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Forty Fort, PA


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Plan your tea garden now so you’ll be warm next winter!

These below freezing temperatures have us thinking of ways to keep warm! Cuddling up on the couch with a blanket, a laptop for Pinterest and a nice cup of hot tea is a must.

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Grow your own tea garden for delicious and beneficial tea all year round.

Speaking of tea….have you ever considered growing a tea garden?

Sure it’s easy enough to go to the store and purchase tea bags, but where is the fun in that? If you grow your own herbs for tea, you can mix and match to create your own tasty blend. You may also find that herbs grown in your own garden can be more flavorful than the ones you would buy in the store.

If you want to plan your tea garden for next year, you should think about what types of herbs you want to grow.

You can start planning your tea garden right now! A little internet research and a hot cup of tea as inspiration can go a long way. While you are planing, think about adding these herbs to your tea garden:

  • Bee Balm (Monarda didyma), a member of the mint family, is native to the eastern United States and Canada.
  • Betony (Stachys officinalis) bears two- to three-foot spikes of violet flowers. The deep green, hairy leaves make a slightly astringent tea that’s similar to a mild, fragrant China tea.
  • Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) produces seeds that lend a warm, citrusy flavor to tea. The leaves, used in cooking, are known as cilantro or Chinese parsley.
  •  Chamomile bears small, daisy-like flowers that have long been used in Europe for tea.
  • Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a floppy two-foot-tall member of the mint family has scalloped, lemon-scented leaves that make a soothing evening tea and add body to blends as well.
  • Mint (Mentha spp.) comes in many varieties, all of which have been used as teas. Peppermint leaves (M. x piperita) seem to be the only ones that stand up to drying and steeping, making a wonderfully refreshing iced tea.
  • Yerba Buena (Satureja douglasii) is a low-growing perennial with wonderful menthol-mint-flavored leaves.

The plants listed here can all be used fresh for tea, or they can be dried first. To dry them, spread the stems on trays in a warm, airy place and turn them twice a day. When they’re dry (four to eight days), gently strip off the leaves, buds or flowerheads and store them in closed containers.

After the leaves a dry, you can mix them and make your own concoction. For some classics try recipes see the graphic above.

Creating your tea garden this coming season will ensure that you have warm, delicious tea year round… and especially when you need it on a cold winter night like this.

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A big thank you and looking forward

As many of you know, the Garden Center is now closed for the winter season. Our employees will take a much deserved rest, before revving up for the busy spring months of 2015.

Edward's Garden Center Staff Thank everyone for their patronage.This past year was quite a successful one for the Garden Center. We enjoyed seeing everyone at our five events throughout the year and hope that everyone had a great time.

Owner Ed Kopec, especially wanted to thank everyone for their patronage this year. He and all of his staff wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and fruitful New Year!

Ed also wanted to clue everyone in on a few things that will be happening next year.

First of all, mark your calendars for June 6th and 7th for our spring Open House! Every year, our events get bigger and better. We will have vendors, sales, and fun for the kids. You won’t want to miss out!

We will also have some beautiful changes occurring at the Garden Center before we open for the spring. Maybe a few of you have noticed the giant water feature that we are constructing in the front of our building facing the highway. This one, while probably the biggest, will not be the only new water feature. We are also planning to expand our annual green house space for the upcoming season. And of course, we would not want to leave our animals out of all the fun. Our iguanas and tortoises will also be receiving a new winter habitat for next winter.

Lastly, look for our new website coming this spring to a computer and smart phone near you!

While the Garden Center will be closed until March 1, 2015, the blog and the Facebook will still be up and running. Check back for updates on all the changes!


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A look around the Garden Center during the Holidays

The Garden Center is so pretty with all the holiday decorating the staff has done. Why not take a walk around with us?

Wander through our Christmas tree paths and smell the festive fragrance. Pick out your favorite wreath or imagine something one-of-a-kind and we’ll build it for you. Walk through our magical greenhouses, looking up at the twinkling lights. Look for all of the beautiful holidays items we have!

Inside our Garden Center store, you will find many unique treasures. If you are looking for a gift for that person on your list who has everything, take a look around. There are many decorations, flowers, fairy garden kits and much more.

After you finish checking out all the interesting gifts and decorations in the store, take one last look around for anything you missed. And don’t forget to say ‘Hello’ to Big Foot Santa!

Hope you enjoyed your walk around the Garden Center! Stop by for a real walk through any day 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through December 23.


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Holiday Celebration at the Garden Center this Saturday!

