Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My name is Boomer by Boomer the Garden Center Dog

           Hi! My name is Boomer and I am the garden center dog. This is my first blog. I follow Sue around the garden center from January till April. I am the most wonderful and beautiful golden retriever.Oh yes, and the best behaved dog! I love being spoiled and eating the plants in the greenhouse! The grasses are the best! My favorite grass is the Fireworks Fountain Grasgarden center dog, planting box, peat moss, golden retrievers. They get real upset when I eat that because it's brand new or something. They all look the same to me! They are so tasty! I do lots of work here greeting people, chewing pots, walking on plant tables,and digging in the mud in the potting room. I also work very hard chasing away the bunnies in the back nursery area. Please come and see me in fireworks fountain grass, jensen nursery and garden center, winnipeg, greenhouse, annual grasses, outdoor container potsthe greenhouse! If you find me too big and friendly I can sit in the lunch room(yummy) and check out the lunches! Please come visit me and check out the wonderful greenhouse. See you soon!

                                                









ps. bring doogies cookies 
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Container gardening at Jensen's! by Jennifer Fletcher

OKAY! I am writing a blog.....DREAMSICLE SUPERBELLS, PROVEN WINNERS, WINNIPEG, JENSEN NURSERY, WINNIPEG, GARDEN CENTERS, BEDDING PLANTS

Back in January, I wanted to talk about the new annuals and combinations for the hanging baskets.
I was ALONE with my thoughts!

One Saturday afternoon, I watched a P. Allen Smith tv show (the spokesperson for Proven Winners). He took three pots
in different sizes and planted a container landscape. He believes that you should plant different plants in each pot,
with one color that unifies them.

For example: 
             
                                                                                                                                                           
First pot: Superbells Dreamsicle                                                  

Second pot: Coleus Sedona

Third pot: Toffee Twist Grass

This example would have a orange plant in each pot with a mixture of annuals. What an idea! I will store that one in the
back of my brain.TOFFEE TWIST GRASS, PROVEN WINNERS, WINNIPEG, JENSEN NURSERY AND GARDEN CENTER, CONTAINER GARDENING

Then I went on a winter holiday. Cruising from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta. Did you know that Bird of Paradise
blooms in late January in California landscapes? Well...that definitely messed up my "Prairie Gardener" brain.

Back to the cold and "Jennifer, I can't talk about the hanging baskets until I see the flowers!"

Okay, I was still on my own with my thoughts - busy organizing, painting and laminating signs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Now, the plants have come. The baskets are done and we will keep working on the pots. On a sunny day, you have to wear shorts in the greenhouse. In a few short weeks we will move outside. I can't wait. Stop by the garden centre if you like. Smell the flowers. I would be happy to help you plan your containers.
Because.....SPRING IS ON ITS WAY!!!!!

By Jennifer Fletcher























   
                             
   
               

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Gardening Saturday this Saturday March 26, 2011 at CMU

The 4th Annual Gardening Saturday will take place on Saturday, March 26th (9 a.m - 4 p.m.) at the Canadian Mennonite University North Campus

One of the most anticipated springtime gardening events for Manitoba Gardeners, Gardening Saturday will have everything you need to get ready for the spring gardening season. This year's event features 19 workshops (theme Urban Farming), an exciting Tradeshow Area ($5 admission), and delicious food in our Eat Local Grow Local Food Market.


Guest Speaker Des Kennedy
Garden Artistry: A "how to" look at the use of art works and "artistic touches" in the gardens of Ireland, New Zealand, England and China. Tickets to the keynote presentation are only $25.00 and include admission to the Trade Show.
Workshops
Register for your choice of workshops: only $10.00 per workshop. Any workshop registration includes admission to the Trade Show.
Become a Friends Member and receive a 10% discount on
keynote presentation and workshops.


Gardening Saturday Workshops


Want to learn more about gardening? Gardening Saturday's workshop presenters are local experts who will show you everything you want to know. Workshops are designed to appeal to both novice and experienced gardeners. Each workshop is 45 minutes in length and affordably priced at only $10.00 with a discount being offered for Friend's Members. Workshop registrations include admission to the trade show.


