Edward's Garden Center

Forty Fort, PA


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The Details: Fall Festival September 24 & 25

It’s that time of year and we are so excited for the Fall Festival this year! We have so much planned… some fun new events and some old favorites. Here is a complete list of everything we will have at the Garden Center for the Fall Festival. We hope to see each and everyone of our customers and families there.

Edward's Garden Center Fall Festival 2016Saturday and Sunday

Puppet Show with Susan Klein & Friends
Join us Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 12pm for a wonderful show by Susan Klein and her puppet friends. Start your visit to the Fall Festival with this wonderful show and the kids will be delighted.

Pony Rides
A Fall Festival favorite will be back again this year. For $5 your kiddos can have a ride on a cute pony and you can get some adorable photos.

Face Painting by Jessica
Another Garden Center festival favorite, Jessica and her helpers will be on hand to paint wonderful characters, shapes and animals on hands and faces for just $5. Every time she comes she brings new and exciting designs so make sure you stop by.

Food Trucks
Many of the favorites will be back and possibly some new choices as well. Trucks will be set up around 11am so bring your appetite.

Blue Chip Animal Farm Animals for Adoption
Our friends from Blue Chip Animal Farm will be on hand with some dogs that could use a new home, as well as some baskets to raffle and some items for sale. Edward’s Garden Center will again match all donations up to $500.

Sunday

Pet Costume Parade
Many would say this is the best part of the whole weekend, watching the pets parade around the Garden Center all dressed up. Dress your pet in the most creative or adorable costume you can think of and register at 1:45 for a free costume contest! Winners will be awarded various gift certificates.

Live Music by 3 Imaginary Boys
Back by popular demand, 3 Imaginary Boys will again provide some live music for the Festival. Stop by and see them from 12pm-2pm.

Balloon Animals by Justin-credible
Watch as Justin-credible takes a balloon and crafts animals, shapes, flowers and more. Take home the balloon shape of your choice for free!

We have so much planned for this year’s Festival and the Garden Center is dressed up so beautifully for fall! We hope to see all of your there with your friends and family. The fun starts Saturday September 24!

 


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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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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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Tips for preparing your garden for spring

Spring is in the air! The Garden Center is open and the weather for next week is looking warm and sunny. It’s time to start preparing your garden 🙂 To get your started, we have listed some activities (because they are obviously not chores for garden lovers) that will kick off your gardening season the right way.

  1. newdaysuntilspringCheck all of your raised garden bed for damage. While we didn’t have a particularly harsh winter, the wind the other night was enough to tear anything down. Make sure any wood frames are still strong and holding tight. Repair any bowed or split wood.
  2. Check your tools. Now is the time to make sure you have everything you need and it’s all in tip top shape. Purchase your new shovel and sharpen your hedge sheers. It won’t be long before you are putting them to work.
  3. Top dress your gardens with home-grown compost or purchase some manure. A well dressed garden will be a very fruitful garden in a few months.
  4. Begin your warm weather vegetable plants inside. Starting your seeds inside will give you healthier more fruitful seedlings when it is finally time to plant them outside. If you need more tips to starting some seedlings, read our post from last year on the topic: “Get spring started right now by planting seeds“.
  5. Start your weeding. As soon as the frost disappears, the weeds start to grow. Resolve to stay on top of your enemies this year….Take those weeds down.
  6. Plan a way to protect your seedlings. We all know spring weather is unpredictable. Begin planning how you will protect your little plants from the harsh winds and possible snowflakes. A tip from Gardentherapy: “Make sure you have enough cloth and plastic to protect tender plants. If a frost is predicted, just a cloth over your plants will suffice. For nights when the temps are forecasted to dip below freezing, it’s better to put a layer of cloth on first, then lay plastic on top. Condensation on the plastic will freeze and damage foliage.”
  7. Enjoy the prep! We can all be so excited to get outside and get started that we forget to enjoy our time in the garden. Try not to let the busyness get to you.

 


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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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Gardening Money Pits to Avoid

We know you love to spend time and money on your garden as much as we do. Setting a budget for your garden each season can be tough. We have all made mistakes (and wasted money) on plants, tools and flowers that we shouldn’t have bought. We are not here to lecture, but we do want to give you a few tips on things to avoid, going in to the next gardening season.

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Chose your plants wisely, so you don’t go over budget!

