Edward's Garden Center

Forty Fort, PA


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Air Plants & Terrariums Available at Edward’s

Terrariums and air plants have been quite popular the last few years. They are easy to care for and allow you to get really creative with designs, themes and decorations. They also grow almost anywhere!

So what are air plants?

Air plants or Tillandsias are a genus from the bromeliad family that don’t require soil to grow. The come in a variety of colors and sizes and can grow with little care. There are about 550 types, plus hybrids. Tillandsias are native to the southern U.S., Central America, South America and Mexico. They can be as small as a couple of inches or as large as three feet across. (Chicago Tribune)

Air plants are resistant to pests and diseases and are fairly forgiving and, with ambient air and the proper light and watering, can last quite a long time.

One of the great benefits to growing air plants is they make the air better. Seriously, scientific studies have proven air around air plants is cleaner and more pure.

We love them because they look great in miniature gardens and terrariums.  They can grow inside or outside or both. This year in the gift shop we have added a large selection of air plants and air plant containers.

If you are interested in growing some air plants, stop by the gift shop and speak with Diane, Debi or Amy. They will be happy to give you advice about how to care for air plants and what containers to grow them in.

Why wouldn’t you want to grow them? 🙂

Edward's Garden Center Air Plants

Lots to chose from at our new air plant display!

 

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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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New Garden Trends for NEPA: Home of Gnomes

Stories and myths about gnomes have been around for thousands of years. In some stories they are cute, mini humans that play silly tricks. In some stories, gnomes are protectors of the garden and will do anything to defend it. Which ever story you like to believe, gnomes have become popular themes for gardens.

Here at Edward’s Garden Center we are preparing a space for our very own Gnome Garden. Our “Home of Gnomes” area will be dedicated to the kids.

There will be a misting, cooling area made from a tree trunk, with a checker board attached. Next to that, there will be an outside train station, with little gnomes happily waiting to go home with our customers. In the same area, there is an antique shanty building, currently under construction. We will have various antique garden items for sale. Miss Diane will be creating some miniature gardens to decorate this area and they will be for sale.

There has been a lot of talk about gnomes and gnome homes around the Garden Center lately so we decided to share a few of our favorite ideas for our customers and blog fans to try.

One of the most popular Gnome Homes can be made from an old tree stump. Yes, you can turn and unsightly old tree stump into a cute, little home for gnomes and fairies. All you need is a little door, some small windows and whatever you think your gnomes would enjoy in their front yard.

Another popular way to make a gnome home in your yard is to build or purchase a small house. There are many cute ideas online to make them, but our favorites were probably purchased.

While Gnomes need homes to live in, they also need accessories. There are so MANY accessories out there. Some you can make yourself. Here are just a few ideas.

Hope you enjoyed some of our favorite Gnome themed ideas. Make sure you stop by the Garden Center to see our progress!


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Enjoy Beautiful Water Features Throughout the Year

We all work so hard on our gardens during the spring and summer, we deserve to enjoy them all year round. Unfortunately, in NEPA we can’t enjoy flowers and our yards too much during the winter. We can have the next best thing, though! Enjoying our gardens three quarters of the year.

Edward's Garden Center sells fire fountains

Photo credit: aquascapeinc.com

There’s nothing more relaxing and enjoyable than sitting in your garden, listening to the water trickle from your fountain. There are so many stunning water features on the market today. From pond-free streams and waterfalls to bubbling boulders and water gardens. In sizes big and small, shapes long or round, these pieces can fit into any space. And the best part….All of these items can be enjoyed from the beginning of spring to the end of fall (depending on when the below freezing temperatures arrive).

Not sure if a water feature would fit into your space for (nearly) year long enjoyment? Take a look at all the different kinds and reconsider!

Fountains
Fountains come in all shapes and sizes. If you have walked around Edward’s Garden Center lately, you know what we mean: large vases, stone fountains, small urns and so many more. The fountain kits by Aquascape that are sold at the Garden Center, make adding a fountain to your garden quick and easy. Ask one of our experts about it!

Patio Ponds
If you don’t have enough room for a large in-ground pond or you just want to enjoy a water garden on your deck, than a patio pond is exactly what you need. Creating a beautifully planted water bowl or container water garden has never been easier. Aquascape Aquatic Patio Ponds have all the natural beauty of real rock with the added durability and light weight of fiberglass. You can even add fish! Take a look at this video to find out how creative you can get.

Fire Fountains
Self-contained water and fire features have been gaining popularity over the last few years. Edward’s is proud to say, we have brought the trend to NEPA! These beautiful units are very easy to set up and are a great feature for the cool autumn nights that are soon to arrive. Stop in to the Garden Center to check out our fire fountain selection or watch the video below.

Spillaway Bowls and Basins
These pieces are probably the most artistic of the bunch and they may not fit in with every garden, but they sure are cool looking. Spillway Bowls and Basins can be installed as a standalone disappearing water features or several spillway bowls can be linked together for an amazing display.

Edward's Garden Center sells water features

Photo credit: Aquascapeinc.com

Hopefully we have inspired you to add a water feature to your garden so you can enjoy (nearly) year round relaxation and beauty.


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5 Hot Gardening Trends for 2015

So we are half way through the year and you may have noticed many items trending in the outdoor living and gardening industry this year. Maybe on your latest visit to the Garden Center you noticed a popular item or theme that you might like to add to your garden. Well this post will tell you about many hot gardening trends for 2015 and if we have the items available at our Garden Center.

1. Bubbling Boulders
Adding a water feature to your garden is always a nice touch. One way to add a bit of water pizazz without digging an actual pond is by adding a bubbling boulder. Water gets pumped through a hole in the center of the rock and trickles down, giving your garden a calming sound and serene look. They come in all shapes and sizes and can fit in even the tightest spaces. When installed properly, they truly  look like a work of art. We have many different bubbling boulders available at Edward’s Garden Center.

2. Miniature Gardens or Fairy Gardens
This trend has been popular for the last few years. Miniature Gardens, also called Fairy Gardens, are so much fun to design and build. You can create any theme you want and find adorable mini items just by searching the web. These gardens are great year-round projects. Create them in small size containers so you can bring them in the house during the cold months. Edward’s carries many items for miniature gardens in the gift shopMiniature Garden Items at Edward's Garden Center

3. Cocktail Gardens
Themed gardens have been around for ages, but one of the hottest new trends is the Cocktail Garden. These gardens are filled with herbs, spices and roots that can compliment your evening cocktail. Lavendar, Rosemary, Orange mint, Cuban mint, Spearmint, Thai basil, lemongrass and alpine strawberries are just a few items you might want to plant in your cocktail garden. A garden like this is a great topic of conversation and you can get a nice fresh piece of mint for your mojito anytime you want. 😉

Miniature Meadows - Edward's Garden Center

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4. Miniature Meadows
Miniature Meadows are filled with native wildflowers and perennials. No garden space is too small to create one of your own. According to Top Inspired, “You can create a mini meadow from scratch, use pots, containers or garden beds or even create a mini meadow in your lawn. With wildflower meadows being lost all around the world you will be creating habitats for birds, butterflies, and bees. A trend definitely worth following this year!”

5. The Color Pink
The hottest color pallet for gardens in 2015 is pink. Who doesn’t love a pink flower? If you don’t have enough pink in your garden already, don’t worry there’s still time to add some. Stop by our greenhouse and see what pink flowers catch your eye.

Hope you enjoyed reading about this year’s gardening trends. If you have any you’d like to add, leave us a comment!