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10 New AAS Winners For Spring!
2017-03-28 11:31
Just in time for spring planting, 10 exciting new vegetable and flowering seed varieties have been chosen as 2017 All-America Selections (AAS)! These represent the most adaptable and success… Read More
Shrub Roses And Landscape Roses
2017-03-15 11:45
Simplicity Roses make magnificent living hedges. They bloom over a very long season and need little care compared to traditional hybrid teas! Shrub roses and landscape roses are basically th… Read More
Daisy, Daisy, I’m Half Crazy . . .
2017-03-14 15:00
. . . all for the love of you! Everyone loves the button center and long, slender rayed petals of the daisy, whether they are tiny like Chamomile or massive like Shastas. The simplest of fl… Read More
2017-03-10 22:04
All gardeners know that we will be punished for anything we do ahead of schedule. Yesterday it was in the low 80s, today it’s the low 60s, and now we might be looking at frost over the… Read More
Jiffy And Bio Dome: Together At Last!
2017-03-09 11:35
Jiffy pots come in in all sizes, round and square. At planting time, set the whole pot into the ground. It breaks down nicely over time! Everyone loves Jiffy Pots! These humble peat-pot cont… Read More
5 Money-saving Seed Tips
2017-02-25 10:32
For your reading pleasure, we are reprinting a popular article from one of our newsletters. Enjoy and best wishes for a fruitful garden in 2017! It’s that wonderful time of year again… Read More
Try Petunia Tidal Wave Red Velour
2017-02-23 06:39
All the Wave Petunias are magnificent, but Red Velour, one of the Easy Waves, is a standout even among its cousins. Red Velour has won both of the highest honors a seed variety can receive:… Read More
All The Types Of Petunia Wave
2017-02-22 18:48
Well, this is original Wave Purple Improved, but honestly, it won’t look like this for long. Within a very few weeks, you’re going to have to put this modest pot onto a pedestal… Read More
The Best New Seeds Of 2017 – Part 3
2017-02-15 16:58
Known as the Lavender of the South, Russian Sage germinates easily and grows quickly into a long-lived, fragrant delight for the sunny garden! The Year of the Rooster is shaping up to be a b… Read More
Buzz-Pollinate Your Tomatoes!
2017-02-09 14:15
We are sometimes asked if bees pollinate tomato plants. The answer is that they don’t have to, but one does: the bumblebee! Through a process called buzz pollination, the bumblebee ali… Read More
The Best New Seeds Of 2017 — Part 2
2017-02-02 08:47
Each pellet contains seeds of all 3 colors, so you get a natural blend for pennies a plant! Whether you love annuals or perennials, fresh vegetables or canning varieties, 2017 will delight y… Read More
The Best New Seeds Of 2017 – Part 1
2017-01-28 08:57
Who would ever know this beautiful native perennial is a carnivore (or at least an insectivore)! This year is an embarrassment of riches for new varieties from seed! Here are just a handful… Read More
Blueberry Sunshine Blue
2017-01-26 17:07
I suspect that we all love growing our own fruit.  The satisfaction of biting into a sweet, fresh-from-the-plant apple or pear that you’ve grown yourself can’t be beat… Read More
Direct-sow Flower Seeds This Spring
2017-01-24 08:18
While some seeds are best started indoors, before spring thaw, there are plenty of varieties that can be direct-sown in the warm spring soil after the danger of frost has passed. Just s… Read More
The New Bio Domes And How To Use Them
2017-01-18 13:19
The Double Domes are back! They come with two planting blocks of either the 40-cell or 60-cell size, already filled with bio sponges. Park’s Bio Dome family welcomes several new member… Read More
Hanging Strawberry Plants
2017-01-13 08:07
Several years ago I planted a couple dozen strawberry plants in a patch of great garden at a friend’s house (she had nothing to plant there, and it seemed a shame to let it go to waste… Read More
Got Seed-sowing Fever?
2017-01-12 15:44
Yay, a Pro Dome full of big, healthy seedlings! Now if only it weren’t late February and 27 degrees outside . . . When I was a new gardener, I always wanted to start seeds on New Year… Read More
How To Grow Calibrachoa From Seed
2016-12-16 16:40
Until recently, Calibrachoa was protected by patents and could not be sold as seed. But with the arrival of the Kabloom series, home gardeners can sow and grow this long-blooming, heat-toler… Read More
Perennials Blooming The First Year!
