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Chasing Away the Winter Blues

About this time of year, I always find myself yearning for something pretty to look at; something to tide me over until my spring flowers start blooming in the garden. My solution? Hyacinths!! I love filling our home with their intoxicating fragrance! With a little planning this past fall, I forced a few containers of sweet smelling hyacinths. If you have ever forced hyacinth bulbs before, you know that the rewards are well worth the minimal effort required to enjoy weeks of beautifully scented and pretty blooms. This year, I used an assortment of containers from glass candy dishes (no soil needed) to terra cotta pots to produce beautiful portable gardens when the flowers have fully opened. Hyacinths not only provide visual joy, but are a delight to the nose, as well. 

If you are a kindred spirit and think you would enjoy the sweet smell of hyacinths throughout your home, consider forcing bulbs next winter. Hyacinth bulbs are generally sold in the fall, so be sure to plan ahead. If you purchase enough bulbs for successive forcings, you could have an even longer bloom time that will possibly take you all the way into spring. (Most markets have them available in bloom about now, so if you didn't get around to forcing any this fall, you can purchase some "springtime" of your own! Be sure to buy the ones that are tightly budded - they will last much longer!)

Looking for a way to connect to nature while having some fun? Join in the Great Backyard Bird Count! This annual event takes place this weekend, February 12-15 (starts today!), and is a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature while making a difference for birds. More than 100,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. This count is so fun because anyone can take part - we all can learn and watch birds together - whether you are an expert, novice or feeder watcher. So get involved, invite your friends and see how your favorite spot stacks up! What a great family friendly activity for Valentine’s Day and/or President’s Day weekend!

Are you interested in working at Wenke Greenhouses this season? Or maybe you know someone who might be interested? I know it is hard to believe with all the snow on the ground, but we are gearing up for the season and are starting to take applications for seasonal employees for the retail store. We are looking for people who enjoy helping others, have a positive attitude and don’t mind working hard. Plant knowledge if helpful but not required for all positions. Read more and get application

We have some exciting classes, workshops and events planned for you this spring including a tour of our production facility, worm composting, wine tasting and new variety event and a couple of our very popular Create your own Container Garden workshops. We also are working on a couple of kid's workshops, so stay tuned for that!  Registration for some events is now available on our website in the Classes and Events section. We will continue to add new classes - so check back often! We hope you find something that piques your interest! 

We anticipate opening the garden center April 1st with cheerful spring annuals, perennials and vegetables and look forward to seeing you all real soon!


Laura Valence

Wenke Greenhouses

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All About Roses with Larry"The Rose Guy"

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” 

~ Alphonse Karr

Learn All About Roses from Larry Hill. Larry loves talking about roses and sharing his knowledge and love of roses with others.

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2016 Great Backyard Bird Count

From Michigan to Mongolia, bird watchers from more than 100 countries are expected to participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), the third weekend in February. Anyone anywhere in the world can count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count days and enter their sightings at www.BirdCount.org. The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track the health of bird populations at a scale that would not otherwise be possible.

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Now Accepting Applications for Seasonal Work for Spring 2016

We are currently accepting applications for exceptional team members at our retail location!  Looking for cashiers, stockers and customer service people who enjoy flowers, helping people and physical work.  The application is in the read more section. To be eligible, you must be willing to work Saturday and/or Sunday every week from April - Mid June. The minimum age is 16. Our season slows down after Mid-June and so most of the positions end in June.

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