Weekly News, 7.8.20

Hi friends,

I hope that you have been able to soak in some time enjoying nature and gardens recently. I feel like this season my eyes have been opened even more to see and take in the beauty right in front of me. Whether it’s at home on my own property, or someone else’s garden, there is so much to explore!

This month I’m doing some visits to gardens in our area, and I kicked it off by touring our front beds at the greenhouse with Tristan, our Retail Manager who also designed them. There is always something to learn and admire in the garden, and listening to Tristan this past Saturday helped me to do that. Tristan is full of great planting tips and ideas. See below for some details and images of my tour with him, and feel free to reach out to him or myself with any questions about the plants. 

Here’s what to know this week–

  • our homegrown produce continues to grow well. We’ll be picking our fresh blueberries for about another week or so. Blueberrry jam anyone??
  • speaking of canning, our Summer Garden Series starts this week! Guest speaker Denise Shreiber will be here to teach us how to can and preserve our harvest. Canning supplies will be available. Sign up here.
  • you can find the whole list of classes in our summer and fall line up on this downloadable flyer.
  • Next week’s class is our Crazy Container Contest, where you could win a $50 Gift Card! There is also a Kids’ Crazy Container Contest workshop next week too. I had a blast going to Hidden Treasures last week to find some fun things to plant, including a jewelry box, lamp shade, and pair of shoes. I have a crazy idea for a container for our girls to plant too. I just have to get Russ to adapt it so it will hold potting soil. Stay tuned!
  • our homegrown produce available right now includes blueberries, beets, cucumbers, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, and zucchini. Sweet corn, peppers and eggplant should be ready in 1-2 weeks. We also currently have peaches and nectarines from Virginia.
  • a new delivery of fresh perennials arrives this week, including some Artemesia ‘Silver Mound’, Carex ‘Blue Zinger’, Epimedium, Helianthus, six varieties of perennial Hibiscus, four varieties of Hosta, and more.
  • as mentioned last week, we are now closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Store hours Wednesday – Sunday are 9-5pm.

Thanks for reading and have a great rest of your week!

Melanie


Crazy Container Contest!
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It’s time to get the creative juices flowing and for your thumbs to turn green! Join us on Thursday, July 16th, for the Adult Session of our Crazy Container Contest! Bring your own container* and fill it with plants of your choice from our greenhouse! 

Kids can join the fun too, with a workshop at 2pm on Thursday. 
Click Here to Learn More and Register

Garden Tour 2020: Stop 1

This month we’re doing some visits to gardens in our area, and we kicked it off by touring our front beds at the greenhouse with Tristan, our Retail Manager who also designed them. There is always something to learn and admire in the garden, and listening to Tristan this past Saturday helped us to do that. Tristan is full of great planting tips and ideas. See below for some details and images of our tour with him, and feel free to reach out with any questions about the plants. 

Click Here to View the Garden Tour

Weekly News, 7.1.20

Hi there,

July is here, and the year 2020 is half over. It’s been, well… a hard year so far, right? I don’t know if “hard” is the word, but maybe challenging, different, scary. I don’t want to dwell on what we all know already, and hope to bring you something uplifting and inspiring each week. Our Mission is that our plants, products, services and experiences can bring you some inspiration and rejuvenation, and we wish that for you even more so this year.

The safety of our staff, customers, family and community has been top of mind this year, and we’ve made our best effort to follow the guidelines. With that in mind, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the Jr. Green Thumbs (kids’ gardening) classes, U-Pick Veggies, and Fall Fest this year. This wasn’t an easy decision and we are definitely disappointed.

However, we have been working hard the past couple of weeks to bring you a Summer Gardening Series of classes, where we still hope to inspire you with gardening ideas and activities, while still being able to stay safe. The series will take place every Thursday evening starting July 9, and classes take place after store hours, so it will be a small group of people. Class attendees will have the whole greenhouse to themselves! Starting at 5:30pm, you can mingle at a safe distance with friends in our open-air greenhouse; the class begins at 6pm; and then you have until 7:30pm to enjoy the greenhouse, whether you just want to relax and talk with friends or shop.

All of the Thursday Summer Gardening Series classes have been added to our website. We will also be adding in a few Saturday classes in August and September. We wish you all a summer of FUN, JOY and GOOD HEALTH

In other news this week–

  • during our open months of April 1 – October 31, we’ve always been open seven days a week, except for Easter. Until now. For the months of July and August, we will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. This will allow us and our garden center staff some much needed down time during the slower, summer months. Thank you for your understanding.
  • we have a second crop of tomato plants ready for you! Plant a few fresh plants within the next couple of weeks to ensure you are harvesting until frost. 
  • our homegrown produce available right now includes blueberries, beets, cucumbers, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, and zucchini. 
  • we’re joining our friends at Heaven Sent Farms this summer for a farmer’s market in their beautiful event barn. They are hosting a bunch of great, local vendors on the first Tuesday of the month from 4-7pm– July 7, August 4, September 1, and October 6. We’ll be there with our fresh produce and wine. Learn more here.
  • our Landscape Department is busier than ever, and looking to add to our Team. Click here to learn more about the positions. We also have a Referral Program where YOU can earn cash or Bedner’s Gift Cards by sending great people our way. 

