Archive for April, 2017

How to care for your Yoder Hibiscus

Posted on April 28th, 2017

When springtime rolls around there’s nothing like the excitement we all feel here at Van Wilgens when our first tropical truck arrives from Florida. The tropical that gives us the most excitement by far is the Yoder Hibiscus rosa-sinensis {tradewind breeze series}. The Yoder has quickly become the hibiscus of choice, not only by us […]

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Creating A Cozy Retreat

Posted on April 28th, 2017

Small-scale gardening is a hot topic!  Many great books have been written on the subject and growers are developing more and more dwarf trees and compact shrubs to fit those needs.   Baby boomers are “downsizing” and Millennials are moving into their first homes, creating a growing demand for ornamental and edible plants that fit comfortably […]

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Peonies are Garden Classics!

Posted on April 28th, 2017

Peonies are garden classics!  They’ve earned their classic status with their easy care and their incredible longevity.  To get them to be spectacular and long-lived, follow a few easy steps. Skip the big spring fertilizing, your peonies were busy building roots last fall.  Adding a granulated, bulb fertilizer like Bulb-tone lightly around the base of […]

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When will my Hydrangea and Butterfly Bush wake up?

Posted on April 22nd, 2017

One of the most asked questions in the nursery yard in recent days is, “When will my hydrangea and butterfly bush wake up? Did they overwinter okay?” The answer to that question is not as straightforward as I would like it to be. The biggest factor this spring has been our unusually cold temperatures, especially […]

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Four Fresh Berries to Grow this Summer

Posted on April 21st, 2017

Nothing says summer like the fresh taste of homegrown fruit. Berries are becoming a staple crop in everyone’s summer garden, and for good reason! Not only are these little fruits delicious, but they also provide a ton of nutritional benefits. Add some berries to your garden for a harvest the whole family is sure to […]

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Lemons, Limes and Figs! Oh My!

Posted on April 21st, 2017

The wait is over! Our courtyard here at Van Wilgen’s is filled with Lemons, Limes, and Brown Turkey Figs. The amazing smell of citrus fills the room. Growing Your own citrus or figs can be a very rewarding experience. By just providing them with their basic needs you will be able to sit back and […]

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Patchwork Seeding

Posted on April 20th, 2017

(Seeding Small Patches of your Lawn) I know I probably sound like a broken record.  “Seed, seed, seed, okay, enough already with the seed!”  I know this is what you are saying to me but seed is just so darn good for the lawn.  It is the best way to fill in unsightly dirt patches, […]

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Celebrate Earth Day in the Garden

Posted on April 14th, 2017

Big or small, that patch of earth in your backyard is a part of the planet we live on. Celebrate Earth Day by being kind to it. Like you, all of us at the garden center enjoy digging in the dirt and outdoor living. Here are a few of our favorite ways to “go green” […]

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Spring Fever

Posted on April 14th, 2017

Finally, mother nature is easing up on us just a bit. With the sun finally shining and warmer temperatures you can’t help but feel the energy here at Van Wilgen’s. Every day we have more and more plants making their way up from the growing department. Billy and his crew have done their job, growing […]

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Mother Nature Knows Best

Posted on April 13th, 2017

(Signs from Mother Nature to get doing some garden chores) Mother really does know best…Mother Nature that is!  Mother Nature talks to us on a regular basis.  She talks to us in her own beautiful and gentle way.  Plants blooming, grass greening, birds building nests, are all her ways of speaking to us.  She is […]

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