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Issue Forty
New For 2015
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"Champagne" Coral  Bells
This heuchera really caught my eye when I was walking around the perennial area this past week.

It has a very unusual color to it. The new leaves start off pink and then change to gold as they get older.

When the dew hits it in the morning it looks like sparkling champagne, adding a great color to the shade garden.

Right now it is not in bloom, but it does bloom a light peach flower that hummingbirds love.

Height: 11 - 14 Inches
Width: 14 Inches

7.5 inch pot 
Garden Mum Special
Garden Mum Special
5 or more at

(Regular $7.99 each)
Does not include Igloo or Tricolor Mums
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.

Segment 18: Update On Raised Bed

Straw Bale Garden: Squash Bugs

Planting Turnips
Ladies' Nite Out!
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Ladies' Nite Out Tickets Now On Sale!

September 17th
6 pm - 9 pm
Cost: $30
Farmers Market
Every Friday
from 3-6 pm.

The Farmers' Market is being held in our west parking lot every Friday, until September 25th.  Parking is available in the front of the store.

The Farmers Market takes place rain or shine.

Sign up to win a door prize while you are there at the information table located at the market entrance.

Any questions regarding the Farmer's Market  can be addressed to  Ruth at 740-763-2873 or office@great-gardeners.com.
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

 August  September

Mon. - Sat.
9 am - 6 pm

11 am - 6 pm

Closed Labor Day!

Close at 4 pm on Sept. 17th
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We are a family owned and operated garden center specializing in plants that thrive in Central Ohio

For more information about our store please
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Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

This past week we went to Florida, unfortunately it was not for fun. My grandfather passed away. My Grandpa was the kind of man who loved to be outside. Golfing, mowing the law, or puttering around in his garage. He was always up to something. I will always remember him in his straw hat, suspenders and bollo tie.

You can blame me for the current weather. I brought it back from there. Every day was 95-100 degrees. I was super excited to head home for cooler weather, which did not last long. Summer is getting in one last round before fall.

In this issue, cicadas, drying and pressing flowers, September garden chores.

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

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Photo "Tibicen linnei" by Bruce Marlin
Have you heard the cicadas singing lately in the trees?

They are one of the loudest insects known to man. The sound you are hearing are the males singing for a mate or warning away predators.

Some species can be so loud that they can cause deafness if they are right up against your ear.

Cicadas are harmless to us humans, but can cause damage to plants by sucking out the juices. Nymphs feed on the roots while adults feed on branches and stems.

There are three different kinds of cicadas, annual, thirteen year and seventeen year.

Annual, of course come out every year.

Thirteen year emerge every thirteen years and seventeen year emerge every seventeen years. These are also known as periodical.

Next year, here in Ohio, the 17 year cicadas are supposed to come out from their hiding spots in the ground. The last time this happened was in 1999.

In many countries cicadas are a delicacy. Many people BBQ them, bake them in cakes or even dip them in chocolate. Although personally I don't think that sounds very good. 

In many cultures Cicadas are considered the symbol of rebirth and immortality.
Drying Flowers
Pressing and drying flowers does not need to be complicated. There are many different ways, but over all the same concept. The best way to find out if a flower will work is to experiment. If it does not work then try something else. 

Here at the store we use dried flowers and grasses in our Porch Pots at Christmas time. During the summer and throughout the fall we go around the display gardens trimming off blooms that we want to use.

First we cut off the bloom when it is in full bloom, making sure to leave enough of a stem for hanging.

We then take and hang the bloom upside down in a dry, semi-dark place with good air circulation. You do not want to dry them out in full sun.

We leave the blooms upside down drying until we want to use them. It usually takes a few weeks for them to dry completely. After the blooms have dried out we use them in the porch pots or for what ever else we need to use them for. They make great dried floral arrangements.

Flowers that work well for drying:

Baby's Breath
Upright Sedum
Ornamental Grasses
Pressing Flowers
Pressing flowers works well in greeting cards and picture frames. You could purchase a press at the craft store, but if you do not want to spend a ton of money you can try it this way.

Pick flowers in the morning after the dew has dried and while they are in full bloom.

Take an old phone book and place flowers face down in between pages. Keeping same varieties together (i.e pansies with pansies ect...) Make sure that flowers are not touching and that a few pages are between flowers.

Rubber band the phone book closed and place in a dark closet underneath a heavy object.

It will take a few weeks for the blooms to dry out. Once they do, remove them gently from the phone book.

These flowers will work well in photo frames, cards and crafts.

Flowers that work well for pressing:

September Garden Chores
  • Plant Garden chrysanthemums, grass seed, trees, shrubs, most perennials and spring flowering bulbs. Maintain a proper watering schedule. Fall is a great time to plant lots of hardier plants.
  • Harvest remaining ripe vegetables; watermelons; apples, peaches, plums, pears, everbearing strawberries and raspberries, blueberries, grapes.
  • Harvest green tomatoes before a killing frost so that you can ripen them later.
  • Remove spent blooms on annual and perennial flowers.
  • Remove declining annuals and replace with fall mums, perennials, ornamental kale or cabbage, and pansies.
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  • Pull vegetable plants when done bearing and add to the compost pile. Clean up gardens as you go.
  • Removal of dead plants decreases the possibility of over-wintering pests and diseases that will infect your garden next year.
  • Divide or transplant iris rhizomes, peony plants and most spring and summer blooming perennials.
  • Early September is a great time to establish or renovate lawns. If the season was hard on your lawn, prepare for reseeding or over-seeding at the beginning of this month. Make sure you can water your grass seeding until the grass has emerged and started to grow. Wilson’s has several free ‘how to’ sheets on these topic.
  • On September 20th start your Poinsettia plant on a strict light/dark schedule to make it flower and color-up for the holidays. Keep your plant in light from 8am to 5pm — then place it in the dark (absolutely no light–a closet or under a bucket) from 5pm to 8am. The key to success, is to follow this strict light/dark routine very carefully, everyday, through December 1st. Continue to water regularly during this time.
Upcoming Events
Due to limited space in the  workshops, advance registration is required to guarantee your spot (Including Free Workshops). Payment is due at time of registration unless other wise indicated.
For more information on workshops visit our website

Sat, Sept. 12th: 10 am: 4 Seasons Landscaping: Cost: Free

Sun, Sept. 13th: 2 pm: How To Plant Your Bulbs: Cost: Free

Sat, Sept. 19th: 10 am: Black Kettle Fairy Garden: Cost: $39.99

Sun, Sept. 20th: 2 pm: Chair Porch Decoration: Cost: $49.99

Sun, Sept. 27th: 2 pm: Pumpkin Center Piece: Cost: $15.00

Sun, Oct. 4th: 2 pm: BYOB Succulent Garden: Cost: Materials used
(Pay for materials used at time of workshop)

Sun, Oct. 11th: 2 pm: Bird Talk: Cost: Free

Sun, Oct. 25th: 2 pm: Winterizing Your Garden: Cost: Free

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