Winter's finally gone… and, we are OH SO ready for spring!
We are just coming out of one of the harshest winters on record– all the weather experts agree that it was one of the worst ever– so who wouldn’t be ready for spring? On the heels of 2012, which was probably a pretty typical winter, we have had to endure the brutal and long-lasting cold of winter 2013/2014. It’s no wonder that so many of us have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the warm and inviting days of springtime! Even at this date, we must caution that there still is plenty of time for an early spring cold snap– and there still is time for a late season frost in April, too. But even with those thoughts hanging over our heads, it certainly seems that spring has finally arrived. And very soon, all our labor and positive karma during those many cold months will result in a parade of beautiful blooming flowers making their debut at our greenhouses in 2014! Accompanying them will be loads of fast growing, healthy vegetables and herbs… hardy, fragrant roses… lush tropical patio plants… unusual succulents… and sturdy, leafy trees and shrubs, too. Our 15 greenhouses are jam-packed with flat after flat and pot after pot of wonderful, vigorous young plants– we estimate over 100,000 annual, perennial and vegetable plants will be available to youduring our busiest time of year. It has not been easy getting to this point, especially this year– but we’re ready! And, we hope that you are ready, as well. It’s spring … and time to get growing.
And with spring’s arrival, we have been busily planning our premier annual event– Niepagen’s “Jump Into Spring” Open House on Saturday, April 12th, from 9AM-5PM, although we will be open from 8AM-7PM on that day. It’s our special day for kicking off the new growing season and a good way for you to meet the Niepagen family, enjoy some food (hot dogs & pork loin sandwiches), attend some seminars, ask your gardening questions, enjoy the spectacle of thousands of beautiful plants, and of course, SHOP away those winter blues! Plus, we will be offering 10% off everything in the store on Saturday, April 12th only. And on this date, we are also proud to host some very special programming to expand your gardening knowledge. Here are the seminars that will be featured throughout the day:
• 11AM: All About Vegetables– Large or small space… or maybe you have no space! Learn how to grow veggies anywhere– Susan Mendenhall, Master Gardener
• 1PM: Trees & Shrubs: Question & Answer Session– Bring your most vexing questions about trees and shrubs– Dean Morris, Certified Arborist of Shearer Tree Service
• 2PM:How To Turn Your Lawn Into a Garden That Grows and Gives Back Year Round– Showing you new ways to get the most out of your yard– Susan Mendenhall, Master Gardener
• Plus, bring in photos of your problem area and let John, our new Woody Ornamental Horticulturist, help you decide what to plant!
The day promises to be filled with good fun, helpful information and, of course, plenty of excellent plants for area gardens. This event will take place rain or shine, so, get out to Niepagens.