1. Landscaping: "The Wow Factor", Charlotte Tataryn. Charlotte Tataryn, Landscape and Interior Designer, Charlotte's Place, is back by popular demand to talk about the basics of landscaping: learn how to make the best of what already exists and how to get the ' wow factor ' affordably.


2. Starting a New Garden Bed, Susan LeBlanc. Wondering where to begin? Susan LeBlanc, experienced gardening enthusiast, will cover the basics from soil preparation and amendment as well as an interesting look at past and present schools of thought.


3. Chickens for WinnipEGGers, Darby & Kara Jones, of Chickens for WinnipEGGers. Urban chickens catch your fancy? The presenters will guide you through a practical approach towards the growing trend in North America of keeping a few hens in your own backyard.


4. Get to Know our Native Grasses, Shirley Froehlich. Come and see how beautiful and versatile they are and how to use them in your garden. Some nice combinations with our Manitoba wildflowers will also be shown and discussed


5. Attracting Birds to your Yard, Sherrie Versluis. Attracting Birds to your Yard Sherrie Versluis Sherrie Versluis of The Preferred Perch tells us how to attract birds to our gardens. After all, what is a garden without birdsong, or the flutter of wings.


6. Herbs, Dave Hanson. Fragrant, tasty, home grown and organic! Herbs are one of the best choices for urban organic gardens, adapting easily to containers and beds of all shapes and sizes. Dave Hanson, owner of Sage Garden Herbs, will show you how to grow a bumper crop of herbs to complement your kitchen garden, leveraging the advantages of all natural growing techniques and the value of intermingling and diversity in the landscape.


7. Container gardens for balconies and small spaces, Jim Beckta . Jim Beckta has been involved in creating lush, beautiful gardens in the smallest of spaces. From container options to raised beds, everyone can have their very own garden!


8. Gardening with Children and Youth, Jeannette Adams Master Gardener . Jeannette Adams will pique the curiosity of our youngest gardeners with tips on getting started in gardening. Parents will enjoy learning how to inspire children to garden at home as well as information on gardening with community organizations and schools.


9. All About Lilies, John Rempel . A household name in Manitoba`s gardening community, John Rempel will talk about new and different varieties, cultivation and propagation as well as an overview of the spread of the red lily beetle.


10. Panel Discussion "What’s New, What’s Hot", Joanne Jones (Growing Pleasures); Erna Wiebe (Oakridge Garden Centre, Steinbach); and Chad Labbe (Shelmerdine Garden Center); Richard Zelke (Cook's Greenhouses) and Ken Land (St Mary's Nursery and Garden Center). Panelists will discuss the newest and latest trends in gardening and all of the exciting new choices awaiting you at the garden centers this spring. Joanne Kelly, Host/Producer Shaw TV will moderate the panel discussion. Sponsored by Bylands Nurseries.


11. Irresistible Irises, Barbara Jean Jackson Master Gardener . Barbara Jean Jackson, Brandon MB. is a Mater Gardener and member of the CanWest Iris Society. This presentation will look at many different varieties of the beautiful Iris species and how to grow them successfully in the prairie garden. Attendees will also take a pictorial walk through Barbara Jean's iris gardens in Brandon.


12. Covering Lots of Ground , Linda Dietrick. Using slides, Presenter Linda Dietrick explores over fifty hardy ground covers for our region. Every gardener has a problem area. Linda suggests solutions for sun and shade, moist soil and dry.


13. Plants for the (Small) Home Landscape, Susan Jensen Stubbe of Jensen's Nursery & Garden Center . Oversized plants taking over your landscape? Susan will recommend which perennials, shrubs and trees are suitable for the smaller landscape and which ones to avoid.


14. Drainage Problems? Create a Rain Garden!, Jodi Goerzen from the Seine-Rat River Conservation District and Chris Maxemuck from C & S Country Gardens. A rain garden is a colourful, perennial planting within a shallow depression that is designed to capture and use rain water that may otherwise run off. This presentation will include discussion of rain garden theory and a demonstration rain garden at C & S Country Gardens being used as a case study.


15. How to Can and Preserve Your Garden Harvest, Judy Schwartz. Jellies, pickles, chutneys, anyone? And don’t forget the tomatoes! Judy will provide information on how to preserve the produce from your garden.


