With all the crazy weather of the past few days and in celebration of Earth Day, we thought we’d brighten your day with a few pics of all the new plants that are coming to life in the greenhouse. Featured here are some of the combos we’ve been working on. Maybe this will help with your spring fever and get the creative juices flowing.
Every year, when we tell people that we still work, even through the winter months, they invariably ask us, “what do you do during the winter?” We find plenty of ways to keep busy, but one of our main goals during the off season is to do what we can to make our facilities better. This winter, we’ve been giving our store a face lift and preparing a new fairy garden display area. Primarily, that means a lot of painting.
We’re giving the floor a more subdued slate gray covering that coordinates better with the rest of the decor. Our red floor was getting a little tired and needed an overhaul. We’ve also repainted the bathroom, added a purple accent wall to our fairy garden display area and updated some of our wooden trim with a fresh white color. The overall effect is to make the story feel more open and airy, and the space is much brighter and more inviting now.
As you can see, this is not a task for the faint of heart. We’ve had to get creative with our storage options while painting because of our high inventory volume–and new things are coming in all the time. It feels an awful lot like a giant jigsaw puzzle.
Even Lily has volunteered to help–she provides great moral support and reminds us every once in a while that we need to take a break so we can play ball with her.
We’re excited to see the finished product and look forward to being able to show off our renovated store this spring!
It’s that time of year again, and we’ve begun to schedule our various workshops here at Moraine Gardens. We will be giving our fairy/miniature gardening and container gardening workshops again this year, and we are contemplating adding one or two new workshops–but more on that later.
We’re excited about our workshops this spring and are confident that we’ll be able to offer a great workshop experience, since we’ve got a whole year’s experience under our belts this time around. The workshops with be structured much the same way as last year, but we’ve got new plants and a plethora of new houses and accessories that we know you’ll fall in love with.
This year, we’re kicking off our workshop season with our “Spring Fever” workshop, a celebration of the first day of spring! This will be a fairy/miniature gardening workshop, and we can’t think of a better way to start out spring than feeling the satisfaction of having completed a whole garden before the last frost.
Another highlight of our container gardening season is our Earth Day workshop. In this workshop, you’ll receive some tips on how to make your container gardening practices more eco-friendly as well as general instruction on how to achieve stunning container garden results.
Here are our fairy/miniature workshop dates:
“First Day of Spring!” Fairy/Miniature Workshop ~ Friday, March 20th – 1pm-3pm
Fairy/Miniature Workshop 2 ~ Saturday, March 28th – 1pm-3pm
Fairy/Miniature Workshop 3 ~ Tuesday, March 31st – 10am-noon
Fairy/Miniature Workshop 4 ~ Thursday, April 9th – 10am-noon
and our container gardening workshop dates:
Container Gardening 1 ~ Thursday, April 16th – 1pm-3pm
Container Gardening 2 ~ Saturday, April 18th – 10am-noon
Earth Day Workshop ~ Wednesday, April 22nd – 10am-noon
Container Gardening 4 ~ Friday, April 24th – 5pm-7pm
We look forward to seeing you and sharing the joys of container gardening with you this spring!
There are more ways than one to gear up for planting season here at Moraine Gardens. Besides all the plants we’re nurturing along, we’ve also been working on some remodeling of our greenhouses and store space.
In preparation for our container gardening workshops, we’ve taken out four benches from the front of out greenhouse to make room for moveable tables that can be re-arranged to fit the needs of the space. Here’s a few pics of this portion of our remodel.
That last pic is what our new display tables will be shaped like. A few of them have even been finished since we took these pictures and several of us think they look like little boats. Soon they’ll be carrying their cargoes of container gardens from our new workshops. As you can see, this space still a work in progress. But take all the stuff away, add a few tables, and you’ve got a clean workspace with plenty of room to pot to your heart’s content. We’ll post more pics when the space is all done.
We’re also excited about the newest addition to our store space. We needed more room to store our larger pots and containers since much of their old space is being taken over by our new fairy garden displays, so we cleaned out an old back room (and believe us, there was plenty of junk to clean out), scrubbed all the grime away, put up new drywall, and painted the floor and walls. It’s a completely new room and has turned into quite the lovely addition to our store space.
Now the room is almost finished! Once we get everything situated, we’ll post more pics of the finished product.