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December 2016
Issue 68
Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

Newark has the Longaberger Basket and Frankenmuth, Michigan has Bronner’s, the world’s largest Christmas shop. If I had to choose between the two which was my favorite I would have to go with the Christmas shop.

Last weekend we decided to head to Michigan to visit my brother and take up memorial blankets for my mom and grandparents graves. This led to us visiting the Detroit Zoo for their Zoo lights, (which were not nearly as good as the Columbus Zoo’s) and heading to Bronner’s in Frankenmuth, Michigan.  

Bronner’s is the one stop shop for Christmas. Except for live poinsettias, they have everything you can imagine in the way of ornaments and decorations.  Of course, I found the perfect ornament for my daughter to bring home (see picture below).

After visiting Bronner’s I am finally in the Christmas spirit and looking forward to visiting with family and friends this holiday season. Now I just have to finish baking all the cookies.

So from my family to yours, have a safe and wonderful Christmas. The store will be closed on December 25th & 26th to allow employees to spend time with their families. We will resume our winter hours on December 27th.

As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. Have a great-gardening day.

Of The Week
Bird's Nest Fern
Bird's nest fern are named for the way their new leaves slowly uncurl from the center, giving them a nest-like appearance.

Native to the rain forests of Asia, Africa, and Australia in its natural habitat it can be found growing on the branches and sides of trees. However, it can also survive potted up as a houseplant and is a popular plant in the United States. 

Does well in medium indirect light such as a North facing window.  Avoid direct sun. 

Loves evenly moist soil, but can not sit in water. Avoid watering the center rosette.

Bird's Nest Ferns love high humidity. The higher the humidity the better the plant will grow. Tip: Easy way to increase humidity for any house plant is to place on a tray of wet pebbles.
Five Ways To Ward Off The Winter Blues
Spring is a long ways away, but there are plenty of things you can do to keep yourself busy during the long winter days.
1. Grow An Herb Garden Indoors:
Having fresh herbs for cooking is great even during the winter. Try growing some simple herbs such as lemon grass, oregano, basil or rosemary. Start from seed or purchase pots already growing.
2. Start Some Seeds:
There is nothing better than knowing that you grew your own flowers. Check the packaging before starting to see how long they take to germinate.
3. Create A Fairy Garden:
Fairy gardens are still all the rage. With so many choices of figurines, pots, and layouts you can spend a whole day putting one together.
4. Feed The Birds:
Bird watching helps reduce stress.
5. Put A Garden Puzzle Together:
Spend time with family and friends putting together a puzzle. Not only is it relaxing, it also gives your brain exercise.
Hurry Back Bucks
Expire December 31st
New For 2017!
Check out this beautiful ceramic pottery.
Garden Trivia Winner
Congratulations To
Melissa Kalis
You are the winner of the
$10 Wilson Gift Card.

Calathea are also known as ____ & ____?
The correct answer was Peacock or Rattlesnake plant.

Melissa Kalis, you can pick up the gift card at the store office (cream colored door at back of store) during store hours.
Flower Lore
Legend Of The Poinsettia
Pepita, a poor Mexican girl who had no gift to present the baby Jesus at Christmas Eve services. Her heart was filled with sadness.

Not knowing what else to do, Pepita knelt by the roadside and gathered a handful of common weeds, fashioning them into a small bouquet.

As she approached the alter, the bouquet of weeds suddenly burst into brilliant red blooms of brilliant red, and all who saw them were certain that they had witnessed a Christmas miracle.

From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the Flores de Noche Buena, or Flowers of the Holy Night, for they bloomed each year during the Christmas season.
Herbal Recipes
Chipotle Garlic Marinade
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. chopped fresh ginger
4 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp. chipotle pepper

In a medium bowl mix all ingredients. Coat desired meats before cooking.
If you have a recipe you'd like to share send it to
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10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

December 1st - 23rd Hours
Monday - Saturday:
9 am - 6 pm
11 am - 6 pm
Christmas Eve:
9 am - 4 pm
Closed 25th & 26th
December 27th - 30th

9 am - 5 pm
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