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White Flower Farm Divulges its Secrets
After this year's mild winter, gardeners all over the country might be tempted to roll up their sleeves and get ahead on their spring gardening chores. While Spring bulbs may be getting an early start, the advice from the gardeners at White Flower Farm is to hold back. "Though the Winter has been mild so far, we just don't know what the future holds. Certain chores are best left for the Spring because snowfall or a cold snap can wreak havoc on a garden that has been prepared for warmer weather." Says Barb Pierson, Nursery Manager at White Flower Farm.
This does not mean that gardeners should remain dormant. If you cannot wait to start Spring gardening, put down the tools and concentrate on refining your plans for this year. If you have a clear idea of the big picture, but need help with the details, it is time to consult White Flower Farm's Exclusive Garden Designs. Available exclusively at whiteflowerfarm.com/gardens, this beautiful book is packed with 29 pre-planned combinations.
According to Barb Pierson, "Successful plant combinations are equal parts art and science. Winning combinations require extensive knowledge of the plants' needs: from light and soil requirements to habit and life cycle. Then of course you need to be able to judge what looks good and what doesn't. You can try to work it out on paper with lists and charts, but really, you have to see it all in person. What ended up in this book is based on many years of trial and error in our Test Gardens. We are offering the cumulative product of our staff's knowledge and experience."
Many of the gardens are designed to fulfill a specific purpose like brightening up a shady spot, or incorporating color without increasing maintenance. If you dug up some problematic plants at the end of last summer and now there is a hole in your border, this book takes the guesswork out of deciding what to put in their place. Perhaps you have always loved the look of tall, elegant Blazing Star (Liatris spicata 'Alba') but you don't know where it might look best. You can now consult drawings and photographs of a number of plants in situ. There are three gardens to choose from if you want to attract butterflies. If deer are a problem, White Flower Farm has three different suggestions. There are suggestions for naturalizing large areas, and for a garden with a long season of interest. If you think you have seen every idea for a lovely shade garden, think again - White Flower Farm offers ten options. Anyone who has visited White Flower Farm in Connecticut may have noticed the stunning and sophisticated all-white Moon Garden. Dating back to White Flower Farm's founding in the 1930s, it is a crisp and refreshing departure from a typical perennial border. Now it can be yours in just a few clicks.
The digital format makes ordering even easier. If you see a garden photo that you like, all of the elements and the planting plan can be yours in just a few clicks. Even better, if you find that you have question along the way, ask one of our Customer Service Representatives through Live Chat on White Flower Farm's web site, Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm Eastern Time.
White Flower Farm's suggestions for those who cannot resist working outside in favorable weather? Delineate the area for your new garden, turn the compost pile and dig up last year's dandelions, roots and all, before they go to seed.
Barb Pierson, the nursery manager at White Flower Farm, is available for interviews upon request, as are other experts.
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White Flower Farm is a family-owned nursery located in northwest Connecticut. Since 1950, they have been gathering, evaluating, growing, and selling a wide range of annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, bulbs, and houseplants representing the very best varieties from around the world. Plants shipped are true to name, free of disease, and in prime condition for growing. While in the area, stop by White Flower Farm with its five acres of display gardens, or visit www.whiteflowerfarm.com, where you will also find helpful gardening information including a how-to video library. Join our E-mail list for gardening advice and tips, From the Farm monthly newsletter, announcement of events at the White Flower Farm Store, and special offers not in our catalogues or on our Web site. White Flower Farm -- we make your garden grow.