Weekly News, 9.9.20

Hi there,

The longer that I’m working in this field, the more I realize how much plants and gardening really bring us together. I enjoyed visiting several of your home gardens this summer, and look forward to it next year too. The quote by Monty Don explains it well– “

“I am always more interested in people than plants. Nature doesn’t make gardens, people make gardens. And the story of a garden is always the story of a person.”

And likewise– plants don’t make a garden center and landscape business, people make it what it is. Our business has been blessed by a GREAT staff, and I’ll be sharing more about them in the weeks to come. Each member of our staff has a story, (and most often one that involves loving plants), and contributes their unique talents, knowledge and dedication to make Bedner’s Farm & Greenhouse and Bedner’s Landscape & Design what it is. This week you can learn more about our Perennial & Nursery Manager, Jeremy Gruszka.

Here’s what’s new and interesting to know this week:

  • more of our homegrown fall mum crop is ready. We will have plenty all month long, and replenish the store benches everyday.
  • we grew a new and interesting plant called Pumpkin on a Stick this year. See the Russ Recommends video below to learn more. 
  • fresh perennials and shrubs arrive this Friday, including– Azalea ‘Girard’s Crimson’, Barberry ‘Crimson Cutie’, three colors of the Butterfly Bush ‘Pugster’ series, ‘Winter Gem’ Boxwood, ‘Aphrodite’ Sweetshrub, ‘Emerald Gaiety Euonymus, ‘Blue Chiffon’ and ‘Lavender Chiffon’ Rose of Sharon, ‘Summerific Ballet Slippers’ perennial Hibiscus, ‘Limelight’ Hydrangea, ‘Sky Pencil’ Holly, ‘Ginger Wine’ Ninebark, and more!
  • in addition to our homegrown produce offerings, we also have honey, maple syrup, hot sauce and apple cider all made by local producers. Russ’ wines are also available to purchase by the bottle.
  • our Management Team has been working hard to plan for staying open in November and December. We will be open for Christmas trees, wreaths, greens, and poinsettias. We are also super excited to offer wreath, centerpiece, and winter porch pot workshops! The class list and registration will be up within the next couple of weeks.

However you are creating beauty in your space at home, we are here for you! It is our honor to provide you with the plants, products, services and experiences that bring you both inspiration and rejuvenation!

Take care,
Melanie



Jeremy Gruszka, Perennial & Nursery Manager



Jeremy has been working in the horticulture industry for over 16 years. He is a fellow plant nerd that fits right in on our team. He graduated from Pitt with a degree in Marketing. Jeremy oversees the perennial production greenhouses, as well as the perennial and nursery department of the store. In addition to his primary role, he has also helped teach planting workshops and create our online store. 

Favorite thing about your job:
 Working with plants and good people!

Top 3 favorite plants: Dianthus, Echinacea, Heuchera (AND LILIES!)

Best piece of garden advice: This goes for life as well, but don’t be afraid of failure.

Something interesting: I grew up on the property of Longwood Gardens and would go bike riding throughout the gardens, fishing in the ponds, and cockroach crushing in the conservatories after hours. I have also had well over 100 stitches in my head throughout my life.

Favorite time of day: Dusk (sunset/primetime deer hunting)

People would describe me as: Laid back and EXTREMELY good looking.

Interests and hobbies: Anything outdoors, sports, and beer

Favorite vacation spot: Dominica 

Proudest accomplishment: Buying a house

Favorite game or sport to watch or play? Watch: Hockey Play: Basketball


Container Gardens
25% OFF

12″ Hanging Baskets
25% OFF

fall mums not included






Upcoming Events
Thursday, September 10 @ 6pm
Fall Gardening with Doug Oster

Saturday, September 12 @ 9:30am
Yoga on the Farm
Class held rain or shine in the outdoors, (we practice in a covered pavilion if it rains). There is no registration needed. Just show up at the greenhouse entrance by 9:20am. From there we walk together as a group over to our pond side yoga spot. Fee is $10 payable by cash or check to the instructor Kristen the day of. Bring a mat, large towel or blanket for the grass, and water. Join us!