Last, but now least, it’s time to redeem your Bedner Bucks! See the link below to check your balance, or just stop by and a Staff member will be happy to look it up for you.

Thanks for supporting your local, small businesses!
Melanie

 


Click Here to see what else is on Sale this week

Click Here, or the image above, to check your Bedner Bucks balance
You email address must be on file for you to check your balance online.
Heaven Sent Farmer’s Market
First Tuesday of Every Month July – October, 4-7pm.

Put this on your calendar for a monthly night out the next four months. Heaven Sent Farms is hosting local vendors with produce, dairy, eggs, honey, meat, flowers, jams, desserts, a food truck, and so much more, all in their gorgeous event barn. The farm views alone will be worth the drive to the country! 

Location: 243 Washington Pike, Avella 15312

Summer Gardening Series

We hope to inspire you this summer with gardening ideas and activities, while still being able to stay safe. The series will take place every Thursday evening starting July 9, and classes take place after store hours, so it will be a small group of people. Class attendees will have the whole greenhouse to themselves! Starting at 5:30pm, you can mingle at a safe distance with friends in our open-air greenhouse; the class begins at 6pm; and then you have until 7:30pm to enjoy the greenhouse, whether you just want to relax and talk with friends or shop.

Download the full schedule, plus some Saturday and off-site events here!

 

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Weekly News, 6.24.20

Hi Friends,

Summer is officially here and I bet most of you have done the bulk of your planting for the season by now. If you haven’t planted yet, we are here for you with great plants all summer and fall. Maybe you need a fresh pop of color somewhere, or the deer/rabbits/groundhogs have been nibbling on your plants, or your toddler has ripped your plants apart (yep, just the other day at our house), we’ve got your back with fresh replacements.

Spring isn’t the only time to plant, so don’t give up your plans to work on special project that you’ve always wanted to do either! Now that the spring rush is over, we’d be happy to set up a personal appointment with you so that you have the undivided attention from one of our pros. Let me know here and we can get you scheduled.


Speaking of pros, I have to brag on three of our Team members that recently became Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturists (PCH) through the PA Landscape and Nursery Association. Congratulations to Russ Bedner, Tristan Stayduhar, and John Vacco!! We are proud of your hard work and commitment to excellence in our industry. 

Here’s what’s new this week–

  • fresh nursery arrivals this Friday include a butterfly bush called ‘Buzz Hot Raspberry’, ninebark, four varieties of daylilies, Blue Star junipers, Double Knockout Roses, and more!
  • we’re putting the final touches on the summer class schedule. Every Thursday night from 5:30-7:30pm beginning July 9 we’ll have an after-hours workshop or seminar, along with some time to mingle and/or shop the greenhouse. Russ’ wine will be available if you choose to enjoy a glass or bottle with friends. Stay tuned for the list and sign-ups.
  • our store hours will change for the month of July and August. We’ll be open Wednesday – Sunday from 9-5pm, and CLOSED on Mondays and Tuesdays. 
  • our greenhouse production manager, Erin, and crew are planting a new crop of perennials this week, which includes agastache, milkweed, coreopsis, a bee balm series called Sugar Buzz, five varieties of sedum, toad lily, and more! Look for most of these to be ready in about 4 weeks.
  • if you’re looking for a nice stone fountain, statue, bench or planter, we’re taking special orders for Massarelli this week. You can find the link to their catalog below. 

I hope you find some time in nature this week. In a collection of essays called Everything in It’s Place, Dr. Oliver Sacks says that “the effects of nature’s qualities on health are not only spiritual and emotional but physical and neurological.” He says, ” I have no doubt that they reflect deep changes in the brain’s physiology and perhaps even its structure.” Read more about what he has to say about the healing power of gardens here.

Take care,
Melanie

 


We’re currently accepting special orders for Massarelli’s fountains, birdbaths, statuary, furniture, garden accents, and urns and planters.

The excellent quality pieces are hand made in New Jersey by a company that was founded and grown by the hard work of Mario Massarelli. His passion for perfection has led the company to successfully supplying garden centers in all 50 US states and Canada. They have a skilled team of fine artists, sculptures, and mold-makers who are dedicated to an extensive selection and the highest quality. 

View their extensive online catalog, or flip through our copy at the greenhouse, to place a special order today. The deadline to order is this SundayJune 28!

Email Retail Manager Tristan to get pricing and place your order, or call him at 724-926-2541.

 
Giant Marbled Crimson has gorgeous variegated foliage and 3-5″ crimson flowers that hummingbirds love! Use mandevillas in container gardens, hanging baskets, or in the ground. 
Sale Price $13.99 (regularly $18.99)
 

Gardening for Pollinators, with Doug Oster

Sunday, June 28 at 2:00 pm

Celebrate National Pollinator Week with us! Special guest Doug Oster will be here to teach us all about attracting pollinators to the garden. 

Seating is limited and available by RSVP only.

Click Here to Reserve Your Seat!
 
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