Weekly News, 9.30.20

Hi there,

It’s been a looonnnnngggg day! We started with a family photo session, which is always interesting and usually a bit stressful honestly. Something seems to go wrong, or we’re just not ready in time, or Ruth just. won’t. smile. She won’t even look at the photographer. Is it just me? I mean, just 20 minutes before the shoot both girls were crying their eyes out and screaming. 

The girls wanted to have lunch with Grandma after pictures, so the highlight of the day was an impromptu lunch with Russ at Jackson’s in Southpointe. A delicious, relaxing meal ALONE where we can actually talk. Things were going much smoother now.

Then we came home to a power outage. So then came some impromptu waiting and relaxing while we waited for the power to go back on, (not such a bad thing), so that Hope could get to her remote schoolwork for the day, and I could work on this newsletter. Five, maybe six hours later, the power is on and Hope and I can get to work. Unfortunately it was 6:30pm by then. 

I’m not complaining though. Just saying that I am ready to call it a day. So with that, let’s get right to it then!

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

  • our pumpkin and fall mum supply is looking oh so good. Probably the best selection and quality ever. Kudos to Erin, our Greenhouse Production Manager for growing amazing mums and Bob Bedner for all of his hard work with pumpkin varieties.
  • there are some fresh perennials and shrubs being delivered this week, but with the chaos of the day I didn’t catch the list from our Nursery Manager. Stop by and take a look if you’re wanting to do some fall planting.
  • much more of the class & workshop schedule for the rest of the season is up now. More will be added in the next couple of days. I’m really excited for so many new offerings! Our goal is to provide fun and educational options to get people together around a topic we all love– gardening and nature. 
  • we’re also hosting painting classes taught by local artist Becca Ward. You an find the schedule on our website, as well as check out some of her beautiful oil paintings on her facebook page here
  • we started picking fresh pickling cucumbers from the greenhouses and they are delicious! The beets, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and yellow squash are almost ready, and other crops will be close after that.
Thank you again for your support and your feedback. If you caught it last week, I mentioned that I redesigned a landscape bed at home. Update on that– we did get almost everything planted and I’ll fill you in on my plant choices, hopefully next week, as long as the power doesn’t go out again and delay my computer time.

Wish you all a great October!

Take care,
Melanie

 
If you or someone you care about has lost a child to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or any other cause at any point during pregnancy or infancy, we invite you to visit the greenhouse to hang a leaf on our tree in remembrance of your loved one any day during the month of October. (note we are closed on Mondays & Tuesdays).

For every leaf on our tree, we will donate $1 to The Still Remembered Project.

On Sunday, November 1, our friends from SRP will be reading the names on the leaves to honor each child. The Still Remembered Project has a table with information, keepsakes for you to take home, and a basket giveaway.

In Loving Memory of Julia Rose Bedner, born still on October 23, 2019. You are in our hearts forever.

Pumpkin Planter Workshops

Thursday, October 1 @ 5:30pm
OR
Saturday, October 3 @ 2pm

Celebrate the harvest season by creating your very own pumpkin planter.  We will be using REAL pumpkins to plant with fall favorites like mums and pansies.  These living planters will last about a month on your front porch, then the pumpkins can be composted and the plants transplanted into your garden. This class is for gardeners of all ages who don’t mind getting their hands dirty! 

Fee: $20

Each registration purchases one pumpkin plus the supplies to create a blooming pumpkin planter.

Online registration and payment is required. 

Register Here!
 
Aster ‘Kickin’ Carmine Red’  
Buy 1, Get 1 FREE!

This perennial aster has magenta red flowers with a gold button center. Apart from having an awesome name that people will love, in our experience these new asters really do live up to their name. 

Their habit is superb, forming a very full, bushy, relatively short mound of finely textured green foliage.  From late summer through mid-fall, every inch of the foliage is completely covered in flowers, creating a huge splash of color that is so needed in the garden late in the season. 

 

Upcoming Events:


Thursday, October 1 @ 5:30pm
Pumpkin Planter

Saturday, October 3 @ 10am
Fall Gardening Tips + Tricks

Saturday, October 3 @ 2pm
Pumpkin Planter

Thursday, October 8 @ 6pm  
The Living Bird Feeder

Saturday, October 10 @ 1pm
Seeds: A Family Class

Sunday, October 11 @ 10am
Sugar Skull Pumpkin Painting

Thursday, October 15 @ 5:30pm
The Science of Fall Color
Click Here to Learn More & Register!
 
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