Weekly News, 6.3.20

Hi there,

There is joy, peace, and healing in the garden. Nurturing plants at our home is a way that I can restore my soul, as well as find clarity and inspiration. As I dig and plant, my mind processes the emotions of the day. Grief? Just keep digging. Hurt? Just keep digging. Confusion? Just keep digging. Life isn’t always easy. We all inevitably have seasons of pain. The world is evil and unfair. It makes me think of the song from Frozen 2, “The Next Right Thing.” I think we all have points in our life here and there, when the darkness is so great that all we can do is the next right thing. But there is hope. I keep digging. Then, when I stand up and zoom out, I can see it. The overall view of the garden. And maybe a little better perspective on what was weighing me down. 

I hope that you find that in your garden too. When I’m not digging this summer, I plan to sit a lot on my porch with my cup of coffee, and enjoy the little bit of beauty I created. For that I am grateful!

Another place that I love to go for the same rejuvenation is the Montour Trail. From what I am hearing, just like gardening, hiking and biking on the trails has been a recent favorite activity of many. Each year we donate some plants to the Cecil Friend of the trail group for the planters at the Cecil-Hendersonville Road access point as well as at Tandem Connection. They do a wonderful job, but could use some help. Do any of you green thumbs out there have some extra time to help them out? If so, contact Mary Ellen McKenna by email here or call her at 412-445-0185. Thank you to Cecil Friends for all you do!

Here’s what’s happening–

  • more tropicals and houseplants have arrived, including maidenhair and other ferns, passion vine trellis 10″, assorted cacti 4″, Hollywood hibiscus in 6″ and 10″, pitcher plant hanging baskets and red cordyline 10″.
  • fresh arrivals Thursday morning include Abelia “Kaleidoscope’, Barberry ‘Sunjoy Mini Maroon’, Butterfly Bush ‘Summer Skies’, Boxwood ‘Chicagoland’ and ‘Little Missy’, Clethra ‘Ruby Spice’, six varieties of Roses, 3 varieties of Weigela, 3 varieties of Clematis, and 5 varieties of Hosta.
  • summer is just getting started, but our fall chrysanthemum cuttings arrived this week. They get planted now and will be tended to all summer so that they will be ready for your fall enjoyment.
  • our greenhouse production manager is also getting ready to plant another crop of fresh perennials. Stay tuned for details on what to look forward to! 
  • Russ will have bottles of wine available for sale at the greenhouse this Saturday, June 6 from 10am-12pm, including Kiwi Pear, Blueberry, Peach, and more.
  • thanks to all of you, we delivered 261 non-perishable food items to the Bridgeville Community Food Bank, along with a check from us for $500. Last month they served 125 families that included 56 children, 100 adults and 95 elderly. Thank you for partnering with us to make a difference!
  • remember pen pals? Next week I’ll share with you a garden that was inspired by someone’s pen pal. Stay tuned…
Take care,



Weekly News, 5.27.20

Hi Friends,

I hope you’ve had some time to spend playing in the dirt recently. It seems that gardening is quite a popular activity right now, perhaps because people have more time to do it. It’s nice to see so many returning customers this season, and we are seeing many new gardeners itching to learn and grow too. 

How you are creating your “happy place” with plants this season? How are you seeing plants make others happy? Have you done any community service projects with plants and gardening? Or got any ideas of how we can help you to spread some gardening love out there? We’d love to see it, and then be able to report back the “good gardening news”. Let me know here.

Here’s the scoop this week–

  • deliveries in the past week to restock include Big Bob’s local honey, cocoa mulch, Bumper Crop Soil Builder, flats of perennial groundcover, tropical palms, Boston Fern hanging baskets, ornamental grasses, hostas, Itoh peonies,and liriope.
  • new arrivals include african violets, perennial ferns, sweet woodruff, gardenias, and bromeliads. 
  • coming soon are figs, assorted berries, rosemary trees, and mandarins (Thursday or Friday) and Bumper Crop potting soil (sometime next week they tell us).
  • we have sold out of many veggie plants, but have a second crop coming of cucumber and zucchini plants. 
  • the Online Shop for curbside pickup and delivery is back up for business. Some items that are low on inventory will be available for in-store shopping only. 
  • to make some room in the greenhouse, 10″ Fuchsia hanging baskets and 4″ Vinca Vine are Buy 1, Get 1 FREE! 
  • the Peach Truck Tour is making three visits this summer, but are pre-order only and with a location change to the Original Farmer’s Market in South Fayette. 
  • this Sunday is the last day for our Bridgeville Area Food Bank collections. We’ll deliver all of your donations to them next week.
  • our store hours will change on Monday, June 1 to 9-5pm daily.

