for a few weeks now. You and they are probably getting restless. While reading online, we found some really cool ideas that you could add to your backyard (or just have fun dreaming about with the kids). Here’s a few of the best ideas.

Tumble Run Way
This long trampoline run way is a great place for the kids to get all of their energy out and for parents to get some exercise (or a good laugh watching all the fun!)

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Floating Bean Bags
What could be better than floating around on a giant bean bag on a nice hot day? Relaxing in the pool is just what your family needs this summer. You can get these on various websites, but we saw them most recently on Frontgate.

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Bumper Balls
Fourth of July party coming up? Invite the kids’ friends over and let them have a blast with these inflatable bumper balls while they wait for the fireworks.

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Inflatable Giant Movie Screen
Great for a huge party or a cozy family night, this giant inflatable movie from Amazon is great for any night.

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Backyard Zipline
This toy will keep the kids busy all summer and fall long. If you backyard is full of mature trees, this will be simple to set up and lots of fun.

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It’s difficult to get kids out of the house these days. With all of their computer games, devices and TV shows, playing outside as become a chore for many kids. We hope some of the things we have share will give you some ideas to get your kids and family enjoying the backyard and garden, more often.

Ideas for this post came from Buzzfeed and HGTV.