Edward's Garden Center

Forty Fort, PA


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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.

Edward's Garden Center Summer Blooms

 

 


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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.


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Open House June 11 & 12 Details

We are very excited that our first big event of the season is just a few days away! We are busy stocking the gardens, preparing for the kids and getting everything set up throughout the Garden Center. We have lots of things planned for the whole family so we hope to see all of our blog fans, regular customers and many new faces this weekend. We know everyone wants the scope so here it is!

The Details

Edward's Garden Center Open House 2016Where: 525 River Street Forty Fort, 18704 (go all the way to the end of the road)

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 11 & 12, from 10 am to 4pm

What’s happening: Both days there will plenty to do and to see! We have Face Painting by Jessica making her return to paint beautiful masterpieces on the kids’ hands and faces. Jessica’s stand is always a favorite for the kids so we keep bringing her back for the fun year after year. Also back by popular demand: pony rides! Pony Party Paradise will be back with their lovely ponies and the petting zoo.

Blue Chip Animal Rescue will be bringing a few of their pets who need to find “furever” homes. Visit with a few pets all day Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds from this event help support Blue Chip and they will also be selling raffle tickets.

On Sunday, we will have live music provided by 3 Imaginary Boys from 12pm until 2pm.

You can’t have a special event, without good food right? Not to worry, we will have several food vendors ready to provide you with tasty treats.

We also can’t forget to mention the reasons people visit Edward’s Garden Center every day. Kids love our scavenger hunt to find all of our animals. Kids love it because they get to meet all the animals and at the end of the scavenger hunt they get a prize bag.

Our quality plants, trees and flowers also draw people from all over the Wyoming Valley. We are well stocked and the staff is excited to help you with all your questions. And don’t forget to stop into the gift shop to pick up some unique items.

Parking and admission for the Open House are free!

Rain or shine we hope to see you there! We promise you will see why Edward’s Garden Center is truly “A Place to Explore and Enjoy!”


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Spend Your Memorial Weekend in the Garden

Memorial Day weekend is the official kick off of planting season in Northeast PA. We know many of you (and us) have already started planting annuals, pulling weeds and maybe buying vegetable plants.

With the weather being finicky up until this week, planting early was actually a little risky. We are sure you or someone you know was outside rushing around last week putting buckets or bags over their plants because of the sudden cold spell.

It appears spring/summer has worked its way into our area so you should be okay to start filling up your vegetable gardens and hanging baskets.

Here are some of ideas of what to start with on this hot, humid Memorial Day weekend.

Edward's Garden Center - Grow Sunflowers Memorial Weekend

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Start a new tradition: planting sunflower seeds
These fun, sunny plants are easy to grow and are the perfect way to kick off the growing season. Plant seeds in warm soil about 1 to 2 inches deep and keep the soil moist until the seeds sprout. Once the plants get growing, water thoroughly and as needed. Established plants are drought tolerant though you’ll get the best eating seeds when properly watered. The best part about growing sunflowers is the beauty they will bring to your garden.

Plant your vegetables
It’s officially time to start those tomato plants. Though you may have had some growing in your greenhouse or home for weeks, it’s time to move those plants outside for optimal harvest. It’s also a great time to start a vegetable container garden. If you are not sure how to start a vegetable container garden, sign up for our hands-on seminar, on June 5 at 11 am.

Edge out your gardens and boundaries
The grass has been growing like crazy thanks to the wet week a few weeks ago and the heat this week. It’s probably time to redefine the edges around your gardens. Using a spade or a half-moon edger could be a lot of work but the end result will be beautiful.

Visit your favorite Garden Center!
Many people’s favor thing to do on Memorial Day weekend is shop for all the annuals and perennials they will add to their gardens this year. Visit Edward’s Garden Center this weekend. We are fully stocked with annuals, perennials, mulch, fertilizer and pond supplies. Don’t forget to bring the kids to enjoy all our animals.