Join us for a Holiday Celebration, this Saturday (Dec. 6) at Edward’s Garden Center!

Edward's Garden Center Holiday Celebration - Dec 6 2014 - Edward's Garden Center

To get you and the whole family into the holiday spirit, we have many events planned and special guests stopping by. The celebration starts at 9 a.m. and runs through 6 p.m.

Santa and two of his reindeer will be here to visit with all the kids and make sure each and everyone of them is on his nice list 😉 Kids and pets can also have their photo taken with Santa.

Entertainment will be provided by, the always popular, Dani-Elle. For those of you who haven’t been to one of the Garden Center events recently, this is Dani-Elle Kleha‘s fourth appearance.  She is a nationally known singer, from Jermyn Pa., who has two albums that she made in Nashville.  Anyone who attended our Christmas party last year or either of our Open House events this year, knows what a wonderfully entertaining young woman she is and can tell you, you don’t want to miss her performance.

Edward’s Garden Center, and owner Ed Kopec, are enthusiastic supporters of Blue Chip Animal Farms Animal Rescue. To help raise some funds for Blue Chip, Ed suggested an ornament contest. Everyone is invited to make an ornament for the Christmas tree. Anyone who brings an ornament will have the chance to win a $100 gift card to the Garden Center. The gift card will go to the creator of the best pet ornament, according to our staff.

Several food vendors will be ready to serve some delicious treats. Mrs. Fritz will be back with her homemade treats and hot soup will be available.

The highlight of the evening will happen at 5 p.m. when Nick and Tobey Kelly light the Christmas tree, in honor of all the pets in our area who have been adopted from Blue Chip.

This is a holiday party you don’t want to miss (and one that doesn’t require an ugly Christmas sweater lol)! If you need any ideas for creating your pet ornament, visit our Pinterest page.

Hope to see everyone at the Celebration on Saturday!


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Happy Thanksgiving and announcing the contest winner

First of all we would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a wonderful day filled with visits from family and friends, delicious food, laughter and joy. Happy Thanksgiving from Edward's Garden Center

Secondly, we would like to thank the few people who did enter the Blog Contest. We will run another one eventually and hopefully, we get more participants. The winner of the contest is….. Lisa Prevuznak, who said her favorite post was “Mums: Everyone’s favorite fall flowers.”

Christmas Tree delivery at Edward's Garden Center

Christmas Tree delivery at Edward’s Garden Center on Nov. 26, 2014.

Lastly, as you may have seen on our Facebook, the Garden Center staff has been very busy getting ready for the holiday season. We have decorative vases, wreaths and cemetery logs ready for you to purchase. If you don’t see anything you like, please ask one of our staff to create something especially for you. Also, our Christmas trees arrived yesterday, during the snow storm! They are all ready to be taken to their new homes beginning Friday.

We will be open regular hours Friday and throughout the weekend. Don’t forget Saturday is Shop Small Business day. Support your local small businesses! Many of them will be having awesome sales.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!


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Easy Thanksgiving table center pieces

Bring some of the beautiful outdoors to your family Thanksgiving dinner with an easy to make centerpiece. With Thanksgiving only one week away, you may want to take a look around your yard and see what you can use to make a lovely centerpiece.

There are thousands of easy DIY centerpiece options when you search online and we have a few staff members at the Garden Center that can help you with some ideas, but if you want some quick inspiration, take a look at the ideas we have gathered. We even have videos so they are super easy to follow.

Take a look at the ideas below, then enter our blog contest that we posted last week!

Simple Fall Foliage Vase
For this centerpiece, you will want to go outside and look for some deciduous trees, fall flowers and maybe some pinecones or acorns. You will arrange these however you like in a tall vase. Watch this video for some ideas on what trees to chose.

Candle Crate Cornucopia
For this centerpiece you will need to purchase a few items from the dollar store, but some of the items you can substitute with items from your garden.

Begin with a simple crate. For a special look spray paint it gold or silver. Next you can add some holly or deciduous tree pieces. Lastly, you will need purchase candle sticks to add to the centerpiece. Watch this video to see how she put her’s together. She also has a few other decor ideas that are easy and pretty.

Table-top Trees & Edible Centerpieces
The next two centerpieces are great projects for the kids when they are home from school next Wednesday. For the table-top tree, take a paper towel holder and have them paint or color it dark brown. Then make slits at the top and bend them down to look like branches. Next glue on either pressed leaves or fabric leaves from the craft store.

To make an edible cornucopia centerpiece, you will need waffle cones, tootsie rolls of various colors and some small hands to shape the “food.” You may want to add some nuts or chocolate covered pretzels to give it more variety.

