Edward's Garden Center

Forty Fort, PA

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Top east coast gardens to visit on your summer vacation

School will soon be out and summer time weather is officially here. That must mean it’s time to plan the family vacation. If your family is full of garden and flower lovers like you, why not take a road trip to a near by garden? There are many within driving distance of the Wyoming Valley and you are sure to come home with some inspired ideas for your own garden.

Pennsylvania Gardens

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Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, PA. Photo credit: http://www.chanticleergarden.org/inbloom.html

Chanticleer – Wayne
This amazing garden is just a short drive from Philadelphia. It’s rich beauty and history are a draw for gardeners and history buffs alike. It was built in the early 20th century by the Rosengartens and has been in the family ever since. Adolph, Jr., left the entire property for the enjoyment and education of the public following his death in 1990. A nine member Board of Directors, six of whom are Rosengarten relatives, oversees The Chanticleer Foundation.

With ten diversely themed gardens, Chanticleer is home to thousands of trees, plants and flowers. Many of the groundskeepers have their own unique sections of the garden to show off their artistry.

Hours for the grounds are: Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Guided tours of the house are offered Wednesday through Friday by reservation only. Admission to the grounds is $10. Children 12 and under are free. For more information visit: www.chanticleergarden.org/index.html.

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Longwood Garden in Kennett Square, PA.

Longwood Gardens – Kennett Square
A massive 1,077 acres, this garden offers everything you could imagine. It is one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States and is open to visitors year-round to enjoy exotic plants and horticulture (both indoor and outdoor), events and performances, seasonal and themed attractions, as well as take part in educational lectures, courses, and workshops.

Dating back to the time of William Penn, the land became a park/garden after a fellow Quaker family began planting exotic trees on the land. It has been open to the public almost consistently since that time. By 1850, the park had amassed one of the finest collections of trees in the nation.

Hours for the grounds are 9 am to 6 pm daily. For admission prices, visit their website: www.longwoodgardens.org/visit/hours

New York Gardens

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Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden inside the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx NY. Photo credit: http://www.nybg.org

New York Botanical Garden – Bronx
Spanning 25o acres in the Bronx Park, the New York Botanical Garden is a national landmark. The Garden contains 50 different gardens and plant collections. Sightseers can easily spend a day admiring the serene cascade waterfall, wetlands, trees, flowers and greenhouses. The Gardens are a place for the whole family to enjoy, with a special children’s adventure garden available.

The Gardens are also home to the Pfizer Plant Research Laboratory. The laboratory’s research emphasis is on plant genomics, the study of how genes function in plant development.

Garden hours are: 10 am to 6 pm and admission to the grounds is free. Guided tours of the buildings are available for a fee. For more information visit their website: www.nybg.org.

Virginia Gardens

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Winding Border Gardens at Monticello

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello – Charlottesville
Monticello was the main home of Thomas Jefferson, who began the plantation with roughly 5,000 acres. Though Monticello is known for being rich in American history, not many people know about it gorgeous grounds that Jefferson himself had a hand in designing.

The winding flower border is one of the more beautiful gardens when it is in season. It has many varieties of flowers and bushes. The oval flower beds that Jefferson sketched as early as 1807 are also known for their beauty.

Besides flowers, Monticello has acres of tree gardens, vegetable gardens and picturesque grounds. Hours for the grounds are: 8:30 am to 6 pm. For ticket prices, visit their website: www.monticello.org/site/visit/tickets-tours

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Garden Center News

There is so much happening at the Garden Center! May is definitely our busiest month of the year for both arrivals, things going on and customers who visit us. Since there is so much going on, we wanted to compile a bunch things to make sure everyone knows what’s happening.

Scavenger Hunt Contest
To celebrate our new website’s completion, we’ve decided to do a scavenger hunt contest! To participate in the contest, visit the Facebook page and click the tab on our timeline that says “contest” or click on the top post on the page. For the contest you will need to visit the website and find the correct answers to the questions. If you answer all the questions right, you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card to the Garden Center. Contest ends May 31.

Edward's Garden Center has Water Plants

Stop by and chose some plants for your pond.

Water plants are in stock
Just in time for the unofficial start of summer, our water plants are fully in stock and ready to decorate your ponds. Stop by and ask one of our helpful Garden Center associates which plants are best for your garden.