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Springtime at Edward’s Garden Center

There is some beautiful scenery at Edward’s Garden Center right now. Even though the weather has been unpredictable lately, spring is in full bloom. The sites are so pretty and colorful we had to take some pictures to share.

All of the colorful flowers are sure to brighten anyone’s day… even on one of those sad days when it snows and hails in May, like it did today!

We also have another surprise in the very last picture of the collage…. a new baby bunny! This little one is so cute and so young we don’t even know if we have a boy or girl. Stop by and see our new comer this week!


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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is tomorrow. Don’t panic. We have your Mother’s Day gifts covered! Here are some last minute ideas for your mom, or your grandma or for the kids to get their mom.

Hanging flower basket
The gift of flowers always brightens a woman’s day. We know there are flower tents all over the place, but we promise if you buy your flower basket at Edward’s the quality will make an outstanding difference in how long the flowers last. Your mom will be able to enjoy it all season.

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Sign up (and pay) for some seminars
Maybe your mom has everything or doesn’t want anything. Signing up for an Edward’s Garden Center seminar is a great gift because you are promising your mom time together. Take a look at our event list to see which seminars your mom would like to attend. Then see Debi in our gift shop to sign up. Our container gardening seminar on June 5th is a great choice. (Hint hint)

Wind chimes and yard decor
Give your mom a piece she can showoff to the whole neighborhood. We have a large selection of wind chimes, statuary, yard signs, birdhouses and so many more unique gift items. Stop in to our gift shop to pick something out.

Gift certificate
A gift certificate to Edward’s Garden Center is the perfect gift for any occasion. Stop in and get one in any denomination.🙂

Hopefully we gave you some ideas for the special mother in your life. See you tomorrow at the Garden Center!

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Snacks at Edward’s: May Schedule

Previously we announced food trucks will be rotating post at the Garden Center each weekend throughout our season. We want to make Edward’s Garden Center truly a destination for families on the weekends. Now when you visit, the kids can find all our animals and spend sometime in our kids’ area, you can shop for flowers, shrubs and garden decor and you won’t have to leave when you are hungry. We thought food trucks will be a great addition since they are extremely popular at our events. We hope you like the idea too!

Make sure to check our Facebook page and website often to see what food trucks will be at the Garden Center. They are subject to change on short notice so keep an eye out.

Here is the May schedule for snacks at Edward’s:

TripleS

Triple “S”‘s well-known purple truck is coming to Edward’s Garden Center!

Saturday, April 30th
Jessee’s Place Ice Cream

Saturday, May 7th
Triple “S”
Manning’s Ice Cream

Saturday, May 14th
The Dogg House
Jessee’s Place Ice Cream

Sunday, May 15th
The Dogg House
Savory Grill
Taco’s Salad
The Sweet Lush Cupcakery

We hope you and your family will join us for some snacks and some fun on any of these days! Also check out the list of events we have coming up at the Garden Center.


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Unique Items Found at Edward’s

At Edward’s Garden Center, we pride ourselves on finding quality, unique items for our customers to purchase. This year, many of you may have noticed that we changed the layout of the gift shop to offer more items. We have also added a small section near our Home of Gnomes that has antique-like items for your garden.

More space means more great items for you! Here’s a look at the changes we have made in the gift shop and some of the items you can find.

Gift Shop Gifts
From air plants and wind chimes, to Fairy Garden accessories and gifts for kids, our gift shop has something for everyone. For the Fairy Garden lovers, we offer a collection that no one in the area has and each and every item is adorable. Pick up your favorites before they are gone!

Home of Gnome Antique-like Gifts
Our outside mini gift shop is full of items that have been repurposed. From painted buckets to ceramic shoes with plants growing in them, you never know what will strike your fancy.

We have so many great items in our gift shop and around the Garden Center that we can’t possibly put them all on our blog or Facebook page. You will just have to stop in to see what else we have. With Mother’s Day just a few weeks away, you may want to stop in and pick out something for the mother, grandmother or wife in your life.

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