Watch this video from the Today Show to find out more about these two great Thanksgiving centerpieces.

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Hope you found some inspiration for your table this year! Don’t forget to enter the blog contest.


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Blog Contest: Details here!

As promised, we are posting our first ever blog contest.

Edward's Garden Center Blog ContestBut first, if this is your first visit to the Edward’s Garden Center blog, welcome! If it’s not your first visit, welcome back.

First, let us tell you a little bit about our blog. We love to share tips, tricks and interesting gardening stories. Sometimes, we post fun non gardening related posts, but generally, we stick to gardening because it’s what we know and love!

Before you can enter the contest, we need you to look around a little so you’ll know where to look to enter.

About the blog
At the top of the home page, you’ll find a nice picture taken at the Garden Center and a menu with links to our various pages. To the right, you’ll find a Google map centered on our Garden Center, just in case you want to stop by for a visit, but need directions. Beneath that, you have the opportunity to follow us on Facebook and a spot to subscribe to our blog. We highly recommend you take advantage of both. 🙂

In the center of the home page, you will find our blog posts. The one on the top will always be the most recent. If you keep scrolling you’ll see more blog posts. Click on the title of the post you want to read to see the full story and have the opportunity to share it on your social media pages.

So what kind of posts have we shared lately? Well, our most recent post was about common gardening myths that you won’t want to believe. Ideas for getting your garden ready for fall was a popular post. And if you are an expert gardener, you might like the post titled: Have a laugh only a gardener would understand.

Like we said, take a look around. Then come back to this post because you will want to enter the CONTEST!

Contest rules:

  1. Look around the blog and read a few posts
  2. Copy or write down the name of your favorite post (this contest post DOES NOT COUNT)
  3. Come back to the blog home page and click on the contest post title.
  4. Scroll down to the very bottom and comment with the name of your favorite post from our blog.
  5. That comment is your contest entry.
  6. Comments/Entries must be posted by November 26, 2014.
  7. One winner will be chosen from the entries, to win a $50 gift card to the Garden Center.

Good luck and get reading!


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Trees and bushes for a colorful fall garden

It’s that beautiful, colorful time of year in Northeastern PA. The leaves are all changing and shades of red, orange and yellow paint the landscape. Does your garden match the breathtaking landscape or does it look like the remnants of summer are just begging to hold on?

Amur Maple - Edward's Garden Center

Amur Maple can add lots of color to your garden this fall season.

If you want to bring your garden back to life, there are some trees and shrubs that you can add to make your garden colorful for many autumns to come.

  1. Sugar Maple: The most common tree to have as part of your colorful landscape in NEPA, the Sugar Maple extra-reliable tree that makes a big statement in fall, sugar maple offers gorgeous red, orange, or yellow end-of-the-season leaves.
  2. Dogwood: A tree that is pretty just about all year around, the Dogwood most loved for their white or pink springtime flowers, but don’t overlook the gorgeous purple-red tones they’ll bring to your fall landscape.
  3. Chokeberry: The chokeberry offers white flowers that look like apple blossoms in spring; rich red fruits in late summer and autumn; and brilliant orange-red fall foliage.
  4. Gingko: Slow-growing ginkgo adds grace to the landscape; its fan-shaped leaves are among the most elegant of any tree. In autumn, they show breathtaking shades of luminous, golden-yellow.
  5. Amur Maple: Another top-notch maple for fall color, Amur maple is a small tree or large shrub (depending how you prune it) that bears bright red leaves in fall.
  6. Serviceberry: A plant for season-long beauty, we adore serviceberry for its display of white springtime flowers, delicious summer fruits, and amazing orange and red fall foliage.
  7. Virginia Sweetspire: Enjoy this great shrub for months. In summer, it offers fragrant white flowers. Then in autumn, it develops rich purple-red leaf color. Plus, it’s very easy to grow.
  8. Witch Hazel: A true plant for autumn, witch hazel leaves turn golden-yellow in fall. As they drop, they’re joined by delightful spidery yellow flowers.
  9. Japanese Maple: One of the best-known plants for an autumn show, Japanese maple turns on their glowing shades of red, orange, or yellow at season’s end.
  10. Burning Bush: This tough shrub earned its common name because of its autumn hues: In fall, the foliage turns glowing shades of red and pink.

These are just a few of the amazing trees and bushes that you can add to your garden. If you would like more information about any of these trees and bushes, please stop by the Garden Center and speak with our knowledgeable staff.

Information for this post came from Better Homes and Gardens.


