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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2017 Event Dates

The warm weather yesterday and today has us longing for SPRING! Luckily we are just ten days from the Garden Center’s opening for the season so spring really is just around the corner.

For our loyal readers, Facebook fans and customers, we have some exclusive information.

First, mark your calendars, here are a dates for some beloved upcoming events.

Fall Festival: September 23-24
Holiday Celebration: December 2-3 

Second, we will be holding an evening event for those over 21 that may enjoy something dry or something sweet. Can you guess what it is? One more hint, it goes with cheese 😉

That’s right we will be hosting a wine tasting on July 21! More information will be available as we get closer, but we will tell you that there will be limited availability for this event. Let’s just say you will definitely want to keep your eye on the Facebook page for more info.

As you know, we love to host DIY and informational seminars. It gives us a chance to meet some of our customers on a more personal level and share our expertise. Our last announcement for today is to tell you we will be hosting MORE seminars and hands on classes, even adding some just for kids.

We have BIG things planned for Edward’s Garden Center this year. We hope you come out to support us and enjoy some family time!

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Thanks for a Great Season!

As 2016 comes to a close,  we want to take a minute to thank all of our wonderful customers and loyal followers for making this a fantastic season at Edward’s Garden Center.

We had many firsts this year. From our first ever Kiddieland Corn Maze to our new Holiday Topiary seminars, we had a blast seeing all of our regular customers and seeing many fresh faces. Our events keep getting bigger and more exciting each and every year. We love to introduce and host fun family oriented events for our customers. Next year, our Kiddieland Corn Maze will be back and better than this year. We are also planning some new seminars aimed directly at kids. Keep an eye on our website for more info.

Along with many firsts, we also continued to give the Garden Center a new look. Our “Home of Gnomes” continued to grow and take on a whimsical look with the silly monkeys hanging from their tree houses and tree branches.  At the very end of the season, we also added another green house. Not only will we be able to house more gorgeous flowers and plants to sell, but also hold more events.

goats3Another exciting part of our season was the addition of many pets to Edward’s Garden Center. It seems like forever ago, but early this past spring we adopted three baby goats and held a contest to name them. Our Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup have since grown and are definitely fan favorites around here. They are always “kidding around” with the guests 😉 We also adopted several new rabbits and some new tortoises.

2016 was a really fantastic year at Edward’s Garden Center. We truly thank all of you who supported us by coming to our events, visiting our animals, purchasing our plants and stopping in to say hello. We can’t wait to see you all again next year. Please keep a close watch on the Facebook page for news and contests! See you in 2017.

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Looking Forward to Fall at Edward’s Garden Center

The kids are on their way back to school this week and that means, sadly summer is coming to an end. Don’t fret though, because fall in Northeast PA is an awesome season and Edward’s Garden Center is fully prepared to help you enjoy everything fall has to offer.

Our staff has been extra busy preparing for fall the past few weeks. We’ve been selling off summer plants and moving in fall favorites. Our designers like Diane and Amy have been creating custom fall and Halloween decorations. Best of all, we have been busy planning for our month long Halloween celebration!

Everyone loves mums! And we are well stocked for the beginning of fall. Yellow, white, red, orange and more. Stop by and pick yours up today.

Is there anything that can help transition to a new season better than some new decor? It definitely does the trick around the Garden Center. Ask our staff to make a custom creation just for your home or garden.

As some of you may know, we put a lot of planning in to our events because we want them to be fun for the whole family. We have two events coming up that will help you celebrate fall and Halloween. We hope to see you there.

On September 24 and 25, we will hold our annual Fall Festival. We will have pony rides, face painting, music, snacks, a pet costume parade, visits from Blue Chip Animal Refuge and much more.

Beginning October 8, each weekend throughout October, we will hold a Halloween Celebration. The whole Garden Center will be transformed into a Halloween land. We will have a haunted maze, costume contests and a less scary area for the little ones. The staff is super excited to bring this month long event to our customers!


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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.

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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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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.

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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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2016 Full List of Events and Seminars

We know you have been waiting for it! Mark your calendars, we have a full list of our events and seminars. We are happy to announce we have many new, hands on seminars this season.

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Our seminars are great for kids and adults!

Traditionally, our events are a great way to learn a few gardening tips and tricks in a laid back, informal setting. We laugh, we make a mess and in many cases you get to take home a great souvenir.

From container gardening to pond openings and from rose pruning to brick paver laying, we truly have a seminar for every outdoor lover. Take a look at the list of our events below and make your reservations to take part. Our three main events are open to everyone, but to participate in our seminars you will need to stop by or call to reserve your spot.

  • Sunday April 10th: Opening your Pond/Pond Maintenance Tips Seminar
  • Sunday May 1st: Pond Fish & Care Seminar
  • Sunday May 15th: Rose Care and Maintenance
  • Sunday June 5th: Container Gardening, Grow Vegetables & Herbs in Containers Seminar ($20 fee)
  • Saturday & Sunday June 11th & 12th: OPEN HOUSE
  • Sunday June 19th: Pruning Seminar
  • Sunday July 10th: How to build a Bubbling Boulder for small spaces: Set-up and Care
  • Sunday July 17th: Brick Paver and Flagstone Installation Seminar
  • Sunday Aug. 7th: Create your own Air Plant Display Seminar ($20 fee)
  • Sunday Aug. 14th: Fair Garden/Gnome Garden workshop ($20 fee, container & soil supplied)
  • Sunday Sept. 18th: Build your own Scare Crow Seminar ($20, we supply straw and poles, bring your own clothes and accessories)
  • Saturday & Sunday September 24th & 25th: FALL FESTIVAL
  • Sunday Oct. 16th: Closing your Pond Seminar (hands on)
  • Sunday Nov. 27th: Design your own Holiday Topiary ($30 fee)
  • Saturday & Sunday December 3rd & 4th: HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

All seminars start promptly at 11 am. To reserve your spot for a seminar please call (570) 287-4329 ext 1.

If you attended one of our events or you want to see how much fun they are, visit our past events photo gallery!

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Our seminars are great for kids and adults!


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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