Edward's Garden Center

Forty Fort, PA


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A big thank you and looking forward

As many of you know, the Garden Center is now closed for the winter season. Our employees will take a much deserved rest, before revving up for the busy spring months of 2015.

Edward's Garden Center Staff Thank everyone for their patronage.This past year was quite a successful one for the Garden Center. We enjoyed seeing everyone at our five events throughout the year and hope that everyone had a great time.

Owner Ed Kopec, especially wanted to thank everyone for their patronage this year. He and all of his staff wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and fruitful New Year!

Ed also wanted to clue everyone in on a few things that will be happening next year.

First of all, mark your calendars for June 6th and 7th for our spring Open House! Every year, our events get bigger and better. We will have vendors, sales, and fun for the kids. You won’t want to miss out!

We will also have some beautiful changes occurring at the Garden Center before we open for the spring. Maybe a few of you have noticed the giant water feature that we are constructing in the front of our building facing the highway. This one, while probably the biggest, will not be the only new water feature. We are also planning to expand our annual green house space for the upcoming season. And of course, we would not want to leave our animals out of all the fun. Our iguanas and tortoises will also be receiving a new winter habitat for next winter.

Lastly, look for our new website coming this spring to a computer and smart phone near you!

While the Garden Center will be closed until March 1, 2015, the blog and the Facebook will still be up and running. Check back for updates on all the changes!


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Happy Thanksgiving and announcing the contest winner

First of all we would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a wonderful day filled with visits from family and friends, delicious food, laughter and joy. Happy Thanksgiving from Edward's Garden Center

Secondly, we would like to thank the few people who did enter the Blog Contest. We will run another one eventually and hopefully, we get more participants. The winner of the contest is….. Lisa Prevuznak, who said her favorite post was “Mums: Everyone’s favorite fall flowers.”

Christmas Tree delivery at Edward's Garden Center

Christmas Tree delivery at Edward’s Garden Center on Nov. 26, 2014.

Lastly, as you may have seen on our Facebook, the Garden Center staff has been very busy getting ready for the holiday season. We have decorative vases, wreaths and cemetery logs ready for you to purchase. If you don’t see anything you like, please ask one of our staff to create something especially for you. Also, our Christmas trees arrived yesterday, during the snow storm! They are all ready to be taken to their new homes beginning Friday.

We will be open regular hours Friday and throughout the weekend. Don’t forget Saturday is Shop Small Business day. Support your local small businesses! Many of them will be having awesome sales.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!


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Blog Contest: Details here!

As promised, we are posting our first ever blog contest.

Edward's Garden Center Blog ContestBut first, if this is your first visit to the Edward’s Garden Center blog, welcome! If it’s not your first visit, welcome back.

First, let us tell you a little bit about our blog. We love to share tips, tricks and interesting gardening stories. Sometimes, we post fun non gardening related posts, but generally, we stick to gardening because it’s what we know and love!

Before you can enter the contest, we need you to look around a little so you’ll know where to look to enter.

About the blog
At the top of the home page, you’ll find a nice picture taken at the Garden Center and a menu with links to our various pages. To the right, you’ll find a Google map centered on our Garden Center, just in case you want to stop by for a visit, but need directions. Beneath that, you have the opportunity to follow us on Facebook and a spot to subscribe to our blog. We highly recommend you take advantage of both. 🙂

In the center of the home page, you will find our blog posts. The one on the top will always be the most recent. If you keep scrolling you’ll see more blog posts. Click on the title of the post you want to read to see the full story and have the opportunity to share it on your social media pages.

So what kind of posts have we shared lately? Well, our most recent post was about common gardening myths that you won’t want to believe. Ideas for getting your garden ready for fall was a popular post. And if you are an expert gardener, you might like the post titled: Have a laugh only a gardener would understand.

Like we said, take a look around. Then come back to this post because you will want to enter the CONTEST!