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Make your garden your pet’s favorite spot

Judging by the number of people excited to visit with the dogs from Blue Chip Animal Rescue at the last Open House, we would venture a guess and say there are a lot of Ed’s customers who are dog lovers.

Dog-scaping - Edward's Garden Center

Create a space you and the family pets can enjoy!

Wouldn’t it be fabulous to put two of your favorite passions together? Well you can! Of course dogs are plenty happy with a big empty field of grass to play in or even just a small fenced in yard; but wouldn’t it be fun to make the garden they dream of? It sure would! We found a great article that tells you everything you need to make a pet’s paradise, in your yard. Arranging it a certain way and using the correct plants will keep your pup from getting hurt and from hurting your flowers… most of the time anyway. Step one in creating a “dogscape” is learning to think like a canine: If you were a dog, what would you want? Spaniels, terriers, retrievers ― each breed has a different personality. Think about what your dog enjoys and go from there.

Elements of a dog-friendly garden

Gentle hardscape: Smooth flagstones set in pebbles form a dry creek bed dogs can comfortably tread.

Comfy mulch: Small cedar chips are easy on paws yet large enough so they won’t cling to silky coats.

Border control: Pieces of driftwood persuade dogs to stay away from planted areas.

Running track: A long, winding path provides dogs with plenty of exercise.

Sensible plants: Plants near paths should have soft foliage but be sturdy enough to stand canine rough-housing.

Marking post: A sculptural piece of driftwood creates a suitable spot to mark his territory.

Paths to patrol
Dogs need exercise; paths give them a designated space to do it as well as a venue to perform their perceived job ― to patrol your property line and keep out intruders. Readers suggested sacrificing a few feet along the fence for a perimeter path to simultaneously satisfy both needs. If your dogs have already created their own paths through the garden, don’t try to redirect them. Instead, turn their well-worn routes into proper pathways. A 3-foot-wide clearance is sufficient for most canines. Plant a screen to hide this dog run if you like; pets seem to like having their own “secret garden.”

Shade and shelter 
Dogs love basking in the sun, but keep in mind, they can overheat quickly. Make sure to plan some trees that provide shade. Giving them access to the family’s porch or gazebo is great too. Building a cool dog house is also a fun option.

Pet-safe landscaping
Avoid thorny and spiny plants, which can cause serious eye injuries. Be very cautious about growing poisonous plants, like castor bean or hellebore, in readily accessible areas. Visit www.aspca.org/toxicplants for a complete list.

A place to answer nature’s call
Your dog needs a spot to relieve himself, but it doesn’t have to be your lawn or flower bed. Set aside a corner of your yard as a toilet area, and train your pet to eliminate there and nowhere else. This learning process may take a puppy about three weeks and an adult dog longer. Consult a dog-training manual for instructions. Cover the designated area with material Fido will accept and that you can clean easily. Flagstone, pea gravel, bricks, and cedar chips are all good choices. If you have a male dog, consider adding a marking post so he can define his territory (Stuckey set up a driftwood stump).

Ideas for this story came from Sunset.com.

Blitz

Blitz, White German Shepherd, 1 year old.

Hope this gave you some awesome ideas for your dog-friendly garden! Share photos with us on our Facebook page if you complete and of the projects we post about. We would be happy to see them 🙂

-Aimee (my inspiration for hopefully creating a friendlier dog garden one day…)


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World’s most beautiful gardens

As the saying goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - Edward's Garden Center

Each and everyone of us is unique and has a different outlook on life. Because of our different experiences, likes, dislikes etc, each one of us finds different things beautiful. Our customer photo contest that ended at the beginning of the week is a great example. We had beautiful images of flower gardens, rock gardens, fairy gardens, vegetable gardens and many more. Each one of them was beautiful in its own way.

As different as beautify can be to each person, there are things that are universally appreciated as beautiful. Flowers and tranquilty are definitely on the list.

Looking through some amazing gardens online, we stumbled across this video from a few years ago. It displays gorgeous images of gardens from all over the world, set to relaxing music. If you have about 8 minutes, sit back, relax and enjoy.

Some of our favorites from the video:

  • Crathes Castle Gardens in Banchory, Scotland
  • Zhuozheng Yuan in Suzhou, China
  • Giardini di Villa d’Este in Tivoli, Italy
  • Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai, China
  • Dubai Miracle Garden in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Hampton Court Gardens in London, England (from personal experience 🙂 )
  • Exbury Gardens in Hampshire, England
  • Mae Fah Luang Garden in Pa Kluay, Thailand