Creative Outdoor Activities

Planning Plant Fun

I was recently at the TPIE trade show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was fun to be in a place where orchids can be grown in the landscape, and the plants we can only grow indoors scramble up trees. In addition to the tropical plant show, we visited botanic gardens and growers. The plant trials…

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Recycling Celebrations

Today is America Recycles Day. This reminds me about Christmas at Country Garden and something I saw at the Philadelphia airport. As I walked down to my gate in October I noticed a colorful grouping of plants and old wooden pallets. Some of the boards on the pallets had been painted with random colors and stamped or…

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Fall Celebrations

Now that the fall Equinox has passed so the temperatures are cooler, the days are shorter, and the cold season will soon be upon us. Rather than focus on the inevitable winter, however, it’s important to celebrate autumn, one of the most glorious times to be on Cape Cod. Here are a few suggestions for observing…

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Umbrella Planters

UPDATE 2017: We’re sorry but we no longer have these in stock, and don’t know if we’re going to be able to get them again.

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Growing Evergreens in Containers All Year

At this time of year many of our customers decide to plant an evergreen in their urns, whiskey barrels, and larger outdoor containers. “What evergreen will live through the winter outside?” they ask. Here’s the general guideline, and a couple of shrub suggestions that are particularly good on Cape Cod. No matter where you live,…

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Pumpkin Totems & Fall Celebrations

Celebrate the glorious fall with an easy to make harvest decoration. Build a pumpkin totem! At this time of year the garden center is well stocked with all colors of pumpkins, squash and gourds for fall decorating, and stacking some up couldn’t be easier. Here are a few ideas to get you started.  

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The Cocktail Hour Garden

Imagine sitting on your deck or patio, enjoying the sea breezes while the sun goes down. Now think about the view from this spot on your property. Are you surrounded by flowers and foliage that glow in the late-evening light? Does the fragrance of flowers drift in with the winds? With the right plants in…

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Window Box Ideas

Choosing plants for containers and window boxes is such fun; there are so many creative possibilities! Everywhere you turn in the garden center there are vibrant flowers, striking foliage, and tremendous textures to pick from. Here are a few ideas for great window box combinations and some tips for success. TIP: Be sure that your…

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Recycle and Rejoice!

As I dumped garbage into the garden center’s dumpster the other day I spied a wooden crate that we received spring bulbs in. These shipping boxes have that aesthetic appeal shared by other well designed, functional items such as flower pots and cigar boxes. Since it’s the season to decorate porches and decks, I decided…

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Easy, Colorful Fall Decorating

Looking for a quick way to dress up your porch or patio for fall? Make a pumpkin totem! Get an urn, large pot or even a hay bale and place it on your porch, near a light post or where ever you would like fall decorations. Consider doing a display where you’ll see it from…

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