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There's No Place Like Home

There's no place like home.  How true that is.  And when I come home and see the beautiful flowers around the mailbox as I drive in the driveway, I get a feeling of comfort and "home".  Almost every day I get the opportunity to hear from others about how much they enjoy their flowers and the fun of picking out just the right ones for them.  


We have a great sale starting today.  Bedding plant flats are on sale Buy 2 Get 1 Free.  Bedding plants flats are the impatiens, petunias, begonias, marigolds, etc... that come in flats of 48 or 36 or 24 plants.  They're perfect for planting in larger flower beds but can also be used for containers.  Yes, you can mix and match to get an assortment of varieties and colors or you can pick all the same to get a dramatic look.  This sale is scheduled to last through Sunday, May 20th.  


Tonight's quick class from 6-7 is Tomatoes, Peppers & the Best of the Rest.  Growing your own vegetables can be very rewarding.  Bob is teaching the class and he's one of the most knowledgeable people I know on vegetables.  Next week, May 17th's class is on container gardening with an optional workshop to make your own for one set price.  Register on our website or by calling 269-388-2266.


Lisa Ambrosio


Wenke Greenhouses


Where the Earth Laughs in Flowers


Kid's Plants - A Great Tradition by Effie Boven

Giving a free tray of flowers to children has been a tradition at Wenke Greenhouses for many years.  My grandmother, Nancy Wenke's mother Effie Boven, started this tradition years ago.  Many people have told me how they remember coming in and getting their free flowers and how much they remember it now that they are selecting flowers for their own homes as adults.  On Mother's Day, it seems fitting to remember and celebrate this fond memory of Effie Boven.

 


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SunPatiens -Easiest Flower for Sunny Spots

Sunpatiens are potentially the perfect plant.  They're amazing in the landscape, versatile and easy to grow.  If you plant them around your mailbox, be prepared for your neighbors to be asking you to help them with their landscaping too.  Sunpatiens have only been available a couple of years but they have quickly become one of the most popular plants with landscapers.  They're one of my favorites too! 

Recently, the Gazette did an article about the problem with downy mildew on impatiens.  It has not been an issue in Kalamazoo so far but it has impacted other areas of the country.  The good news is that Sunpatiens do well in the shade too and are not suseptible to downy mildew.  They may be a good alternative to consider.   Take a look at the video for more information. 


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Raised Bed Gardening

Sometimes taking the easy way out is a good thing - Raised Bed gardens are a good example!  They have a lot of advantages over planting in the ground.  Plus, we're offering $20 worth of free plants when you purchase a raised bed garden kit.  Learn the advantages in the read more section.  


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