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Issue Thirty Three
Current Special
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Memorial Weekend
Landscape Sale!

$20 off
$100 or more purchase

of trees, shrubs, roses, and perennial's

This does not include fruit plants, annuals, or any other plant. Our decisions are final. No prior purchases are eligible. One purchase per customer please.

Sale Ends 5/25/15

For other great specials visit our website or sign up for our "Specials E-Newsletter" sent out once a week with our weekly specials.
In the Garden With Abby
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Follow Abby this summer in the garden. With new videos each week on our "You Tube" Page.

You can view these videos on our website, You Tube page and our store app.

Raised Bed:
Segment 1

Raised Bed:
Segment 2

Raised Bed:
Segment 3

Tomatoes, Potatoes, & Tomtatoes

Raised Bed:
Segment 4

Starting A Straw Bale Garden
New For 2015!
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Coconut Palm

"I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts. There they are standing in a row."

Coconuts are part of the daily diets of many people. They are different from any other fruits because they contain a large quantity of "water" and when immature they are known as tender-nuts or jelly-nuts and may be harvested for drinking.

In the tropics they survive year round, but in our area they are considered a house plant.

They are a very fun plant to grow and can be grown in containers during the summer and brought indoors in a brightly lit area in the winter.
Featured Product
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Tri State Foliage Wonder

Once the weather warms up a bit more, it will be time to move your house plants outside. Before doing so give them a quick clean with Foliage Wonder. It lifts dirt and dust from the leaf surface without having to wipe. We use it here at the store and it works wonders.
Farmers Market Coming To Wilson's
Farmers' Market
will be held at Wilson's on Fridays from 3-6 pm starting June 12th.

Any interested vendors may contact Michelle at 740-763-2873 or office@great-gardeners.com.
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

May Hours
Monday - Friday:
9 am - 8 pm
7 am - 8 pm
10 am - 7 pm

Special Hours:
Memorial Day
9 am - 6 pm
Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

Next week's temperatures are supposed to shoot back up into the 80s, making it perfect for those who have not planted their warm weather crops to do so.

On Memorial Day we will be closing at 6 pm so our employees can spend time with their families.

Thank you to all the men and woman who serve in our armed forces. Without you we would not be able to enjoy the freedom we have and the time we can spend with our families. 

In this issue, starting a straw bale garden, five awesome perennials for your shade garden and In the Garden with Abby.

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

My baby girl turned 8 this past week. My how the time does fly.
Starting A Straw Bale Garden
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Click Picture To View Straw Bale Gardening Video
Straw bale gardening is a unique way to garden if you do not have the space for a large garden, want a different way to garden, or have rocky hard soil.

Before you plant you will need to condition the straw bale, which takes 10-14 days.

What you will need:
  • Bale of Straw
  • Access to hose and water
  • High Nitrogen Fertilizer such as Greenview Lawn Food (22-0-4)
Place straw bale on its side in an area where you want it to stay for the season.

Days 1-3: Water in straw bale really good.
Days 4-6: Sprinkle 1/2 cup fertilizer on top of bale and water in
Days 7-9: Sprinkle 1/4 cup fertilizer on top of bale and water in
Day 10-14: Water in straw bale really good
Between days 10-14 the straw will cool off and you will then be able to plant it.

In the next issue of "Down the Garden Path" we will show you how to plant your straw bale.
Five Awesome Perennials For Your Shade Garden
Hosta 'Empress Wu'

Reaching an astounding 4 feet at maturity this giant Hosta will definitely make a statement in your garden.

Hummingbird Attractor!
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Astilbe 'Fanal'
Tall, feathery blooms of deep garnet red adorn this Astilbe in late spring to early summer. Considered one of the earliest blooming Astilbes.

Superb as a cut flower, fresh or dried.

Deer Resistant!
Hummingbird Attractor!
"Berry Timeless" Coral Bells
What is so remarkable is what happens when the flowers are spent—they dry in place on the stems similar to what Statice does instead of falling off and leaving bare stems.

Even better, this plant blooms and reblooms continuously, not in waves, from early summer to frost!

Produces medium pink bell shaped flowers on 18-20 inch scapes held above the 6 inch green with silver overlay foliage.

