Edward's Garden Center

Forty Fort, PA


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A Visit to Longwood Gardens, Kennet Square

Two of our avid readers and longtime customers visited Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square during a family vacation. Talented 15 year old Johanna Kiska sent in some absolutely beautiful photos she took while walking around the gardens and asked to share them with our readers. Scroll down and take a look at photo collage.

Before you take a look at the photos, you should probably learn a little more about Longwood Gardens. The gardens sit on over 1000 acres, outside of Philadelphia. Open to visitors year round,  there are special events for every season. Longwood Gardens features many conservatory gardens including Acacia Passage, Banana House, Indoor Children’s Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Orangery, Orchid House among others. There are also hundreds of fountains that put on a dancing water show several times a day.

Only two hours from the Wilkes-Barre area, Longwood Gardens is a MUST see for all garden lovers. The trip is easy and a great idea for the whole family.

Here is a small taste of what you can discover.

 

 

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In Season: Miniature Gardens

Miniature Gardens are a hot trend

The stone path connects the separate areas of Shelly Skindelien’s garden and the repetition of the three Sedum ‘Mentha Requein’ gives the garden a sense of unity. Photo from The Miniature Garden Shoppe.

One of the hottest  gardening trends for this year is miniature gardens or fairy gardens. Though some people have been making these tiny creations for many years, the trend has really just reached our area.

You may have seen pictures on a gardening site, on Houzz or on Pinterest. There are even a few blogs and websites dedicated to making these creative little gardens.

So you are wondering: what are these fairy gardens? Are they difficult to make? We can answer all of those questions and tell you where you can find some items to include in your own, (hint: we have some miniature garden supplies in the Garden Center).

Miniature or Fairy Gardens
A Fairy Garden is a miniature replica of a garden, complete with mini furniture, decor, flowers, plants and structures. They can be made in large pots, baskets, window boxes, and right on the ground.

Creating your Fairy Garden
First, you’ll need to decide what you want in your Fairy Garden. This will help you determine what size pot or box you will need. Many people set a theme for their garden at this point. For ideas, check Pinterest or search the internet. With just a quick search I came up with a bunch of websites that have fabulous pictures. The Miniature Garden Shoppe has a wonderful inspiration gallery.

Once you have your theme set and have chosen a few plants, pieces of furniture and accessories, you can purchase the container you want to use. Make sure that the bottom of your container will allow for some water drainage. You wouldn’t want all your hard work to get flooded. Next, you’ll need to fill the container with potting soil. The average potting mix you would use for a window box will work great. It should have peat moss, perlite and vermiculite. Stay away from mixes that have actual soil or dirt because  they will not drain well enough.

Now we move onto the fun and creative part: Laying out your garden.

Fill your container with the soil and place the items on top, creating whatever layout and design you like. Try out lots of ideas and see how creative you can get. When you have everything placed where you like it, you can begin planting the plants.

Plant the plants with the largest root mass first, as the cause the most soil displacement. After you have all the plants securely in their new homes, gently water them with a watering can.

If you are adding any hardscaping items like a brick path or any furniture, it is best to do so when the soil is damp and compressed.

Fairy Garden Accessories at Edward's Garden Center

So many accessories for your Fairy Garden at Edward’s Garden Center!

Finally, when you are finished setting up your Fairy Garden, you can chose where to display it.

Most miniature gardens grown in containers, including those with sedums, tend to do best with morning sun and some shade in the afternoon, according to The Miniature Garden Shoppe. Ultimately, the best location will be determined by what kids of plants you chose. 

Tip for watering: Use a sprinkle watering can and go over it gently. If you dump to much water, your decor will scatter or float.

Purchasing plants and accessories
When choosing plants and flowers for your Fairy Gardens, stick with plants that are small in size and won’t grow too much bigger. Fairy Gardening has a great website that will help you chose the right ones.

There are many places online where you can purchase little accessories, furniture and structures to go with your Fairy Garden. A simple Google search will lead you to many options. As always, make sure the site you order from is secure and reputable.

Locally, in our Garden Center we have a collection of items for your miniature gardens. Stop by and check it out!

For your viewing pleasure, a great example of a Fairy Patio Garden!