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Author: Ashley Vescera

New at the Garden Center!

Spring is here! For weeks new plant material has been arriving and we are getting geared up for another great season. What better way to get into the season than to visit Winterberry Gardens? Our greenhouse is full of pansies and perennials just waiting to be planted. Pottery and statuary will be arriving shortly and our tree and shrub yard is filling up daily. With all that is going on, we are also happy to announce some new additions to the Garden Center this year.

New in the Garden Center for 2015

It’s hard to believe spring is right around the corner with two feet of snow still sitting on the ground, but here at Winterberry Gardens we are excited to announce some of the new things happening this year. The Garden Center will be selling new plant varieties and decorative products; the greenhouse has received some upgrades and the Plant Perk Program has been improved!

 

Leaf Peeping, the Tradition

I have always been an outdoor type of person, but I have never considered myself one to get amusement out of leaf peeping until I graduated college. One of my best friends, that I met while I was at UCONN, is a Connecticut native that had moved to Delaware at any early age and came back to attend college at UCONN. She always admired the colors of fall and always spoke of that being one of the things she missed the most while living down south.

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Create the Perfect 4th of July Planter!

As the summer season comes barreling in, so does the most Patriotic time of the year. The Fourth of July brings about many friendly gatherings and cookouts which give us plant lovers a great excuse to spruce up our planting arrangements. Creating a decorative Patio Pot for the summer is a great way to go. It can function as the table center piece and easily move to continue to add color to your patio or deck. Mixing in red, white and blue flowers will brighten up containers and wow your guests with a patriotic punch of color.

Our Garden Center is OPEN for the Season!

  It’s been a long, cold, snowy winter and we are happy to announce the Garden Center is open for the season! While the snow was falling, Winterberry has been hard at work thinking of ways to make this season an unforgettable one, from ordering new plant varieties to creating exciting hands-on classes to growing pansies in our retail house. We are thrilled to share some of the excitement with you right now!

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How to Winterize Your Garden

 Sadly it is that time of year, time to get your garden ready for winter. Time to get that last harvest out of your vegetable garden and time to get the last cut flowers from your fall flowering perennials and shrubs.

Native Shrubs

Many gardeners have started to discover the benefits of gardening with native plants. When established in landscape sites similar to their natural habit, native plants require little maintenance, attract beneficial wildlife to the garden and are well adapted to local soils and climate. There is an abundance of beautiful native plants in Connecticut. Here are a few examples available at Winterberry Gardens:

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, known as Bearberry, is a native evergreen groundcover naturally found in sandy or rocky soil in full to part sun. This low, spreading plant has year round interest. Glossy, dark green foliage with small white to pink, urn shaped flowers in April and May, bright red berries in late summer and bronze colored leaves in the fall and winter.