Contest rules:

  1. Look around the blog and read a few posts
  2. Copy or write down the name of your favorite post (this contest post DOES NOT COUNT)
  3. Come back to the blog home page and click on the contest post title.
  4. Scroll down to the very bottom and comment with the name of your favorite post from our blog.
  5. That comment is your contest entry.
  6. Comments/Entries must be posted by November 26, 2014.
  7. One winner will be chosen from the entries, to win a $50 gift card to the Garden Center.

Good luck and get reading!


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Make your garden your pet’s favorite spot

Judging by the number of people excited to visit with the dogs from Blue Chip Animal Rescue at the last Open House, we would venture a guess and say there are a lot of Ed’s customers who are dog lovers.

Dog-scaping - Edward's Garden Center

Create a space you and the family pets can enjoy!

Wouldn’t it be fabulous to put two of your favorite passions together? Well you can! Of course dogs are plenty happy with a big empty field of grass to play in or even just a small fenced in yard; but wouldn’t it be fun to make the garden they dream of? It sure would! We found a great article that tells you everything you need to make a pet’s paradise, in your yard. Arranging it a certain way and using the correct plants will keep your pup from getting hurt and from hurting your flowers… most of the time anyway. Step one in creating a “dogscape” is learning to think like a canine: If you were a dog, what would you want? Spaniels, terriers, retrievers ― each breed has a different personality. Think about what your dog enjoys and go from there.

Elements of a dog-friendly garden

Gentle hardscape: Smooth flagstones set in pebbles form a dry creek bed dogs can comfortably tread.

Comfy mulch: Small cedar chips are easy on paws yet large enough so they won’t cling to silky coats.

Border control: Pieces of driftwood persuade dogs to stay away from planted areas.

Running track: A long, winding path provides dogs with plenty of exercise.

Sensible plants: Plants near paths should have soft foliage but be sturdy enough to stand canine rough-housing.

Marking post: A sculptural piece of driftwood creates a suitable spot to mark his territory.

Paths to patrol
Dogs need exercise; paths give them a designated space to do it as well as a venue to perform their perceived job ― to patrol your property line and keep out intruders. Readers suggested sacrificing a few feet along the fence for a perimeter path to simultaneously satisfy both needs. If your dogs have already created their own paths through the garden, don’t try to redirect them. Instead, turn their well-worn routes into proper pathways. A 3-foot-wide clearance is sufficient for most canines. Plant a screen to hide this dog run if you like; pets seem to like having their own “secret garden.”

Shade and shelter 
Dogs love basking in the sun, but keep in mind, they can overheat quickly. Make sure to plan some trees that provide shade. Giving them access to the family’s porch or gazebo is great too. Building a cool dog house is also a fun option.

Pet-safe landscaping
Avoid thorny and spiny plants, which can cause serious eye injuries. Be very cautious about growing poisonous plants, like castor bean or hellebore, in readily accessible areas. Visit www.aspca.org/toxicplants for a complete list.

A place to answer nature’s call
Your dog needs a spot to relieve himself, but it doesn’t have to be your lawn or flower bed. Set aside a corner of your yard as a toilet area, and train your pet to eliminate there and nowhere else. This learning process may take a puppy about three weeks and an adult dog longer. Consult a dog-training manual for instructions. Cover the designated area with material Fido will accept and that you can clean easily. Flagstone, pea gravel, bricks, and cedar chips are all good choices. If you have a male dog, consider adding a marking post so he can define his territory (Stuckey set up a driftwood stump).

Ideas for this story came from Sunset.com.

Blitz

Blitz, White German Shepherd, 1 year old.

Hope this gave you some awesome ideas for your dog-friendly garden! Share photos with us on our Facebook page if you complete and of the projects we post about. We would be happy to see them 🙂

-Aimee (my inspiration for hopefully creating a friendlier dog garden one day…)


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Where do you get your garden inspiration?

There are so many beautiful and creative garden designs out there. Our recent Facebook contest has shown us just how different gardens can be. From raised garden beds to a tire-swing garden, we have really seen some fun ideas.

