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Join us at the garden center for some of our special events!
Kokedama translates to "moss ball." It is a Japanese art that has become more and more popular the last few years, and we sure LOVE it! In this workshop you will create two of your very own kokedamas to take home and display or hang in your house. You will also leave with the knowledge of how to create more on your own if you become addicted. This workshop is taught by our plant aficionado Alex.
Okay, so not all of you will remember the 70s, the decade of disco music, platform shoes, and super-wide bellbottoms. But even if you didn't actually live through the 70s, you can be a part of recreating the period by attending our 2017 Ladies' Night tribute to the era.
We'll be serving adult beverages and light hors d'oeuvres, grooving to disco tunes, and we'll be giving away gifts as well. And for those of you brave enough to don 70s attire (c'mon - why not?), we'll have special gifts for 1st, 2nd and 3rd best costumes.
And as if all that weren't enough, we'll have special sales the night of the event and our own Paul James will present a brief seminar on - what else? - Ferns!
Registration is required. The cost is $20/person, and 20% of gross sales during the evening will be donated to Iron Gate.
Read posts from Paul James and our Southwood crew!
I’ve been growing tropical plants in containers for decades, and this year is no exception. Yes, I know they likely won’t survive past October. And no, I don’t attempt to overwinter them indoors as I once did on a grand scale. But no matter. I love the way they look, and that’s reason enough to plant them.
A small percentage of people on the planet don’t get mosquito bites. I’m one of them. My daughter in law and granddaughter, on the other hand, can be sitting right next to me on the patio and get two dozen bites in five minutes. So what gives? And what can they do to protect themselves?
When shopping for plants, one of the first and most important questions you’ll likely be asked is, Will they be growing in or shade? And most often, it’s one or the other. But that’s not always the case. And the whole sun and shade discussion can sometimes get rather confusing.
Rains this week have put on damper on gardening, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plant. After all, putting all kinds of things in containers is something you can do regardless of weather – in the garage, on a covered patio, even between downpours. And while obvious choices include flowers and tropicals, there’s a group of plants that’s often overlooked when it comes to container planting.