Hello Edward
We hope everyone is having a great week so far. As we stated in last week’s newsletter, we are featuring different artists that will be here for Art in The Garden, September 22nd. We asked our artists to give us a little background about their art and so, without further ado, we shine the spotlight on Colette Girard and Marilyn Graves.
Colette Girard of Colette Girard Photography
After retiring ten years ago, I developed an interest in abstract photography. My images are inspired by Miksang, a form of contemplative photography which seeks to appreciate the vividness of the visual world. Most photos are printed on metal to enhance the quality of luminescence. I have exhibited extensively throughout the Madison area, most recently at the Overture Center. The artwork I bring to this year’s Art in the Garden will include several discontinued images at reduced prices. Visit my website at ColetteGirardPhotography.com.
Marilyn Graves of MarvelsbyMarilyn
I’m looking forward to participating in Art in the Garden again this year. I make snap bag purses, snap purse inserts, eyeglass cases, zipper pouches, table runners, etc., all from colorful, fun fabrics. Most items are machine quilted.


The “snap” part of an item is created by using pieces of a carpenter’s metal measuring tape in lieu of a zipper or other type of closure.  I’ve been sewing since I was a child (4-H) and quilting for over 30 years. I also sell my items on  Etsy.com as MarvelsByMarilyn. This quilting art form is therapeutic, relaxing and yes, addictive. Hope to see you at the Greenhouse on September 22nd!






Visit their booths during Art In The Garden, September 22, 2018, 9 am – 3 pm.
See you here soon!

30% OFF
All Fruit Trees, Forsythias, Peonies, Magnolias, Redvein Enkianthus,
Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick
Limited quantities on hand. Call store for details.

Offer expires 08/30/2018. This is available at both locations.
Not valid on previous purchases.

Schefflera amate soleil

If chartreuse foliage is your thing, have we got a plant for you! For the first time, we grew a

new Umbrella plant called Schefflera amate soleil, a chartreuse green leaved, burgundy
stemmed version of the Umbrella plant. The large, attractive glossy leaves stay this color of
green throughout its life.

This plant can be placed in bright light or indirect sunlight, but will also tolerate bright
artificial light. Water the plant when the soil surface becomes dry, but do not allow it to
become excessively dry, as it will not tolerate it. It also does not like to be waterlogged, so
do not keep it constantly wet.

Fertilize the plants during the growing season, spring and summer, with Miracle Gro All Purpose at one-half strength. If plants are putting on new leaves in the fall and winter, you can fertilize sparingly then, too. Schefflera thrive in temperatures between 65-80 degrees and struggle in temperatures below 55 degrees. Keep them out of cold drafts and away from heaters and floor vents.

Schefflera amate soleil is more tolerant of lower light conditions and is more resistant to a common pest, spider mites, than the typical Umbrella plant. This, in combination with its stunning leaf and stem color, is the reason why everyone who collects house plants should have one of these in their home. There’s nothing quite like it.


Are you a plant parent? 
We understand your passion!
Check out our selection of houseplants!
You might just see one you need to add to your plant collection!


What do you call an angry pea?




Mouse Magic
As much as I hate to say it, Fall is just around the corner. Soon, all the signs will be here- rustling leaves, pumpkin pie, the smell of the fireplace and Stuart Little with his suitcase packed, ready to move into your home!
Mice are seeking a warm environment to move into when the weather turns cooler and there’s no better place than YOUR home. Here are some things you can do to prevent
those little varmints from making your home the Club Med:
  • Keep plants and leaves away from your home. These provide cover for mice and should be kept at least 2 feet away.
  • Seal any cracks in the weather-stripping around windows and doors. Check the exterior of your home for any points of weakness or holes, but especially around pipes or cables that come into your home.
  • Use Mouse Magic® scent packs to keep mice and other rodents out. These packets are made of essential oils with repelling qualities that trigger escape/avoidance behaviors in mice. These can be applied around homes, sheds, garages, barns, woodpiles, patios, decks, attics, basements and any other areas where mice may be. Mouse Magic® is safe to use around children and pets and should be placed anywhere that mice enter, feed or nest. The packets last for 30 days.
If you are dealing with other critters such as deer, rabbits, skunks, raccoons, woodchucks
or chipmunks, try Repels All. This animal repellent is made of all natural ingredients. It repels unwanted wildlife by touch, smell and taste by triggering ingrained fear and flight responses. Best of all, it is people and pet safe. It will even repel Armadillos, so if the neighbor’s pet Armadillo is a renegade in your neighborhood, no worries!




Floral Notes


Are you looking for a really fragrant floral bouquet? Here are some flowers you may consider adding to your arrangements. These will leave your home smelling wonderful!
Stock: Comes in many colors like white, pink, lavender and purple.
Lilacs: Add a lovely touch of spring.
Freesia: Fragrant blooms comes in white, yellow, red and purples.
Gardenias: Come in several colors.
Garden Roses: Various colors
Lilies: Come in whites, yellows, oranges and pinks.
Hyacinth: Another spring flower that comes in white, pink and purple and are very fragrant.
It is always best to call in advance to check availability, as not all of these flowers are always available.
Cottage Grove

Employment Opportunities


Do you enjoy helping people? How about working with flowers and in the dirt?
If so, we may have the perfect job for you.
We are looking for a few good people to join our team.
Lead Maintenance Technician: Cottage Grove Location


Are you gifted with the ability to fix almost anything?
Do you love the challenge of problem-solving? Like working outdoors?
We are looking for a Lead Maintenance Technician to handle the maintenance and repairs of our greenhouse systems, buildings, vehicles and equipment. This person is also in charge of all grounds maintenance, as well as assisting with greenhouse production. If you like diversity in your day-to-day and are mechanically gifted, this job is for you!


Part-time Floral Designer
Edgerton Location


We’re looking for a Part-time floral designer with strong customer service skills and a willingness to learn. Use your artistic abilities and knowledge of design to create floral arrangements for various occasions.
A minimum of four years previous floral design experience is required.
Position includes some customer service, watering and plant maintenance.


What do you call a happy cowboy?

A jolly rancher.
2018 – Mark your Calendars!!!
2018 is full of new workshops and informational classes for you to attend. 
Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest!


Pick Your Own Mum From Our Mum Fields
Saturday, September 8, 2018
10 am – 12 pm
This is a day you don’t want to miss! First come, first served! You will get a chance to choose which mum to take home with you and have an opportunity to get your picture taken in our mum field! Adults only allowed in the mum field.

Fall Container Porch Pot Workshop
Saturday, September 8, 2018
10 am – 2 pm
Winterize Your Garden 
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10 am – 11 am


Art In The Garden
Saturday. September 22, 2018
9 am – 3 pm
All classes are only available at our Cottage Grove location.
To reserve your spot please call (608) 222-2269 to register.



Italian Style Stuffed Zucchini Boats





  • 6  large zucchini, 8-9 inches long
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4  teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1  small yellow onion, diced
  • 2  cloves garlic, minced
  • 1  pound Jennie-O Ground Turkey
  • 1  28 oz. can good quality crushed tomatoes
  • 4  oz. of freshly shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1  oz. freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • flat leaf parsley for garnish


This recipe and photo is from Number-2-Pencil so let’s head on over there and see how to put these ingredients together!