Dont'miss the annual Twilight Seminars at Norway Gardens!
They are June 2, 9, 16, & 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Save 25% on all flowering hanging baskets at Norway Gardens.
Save 20% this week on all wall art in the Gift Store.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events!

Twilight Seminars -- first 4 Tues. evenings in June
45 Years of Business Celebration -- Sat., July 11

Current Hours: Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 7 p.m
        Sat., 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

        Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Free Gift Wrapping At Norway Gardens!

Visit Norway Gardens whenever you need a gift for someone special. Did you know you can purchase gifts there and have them gift-wrapped for you FREE? Simply ask to have your purchases wrapped & it will be done for you while you wait.

Planting & Caring for Pots of Flowers

Pots of blooming flowers make a stunning addition to patio or landscape. In order to enjoy your pots and your plants to their fullest, however, there are steps you should follow in planting your pots.

1.     Be sure your pots have drainage. Choose pots that have holes in the bottom or in which holes can be drilled.
2.     Use a good potting soil in your pots. We recommend Baccto Professional Potting Soil, which we use in all our greenhouses for our planting. This potting soil never packs and can be used for several years. Beware of using potting mixes that have fertilizer added to them. Remember that pots require frequent watering, which in turn leaches the fertilizer out of the soil. Fertilizer that comes mixed in your potting soil will quickly disappear as you water your pots so why spend extra money for such potting soil? If you have good potting soil in your pot from last year, you can replenish it and use it again this year. Simply pour it out into a wheelbarrow, fluff it up, get rid of old roots, and then put this soil in the bottom half or two-thirds of your pot. Fill the top with new soil. Another option is to rejuvenate your soil with Natural Guard Soil Activator-- a great product for helping your soil make nutrition available to your plants.
3.     If you can't water your pots as often as you should, addSoil Moist or Hydrostretch to your soil. These granules fill with water and hold it until the surrounding soil needs the moisture.
4.     When possible use large pots for your pot-planting. They give your plants room for their roots to grow. They also hold moisture much better.
5.     After you have planted your pots, water them the first time with Fertilome Root Stimulator to get the roots to start growing quickly.
6.     Water your pots as needed. Keep the soil moist but not wet.
7.     Plan to fertilize your pots weekly with a good water-soluble fertilizer such as Fertilome 20-20-20 rotated with Fertilome 9-58-8 (for lots of bloom.) Another good choice are the Jack's brand of fertilizers, which have excellent micro-nutrients for excellent plant health. If you are planting petunias or calibrachoa (which are high feeders), consider Jack's Petunia FeED (20-6-22). It helps keep the foliage of these plants from turning yellow.

With a little TLC your pots can be a source of beauty and delight all summer and well into the fall.

Twilight Seminars at Norway Gardens

For many years, Tuesday evening seminars at Norway Gardens have been popular among area residents. These Twilight Seminars, which take place at 6:30 p.m. on the first four Tuesday nights in June, provide delightful entertainment while helping attendees get gardening ideas and techniques. Following each seminar is an hour-long shopping time, during which attendees enjoy 10% off all their purchases throughout the store. The first seminar, entitled "What's new in Trees, Shrubs, Plants, and Gardening for 2015, will take place Tuesday evening, June 2. During the presentation, Tom Herman and Mary Ann Novack, both Indiana Certified Horticulturists, will show many new varieties of plant material, explain their uniqueness, and guide the audience in the best uses for them.

The dates and topics of the three remaining seminars are as follows:

*June 9 -- "Shady Secrets for Ensuring a Beautiful Shade Garden" -- an in-depth look at shade gardening and the delight they can be. We will show you lovely shade plants as well as lots of shade gardening tips.

***June 16 --  June 16 -- "Ring Out the Coral Bells!" -- New varieties of Coral Bells are developed each year and they are simply beautiful and so versatile. This seminar is all about Coral Bells -- varieties, growing tips, ways to use them, and more.

***June 23 -- "Designing Baskets with Herbs & Foliage Plus Party Time" -- Monica, our Floral Designer, will show lots of great ways to design floral creations using herbs and foliage. Following this final seminar of the series will be "Party Time." During the shopping hour, refreshments will be offered to attendees.

Don't miss this great opportunity for fun and learning at Norway Gardens on these Tuesday evenings in June.There is no charge for attending and no need to sign up in advance. Simply arrive and enjoy the show. Who says learning how to be a successful gardener can't be fun?