Only buy enough plants to fill your space and your time
This is a tough one for gardeners alike. Spring comes and we get so excited to see flowers and color that we buy everything in site! When spring comes, take a breath, determine how many many plants you need to fill your garden and plan out when you are going to plan them. If you know you won’t get to one part of your garden for a few weeks, hold off on buying the plants. You may not be able to care for them and you may change your mind when you see something else at the Garden Center the following week.

Leave the poor quality soil and plants at the store
It may be tempting to purchase the soil on sale or the flowers from the local super center. Our advice to you is just make sure what you purchase is worth putting in to your garden. Your flowers and plants will not flourish in poor soil.

Don’t plant flowers that flourish in a different zone
By most USDA maps, Northeast PA is split between zones 6 and 7. Before you purchase any plants online or at the store, make sure they are meant to flourish in your zone. Non-native plants (or ones that have not adapted properly) will struggle in the wrong zone, require too much pampering (and resources), or worse still, become invasive.

Don’t grow more veggies than you can use (or pawn off on others)
If you are the neighborhood tomato grower, please plant until your heart is content. If not, please think back to last year. Did you end up with so many left over vegetables that they went bad before anyone could use them? Plant enough that you can get a decent vegetable crop but not so many that you are throwing your harvest away.

Save on water by collecting rain
Keeping your garden hydrated is vital. It is however one of the most expensive parts of gardening. When you know it is going to rain, place a few buckets outside to collect some water. This will help cut down on some cost later in the week. Maybe will the savings you can buy more flowers 😉


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Garden Center News

There is so much happening at the Garden Center! May is definitely our busiest month of the year for both arrivals, things going on and customers who visit us. Since there is so much going on, we wanted to compile a bunch things to make sure everyone knows what’s happening.

Scavenger Hunt Contest
To celebrate our new website’s completion, we’ve decided to do a scavenger hunt contest! To participate in the contest, visit the Facebook page and click the tab on our timeline that says “contest” or click on the top post on the page. For the contest you will need to visit the website and find the correct answers to the questions. If you answer all the questions right, you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card to the Garden Center. Contest ends May 31.

Edward's Garden Center has Water Plants

Stop by and chose some plants for your pond.

Water plants are in stock
Just in time for the unofficial start of summer, our water plants are fully in stock and ready to decorate your ponds. Stop by and ask one of our helpful Garden Center associates which plants are best for your garden.

New arrivals!
Our pheasant clan has expanded. Lucille has once again welcomed some new babies. Bring the kids to check out the chicks.

We Plan, You Plant taking off!
Our newest service is quickly becoming our most popular. Many of our customers just LOVE to garden so why would they want someone else to take away all the fun? Bring some photos of your garden into the Garden Center and we can help layout out all the plants and flowers you want in one beautiful and comprehensive design. Stop by today and Ed, himself will help you design it!

Open House is just two weeks away!
Our Open House celebration is June 6 and 7. We have vendors coming in from all over to provide fun and food. For the kids, we have face painting and animals to visit. Blue Chip Animal Rescue will be bringing a few animals to meet with everyone. More details about the event will be released as the event gets closer.

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Get sprucing, spring is on its way!

It seems the weather in NEPA is finally breaking! Temperatures above 40 and into the 50s, who remembers what those feel like? The weather warming up means spring is on its way and you need to start thinking about getting your garden ready to plant.

Dust off those gardening tools! Spring is coming.

Dust off those gardening tools! Spring is coming.

Our friends at Espoma gave us some great spring cleanup tips to pass along to you. We threw in a few of our own too.

  1. Remove dead plants that didn’t make it and any debris that may have waited out the winter in your garden beds.
  2. Remove dead or diseased branches from trees and shrubs by cutting at a 45º angle with pruners.
  3. Armed with your pruners, cut flowering perennials to 4-5” and trim ornamental grasses to 2-3”.  Just like haircuts make hair grow faster and healthier, pruning plants does the same.
  4. Now that the ground has thawed, scoop up a small handful of soil to test. You can bring it to your favorite Garden Center (hint hint) to be tested for deficiencies and overages.
  5. While walking around your yard, visualize how you want it to look this year. Then sketch it out and bring it to the Garden Center. Our experts can help you plan the whole thing and we will even deliver your plants to your home.

We know we don’t need to convince you to get out in the garden and get started. We just want to keep inspiring you so that you can keep inspiring us with the great ideas and smiling faces you bring into the Garden Center!

We’re ready to get started! Now we just need Mother Nature to cooperate 🙂

P.S. Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page and enter our contest! Correctly guess how many animals live at the Garden Center and you could win a $50 gift card.

