What is a Plant? Part 2

Here is the next chapter in the series of learning how to garden in today’s busy world. Today in January this week 2 of the 5 week introduction continues with plant basics to give you a foundation knowledge of your plants before we delve into getting a shovel into our gardens. Last week we explored … Read More

What is a plant? Part 1

I have been gardening all my life. My father was a landscaper who bought a garden center and my siblings and I were raised in it. My mother was a Woodstock hippie who was making kambucha in her linen closet back in the early 80’s and was organic gardening since I was a baby. Unlike … Read More

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of you garden lovers, plant enthusiasts, and backyard warriors. It has been a wonderful year at the garden center with landscape installations, new plant varieties, so many new products and our expansion with the new design center. With all that has been going on I have spent a lot of … Read More

Christmas Cactus Care

Yesterday I was asked by a customer why her Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera) doesn’t bloom at Christmas. It’s a simple answer it has to do with light. Less light equals blooms. Why? So really cool nature fact, the plant wants to pollenate but can’t do it on its own so it makes these colorful flowers in … Read More

NY Christmas Tree Shortage

You should not be late this year for your Christmas Tree. I need to inform you there is a shortage on Christmas trees, wreaths, and pine garland again. Today we landed our last 100 trees for the season, no more pine garland, and we have barely 20 wreathes left in stock. Although we might expect … Read More

3 Tips on Caring for Your Poinsettia

1. Poinsettias don’t like a lot of water. Watering a little once every couple of days is sufficient. Never use cold water! Room temperature only. 2. If your poinsettia is wrapped in foil remove it every time you water. Better still, water it in the sink and allow to drain before returning it to its … Read More

The Truth About Poinsettias

There is a dirty secret in the plant industry and I thought I’d let you in on it. No one likes poinsettias! Independent garden centers don’t like them because the big box stores (Home Depot, Lowes, etc) take the lowest end plants and flood the market so there is no profit for an independent garden … Read More

Beat The Gloom: Long Island Spring Gardening Tips

There are some mucky, not fun things that every garden in Long Island needs in preparation for Spring, and I find March the best time to do them. After two months of cold, March can bring that crazy snow storm one day, and the next day sun and 60 degrees. Suddenly you find yourself looking … Read More

February Gardening To-Do List for Long Island NY

February Gardening Tips & Chores This is the time of year when winter seems the longest, yet each passing day brings a longer stretch of sunshine and the promise of a new gardening season! There are still a number of tasks on our Long Island February gardening to do list as we prepare for the … Read More

Long Island Winter Garden Tips

January Gardening Chores | Nassau County, LI

Your Long Island Garden January To-Do List! Here in Long Island, we are fortunate to have a long growing season. Our relatively mild winters provide an opportunity for planning the creation of lush gardens as Winter slowly gives way to Spring. In the meantime, there are some important January garden chores Nassau County LI gardeners … Read More