Deer Resistant!
Hummingbird Attractor!
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Brunnera 'Alexander's Great'
At home in a woodland garden, where it will form a lush understory of quiet beauty. One of its common names, False Forget-me-not, refers to the intense azure flowers that bloom in mid spring.

The most stunning part of this plant is the heart shaped silver leaves that are etched by with green veins.

Grows up to 15-18" tall and 28" wide.

Deer Resistant!
Fern 'Victoriae'

Also known as "Victoria Lady Fern," it was considered the "Queen of Ferns" in Victorian times.

Mass it in the woodland or shade garden or along streams or ponds. Graceful, green foliage provides contrast in the landscape.

Fronds grow 18-24 Inches tall.

Deer Resistant!
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Blooming In The Garden
What's blooming in the garden? This is one the most asked about plants that is blooming at this time.
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Lilacs are beloved flowers valued for their clusters of strongly fragrant blooms. They come in a variety of colors and sizes.

Most bloom in the spring, but a newer cultivar called "Bloomerang" blooms in the spring and sporadically through the end of summer.

Common lilacs can grow up to 16 feet tall, making for a great privacy fence. For smaller gardens there is "Pablin" and "Miss Kim,"  which can grow to be 4-5 feet tall.

Lilacs are frequently considered a harbinger of spring and are very popular in many gardens.
Upcoming Events
Summer Solstice Celebration
Sat. & Sun.,
June 20 & 21

Sunday, June 21st, is the longest day and shortest night of the year, and we're celebrating all weekend!
The first 100 people in the door Saturday will receive a special gift

Free gift for Dad on Father's Day

Both Days:
* Door Prizes Daily * Free Refreshments * Bounce House * Petting Zoo
Saturday. June 20

10:30 am - 11:30 am: Garden Bingo
Bring some friends or come by yourself and try your luck at this annual favorite. 1 card for $.25 or 5 for $1.

11 am - 3 pm: Artisans & Crafters

11:30 am - 2:30 pm - Lunch Served
Free. Donations benefit Marne Food Pantry

1 pm - 3 pm: Kids' Craft
Come anytime between 1 and 3 and make a bee-utiful craft! Open to kids up to age 12.
Cost: $3

12 noon: The Power of the Pollinators
The most important pollinators in the world are bees! Master Gardener Lori Swihart gives you information about planting a pollination garden to attract bees and nurture the pollination process.
Cost Free: Seats limited, Please register in advance to reserve a seat (740)763-2873. Walk-ins welcome, but may have to stand.

1 pm: Exploring Bee Hives
Master Gardener and Beekeeper Lina Robinson will bring one of her bee hives and literally give you a guided tour of the hive and explain its inner workings.
Cost Free: Seats limited, Please register in advance to reserve a seat (740)763-2873. Walk-ins welcome, but may have to stand.

2 pm: Beekeeping 101
Interested in getting started in beekeeping? Beekeeper Leah Latshaw will answer your questions about basic beekeeping. She will show you what equipment you need to get started, and she will also have some of her various honeys for sampling and for sale.
This is not a formal talk, but a question and answer.
Cost Free: Seats limited, Please register in advance to reserve a seat (740)763-2873. Walk-ins welcome, but may have to stand.

3 pm - 5 pm: Entertainment
The Smokey Row String Band
Sunday, June 21

11 am: Plant a Pollination Planter
Plant a combination planter with some of the most popular bee-attracting plants to take home with you.
Cost: $39
Advance registration is recommended as class size is limited. Payment due at time of registration.

11 am - 3 pm: Artisans & Crafters

11:30 am - 2:30 am:  Lunch Served
Free. Donations benefit Marne Food Pantry.

1 pm - 3 pm: Kid's Craft: Herb Planter
Come anytime between 1 and 3 and plant an herb planter. Open to kids up to age 12.
Cost: $3

1 pm - 2:30 pm: Entertainment
The Licking County 4-H Band

2:30 - 3:30 pm: Garden Bingo
Bring some friends or come by yourself and try your luck at this annual favorite. 1 card for $.25 or 5 for $1
In the event of rain or threatening weather, some activities may be cancelled or moved into the greenhouse. Check our website or call us for details.
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