All of the staff at the Garden Center love finding new ideas for container gardens, landscaping, water features, fairy gardens and more!

We find inspiration all over the internet, on TV and of course, from our customers.

Here are a few ideas we came across recently on Pinterest that we found fun and creative.

Flower stepping stones
This idea is super easy. All you need are a few round stepping stones and some oval paving stones for the pedals. You can find the materials at the Garden Center. If we don’t have them, we will know who will. You can get creative with the colors too!

DIY Flower Stepping Stones - Edward's Garden CenterFun Fairy Gardens
Who doesn’t love an awesome fairy garden? There are SO many ways to get creative with fairy gardens. Check out this page for a few castle-like ideas.

Purchase Fairy Garden Materials at Edward's Garden Center

Kids grew out of them, let the flowers grow in them!
This colorful idea is a great way to get the kid’s involved. Let them pick out a pair of old boots and decide which flowers to plant in them. Creative Gardening - Edwards Garden Center

Give an old pallet new meaning
This project is pretty simple and the decorating possibilities are endless. Every year you can pick a new theme and redecorate it. Take a look at this blog to see exactly how to hang the pallet and the pots.  Just keep in mind you will want some help to hang it up.

Vertical Plant Garden - Edward's Garden Center

Hope you find some of these ideas exciting and give them a try! If you do, remember to post a picture of the finished product on our Facebook page.

Now that we shared some of our ideas. Share some of yours in the comment section!


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Have a laugh only a gardener would understand

Everyone loves a good joke right? Heck people even like the pretty bad jokes. For your enjoyment, we’ve collected a bunch of jokes only gardeners will appreciate. Are you ready to have a giggle? Gardening Jokes - Edward's Garden Center

  • Little Joey is helping his grandfather dig up potatoes. ‘What I want to know,’ he says, ‘is why you buried the darn things in the first place.’
  • Pete and Harry were talking one day. “My wife asked me to buy ORGANIC vegetables from the market garden,” said Pete.
    “So were you able to find some?” Harry asked.
    “Well when I got to the market, I asked the gardener, ‘These vegetables are for my wife. Have they been sprayed with any poisonous chemicals?'”
    “The gardener answered: ‘No, you’ll have to do that yourself.'”
  • The woman applying for a job in a Florida lemon grove seemed way too qualified for the job. “Look Miss,” said the foreman, “have you any actual experience in picking lemons?”
    “Well, as a matter of fact, yes!” she replied. “I’ve been divorced three times.”
  • What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?Pumpkin pi.
  • What kind of socks does a gardener wear?
    Garden hose.
  • How do you stop moles digging in your garden? Hide their shovels.
  • A husband and wife are standing at the window admiring their garden. ‘Sooner or later you’re going to have to make a proper scarecrow to keep the birds off the flower beds,’ says the wife. ‘What’s wrong with the one we’ve got?’ asks the husband. ‘Nothing, replies the wife. ‘But Mother’s arms are getting tired.’

Free WeedsHay! Those were funny right? Want some more amusement? Check out these fun gardening puns.

  • Lettuce be married – but we cantaloupe.
  • Organic farmers till it like it is.
  • After winter, the trees are re-leaved.
  • When kissing flowers, tulips are better than one.
  • She beat him to the garden by pre-seeding him.
  • The plums for sale dried out, so the profits were pruned.

Sources for this post: http://www.manwalksintoajoke.com/gardening, http://www.guy-sports.com/humor/jokes/jokes_gardening.htm, http://www.punoftheday.com/cgi-bin/disppuns.pl?ord=S&cat=13&sub=1301&page=5

Hope you got a good laugh or two! Enjoy your weekend in the garden and don’t forget to stop by the Garden Center!


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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!


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Welcome!

Welcome to the Edward’s Landscaping & Garden Center blog!

Our blog will be updated weekly (or maybe more often) with our latest news, events and sales. When we don’t have much going on or we read something interesting we want to share, we’ll feature it here!

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Edward's Garden Center in Forty Fort has everything you need to make your garden beautiful