Saturday, September 12 @ 2pm
Fall Container Workshop  SOLD OUT!

Thursday, September 17 @ 6pm
Houseplants 101
 Click Here to Learn More & Register!


Weekly News, 9.2.20

Hello friends,

The garden center is transitioning to fall and it’s a welcome change of seasons. Our staff has been busy putting out fresh plants and products daily, including mums! The store changes almost daily this month, so check back with us often for new offerings.

Whatever your garden and decorating needs are this season, and whether you want to DIY or have us do it for you, we are here to help. Our garden center staff is ready to assist you with fall planting and decorating ideas, and our landscape team is booking fall clean ups and 2021 landscape designs.

Here’s what to know this week:

  • new arrivals this week include a trio of bottled sauces from local producer, the Bearded Devil Hot Sauce Co., as well as pure maple syrup from Cedar Run Farm in WV.
  • fall vegetable garden transplants are available, including Kale ‘Toscano’, ‘Black Seeded Simpson’ Lettuce, ‘Allstar Gourmet Mix’ Lettuce, ‘Bright Lights’ Swiss Chard, ‘Ruby Red’ Swiss Chard’, Leeks, ‘Stonehead’ Cabbage, ‘Amazing’ Cauliflower’, ‘Top Bunch’ Collards, ‘Castle Dome’ Broccoli’, and ‘Bloomsdale’ Spinach. Plant now for a fall harvest!
  • We still have a nice selection of herb plants, including basil to go with your homegrown tomatoes, ‘Pineapple’ Sage, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Sweet Marjoram, Parsley, Rosemary, ‘Lemon Variegated’ Thyme, Winter Savory, 
  • our Fall and Christmas workshop series will be announced in next week’s newsletter.
  • Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Clean-Ups and Design & Install spots are filling quickly! Click here to fill out a Landscape Request Form.
  • check your Bedner Bucks balance through our mobile app. You can also follow this link and enter your email address to get your balance, however we must have your email on file for you to do so.
  • Our store hours for the months of September and October will continue to be Wednesday – Friday, 9-5pm, and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Scroll down below to see some of our new arrivals and sale items. Have a great rest of your week and Labor Day. We hope to see you soon!

Take care,
Melanie
 

Plant Spotlight – Dwarf Mondo Grass

Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nanus’

Plant Height:  4 inches

Flower Height:  6 inches

Spacing:  6 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Description:

Dwarf mounds of narrow dark-green foliage; bell-shaped pale lilac to white flowers in summer followed by bright, sky-blue berries; striking when massed along borders; not actually a grass but more closely related to lilies

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Mondo Grass features dainty spikes of lilac purple bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late summer. Its attractive grassy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. It produces sky blue berries from early to mid fall.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. 

Dwarf Mondo Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Mondo Grass will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 6 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 8 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 6 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Dwarf Mondo Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a ‘filler’ in the ‘spiller-thriller-filler’ container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
 
Do you want to bring more enjoyment to your outdoor space? Join us to learn how to build your very own cast stone fire pit. Russ Bedner will teach you best practices and some great time saving tips.  

– Space is limited to 20 participants.
– Online registration and pre-payment is required.
– All guests receive a coupon for $10 off your next purchase.
Register Here
 

NewGen Boxwood ‘Independence’
Buy 2, Get 1 FREE!

NewGen Independence® was chosen based on its very high tolerance to Boxwood Blight as well as its outstanding performance in Boxwood Leafminer trials. It’s growth is similar to Buxus microphylla ‘Green Beauty’ but has much better Boxwood Leafminer resistance and the leaves are slightly more elongated. NewGen Independence® was a chance seedling found in the Williamsburg, Virginia area.
 

Philodendron ‘Danadu’
Buy 1, Get 1 FREE!

Beautiful, deeply cut, glossy green leaves provide lush, tropical appeal indoors, or in the landscape in frost-free regions. Lobed evergreen foliage is smaller and more profuse than other species of cut-leaf philodendron. If used indoors, accommodate with ample bright light and consistent moisture.
 

New Arrivals!