2016-12-02 07:15
Conventional wisdom tells us that most perennial seeds like to be sown outdoors in fall, so they can vernalize (get their “chill time”) during winter and then pop up in spring… Read More
What Is An Itoh Peony?
2016-11-04 08:24
As hybridization techniques get more advanced every year, it seems that we are constantly deluged with new varieties of nearly every plant in the garden.  In this context, it seems dif… Read More
Quick Reminders For Fall Planting
2016-10-21 07:33
For many of us there is still a few good weeks of fall planting weather left. This is a great time for planting bulbs, perennials, shrubs, and trees — just about every type of plant ex… Read More
Sow A Wildflower Garden This Fall!
2016-10-18 15:02
If you have a patch of reasonably sunny soil, you can start a wildflower garden this fall! It’s simple to do and very rewarding, whether you use it only for a season or decide to dedic… Read More
The Octopus Stinkhorn
2016-10-14 19:27
From the petite Button variety to the sumptuous Portabella, mushrooms have a special place in our hearts, gardens and on our plates. But not all fungi are so tasty or so tame.  In fact… Read More
Your Garden’s Scary Soldiers
2016-10-12 14:39
Snakes, spiders and bats – Oh my! These creatures suffer from a lot of bad press, but their reputation as villains is vastly undeserved. In reality they are soldiers that work tireless… Read More
2016-10-11 13:25
. . . you could get 14 packets of seed for ten cents? No, we don’t either, and it was apparently a huge bargain more than 100 years ago. Because in January of 1900, George W. Park made… Read More
What Fertilizer Does For Your Garden
2016-10-05 11:57
The purpose of fertilizing your garden or lawn is replacing soil nutrients or amending deficient soil. In nature, organic material falls to the ground and is reincorporated within the soil… Read More
What To Do For Your Garden In October
2016-10-04 11:36
October is truly the beginning of cold weather in most gardens. Whether you are still enjoying Indian summer in zone 8 or battling hard frost in zone 3, there are many things you can do to m… Read More
Using Coffee In The Garden
2016-09-29 12:52
Coffee doesn’t just get you moving in the morning – it can also jump start your garden! Coffee is kind of mysterious in that no one is completely sure when it was first discover… Read More
2016-09-23 20:33
Rabbits – Cotton-tailed, carrot eating cretins that all the world (save gardeners) adores. Adorableness isn’t enough to save them from our intense ire when they decimate our gard… Read More
Your Garden Can Survive The Drought
2016-09-19 12:12
Our gardens are all stressed these days Perennial Alyssum flings itself over hot stones and basks in dry soils! by limited rainfall, rising temperatures, and a generally hotter and more… Read More
Roses And Clematis
2016-09-15 16:33
Clematis Crystal Fountain is just 6 feet high, perfect to intertwine with shrub and other low-growing roses. They are the most elegant duo in the garden — fragrant, showstopping roses… Read More
Planting And Growing Iris
2016-09-12 13:32
It is best to plant irises before the end of September or October in warmer areas, giving them plenty of time to become established before winter. Most irises (bareroots or bulbs) can be tra… Read More
Deer-resistant Plants For Fall
2016-09-09 07:08
Anise Hyssop attracts hummingbirds and repels deer with its mint-scented foliage. In the fall and winter as many plants start to go dormant, the deer and other mammalian wildlife star gettin… Read More
Gardening For Your Health
2016-09-08 16:36
There’s an old saying that gardening is  good for the soul, but did you know it has a profound effect on the body as well? These effects are generally positive, though physical la… Read More
Annual Seeds To Plant In Fall
2016-09-08 01:20
Calendula (Pot Marigold) is a valuable polliantor attractant in the vegetable garden as well as the annual bed! Sowing annual flower seeds in fall? Are we crazy? The truth is, many of the va… Read More
Plant Fall Bulbs For Spring Blooms
2016-09-06 09:38
Allium is always a bargain, offering both fresh flowers and beautiful everlastings. Fall is a great time for planting trees, wildflower seeds, and especially flower bulbs. Bulbs planted in t… Read More
The Unique Bloom Habit Of Daylilies
2016-09-05 08:11
Stella Supreme (a relative of the famous Stella de Oro) boasts a fabulous citrus fragrance! Daylilies (Hemerocallis) are some of the best summer bloomers you could ask for.  They’… Read More
Grampa’s Dill Pickle Recipe
2016-08-31 07:51
I just wanted to share a delicious, quick-and-easy dill pickle recipe adapted from one my grandfather used. Most of the ingredients can be grown in your own backyard in bulk — … Read More
Extending The Veggie Garden Season
2016-08-30 08:12
As summer winds down, it’s easy to assume that the vegetable garden is about over. Even if our tomatoes, peppers, squash, and beans are still producing, we may decide it’s time… Read More
What To Do In The Garden In September
2016-08-26 16:52
Zones 3 to 5 The Vegetable Garden Continue to harvest any vegetables still producing, and bring in unripe vegetables as temperatures drop. Some can finish ripening on a sunny windowsill. Dir… Read More
Raised Bed Gardening: Easy And Fun!