16. Caring for Fruit Trees, Mike Allen. Fruit trees are all the rage. With many new and interesting varieties available to be grown on the prairies, Mike Allen, respected Arborist and owner of Viburnum Trees Experts will explore the topic of fruit tree maintenance.


17. Creating Edible Urban Spaces, Urban Eatin. The experts at Urban Eatin Gardeners Co-op know all about creating vegetable gardens. Want to be part of a co-op? They can tell you everything you need to know!


18. Propogation, Karen Loewen . A fast and easy way to expand your garden affordably. Learn how to propagate your perennials, trees and shrubs with Master Gardener Karen Loewen.


19. Container Gardening, Sharlene Nielsen. Observe Sharlene in action as she provides instruction to 10 participants, who will be creating their own Spring Garden containers in front of you


Workshop Information 2011 Gardening Saturday Registration Form


Please consider lending your time and talents to Gardening Saturday by volunteering . Volunteers receive free admission - we have many interesting opportunities to connect with other gardeners, assist in workshops or in the Trade Show/Food Market areas

If you would like to volunteer,
please contact Helene Fairbanks at 895-4560, execdir@mts.net  OR CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


Hope to see you all there!!
Tammy & Sue!

 Jensen Nursery and Garden Center
2550 McGillivray Blvd
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(204)488-5042

MARCH HOURS: Monday to Friday 10am -4pm






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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Proven Winners Annuals being planted in our greenhouse!

GREENHOUSE, PLANTS, ANNUALS, BEDDING PLANTS,PROVEN WINNERS,JENSEN NURSERY AND GREENHOUSE, WINNIPEG coleous, hanging baskets, proven winners, greenhouse, winnipeg, jensen nursery, HANGING BASKETS, GREENHOUSE, GARDEN CENTERS, GATRDEN CENTRES, JENSNE NURSERYHANGING BASKETS, BEDDING PLANTS, GREENHOUSE, HANGING BASKETS, WINNIPEG, GREENHOUSE, GARDEN CENTER, GARDEN CENTRE, WINNIPEG, JENSEN NURSERY  WE HAVE PLANTED 1100 HANGING BASKETS FOR THE  2011 GARDENING SEASON! OUR GREENHOUSE IS LIKE A SUMMER DAY FILLED WITH PLANTS AND SUN! NOW WE HAVE A BREAK TILL THE SPECIALITY ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS ARRIVE NEXT! I CAN`T WAIT TO SEE THE BASKETS GROW AND START TO FLOWER! OUR GREENHOUSE WILL SOON BE FILLED AND READY FOR YOU TO SELECT YOUR FAVORITE BASKETS AND BEDDING PLANTS TO MAKE YOUR YARD A GARDEN PARADISE TO COME HOME TO! FEEL FREE TO DROP BY IF YOU NEED A TASTE OF SUMMER! BROWSE THE GREENHOUSE AND IMAGINE A SUNNY SUMMER DAY! I ALMOST FORGET IT`S WINTER WHEN I AM IN THE GREENHOUSE! SEE YOU ALL SOON! THE STAFF AT JENSEN`S!
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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

We are in the greenhouse planting...........

Wow, here we are again, it's a balmy 25C and we are in our greenhouse planting annual baskets! When we leave to go home you almost forget that it is 40 degrees colder outside and that you need a jacket! We have planted over 800 hanging baskets in the last 24 hours. I did up some beautiful shade basket combo's with trailing lobeila, fushia, and torenia! I did though start with about 100 bright colored baskets for a sunny location. I wasn't ready to think about shade when I first started. I used some petunias, calabrachoa, verbena, nemesia, osteospermum, and straw flowers to name a few! Jennifer was doing up Proven Winner combo baskets, while Susan was working on the old standby favorites! I heard her talking about ivy geraniums, torenia, and petunia's with Proven Winners diamond frost! Tomorrow we are going to finish up the unique cone planters that are so popular! Im thinking the birch bark one will go great with a toffee twist grass and some black eyed sue vines! I cant wait to see our baby plants grow! I have some pictures of last year's baskets I will post for you to look at! Well that is about all I can say for now! Flower names, growth habits, sun/shade preferences are all that I can think of now! That and what colors of annuals with compliment each other the most! So on that note, happy dreaming of sunny days ahead!!!! Tammy

            
yellow sweet potatoe vine and purple osteospermum                                        assorted baskets
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