 

Upcoming Events:


Thursday, September 3 @ 6pm  
Potting with a Twist: Fall Containers

Saturday, September 5 @ 10am
DIY Fire Pit Demonstration

Saturday, September 5 @ 2pm  
Potting with a Twist: Fall Containers

Thursday, September 10 @6pm
Fall Gardening with Doug Oster
Click Here to Learn More & Register!
 

Weekly News, 8.26.20

Happy Thursday!

As I walk around my landscape to admire my flower beds, or around the farm to check on the vegetable fields, the term pièce de résistance keeps coming to my mind. In the garden life, this time of year is very much that, like a grand finale of the growing season. Dictionary.com defines this noun as “the principal or most outstanding item in a series or creative artist’s work”. Whether things grew the way I had planned or not, this is the final result of our work planting and caring for the garden. I’m taking it all in, savoring the bounty of blooms, foliage, and fruit. 

Then my mind turns to a sudden urgency of making sure to make the most of these moment of late August. I start a list in my head… cut and dry parsley, freeze corn, can tomatoes, take photos of my flowers and make notes for next year, cut some of the flowers and grasses to make bouquets to bring inside. It won’t be long before the tomato plants stop producing and the flowers stop blooming. I don’t want to waste this moment in time and know I will soon miss it.



Here’s what’s new and interesting to know this week:

  • bushels of tomatoes are on sale! We have a great harvest of them right now, and want to see them in canning jars or your freezer, rather than rotting in our fields. Call us at 724-926-2541 to order– please give at least 24 hours notice as we pick them fresh for you.
  • we are transitioning the store to fall this week. I know many stores start this in July, but we don’t like to rush the seasons 🙂 Some brand new fall decor will be unpacked and displayed by next week. 
  • mums are taking their time to open with color, due to the hot weather. We’ve started to bring some down to the store, and there will be many, many more over the next month.
  • our staff is busy restocking the perennial benches today with fresh plants, including agastache, allium, amsonia hubrichtii, anemone, chelone (turtlehead), coreopsis, dianthus, 3 varieties of coneflower, eupatorium (joe pye weed), 5 types of perennial ferns, gaillardia (blanket flower), geranium, helenium, hibiscus, bee balm, 3 types of sedum, catmint, and more!
  • our Management Team has been working hard to plan for staying open in November and December. We will be open for Christmas trees, wreaths, greens, and poinsettias. We are also super excited to offer wreath, centerpiece, and winter porch pot workshops! The class list and registration will be up by mid-September.

However you are creating beauty in your space at home, we are here for you! In the meantime, ENJOY the gardening season pièce de résistance.

Take care,

Melanie

 

It’s that time of year to rejuvenate your patio with some fall color! Join us to make a personal fall combo pot! Mums, kale, pansies, grasses and more will be available as well as the container and soil.

$35 per person. Click a date below to register.

Thursday, August 27 @ 6pm
Thursday, September 3 @ 6pm
Saturday, September 5 @ 2pm
Saturday, September 12 @ 2pm

 

Plant Spotlight – Climbing Hydrangea Vine

Height:  35 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Climbing Hydrangea Vine

Description:

One of the most sought-after climbers, this vine makes an excellent flowering cover for vertical structures and trees; attractive white lacecap-like flowers ringed with larger white blooms in mid summer; deep green glossy foliage; a self-clinging vine

Ornamental Features

Japanese Hydrangea Vine is smothered in stunning, fragrant white flowers along the branches from early to mid summer. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The glossy heart-shaped leaves turn yellow in fall. The peeling brown bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Japanese Hydrangea Vine is a multi-stemmed deciduous woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This woody vine will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. 

Japanese Hydrangea Vine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Japanese Hydrangea Vine will grow to be about 35 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

 

Upcoming Events:


Thursday, August 27 @ 6pm
Potting with a Twist: Fall Containers

Saturday, August 29 @ 9:30am
Yoga on the Farm
Class held rain or shine in the outdoors, (we practice in a covered pavilion if it rains). There is no registration needed. Just show up at the greenhouse entrance by 9:20am. From there we walk together as a group over to our pond side yoga spot. Fee is $10 payable by cash or check to the instructor Kristen the day of. Bring a mat, large towel or blanket for the grass, and water. Join us!