 


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Reasons Why Gardening is Good for Your Health

In an age when many children and adults spend as little time as possible outside, gardeners are the exception to this new way of life. As gardeners, we know that being outside and working in the garden has amazing benefits beyond the dirt under your finger nails, growing blossoming plants from tiny seeds and having fresh air in your lungs.

So what other benefits does gardening have for our health? Many. Warning: reading the health benefits of gardening may make you love gardening even MORE.

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Gardening improves your health. Get outside and garden at the first sign of spring!

Gardening, like all exercise can reduce your risk of stroke, as reported in “Stroke: Journal of The American Heart Association”.

Gardening, like all exercise, burns calories. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gardening is considered moderate to high intensity exercise and can burn 330 calories per hour. That’s more calorie burn than weight lifting. Just think about how all those squats are working your leg and glute muscles.

Gardening can reduce the risk of heart disease and other common illnesses. Just 30 minutes of moderate-level physical activity a few times a week can prevent and control high blood pressure. In fact, gardening scored a place on the The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute‘s recommendation list for battling high blood pressure.

Gardening reduces the chances of osteoporosis. With all of the reaching, squatting and stretching required to keep your garden in top shape, you are actually helping your body too.

Gardening reduces stress (as we are sure you already know). Sometimes there is no better way to de-stress than by getting out the shovel and accomplishing something in the garden.

Being surrounded by flowers improves one’s health. In behavioral research conducted at Rutgers University by Jeanette M. Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., the results showed that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods and have an immediate impact on happiness, a long term positive effects on mood, and make for more intimate connections between individuals

Digging in the soil actually has mood lifting benefits. Christopher Lowry, Ph.D., an assistant professor of integrative physiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been injecting mice with Mycobacterium vaccae, a harmless bacteria commonly found in soil, and has found that they increase the release and metabolism of serotonin in parts of the brain that control cognitive function and mood — much like serotonin-boosting antidepressant drugs do.

Gardening strengthens your immune system. Humans were meant to spend time outside, enjoying the sunlight, getting exercise and working. Being outside, whether in your garden or on a hike, gives your body the chance to soak up some vitamin D, which which helps the body absorb calcium. In turn, calcium helps keep your bones strong and your immune system healthy.

For more reasons on how gardening is good for your health, read the article where many of these ideas came from: http://www.gardeninggonewild.com/?p=27941


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Resolutions for the avid gardener in 2015

Happy New Year gardening fans! We hope that you and your family had an enjoyable time ringing in the New Year and hope that this coming year is a great one!

Now that the New Year is here, many of you may be looking to better yourselves. The time of year is traditional for people to try to exercise more, eat healthier, quit smoking, etc. As an avid gardener, maybe you don’t need to make yourself better, maybe you just need to add more gardening to your life?

Take a look at our resolution ideas and become inspired to work on some aspects of your garden that you never dreamed of.

1. Resolve to get those weeds under control
So you may not be able begin this resolution right now because of the area’s recent cold spell, but it’s still a good one to take up. As soon as the ground can be worked in the spring, start hoeing and cultivating bare soil to kill weed seeds before they germinate. Pull small weeds before they establish firm root systems. Your garden will thank you when you begin planting. 😉

2. Rework your least favorite part of your garden
Even the most devoted gardener has that one part of their yard or garden that they put off redesigning ever year. Maybe the soil in it is bad or maybe the sun doesn’t shine on it for more than a few minutes each day. Whatever the reason, resolve to tackle it! There are so many things you can do with unused space in your yard, like creating a rock garden or shaded plant area. After all, isn’t more space what every gardener wants?

3. Clean out your gardening bench or junk drawer
Has your gardening bench seen better days? Maybe you could spend some time this winter organizing it and sprucing it up. Clean out all the drawers, see what you have and restock your supply. Then when the warm weather starts to arrive your work area will be ready to go.

4. Edge your garden beds
Again, you might not be able to conquer this resolution until later in the year, but it is still a good one to make. Nothing says “half finished” like a beautiful garden with no edging. Start thinking about your plan now and get all the tools. Then remember to be excited to accomplish this task in the spring.

5. Sit and enjoy your garden
For all the time you spend working on your garden, you deserve to enjoy relaxing in it, right? Promise to spend at least 20 minutes each day truly enjoying your garden. Have a glass of iced tea and watch the birds. Sit and smell your beautiful flowers. Grab a book or your e-reader and sit among your gorgeous trees.

Everyone at Edward’s Garden Center is looking forward to big things in 2015! We hope you all have a great year too.