2016-08-26 13:24
The traditional raised bed does wonders for soil drainage and aeration. But there is even more you can do . . . Just a few years ago, “raised bed gardening” usually meant an are… Read More
How To Make A Pet Friendly Garden
2016-08-26 13:20
Many of us would give the world to our pets if we could. Lucky for us they don’t  seem to care for grand gestures; a belly scratch or an empty cardboard box spells paradise for mo… Read More
Hollyhock Wars In Victorian England
2016-08-17 17:25
Almost lost to cultivation, Chater’s Double Mixed Hollyhocks are a treasure for any garden. Chater’s Double Mixed Hollyhocks are among the most popular flowering perennials here… Read More
Guard Your Garden: Raccoons
2016-08-15 15:56
From their bandit mask face markings to their eerily human-like paws raccoons are forever riding the thin line between cute and creepy. Regardless of your personal feelings about them o… Read More
Living Groundcovers
2016-08-08 06:52
Creeping Thyme is a dazzling sight in late spring, and remains fragrant in every season. When I was a new gardener, nothing was more satisfying than the sight of freshly turned soil between… Read More
Meet Jeanette Bell Of Garden On Mars!
2016-08-02 23:10
We are delighted to introduce Ms. Jeanette Bell, lifelong gardener, founder of Garden on Mars, and People’s Health Champion. A resident of New Orleans, Ms. Bell has gardened all her li… Read More
Organic Gardening Tips
2016-07-28 09:24
Chives is an unsung hero in the garden. Its strong scent repels pests, while its flowers are as beautiful as could be wished for! You sowed your certified organic vegetable, herb, and flower… Read More
Cannas For Garden And Patio Pot!
2016-07-27 12:51
Dramatic dark-leafed Tropical Bronze Scarlet is compact enough for containers. It may look as though it just arrived from the tropics, but Canna is a native American plant, hardy in moist… Read More
What To Do In The Garden In August
2016-07-22 18:40
Indeterminate tomatoes will keep growing and fruiting even after temperatures fall! August is a month of transition in many northern climates, whereas in southern and western climates, it i… Read More
Design An Ideal Hummingbird Garden
2016-07-19 19:45
Summer Jewel Red Salvia is a siren call to every hummingbird in the neighborhood. Grow the other colors in the Summer Jewel series too; the hummers will feast on all of them! If you’re… Read More
Gardening With Garter Snakes
2016-07-15 15:22
There are some who believe that the only good snake is a dead snake. Over half of the US population fears snakes, more than any other country in the world. Fear often stems from misundersta… Read More
Guard Your Garden: Squirrels
2016-07-12 16:31
Squirrels and humans have a very, shall we say complex relationship. They scamper over electrical wires, dart out in front of cars, gnaw on our tulip bulbs and of course pilfer bird feed lik… Read More
Your Tomato Wants To Be The Biggest!