Thursday, September 3 @ 6pm
Potting with a Twist: Fall Containers

Saturday, September 5 @ 10am
DIY Fire Pit Demonstration
Click Here to Learn More & Register!
 
 
 
Happy PA Produce Month! 🌽

This month we celebrate the peak harvest of most PA vegetable crops. To do that, we’re sharing each Friday this month we’re giving away a Ball Preserving Starter Kit and a $25 Bedner’s Gift Card on our facebook page.

Congratulations to Cyndy Nickerson, the winner last Friday!

For a chance to win, look for and comment on our post this Friday morning. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced by 5pm Friday night.
 

PA Produce Month Recipe

 
 

Weekly News, 8.19.20

Happy Thursday!

If you’ve been reading our newsletters lately or follow us on social media, you know by now that August is PA Produce Month. It’s a celebration of our Pennsylvania farms and the bountiful harvest that August brings.

I’ve also mentioned recently that growing fresh and healthy food for our community is in the Bedner DNA, and though a smaller part of our overall business, it’s one that we love! It’s with that enthusiasm that I announce a new venture we’re on– growing fresh vegetables in the greenhouse!

We are so excited to extend our growing season. Seeds have been ordered and planted. Some plants have been transplanted into the fields already. The rest are planted in the greenhouses and growing. The anticipated harvest for these new crops will be mid-October to end of January. 

Here’s what’s growing and you can look forward to this fall and winter

  • Beets 
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber 
  • Eggplant 
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Micro greens
  • Peppers 
  • Green Onion
  • Pak Choi
  • Tomato
  • Spinach
  • Sunflower greens
  • Zucchini and yellow squash
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Acorn squash

Once the frost comes and the fields are done, our new crops will be just about ready to take the place of the summer crop. How will you get this fresh produce? At the greenhouse! That’s right, we will not be closing after Halloween. Our store will remain open until just before Christmas. I’ll let you know some more about that next week 🙂

In the meantime, enjoy the August harvest, and thank you for supporting local farms! For recipe ideas and canning/preserving tips, visit the PA Veggies and PA Eats websites.If you’ve never tried canning/preserving, I encourage you to try freezing. It’s an easy place to start, and you’ll be glad when you can enjoy the harvest in the winter too. If you do any canning or freezing this month, let me know what you accomplished, and if you’re a pro-canner or a first timer

Take care,
Melanie

 
Saturday, August 22 @ 10am

Did you know that a beautiful landscape can increase your home value by fifteen percent?

Join Russ Bedner this Saturday to get ideas for fall planting. Fall is a great time to add perennials, trees and shrubs to the landscape. Whether you want to freshen up existing landscape beds, or add new ones, the fall is the perfect time to do it! Russ will teach you about some basic landscape design principles and guidelines to take the guesswork out of what to plant. 

Feel free to bring measurements and photos of your landscape to get suggestions.

All participants will get a $10 coupon off your next store purchase.
Click Here to Register
 

Perennial Spotlight – Plumbago

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
 

Height:  12 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Leadwort

Excellent groundcover with clusters of the truest blue flowers in late summer; foliage turns a nice bronzy-red color in fall; flowers resemble that of woodland phlox.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. 

Plumbago is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
 

Upcoming Events:


Thursday, August 20 @ 6pm
Sandcast Leaf Birdbath Workshop

Saturday, August 22 @ 10am
Landscape Design Ideas

Thursday, August 27 @ 6pm
Potting with a Twist: Fall Containers

Saturday, August 29 @ 9:30am
Yoga on the Farm
Class held rain or shine in the outdoors, (we practice in a covered pavilion if it rains). There is no registration needed. Just show up at the greenhouse entrance by 9:20am. From there we walk together as a group over to our pond side yoga spot. Fee is $10 payable by cash or check to the instructor Kristen the day of. Bring a mat, large towel or blanket for the grass, and water. Join us!

Downloadable Events Flyer
Click Here to Learn More & Register!
 
