Edward's Garden Center

Forty Fort, PA


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5 themed garden ideas

Many of you probably organize your gardens in ways that make sense both for yourself and for the needs of your garden. You could take it a step further and create unique themed gardens. A simple Google search of “garden themes” will give you a bunch of ideas to try. Here are a few that we found particularly interesting.

Potpourri garden
If you love to walk out into your garden and become overcome by the beautiful smell of flowers, this idea is definitely for you. You will enjoy the smell of these flowers as they grow and when you prune them for other uses. In this themed garden, you want to include Artemisias, Basils, Bay, Calendula, Columbine, Coriander, Geranium (scented), Heatsease, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Marjoram, Mints, Mullein, Oreganos, Rose, Salvias, Tansy, Valerian and Violet.

Medical garden
If you want your flowers and plants serve two purposes, there are certain plants you should include to create a medical garden because of their healing properties. Some of these kind of plants include: Agrimony, Blue Vervain, Comfrey, Echinacea, Fennel
Feverfew, Ginseng, Golden Seal, Licorice, Lobelia, , Marshmallow, Meadowsweet, Milk Thistle, Motherwort, Mullein, Nettles, Passion flower, Pennyroyal, Self-heal, Skull Cap ,Solomon’s Seal ,St. John’s Wort , Valerian and Wormwood.

Tea garden
If you love to enjoy a nice relaxing cup of tea while sitting in your garden, why not plant some of the herbs that make up the tea you love? These plants don’t need a lot of space. You can even grow them in containers. Make sure they have partial to full sunlight. Some of the plants you may want to include are: Anise Hyssop, Basils, Bergamot, Borage, Caraway (seeds), Catnips, Chamomile, Clover (red), Fennel, Geraniums (scented), Hibiscus, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Lemon Balm, Mints and Nettle.

Gardening ideas- Edward's Garden Center

Create an Asian Healing Garden in your backyard for the perfect relaxation spot.

Asian healing garden
Everyone can use a nice serene place to unwind after a long day. Creating an Asian Healing Garden could be the perfect fit. Create an enclosed private space using bamboo screens and climbing vines. Don’t forget to add a soothing water feature (from Edward’s Garden Center of course). You can add a stone bench, pebbles and even sand. Plant things like ashwagandha, chinaberry, Chinese foxglove, mugwort, ginkgo biloba, angelica, plantain,  skullcap, mentha, motherwort,  rhubarb,  red sage, bamboo, codonopsis, wolfberry, burnet, licorice root, anise hyssop,  honeysuckle flowers, rosa, chrysanthemum, forsythia, ephedra and flowering quince.

Scratch & Sniff Children’s Garden
Make gardening fun for everyone in the family can be easy. Why not create a scratch and sniff garden with plants that have scented leaves. Scented leaves come in a range of shapes, patterns and colors; with some varying from pale to dark green in color and many have fascinating textures for kids to explore – leaves can be furry, woolly, silky, smooth and even sticky! The scent becomes most prominent by bruising or gently rubbing the leaves – the tiny hairs on the leaves house glands that contain tiny drops of oil that are then released.

Information for this post came from Forrest Green Farm and the Micro Gardener.

Hope you enjoyed this post and it gave to some fun ideas! If you need help, you can always stop by the Garden Center to speak with our staff.

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Garden Center Fall Festival Sept 27 and 28

Big Foot is ready for Autumn at Edward's Garden Center.

Big Foot is ready for Autumn at Edward’s Garden Center.

Cooler weather is approaching and our Garden Center staff is busy getting ready for Autumn. We have hundreds of mums decorating our gardens. Our pumpkins and gourds have just arrived and even Big Foot has packed his bag full of fall items.

To celebrate the fall season, we will be having a two day Fall Festival.

Stop by the Garden Center Sept 27th and 28th to take part in the festivities.

