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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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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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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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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Tips for preparing your garden for spring

Spring is in the air! The Garden Center is open and the weather for next week is looking warm and sunny. It’s time to start preparing your garden 🙂 To get your started, we have listed some activities (because they are obviously not chores for garden lovers) that will kick off your gardening season the right way.

  1. newdaysuntilspringCheck all of your raised garden bed for damage. While we didn’t have a particularly harsh winter, the wind the other night was enough to tear anything down. Make sure any wood frames are still strong and holding tight. Repair any bowed or split wood.
  2. Check your tools. Now is the time to make sure you have everything you need and it’s all in tip top shape. Purchase your new shovel and sharpen your hedge sheers. It won’t be long before you are putting them to work.
  3. Top dress your gardens with home-grown compost or purchase some manure. A well dressed garden will be a very fruitful garden in a few months.
  4. Begin your warm weather vegetable plants inside. Starting your seeds inside will give you healthier more fruitful seedlings when it is finally time to plant them outside. If you need more tips to starting some seedlings, read our post from last year on the topic: “Get spring started right now by planting seeds“.
  5. Start your weeding. As soon as the frost disappears, the weeds start to grow. Resolve to stay on top of your enemies this year….Take those weeds down.
  6. Plan a way to protect your seedlings. We all know spring weather is unpredictable. Begin planning how you will protect your little plants from the harsh winds and possible snowflakes. A tip from Gardentherapy: “Make sure you have enough cloth and plastic to protect tender plants. If a frost is predicted, just a cloth over your plants will suffice. For nights when the temps are forecasted to dip below freezing, it’s better to put a layer of cloth on first, then lay plastic on top. Condensation on the plastic will freeze and damage foliage.”
  7. Enjoy the prep! We can all be so excited to get outside and get started that we forget to enjoy our time in the garden. Try not to let the busyness get to you.

 


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The Biggest and Best Flowers for your XL Garden

Just a few more weeks until the official start of spring. It’s time to start thinking about what you can add to your garden. We came up with a fun theme for your new garden: extra large flowers.

Plants that have extra large flowers are great for adding vibrant colors and scents to your space. Using large flowering plants will allow you to have some fun with your theme too. You can have a ‘through the looking glass’ theme with huge flowers and small decorations. You can make it a kid’s garden (kid’s will love the flowers) or the theme can simply be large flowering plants.

No matter what theme you chose, you may need some guidance on what plants to chose. Here is a list of plants with large flowers and buds.

Perennial Hibiscus
Hardy enough to survive tough winters, the Perennial Hibiscus comes in red, pink, and white on stems that reach 7 feet or more tall. It’s is slow to start growing in the spring, but  the beautiful flowers will make up for it once it gets going.

Edward's Garden Center Giant Flowers

Delphinium
The biggest varieties can reach 6 feet tall, though there are dwarf selections. Cut down spent blossoms to coax another flush of blooms. This summer flower comes in blue, white, purple and pink.

Edward's Garden Center Giant Flowers

Hollylock
Known for its tall spires of colorful blooms, hollyhock is the perfect back-of-the-border plant. Old-fashioned selections can easily grow more than 6 feet tall in a spot with full sun and moist, well-drained soil. You may need to stake the stalks if you live in a windy area.

Edward's Garden Center Giant Flowers

Giant Lily
Not known for being grown in cooler climates, your friends will be very impressed if you can manage to grow Giant Lilies in NEPA. It bears spikes of up to 20 big white flowers with maroon stripes and a rich scent. The plant itself can easily reach 10-12 feet tall and thrives in moist, well-drained soil in partial shade.

Edward's Garden Center Giant Flowers

Queen of the Prairie
The Queen of the Prairie’s fluffy, cotton-candylike heads are full of fragrant pink flowers. This easy-growing wildflower has toothed, dark-green foliage that’s a great accent to the blooms — and a striking backdrop for other perennials.

Edward's Garden Center Giant Flowers


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Gardening Trends for 2016

The 2016 gardening season will soon be upon us so we wanted to write a little bit about what we see as an upcoming trends. As always, if you have any questions about the projects or the plants used, ask one of our wonderful staff.

Container Gardens
All container gardens will continue to be popular this year, probably due to their diversity and versatility. You can use so many different plants in such a small space and you can move these gardens to any spot where you need to add a little life. Our Diane is an expert container gardener. If you need help choosing plants or deciding how to arrange them, she is the perfect person to help you.

Terrarium Garden - Edward's Garden CenterTerrariums
Housed in glass vessels, this miniature gardens offer a unique look that will spruce up any space. There are many benefits to building a terrarium. First, building it can be a lot of fun. Planning and making a terrarium is a great project to do with the kids. Another benefit is that they are easy to care for, especially if you use succulents. We aren’t finished planning our workshops for this season yet, but you may see a terrarium class pop up on the schedule.

Naturalistic Landscapes
For some of you, this will be a trend that never reaches your garden. Naturalistic landscape are trending this year. What do we mean by that? The beautiful untidiness that comes with a wild, natural landscape. This doesn’t mean you just throw some seeds and never touch it again. You still weed these gardens, but you don’t have to make sure everything is the same height or a certain color. You just let it grow naturally. For those of you who are very set on pristine gardens, this trend will make you crazy.

Berry Bushes in Containers
We all know gardeners love to vegetable gardens and fruit trees. Berry bushes that come in pots are perfect for the gardener just starting out or the gardener that is out of room because the other plants are taking up all your space. If you find a berry bush in a pot, grab it. Yielding some berries for your fall pies will show it was worth it.

Petscaping or Dogspacing
Petscaping or gardening with your beloved pet in mind is the perfect blend of favorite things. Although dogs and plants don’t often go together, what could make a gardener happier than creating the perfect spot in the yard for a four legged best friend. Chose plants that are nontoxic and train your pets to enjoy this part of the garden, instead of the entire garden.

 


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2016 Event Dates Announced!

Here they are! Mark your calendars. We have another great season planned. The dates for Garden Center events are set.

Open House: June 11 and 12

Fall Festival: September 24 and 25

Holiday Celebration: December 3 and 4

As always, we will have lots of food, sales and plenty of fun for the kids at each of our events.

 

2016 Events Edward's Garden Center

We are excited to announce something new this year: Food trucks at the Garden Center every weekend! Edward’s Garden Center will truly be a place to spend the day with the family. Plan a day trip to the Garden Center for a few weekends this season!

Food trucks will begin rotating in late April and will continue through the fall. Make sure you keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for the schedule of your favorites like the Cup Cake Camper, Panana Man and Jay’s Smokin BBQ.

Our list of classes and seminars for this season will be out between late February or early March.

We hope you are looking forward to this season at Edward’s Garden Center as much as we are! Can’t wait to see all of you soon.