2016-07-11 14:05
Better Reds Greenhouse covers up to 7 tomato plants with rich, reflective red. And how will it get there? Well, with your great gardening skills, of course. And maybe a sneaky bit of help fr… Read More
Clematis Vines For Every Gardener
2016-07-07 11:17
Beautiful Niobe is a classic red! Contrary to popular opinion, you do not have to be a skilled gardener to grow Clematis successfully. This woody climbing plant, often paired with climbing r… Read More
Why Annuals Are Worth It
2016-07-06 17:58
As a novice gardener, one of the first questions I had was “What’s the point of planting annuals?” I honestly couldn’t understand why anyone would spend time and ener… Read More
Our Customers’ Top Park Exclusives!
2016-06-28 19:51
Great beauty and spectacular garden performance are demanded of any Park Exclusive flowering seed variety! Have you ever written a product review and then wondered if anyone would ever read… Read More
Secret Pollinators
2016-06-21 13:07
Butterfly Weed is a haven for Monarch butterflies, and as a native plant it is a valuable nectar source for many other pollinators, too. Gardeners everywhere plant specific varieties to lure… Read More
Birdhouses: When And Where To Install Them
2016-06-05 13:38
It looks adorable and it offers many attractive features, but will it ever be occupied? You’ve bought or built a new birdhouse, and you want to bring those singing lovelies into your g… Read More
Birdhouses: When And Where
2016-06-05 13:38
It looks adorable and it offers many attractive features, but will it ever be occupied? You’ve bought or built a new birdhouse, and you want to bring those singing lovelies into your g… Read More
Rain Gardens Save Water And Look Great!
2016-06-03 08:22
One of the best things you can do for your local environment is build a small rain garden.  It’s amazing how a small, low-maintenance plot of garden can make such a difference.&nb&hell…Read More
Rain Gardens Save Water, Look Great!
2016-06-03 08:22
One of the best things you can do for your local environment is build a small rain garden.  It’s amazing how a small, low-maintenance plot of garden can make such a difference.&nb&hell…Read More
Flowering Plants To Grow Indoors
2016-05-23 07:01
Any Pelargonium is suitable for indoor growing. Try the dimunitive Nano series in pots and the trailing types such as Summer Showers and Speedy for baskets. Many of the plants we grow in the… Read More
The Evening Garden
2016-05-20 04:34
White blooms, such as those on this Iceplant, pop beautifully at twilight. If you’re like me, much of your best time in the garden is in the evening.  There are few things more re… Read More
Tomatoes That Won’t Ripen
2016-05-19 11:36
Just when you begin admiring that big, beautiful crop of tomatoes growing in your garden, along comes a conundrum: the plants are set about with large, round, shiny green fruits, just waiti… Read More
Verti-plants Update
2016-05-17 22:16
Here is the manufacturer’s shot of a fully planted-out set of Verti-plants. Gorgeous! Earlier this year I posted a piece about new containers for spring, and one of the exciting n… Read More
Proud To Partner With Katie’s Krops!
2016-05-16 10:52
Katie Stagliano has been helping start gardens and feed the hungry since age 9! Katie’s Krops is a charity “growing for the greater good” for more than 7 years now, and we… Read More
Guard Your Garden: Slugs & Snails
2016-04-21 14:59
Let’s face it – slugs are awful. They ooze, they squish, they turn your plants into Swiss cheese. Snails aren’t much better, though generally only Brown Snails present any… Read More
Guard Your Garden: Slugs & Snails
2016-04-21 14:59
Let’s face it – slugs are awful. They ooze, they squish, they turn your plants into Swiss cheese. Snails aren’t much better, though generally only Brown Snails present any… Read More
Your Squashes’ Worst Enemies
2016-04-11 18:30
Beautiful in blossom as well as fruit, squash belong in every sunny garden! Squash has many good neighbors in the vegetable garden, receiving help from a wide range of other vegetable plants… Read More
Guard Your Garden: Predatory Birds
2016-04-07 22:01
    Birds of prey present an impressive display of the power of nature. While majestic to behold, their presence in your garden, especially one visited by songbirds, may be unwant… Read More
Your Squashes’ Best Friends
2016-04-03 19:37
Begin the harvest early with this mix of baby pattypans! Squash definitely wins the popularity contest in the vegetable garden! Whether you choose a bushy summer variety or a vining winter t… Read More
Mix It Up (and Save, Save, Save!)