For the kids:

  • Face painting will be provided by Face Painting by Jessica. She is more than ready to decorate the kiddos faces or hands with their favorite characters and designs. She recently received stencils for the Frozen characters!
  • Pony rides: 10 am to 4 pm both days. Rides will be $5

For the whole family:

  • Pet costume parade and contest: Dress up your furry family members and walk them in the parade. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be given out. Parade will be Sunday, 28th at 2 pm. Prizes for the contest: 1st prize $100 gift card, 2nd prize: $50 gift card and 3rd prize: $25 gift card.
  • Giant pumpkin contest: Giant pumpkin will be on hand. Whoever guesses the closest weight gets a $100 gift card. The winner will be chosen at 4 pm on Sunday.
  • Selfie Contest: Take a picture with Big Foot, post it to our Facebook page to be entered. Prize: $100 gift card!
  • Blue Chip Farms will be visiting with adoptable dogs both days. Edward’s Garden Center is a supporter of Blue Chip and will match all donations up to $5oo.
  • SALE: 50% off fruit trees
  • Food vendors: Hotdogs, sausage, wings, smoked apples, kettle corn, desserts and more!

To get people excited for the Fall Festival we are running a few Facebook contests. Right now, visit our Facebook page and find the status update about the contest. Comment with your favorite thing about fall and you will be entered to win a $50 gift card.

We will have another Facebook contest beginning before the Fall Festival. Hint: The contest involves our very own Big Foot!

Hope to see everyone at the Fall Festival Sept 27th and 28 at the Garden Center! You won’t be sorry you came 🙂

Fall at Edwards Garden Center


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Get your garden ready for Fall

Don’t let the 80 degree temperatures deceive you. Fall is on its way to Northeastern Pa. The Garden Center has hundreds of mums looking for new homes, the staff has been busy making scarecrows and the Fall festival is less than a month away. Obviously, we are getting our gardens ready for fall, but are you?

If you haven’t begun your fall garden (or even if you have), try incorporating some of these ideas.

Enjoy some fresh fall veggies
Many people think vegetable gardens are only for the summer. Anyone who believes that is missing out on some tastier garden treats. Carrots, broccoli, snow peas, snap peas cauliflower and beets are a few of the vegetables you can plan to harvest in the cool days of fall. Since most of these hardy vegetables take about 60 days to grow, you may want to purchase them as seedlings and keep an eye on the cool night temperatures. If you decide to plant them as seeds, do so in mid to late August depending on your climate.

Fall flowers sold at Edward's Garden Center in Forty Fort

Hellebores are a fun fall addition to any garden!

Bring some fall color to your garden
Fall is your last chance to enjoy your colorful garden before the gloomy winter comes. Chrysanthemums, aster, goldenrod, pansies and hellebores can be purchased young at the Garden Center and will last through the fall. Growing these plants from seedlings should begin in mid-summer in a dark place, like your basement. When fall begins, they will be strong enough to plant in your garden.

Take advantage of the cool temperatures & grow some ornamental grass
Select cool season ornamental grasses for easy-to-grow and easy-to-maintain fall color in your garden. Blue fescue and feather reed grass prefer temperatures from just above freezing to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Cool season ornamental grasses enjoy new growth in the spring, stop growing in the heat of the summer, and then continue to thrive when the weather turns cool in the fall. Look for clump growing ornamental grasses for easier maintenance; other types will spread and some, like ribbon grass, will take over any garden. Once your ornamental grasses are established, they need no fertilizer, pruning or coddling of any kind.

Put those old clothes to good use
Not sure what to do with those worn out gardening shoes, gloves and pants? Make a gardener scarecrow! You and the kids will have fun making it and it might keep a few pesky animals out of your fall vegetable garden.

Fall has arrived at Edward's Garden Center in Forty Fort

The scarecrows at Edward’s Garden Center, compliments of Nick and the rest of the staff.

Some ideas and information for this post came from: Fall Gardening Ideas | Garden Guides http://www.gardenguides.com/68818-fall-gardening-ideas.html#ixzz3CNzoo89s