Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Free Spring Gardening Seminars


Saturday April 14th 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Free Lunch - Deals - Draws - Grand Prize Draw
9:00-10:00     Grant Dunn   "Spring Yard Care"
Spring may not be here yet but it is coming! Are you ready for all the challenges your yard may bring you? Lawn not looking good? Shrubs looking rough? Worried about insects, fungus, rabbits or deer? Grant has a solution for almost everything! Grant has a wealth of knowledge about garden products that can help beautify and protect your yard and garden.
"Growing a Cutting Garden in Manitoba"
 lilystone gardens, growing a cut flower garden, wedding flowers, jensen nursery
Lily Stone Gardens is a year round floral design shop and seasonal cut flower farm located about 35 minutes south of Winnipeg just outside of Rosenort, MB. We have been growing flowers at Lily Stone for 7 years now. We started our business by growing flowers for farmers markets in Winnipeg but have now shifted the business in a slightly different direction and currently supply flowers for my own flower shop, weddings, and multiple other florists in Manitoba with locally grown flowers during our seasonal months. We grow flowers on approximately 1.5 cultivated garden acres and grow over 20 - 30 varieties of cut flowers. A large part of our business is designing for weddings. We currently design weddings for around 50 - 60 couples per year as well as offer bulk flowers for DIY weddings. It has become a strong passion of mine to also supply high quality, strongly demanded cut flower varieties to Manitoba Florists. This year we plan to expand our business by offering a CSA subscription and multiple workshops on growing cut flowers on a small scale as well design workshops.

11:30-12:30 FREE LUNCH
12:45-1:45 Tiffany Grenkow   
"Working smarter not harder in your garden"
Bio - Owner of Winnipeg Sweet Potato Tiffany Grenkow cultivates specialty produce for local restaurants and markets. Rarely turning down more gardens, she is also an orchard steward at Sustainable South Osborne community commons/food forest and garden club instructor.
An urban farmer shares simple tricks employed by micro farms to best utilize your space, time and available resources. Learn innovative strategies that enrich gardens with less effort and strain on the system. Whether you tend a food or flower garden anyone will benefit from a sustainable regenerative approach. Working in step with the environment and mimicking natures plan tends to waste less money, require less physical labour and burn fewer fossil fuels. Whether it's retaining moisture, suppressing weeds or restoring the health of your soil- gardening need not be so much work.
 2:00-3:00     Susan Jensen Stubbe 
" 2018 New Plants & Favorite Plants"
Susan will do a slide show of some of our new and exciting plants for 2018. She will also present on some of her all time favorites! 
Invincibelle Mini Mauvette Hydrangea, new hydrangea, jensen nursery, flowering plants


succulents, planting workshops, plant succulents, jensen nursery

3:15-4:15    Planting Workshop  
Plant up a pot of spring!    Bring a pot or buy a pot! Free Soil with miniature gardens, small terrariums, succulents and cacti.

PLEASE REGISTER AT tammy@jensennursery.com with the following information: 
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We will having a Free Draw including a Grand Prize featuring some of our favorite local Winnipeg businesses!
This prize will include a 1 hour float from Winnipeg's Best Float Spa!
Check them out at Jellyfish Float Spa!
Watch more details on this Grand Prize!
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Friday, September 27, 2013

Over-wintering Tender Plants and Tropicals

I was able to have my Red Star Dracaena over-wintered for a number of years by friends and the plants grew to quite a nice size. That’s the lure, growing larger plants, along with big savings. None of the following methods are foolproof, but, as you experiment, you will find you are able to use more than one method to over-winter some species.

Warm, Bright Conditions

Experts suggest moving plants to a shady spot for a week or two and checking them for insect and disease before bringing them indoors. Bring the plants indoors before the first frost and place them by a bright east, south or west facing window .Large plants can be cut back by a half to two-thirds before bringing them in, to reduce their size and slow them down. Water whenever the soil dries out and give the pots a quarter turn every couple of weeks so they don’t get lop-sided. Additional humidity can be provided by grouping the plants together and putting the plants on top of trays filled with pebbles and water. Avoid misting, unless necessary, as this encourages insects and disease. In winter, our indoor air becomes so dry and this can really take a toll on tropical plants. Turning the temperature down to the mid-sixties helps with the humidity. As the days start to get longer, provide an occasional dose of diluted fertilizer. The new foliage on some plants may be noticeably smaller because of the lack of light. You might consider supplementing this with some kind of grow light.
Some plants that can be over-wintered under these conditions are:
Begonias, Bird of Paradise, Coleus, Elephant’s Ears, Hibiscus, Oleanders, Passionflowers, Plectranthus and Sages.

Cool, Bright Conditions

The following can be over-wintered under these conditions:
Cestrums, Clivias, Cordylines, Crinums, Flowering maples, Honey bush and New Zealand flaxes.

Cool, Dark Conditions

Many tropical plants have a dormant period triggered by a dry period, not the onset of winter. Cool, dark conditions are ideal for planters that go dormant. The bulb can be taken out of the ground; remove the mud and store it in a plastic bag that is not closed. Mist the bulb lightly once a month until spring; Many plants can survive the winter without light, water and sometimes even soil.
For shrubby plants or plants with fleshy stems and foliage, such as banana plants, cut down on the watering and stop the fertilizing. Cut them back and take them inside to a cool spot. Bulbous plants need to be blackened by frost before digging. Use a pitchfork when digging to prevent damage. Remove the blackened foliage and store in dampened peat moss in a cool spot. Ensure the peat moss is not too wet, otherwise they may become diseased, get fungal infection and rot. Divide rhizomes or take offsets from bulbs and tubers in the spring.

The following can be over-wintered under these conditions:

Angel’s trumpets, Bananas, Caladiums, Calla Lilies,, Cannas, Dahlias, Durantas, Elephant Ears, Ginger Lilies, Gingers, Glory bushes, Lantanas, Pineapple Lilies and Tropical smoke bush.

Much of this information was taken from the Fine gardening web-site.

Arlene Ortiz (Wheeler)
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