2016-04-01 18:29
You got us started with all this, Silk ‘n Satin! Each pellet contains both Petunia and Bacopa seed, for instant combo plantings! One fun new trend in seeds this season is creative and… Read More
Your Carrots’ Worst Enemies
2016-03-31 05:38
Our Rainbow Blend contains 5 varieties (Atomic Red, Cosmic Purple, Solar Yellow, Lunar White, and Bambino). So colorful — and the orange variety is an arrow-shaped baby veg! So last ti… Read More
Tips For A Bee Friendly Garden
2016-03-30 10:00
You might be thinking what exactly is a bee friendly garden? Aren’t all gardens naturally friendly to bees? While it might seem like planting flowers is all that’s necessary to… Read More
Have An Allergy Free Spring
2016-03-28 14:24
To gardeners with seasonal allergies springtime is a conundrum – half pleasure as their meticulously groomed greenery bursts into bloom, and half pain at the pollen a… Read More
Easter Eggs From Your Garden!
2016-03-25 12:14
Start a fun new tradition at your house this year by dyeing Easter eggs with vegetables from your garden and decorating them with foliage. Sound crazy? What about if we mention that pantyhos… Read More
Your Carrots’ Best Friends
2016-03-23 16:13
Atlas is good for first-year gardens, because it doesn’t need such loose, well-aerated soil. For many of us, carrots were our first exposure to the magic of gardening with root vegetab… Read More
2016-03-17 01:01
Zebrina is an heirloom selection of the native Irish Common Mallow, with larger flowers that retain the lovely veining of the wild species. Faith and begorrah, it’s St. Paddy’s D… Read More
2016-03-03 18:54
Like all legumes, beans help fix nitrogen in the soil, making them a must-have in any garden (vegetable or otherwise!). We know gardeners who grow them anytime they have a patch of bare soil… Read More
2016-02-23 05:19
Everyone’s talking about patio tomatoes these days, and for good reason. If deer, rabbits, voles, or other pests feast on your veggie patch all summer long, removing a few treats from… Read More
2016-02-19 17:11
Useful in the garden from root to tip, beans like this elegant Romano are a must-have! Good old beans! As a legume, they are one of the stars of the garden, fixing nitrogen in the soil so th… Read More
2016-02-13 06:58
Yes, I am adorable, but it will take me 65 days to start maturing all these sweet little peppers. Keep me free from competitors and pests! Big juicy bells, succulent bananas, and crunchy lit… Read More
2016-02-11 17:55
Week-old Geranium seedlings in the Bio Dome! At our house, seeds are sprouting in the Bio Dome and plants have been ordered for spring delivery, so now it’s time to think about co… Read More
2016-02-09 15:42
The color show on Zion Copper Amethyst is drop-dead gorgeous! African Daisies are fantastic flowers.  They bloom profusely over a long season, they’re easy to care for and will to… Read More
2016-02-09 15:18
Sweet Italian frying peppers like Mama Mia Giallo need friends to help them reach maturity. Peppers, particularly the hotter types, are a great friend to many other plants in the garden. The… Read More
2016-02-08 17:37
A charming little footstool of a plant, Munstead can shine on its own or form part of a long, elegant ribbon of color! One hundred years ago, a new English Lavender named ‘Munstead&lsq&hell…Read More
2016-02-02 20:40
Break the mold of the long green cucumber with Lemon Cuke, a tangy, flavorful heirloom! The cucumber is an amiable presence in the garden, not out to offend anyone. Yet, for one reason or an… Read More
2016-02-01 05:18
Pick the first cucumbers young, to encourage quicker fruit set from the plant. Would you believe that cucumbers are second only to tomatoes as the most popular vegetable crop for home garden… Read More
2016-01-30 05:52
I am mighty Beefmaster, and it takes me 80 days from transplant to produce my giant fruit. Please surround me only with friends! Last time we identified great companion plants for your… Read More
2016-01-27 17:44
Chocolate Cherry has all the rich tomato flavor you crave, packed into 1-inch fruits! Ready to grow big, delicious tomatoes this season? With all the heirloom, organic, and specialty varieti… Read More
2016-01-26 16:15
Like all Zinnias, Crouching Tiger is a magnet for pollinators. Grow it among your tomatoes and cabbages to bring in insect-gobbling ladybugs and hummingbirds, too! Bright beautiful blooms, e… Read More

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