Edward's Garden Center

Forty Fort, PA


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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 ūüôā 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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Adorable DIY trick or treat bag ideas

So there’s one day left until Halloween. You have the kids’ costumes all ready. The trick or treat route is all mapped out. You have checked the weather multiple times and readjusted the costumes. So what have you forgot? The trick or treat bags.

Sure you could send your kids out with plastic bags, plain pillow cases or whatever you can find around the house. But how cute would it be if their bags matched their costume? If you are in need of some inspiration, take a look the list we compiled. At least the ideas will come easily, if the actual sewing part doesn’t. ūüėČ

For the little ones:

  1. Felt ghost bag
  2. Felt candy corn bag
  3. Cute owl bag
  4. Golden pumpkin
  5. Witch’s hat
  6. Monster tote
  7. Ghoulish drawstring bag
  8. Goggly eye tote

 

Themed bags:

  1. Poison tote
  2. Paper skull bags
  3. Vintage needle point tote
  4. Duct tape skull bag
  5. Light up bucket bag

 

A simple Google search for easy DIY Halloween bags will give you more ideas with instructions on how to create them. Some of the one we mentioned are as simple as painting a plastic pumpkin with a handle gold. Others require some actual sewing skill. If you have the time and want to make a Halloween bag that will be useful for years to come, give these ideas a shot.

Ideas for this post came from http://www.babble.com/crafts-activities/25-diy-halloween-trick-or-treat-bags-totes/


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What to do with all those pumpkin seeds

You have everything ready to carve a pumpkin with the kids this week. You picked out the perfect pumpkin. Picked up a new set of carving tools. And polled the kids on the best funny/scary face to carve. There’s only one thing left to think about. What to do with all those pumpkin seeds?

Pumpkin seed ideas - Edward's Garden Center

So many pumpkin seeds, what to do?!? How about some of these ideas!

Option 1: Bake them for a tasty, healthy snack
Even if you are not a pumpkin flavor enthusiast, you may enjoy munching in some pumpkin seeds. With just a little seasoning you can bake pumpkin seeds to taste like just about anything you want. A quick Google search will give you flavors from traditional to Old Bay to barbecue. Choose a recipe your family will like and prepare to dry your seeds. Once you have cleaned all of the pumpkin pulp off, lay the pumpkins seeds out in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Let them dry in a cool dry area for a few days. Once they are dry, you will want to toss the seeds with a little bit of vegetable oil. Roast at 375 degrees F, stirring them every 5 mins or so. They will be done in about 15 minutes. Then sprinkle seeds with the seasoning of your choice and enjoy.

Option 2: Save them to plant
Did you know pumpkins are actually relatively easy to grow? Maybe you should save your seeds and grow your own pumpkins for next fall. If you decide this little adventure is worth the undertaking you will want be careful removing the seeds when you open up your pumpkin.

First,¬†remove the pulp and seeds from the pumpkin and place them in a colander. Next you want to remove the seeds from the pulp. Place the colander under running water. As the water runs over the pulp, start picking out the seeds from the pulp. Rinse them in the running water as you do. Do not let the pumpkin pulp ¬†sit in non-running water. You probably won’t be planting ALL of the seeds you dug out of your pumpkin. Instead choose the biggest seeds and put them on a paper towel to dry. Make sure the seeds are spaced out so they don’t stick to each other. Put the seeds in a cool, dry spot for one week. Then pack them up in an envelope for next spring. With any luck, you will have your own little pumpkin patch.

For more tips check out: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pumpkin/saving-pumpkin-seeds-how-to-store-pumpkin-seed-for-planting.htm.

Pumpkin seed necklace - Edward's Garden Center

Photo credit: activityvillage.co.uk/pumpkin-seed-necklace

Option 3: Arts & crafts for the kids
Pumpkin seeds can be used in many arts and crafts with the kids. They are easy to paint and can be made into necklaces and bracelets or glued to paper in many unique ways. Our favorite craft is the pumpkin seed necklace.

For this activity you will need your pumpkin seeds roasted. Once you have cleaned them up and roasted them, you can start painting. You will want to set the seeds on tinfoil to dry. Choose Halloween¬†or fall colors for a fun autumn craft. TIP:¬†The painting part is quite messy so you will want to make sure you use washable paint. When the seeds are all painted and dry, you can begin threading them.¬†Thread your needle with a length of thread long enough to go over your or your child’s head with 3 or 4 inches to spare.¬†Put your seeds a few at a time on a pile on newspaper or a thin sponge. One by one push the needle down through the seed – when you have pierced the seed safely, pick it up and pull it through the thread. When your thread is about two thirds filled, knot the ends together tightly.

Note: you need a sharp needle for this so make sure children are well supervised or that an adult does the threading. For more on making a pumpkin seed necklace, visit: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/pumpkin-seed-necklace.

Hope you can make all those pumpkin seeds useful! And speaking of pumpkin seeds… have you entered our contest on Facebook? Guess how many seeds are in the giant pumpkin from the Fall Festival. Closest guess without going over wins $100 gift card to the Garden Center. Good luck!