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Make Mom Smile ♥ Wenke Greenhouses

Wow, we had such a great turnout for our New Variety and Wine Tasting event a few weeks ago. This is such a fun, casual event – sipping wine while walking through the greenhouse and learning about the new varieties. We love having this opportunity to meet so many of our amazing customers! If you didn’t attend this year, you really must consider joining us next year – usually a Friday evening in April.  

This Sunday is Mother's day. A great day to cherish our moms, treat them well and recognize all that they have done for us. Where would we be without moms, grandmothers, aunts, and strong female mentors? Mother's Day is an opportunity to honor and be honored—to extend sweet gestures of appreciation to the women in our lives who have guided and inspired.

Still looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Give Mom a gift she will treasure! We have an amazing selection of hanging baskets, container gardens, hydrangeas, azaleas, rhododendrons and roses all ready to put a smile on Mom's face. Or perhaps a clematis, iris or peony would be more her style. Or, if you’re a mom yourself, maybe you need to stop in to pick out something you really want this year. We've got Bloomstruck, the new Endless Summer series hydrangea you've been reading about.  Or maybe a David Austin Rose is on your list?  We've got 'em!

And if you just can't decide on the perfect gift for Mom, push the "easy button" and give her a Wenke Greenhouses gift certificate. Available in any denomination for easy gift giving.

Want to make Mother's Day even more special? Bring Mom in with you on Saturday, May 10th to get a  FREE professional photo taken together! Adrienne Dennis Photography and Design will be here from 11am - 1pm ready to capture that perfect picture of you and Mom. Bring the whole family - everyone is welcome! Pets too!

So many of you have enjoyed participating  in our Top Secret Test Plant program in past years.  Learn more about trialing an assortment of new plant varieties in the article below.  If interested, sign up on our website in advance and the plants will be available for pickup the week of May 19th.  We're excited about this because it will help us to learn more about how the plants we sell actually perform for you which is really important to all of us at Wenke Greenhouses. 

And don't forget to register for our next quick class at 6pm on Thursday May 15th - the ABC's of Roses taught by our own Larry Hill.  If you are interested in learning more about roses - this is the class for you! Register on our website at www.wenkegreenhouses.com.

Wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful moms out there! Enjoy your special day!


Laura Valence

Wenke Greenhouses

Where the Earth Laughs in Flowers



Free Mother's Day Photos

May 10th from 11 am - 1pm

Adrienne Dennis of Adrienne Dennis Photography and Design will be at Wenke Greenhouses offering our customers a FREE professional photo! Adrienne Dennis will be donating her time and talent to help create that perfect picture of you and Mom. Instructions on how to download your free picture from her website will be given when picture is taken.  What a great way to show Mom how much you love her! Be sure to stop in and take advantage of this opportunity to capture some memories.  Moms - be sure to bring the kids for your free photo! Pets are welcome too!

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Peonies make me happy!

Peonies are an old fashioned favorite perennial!  They are loved for their heavily-scented beautiful, extra large blooms and survive quite well in our Michigan gardens. Peonies come in 4 flower forms – Single, Semi-double, Double and Japanese (Anemone). The flowers will become fuller as the plant matures. Peonies make an excellent cut flower. Even after flowering is done the plant provides size and texture to the perennial garden and they are a deer resistant. 

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2014 Top Secret Test Plants

A limited number of plant testers can sign up to receive our Top Secret Test Garden kit containing 3 each of 5 different plants* as well the ability to share plant photos and comments on the brand new Top Secret Test plants website! (*Some variation may be necessary.)

We’ll all learn together about the plants that perform well and the plants that don’t, so we can select the best plants to make available in the future. Sign up in advance and then pick up your Top Secret Test Garden kit the week of May 19th. Cost of the test garden is just $50 payable at pickup.

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For the Love of Iris

Bearded irises are the royalty of my spring garden with their tall, frilly blooms and sword-like foliage. They add a perfect upright element to the garden, and they come in such a huge variety of colors that you are unlikely to ever get bored growing them. Bearded Iris bloom after spring bulbs and prior to summer flowering plants, providing color and beauty to every part of your garden. If you’ve planted your bearded irises in good soil in a sunny spot, there’s not much you need to do, day-to-day, to keep them happy.

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Every flower gardener should know the pleasure of growing clematis!

If you’ve ever seen a clematis in full bloom, you know this perennial can be a real showstopper! Clematis are sturdy flowering vines that produce gorgeous star-shaped flowers in a variety of colors with various size flowers. Many gardeners like to plant them around the mailbox or on an arbor or trellis. I have even seen them used as a ground cover. However you choose to use yours, clematis is one plant that every gardener should make room to grow.

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