New arrivals!
Our pheasant clan has expanded. Lucille has once again welcomed some new babies. Bring the kids to check out the chicks.

We Plan, You Plant taking off!
Our newest service is quickly becoming our most popular. Many of our customers just LOVE to garden so why would they want someone else to take away all the fun? Bring some photos of your garden into the Garden Center and we can help layout out all the plants and flowers you want in one beautiful and comprehensive design. Stop by today and Ed, himself will help you design it!

Open House is just two weeks away!
Our Open House celebration is June 6 and 7. We have vendors coming in from all over to provide fun and food. For the kids, we have face painting and animals to visit. Blue Chip Animal Rescue will be bringing a few animals to meet with everyone. More details about the event will be released as the event gets closer.

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Get inspired to Container Garden!

This Sunday, the Garden Center is hosting a container gardening seminar. Container gardening can be a great hobby that will make your garden beautiful, unique and colorful. In honor of this seminar, we thought we would share some container gardening inspiration.

Traditional Container Garden
A traditional container garden is your typical, everyday flower pot with flowers in it. There are millions of combinations that can make up a container garden. Generally, you want to chose plants that like the same amount of sunlight and water as the ones they are sharing a home with.

Edward's Garden Center Container Garden

Reserve your spot at the Container Gardening Seminar on May 17 at 11 a.m.

Fairy Garden or Miniature Garden
A popular trend over the last few years, fairy gardens or miniature gardens fall into the container garden category. These gardens are typically themed and involve miniature versions of items. For example, you could make an entire beach scene using small plants that look like those on the beach and by adding a small beach chair or umbrella, you can tie everything into your theme. Some fairy gardens are actually made in the ground, but most live in pots, barrels and other containers.

Succulent Containers
Succulents make the perfect low maintenance container garden. Almost any container that has good drainage can be used for succulents. Since succulents are slow growers, you can be sure they won’t out grow their container too soon and you can fit a few plants into a small space.

Edward's Garden Center Container Garden

How creative can you get with your container garden?

Unique Container Gardens
You can get really creative with container gardening and that’s the reason why it is such a great hobby! You can use almost ANYTHING as the starting point for a container garden: an old wheel barrow, a wooden barrel, a metal watering can, birdbaths, baskets and urns. As long as the container you choose has drainage, it can become a beautiful garden.

Hopefully, we inspired you to try a few container gardens of your own this season. If you need help getting started, sign up for our free seminar.

May 17, 2015: 11:00 am
Call (570) 287-4329 ext. 1 to sign up

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Gifts your mom can enjoy all season

Mother’s Day is coming up quickly. If your mom, sister, wife or grandma are gardeners, we have some great gift ideas for you! Give mom a gift that she will enjoy all gardening season long.

Miniature Garden
This gift requires a little bit of work on your part, but your mom will love it. Visit your the Garden Center and ask to see their miniature collection. Choose a few items that your mom would like. Maybe she’d like a beach theme. Choose some blue rocks for the water, a beach chair and an umbrella. Next you will need to select a large container to hold the garden. You can use just about an large pot, basket or container. Then you will want to chose plants that go well with your theme, but also don’t grow too large. If you aren’t sure what plants to use ask one of our gardening experts. Once you purchase the supplies, all you have to do is put it together. Need some tips? Watch the second half of this video.

Garden Decor
Every gardener loves to add little nicknacks and decorations for their garden. Look around your mom’s garden and see if she has a theme or items that she tends to like. Not sure where to start? Does she like wind chimes, signs, decorated rocks, statues or baskets? Maybe she has a theme like frogs, butterflies or birds. If you need help picking something out, stop into our gift shop and take a look!

Gardening Tools
If you have a small budget, making a basket full of small gardening tools will still get you a big smile from your mom. In the basket, make sure to include things like gloves, hand shovel, hand rake and scissors. If your budget is bigger (mom deserves it all right!) then aim for a tool that she would love but she wouldn’t buy herself. Some ideas: wheel barrow, work bench, hedge trimmers or tiller.

Hopefully we gave you some ideas for the gardening mother in your life. Don’t forget, when all else fails, a gift certificate to Edward’s Garden Center is a great gift 😉