Thank you for your business.
Take care,


Plant Spotlight – Chocolate Shogun Astilbe
Exquisite and dramatic, the very dark purple-brown, serrated foliage and pale pinkish white plumes command attention in the landscape. A magnificent accent for moist areas, such as around pools and water features. More sun tolerant than other species of astilbe, but does best in a shaded to dappled shade setting. The best part? The deer don’t eat it!
Stella D’Oro, a type of Daylily, (hemerocallis), means “star of gold”.

Obedient plant, (physostegia), is so-named because the flower stems, if bent, will stay the shape you bent them.

Asparagus can grow up to 7″ in one day! Here’s the proof.

Weekly News, 5.20.20

Hi Friends,

The banners are up! I love to see the troop banners in different communities, and this year we got one up for Bob Bedner. The Military Banner Tribute Program salutes our brave men and women who serve, or have served in the military by displaying military banners in their community between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. When I saw that the banners were up in Bridgeville, I drove around for at least an hour, with impatient children in the backseat, looking for Bob’s banner. I couldn’t find it though. After calling the Bridgeville Parking Authority to ask them where it is, they said they couldn’t tell me because they put up 700 of them and don’t keep track! If anyone out there happens to be in Bridgeville and sees it, let me know here. Actually, let’s have a contest. Whoever lets me know where Bob’s banner is first will win a $25 Bedner’s Gift Card. Ready, set, go!

Here’s what’s going on this week–

  • a new truck load of Florida tropicals came in, including palms, oleander, hibiscus bushes and trees, crotons, sansevieria, ficus, jade, and more.
  • we grew 32 varieties of tomatoes in 4″ pots this year, from heirlooms to grape/cherry size to patio pot varieties and big sandwich tomatoes. Some have sold out but the selection is still great. Veggie plants are starting to get picked over and sold out though, so shop soon for the best selection.
  • due to high demand and limited staff, online shopping is temporarily unavailable while we catch up on orders and perform site maintenance. All of the curbside pickup time slots this week are filled, and we cannot accomodate any additional pickups until Wednesday next week. Please visit our store to shop in person, or visit at a later date to shop online.
  • If you, or someone you know, needs plants and has doctors orders to NOT shop in person, please let me know and we will do our best to help them out.
  • we are open on Memorial Day from 9-4pm.

Have a great rest of the week!
Take care,


This week I learned about Tammy M.’s six raised beds. They are 10′ x 4′, and one of them is for veggies and the others are for flowers, (priorities right?!). She started some seedlings and is also direct sowing seed. The flowers include ranunculus, sweet peas, blue nigella, dahlias, rudbeckia, zinnias, poppies, cosmos, calendula, and more! Tammy says, “life is always good in the garden!” Thanks for sharing Tammy, and send me a pic later in the season to see what they look like filled. 

I also heard from Amy Ottaviani, the Community Engagement Director of Moon Township. The Moon Township Garden Club will be celebrating 100 years in 2021! I’ve known about the club because they are great supporters of our business, but I had no idea that they have been around that long. Now I admire their garden club even more… such a cool part of our area’s history. Two years ago they helped to install a garden at Robin Hill Park called Fleur de Lune, (Flower of the Moon). With a name like that, I have to make sure to visit this summer. Thanks for sharing your Good Gardening News Amy!

I’m a bit of a stamp nerd. I don’t collect them or anything, but I do appreciate a pretty stamp and what it represents or brings our awareness to. Did you see the new ones that came out a week ago called American Gardens? LOVE them! The text in the description of the U.S. Postal Service website says that gardens are “conceived for many reasons–for food or pleasure, as places of education and scientific study, as an expression of the owners’ artisitic sensibilities, as spaces for the public to commune with nature, or simply for the love of gardening–American gardens capture our imagination and satisfy a yearning for beauty and order.”

How you are creating your “happy place” with plants this season? How are you seeing plants make others happy? Have you, or someone else you know, done any cool community service projects with plants and gardening? Or got any ideas of how we can help you to spread some gardening love out there? We’d love to see it, and then be able to report back the “good gardening news”. Let me know here.
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