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Wenke Greenhouses...Where the Earth Laughs in Flowers

I would like to take a moment and introduce myself. My name is Laura. In April, I started working at Wenke Greenhouses as a seasonal employee providing customer service.  What fun it has been getting to know many of you. Perhaps I helped you pick out just the right flowers to plant in your flower box or helped you figure out how to begin a new garden or maybe expand your current garden.

Now, along with customer service, I will be taking on additional responsibilities. One of my new pleasures will be writing this newsletter which is intended to inform and inspire you!  

I’m excited to share my love of flowers and gardening with you.  My love affair with flowers began a little over 20 years ago, when my husband and I bought our first house.  I didn't know anything about plants or gardening back then. We didn't have much money, so I started small and added a few new plants every year.  Now, my gardens have grown tremendously. My husband and I laugh because now I am known as "the plant lady" in my neighborhood.  And believe me, I am not an expert , I have yet to learn many of the Latin names for my plants but my flowers give me great joy and it shows! When you are in the store, stop by and introduce yourself.  I can't wait to meet you!

Back by popular demand! We are excited to be offering Poinsettias again this year, as well as many other wonderful things to help you "deck the halls" this Christmas season!  Poinsettias make it easy to make a home beautiful for the holidays adding beauty and warmth.  An extra bonus is that Poinsettias prefer neglect which makes them easy to take care of.  They make great hostess gifts, teacher gifts and business gifts.  We hope you stop in and visit our Poinsettia Paradise again this holiday season! Open 10-6 Monday thru Saturday. Poinsettias will be arriving the week of November 18th.

We also have a wonderful selection of gifts ideas for that special someone on your list.  I have already started my Christmas shopping with the purchase of a stepping stone we have available that is shaped like the state of Michigan - both upper and lower peninsula!  They are truly unique! Gift Ideas

Be sure to sign up for our "Create your own Centerpiece" classes that we will be offering this year.  More information below or sign up on our website Classes & Events www.wenkegreenhouses.com.

If you ever have any questions or any suggestions for topics you would like covered in the newsletter, feel free to contact me at 269-388-2266 or send an email to laura@wenkegreenhouses.com.


Laura Valence

Wenke Greenhouses...Where  the Earth Laughs in Flowers!!

The Great Pumpkin

Now that Autumn has arrived, pumpkin dominates a lot of recipes. For ease, I often turn to easy-to-find canned pumpkin. I always thought it was super complicated to make my own pumpkin purée.

Well, thanks to our resident baker of "all things delicious", Sue Sarters, I now know differently.  Recently, Sue purchased some of our pie pumpkins and took them home to make her own homemade pumpkin purée.  She then took that homemade pumpkin purée and used some in a recipe for pumpkin cheesecake muffins. Wow! Those were some of the most amazing pumpkin muffins I have ever had. I learned that it really makes all the difference in the world when you make it from scratch.

Read on if you would like to learn how to make your own homemade pumpkin purée. It can be used in any recipe that calls for pumpkin. It really is very simple and easy. I have included the pumpkin cheesecake muffin recipe for your enjoyment as well.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

Enjoy this recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins that Sue made for us! They are a perfect treat to bring to all your holiday gatherings and a great way to show off your homemade pumpkin purée!

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Create your Holiday Centerpiece at Wenke Greenhouses

We will be offering a chance for you to create your own holiday centerpieces.  These classes will be led by our retail manager, Sue and our planter, Michele. Come join us for some fun and creativity. Sign up on our website at www.wenkegreenhouses.com or by calling 388-2266.

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Caring for your Orchid

Orchids have a magical beauty and allure, with incredible colors, shapes and scents. With over 30,000 species of orchids available, it is important to know what kind of orchid you have. This holiday season, Wenke will be offering the Phalaenopsis OrchidThese plants are commonly referred to as "Moth Orchids" and are considered among the easiest of the orchid family to care for. Here are a few basic tips help your Phalaenopsis orchid grow, thrive, and bloom. 

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