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Summer Lovin' ✿✿

Here we are at the end of July and it is finally time for my very favorite perennial, the Hardy Hibiscus, to take it's turn in the spotlight.  It is hard not to notice these beautiful plants at this time of the year when traveling through a neighborhood. Hardy Hibiscus are the flowers that make you want to stomp on the brakes, pull over, knock at a stranger's door and inquire about the bush with flowers the size of dinner plates. Over the years, I have had my share of strangers knocking on my door!


I can still remember planting my first Hardy Hibiscus.  That first year, my Hardy Hibiscus got at least 6 feet tall and had amazing red blooms the size of saucers looking as if they were fashioned from crepe paper. It was so beautiful I had to have more! Now I have them scattered all over the yard and have been eagerly awaiting the show this season. I have been  peering into the buds every day now for about a week, wondering when the first bloom would finally appear and I was finally rewarded for my impatience today!  My first flower is open and although each individual bloom only last one day, the succession of flowers can last for up to eight weeks. Read more about these amazing flowers in the article below.


We have a couple of fun and informative events planned for August...



  • Have you been wondering  how to divide and plant iris rhizomes?  Then you need to attend The Iris Society Workshop and Rhizome Sale at Wenke Greenhouses  on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 at 11:00 am. Please join us for this FREE workshop to learn how to divide and plant iris rhizomes. You will also have the opportunity to purchase some of the amazing irises that were on display for the Iris Society Competition back in May.




  • Or bring your most beautiful roses to Wenke Greenhouses on Saturday, August 16th for the Festival of Flowers and Fragrance, to put the results of your best efforts up against other roses grown by homeowners in southwest Michigan area. You may even win a prize! This is a great opportunity to interact with others who grow roses and to learn about the many different types of roses that are currently available in the market place, many of which are very easy to grow, even for a beginner.


And best of all...both events are FREE!  Please register on our website at wenkegreenhouses.com if you would like to join us for either of these events.  


Hard to believe it's that time already ....Mums have arrived and right now they are 3 for $10! Beautiful and locally grown and just starting to show color so you can enjoy a maximized bloom time. 


Open Monday - Saturday 9 - 6 all the way till Christmas!  We look forward to seeing you! Be sure to like us on Facebook to keep up with sales and events in the store.


Laura Valence


Wenke Greenhouses


Where the Earth Laughs in Flowers


Hardy Hibiscus: Plate-size flowers will make you the envy of the neighborhood!

Hardy perennial hibiscus (also called rose mallow) are showstoppers in my late-summer garden. Huge plate-size flowers in shades of pink, red or white burst forth from stout plants in late July/early August.

Although the individual flowers only last a day, the succession of flowers can last for up to eight weeks.  These amazing blooms have prompted many strangers to knock on my door to inquire about the bush with flowers the size of dinner plates. These Hibiscus flowers are amazing conversation pieces and many people cannot believe the size of the flowers.


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FALL FOR ROSES?

Are you looking for some late season color or something to fill a gap in a shrub or perennial border where a plant was lost or underperforming due to last winter?  It is time to consider roses.  Yes, ROSES!  Roses are traditionally promoted as spring items, especially as gifts for Mother’s Day, but the late summer/fall season, from August 15 until September 15, is actually perhaps the best season to plant new roses, or to transplant existing ones.


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Festival of Flowers and Fragrance

Bring your most beautiful roses to Wenke Greenhouses on Saturday, August 16th, 2014 to put the results of your best efforts up against other roses grown by homeowners in southwest Michigan area to see how your’s “stackup”, and maybe even win a prize!

Come for a little friendly competition, a lot of discussion about what you can do to grow better roses, information on preparation of cut flowers for best effect, and to find out how American Rose Society judges determine which roses are worthy of recognition in an ARS affiliated Rose Show.

Preparation of Entries 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Rose Discussion and Participatory Judging 1:00-3:00 PM
Entries to remain until 5:00 PM for Public Viewing

Bring your rose in a vase or pop bottle. You don’t have to be a member to participate. Come, regardless of your experience or knowledge of roses, to join in the fun, and to see and smell the roses!

For everyone who just thinks roses are beautiful, we invite you to stop in and enjoy! 


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Iris Society Rhizome Sale and Workshop

Wondering where to get some amazing irises? Want to learn how to divide and plant iris rhizomes? Join us at Wenke Greenhouses on Saturday, August 9th at 11:00 am for a FREE workshop to learn how to divide and plant iris rhizomes and also have the opportunity to purchase some of the same irises that were on display for the Iris Society Competition back in May. Members of the Iris Society will be on hand to answer questions and provide tips about this wonderful perennial. Please sign up on our website if you would like to attend the Iris Society Workshop.


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