 
 
Happy PA Produce Month! 🌽

This month we celebrate the peak harvest of most PA vegetable crops. To do that, we’re sharing each Friday this month we’re giving away a Ball Preserving Starter Kit and a $25 Bedner’s Gift Card on our facebook page.

Congratulations to Julianne Breen, the winner last Friday!

For a chance to win, look for and comment on our post this Friday morning. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced by 5pm Friday night.
 

PA Produce Month Recipe

Fresh Corn Polenta


Usually, polenta is made from boiled corn meal, and when it’s made right, it’s rich, creamy and comforting, fortified with plenty of butter and cheese. But, like most porridge-type dishes, it can be a bit rich, especially during warmer months. The PA Eats kitchen team developed this recipe, meant for the height of corn season in Pennsylvania (July through September), to show off polenta’s lighter side.
Click Here for the Recipe
 

6″ pots of Basil, $6.99 each
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Ball Preserving Starter Kit, $32.99

includes 4 half pint jars with lids and bands, 1 pectin packet, 1 flexible canning rack, 1 jar lifter, 1 headspace tool and 1 jar funnel

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Stop by to see our Nursery Clearance Area!
Select plants are 50% OFF.

 

Good Gardening News

Suzanne Good reached out to us back in mid-June to see if we had any vegetable plants left that we were willing to donate for raised beds behind a high rise building in Hazelwood. Many of the residents are older or in wheelchairs, so the raised beds are great for easy access. We were happy to partner with her, and one day her and her son, William, stopped by to pick all of the plants up, along with some compost. Russ had drawn up a planting design to give an idea of spacing requirements. We did the easy part, now Suzanne and William had a lot of work in front of them.

Here is how she described planting day–

“Are you familiar with the book, Stone Soup?  It is a children’s book in which newcomers (I think) to a village announce that they will be preparing a delicious soup for the people in the village.  Their first ingredient/contribution to the soup is three (?) stones.  As members of the community become aware of the soup preparation, each member contributes something, i.e. onion, celery, potatoes, etc.  In the end, the soup is delicious and there is plenty for all.  I was reminded of this book as William and I worked throughout the day.

First, we were given your generous donation of all of the plants and a truck load of dark leaf mulch (I think I want that in my own garden next year!).  You not only donated the plants and soil enrichment (with instruction as to how to distribute it), you drew up a plan for the placement and arrangement of the plants in the beds!  When William and I left the greenhouse, we could not have been more encouraged or prepared!  

When we first arrived, we placed the plants on one of the tables adjacent to the beds.  The table was in full sun and it was going to take some time – many trips with a wheelbarrow between the truck in the building’s parking lot and the beds behind the building – to prepare the beds with the leaf mulch, so the plants, which now looked a little droopy, needed water.  The building’s social worker Gwen Harris (pictured in purple), who had come out to say hello, offered to find a bucket and bring us some water for the plants.

Shortly thereafter and in the heat of the day, Ralphina Coleman (pictured in red), came out with ice pops.

Throughout the late afternoon and early evening, residents came out to say hello and check out the plants that were being planted.  Carlos Page, a resident and member of the Bible study (not pictured) stopped by to say hello.  He was not able to help with the planting, but he offered to take responsibility for watering the garden.

Richard Lucas arrived to help as did Janet Evans.  When Janet Evans’ aide, Ashley, arrived Tuesday night to work with Janet, we were nearly finished.  The final step would be watering the beds, but there was no hose.  Ashley announced that she had a hose at her home in Squirrel Hill that she had never used, it was still in its original packaging, and she said she would be happy to give it to us.  She went home to get the hose.

Any final pictures were taken in darkness (and on someone else’s phone so I will try to find and send those to you).  William and I left at about 10 pm.

I cannot thank you enough for all you and Russ contributed to this project.  As I mentioned in earlier emails, this has been such a strange and troubling time. In the midst of all of this, I found an even greater degree of comfort, purpose, satisfaction, and hope in my own gardening, which then evolved into my desire to tackle the beds behind the high rise. This experience has been such a gift on so many levels.”      

Thank you Suzanne for all you do for the community! We were happy to be a small stone in this “Stone Soup” garden.











 
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