Tips on Planting Asparagus, Rhubarb, & Strawberries

Asparagus, rhubarb, and strawberries can be planted now and will give you tasty harvests for years to come. They are easy to grow and to harvest. Read on for the garden guru's tips:

Asparagus grows in almost any soil as long as it has good drainage. Waterlogged soil can lead to root rot! Prepare your soil by using Fertilome Gardener's Special fertilizer worked into the top 6" of soil. Select an all-male variety of asparagus, such as Jersey Giant, to prevent seedling weed problems later. Male varieties give three times the abundance of harvest too. You have prepared your soil and brought home your plants. Now for the planting instructions:
  1. Dig a furrow no deeper than 5 to 6 inches.
  2. Work BumperCrop soil additive into the soil you will use in your furrows.
  3. Put the crowns in the furrows about 1 1/2' apart. Space your rows 5' apart.
  4. Fill in the furrows to original soil level using BumperCrop/Soil mixture but don't tamp the soil down.
  5. You should see spears appear in about one week if your soil is moist. However, don't pick them. Let the spears grow the first year since this growth will nourish the roots for next year's production of spears.
Rhubarb is a cool season perennial that is drought-resistant and is very winter hardy. It needs temps below 40 degrees to break dormancy and stimulate spring growth. It is grown from crowns of fleshy rhizomes and buds. We love 'Crimson Red' for its vibrant color, tart-sweet flavor, and crunchy yet non-fibrous stalks. It is great for pies, jams, breads, and other treats and it freezes well. Rhubarb does best is slightly acidic soil-- 6.0 to 6.8 pH. It needs to be fertilized well. 
  1. Prepare the soil by working composted manure into it. This helps hold moisture and preserves the soil structure. It also gives the rhubarb lots of nutrients.
  2. Space crowns 24" to 36" apart with the crown buds 2" below the surface of the soil. Have the hole around the  crown and fill with soil that has been mixed with composted manure or peat moss. Firm the soil around the roots but keep it loose over the buds. Side dress with a good garden fertilizer such as Gardener's Special.
  3. Water as needed to provide adequate moisture.
  4. Do not cut the stalks the first year.
Strawberries come with two basic choices for the gardener: everbearing or June-bearing. Choose everbearing for pots or baskets or if you want continual berry production all season. Remember, that the harvest of everbearers will last much longer but will not be abundant at any one time. Everbearers are great for eating fresh but they must be harvested regularly (every few days) to keep the production up. June-bearers are better if you want an abundant harvest at one time so you can freeze berries or make jam. However, then the June blooming is over, your berries appear and you don't have another harvest until next year.
  1. Plant berry plants in a sunny location in fertile well-drained soil. If you are planting everbearers in pots or hanging baskets, be sure to use a good potting soil such as Baccto Professional Potting Mix. If planting in the ground, it is helpful to work compost into the top 12" of soil and then fertilizer with Gardener's Special.
  2. Dig a hole about 2 times the width of your pot. When you take the plant from the pot, loosen the soil around its roots and plant into the soil about the same depth as it was in the pot.
  3. If you are planting bare-root plants, have the hole two times the width of the plant when its roots are spread out. Spread the roots out in the hole and fill with soil keeping the strawberry plant crown at soil level.
  4. Space your plants 18" apart in rows that are 3' apart.
  5. Water plants immediately after planting.
  6. A 2" layer of organic mulch spread around each plant will help conserve moisture and discourage weeds..
  7. Your strawberry bed will need 1 to 2" of water each week unless it rains.
Plant varieties that we love:
  • Asparagus -- 'Jersey Giant,' a male plant that is hardy and disease resistant. Its stalks are large in diameter and tender. Note that in asparagus the skinny shoots are the toughest ones.
  • Rhubarb -- 'Crimson Red' boasts crimson red stalks that are delightfully sweet-tart, crisp yet non-fibrous. Good for cooking and for freezing.
  • Strawberries, everbearers -- 'Berri Basket' has large red berries which harvest early. It is great for baskets. 'Berries Galore' is a great all-purpose everbearer with red berries, medium size, good for pots or for garden. 'Pretty in Pink' is another luscious everbearer that is especially lovely in large pots since it sports large beautiful pink blooms.
  • Strawberries, June-bearing -- You can't beat 'Honeoye' for an outstanding June-bearing strawberry. It bears prolifically and its berries are large, very sweet, and firm. These plants are vigorous and disease resistant.
You may begin planting these perennial fruits and vegetables now. Enjoy your planting experience and your harvest!

Tips for Planting a Tree or Shrub

When you purchase a tree or shrub and are ready to plant, follow these steps to help your new plant thrive.

  1. Dig a hole twice as wide and a little deeper than the root ball of your new tree or shrub. If your soil needs some amending, mix the removed dirt with some Baccto Tree, Shrub, and Perennial Planting Mix.
  2. Put part of the soil you removed back into the hole. You want to plant your tree or shrub the same depth it was planted in the pot. Loosened soil at the bottom of your new plant will make its roots easily able to penetrate the dirt beneath them.
  3. Remove your plant from its pot and put it into the hole. If your tree's roots are in a burlap-covered ball, you can leave the burlap but cut the twine around it.
  4. Replace 1/2 the soil around the roots of your planting and then give it a good dose of Fertilome Root Stimulator mixed in a bucket of water.
  5. Finish filling the hole with dirt up to the level of the dirt surrounding your plant.
  6. Put mulch around your new planting about 3" deep. This helps hold moisture in the soil around the plant's roots and prevents "lawn mower disease" (a mower getting too close to the plant and hitting it.)
  7. Make sure your new tree or shrub gets about 1 1/2" of water a week -- either from rainfall or from watering.

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308 West Walleston Ave. (Map)
Monticello, Indiana

Phone: (574) 583-3811
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