Feung Shui Tips for a Spring Garden

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Feng Shui is all about organizing objects to get the most positive energy out of a space as possible, also known as Chi, which helps to bring harmony and balance into your life. Placement is key to a successful Feng Shui design both inside and out, not only what you place, but where you place it and why.

The more disconnected from the rest of the world your Feng Shui garden is, the better. Large shrubs or trees are ideal for concealing your space and giving you peace of mind while you relax. Running water is one of the leading features you can incorporate into your outdoor space, this can include; fountains, ponds, reflecting pool or even a waterfall.

If you’re designing your outdoor space with Feng Shui in mind, note that straight paths should never be used. Let the path take its time and curve and flow through your space instead of running straight through. This is a space that should be relaxing for yourself or for your guests. Nature lends a huge inspiration to these arrangements and should be carefully considered while doing so.

Marvin Gardens can help bring more peace and tranquility into your life. Make your outdoor space much more than a scenic location and consider adding Feng Shui design principles to your garden.

Design an Outdoor Setting Fit for Entertainment

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Your patio or yard could easily be the most inviting part of your home. With that in mind, we’ll look at a few ways that you can make the most of your outdoor space to entertain your guests.

One of the most important choices to make is seating; you want your guests to be comfortable for long periods of time. Be sure to choose pieces that will ensure your guests will be relaxed and that fit your space. You can either have your seating facing each other in a circle or break them up and spread them out. Fire pits are a great addition to any outdoor space, and be sure to include plenty of side tables for your guests. A large table can be vital; it can be used for cookouts, games or other entertainment purposes.

Lighting can play a big part in your outdoor design, whether that be candles, lanterns or even hanging lights. You want to make sure your guests are comfortable even after the sun goes down.

Marvin Gardens can help you with the perfect design to entertain your guests and keep them coming back! Contact our professional team so we can assist you with your garden design!

Gardens That Soothe the Soul

Gardens take a lot of work, but they can also give a lot back in return. Creating a comfortable space can be extremely satisfying and become your own little spot away from the world.

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Atmosphere is everything, so surround yourself with items that suit you well. Soothing sounds of running water or wind chimes can ease those hard days and help you get back to feeling like yourself. You can include a fountain or even a small waterfall in your yard to bring that touch of nature back into your life. A stone monolith or colored object can work as a focal point in your outdoor space.

Swings are also a great addition to your yard or garden and can be built from an endless array of materials. Get creative with it and make it something that has meaning to you!

Would you like a relaxing atmosphere right at home? Contact us at Marvin Gardens to help turn your yard into your own private retreat.

Marvin Gardens New Store Location

room5Marvin Gardens has settled into a new home at 759 Danbury Road, Wilton as of April 1, 2013. The new location is just several hundred feet north of the old home of 10 years. With the move comes a fresh look, with lots of bright interior space and an expansive exterior. Renovations and improvements continue as the warm weather progresses and planting out becomes part of the daily routine. Stop in to take a peek at the new and improved Marvin Gardens!

Store Hours:

Monday -Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 12 noon – 4:00 p.m.

See you soon!


Indoor Decor That Deserves a Spot Outside

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The warmer seasons open up outdoor spaces as an extension of your home. To make this space as equally welcoming and comfortable as your home, you can easily take furnishings from inside and place them in your yard or garden.

Items usually reserved for indoors such as a sturdy wooden tables, metal chairs or benches of any type can be incorporated into the design of your outdoor living space. A pop-up tent or removable gazebo over the furniture can turn it into an inviting area for your family and guests.

Instead of throwing away your old furniture, consider re-purposing it as pieces in your garden, as side tables, or as cozy spots to place your potted plants. Any kind of aluminum or metal decor can be used outside with little maintenance. Even for an outdoor garden, a few well-placed vases with plants or flowers can greatly add to your outdoor set-up.

A walk through Marvin Gardens can help inspire you to take your existing indoor decor or furniture and incorporate it into your porch, yard or garden. Get the most out of your outdoor space this year! For more information about Marvin Gardens, please contact our team.

Concrete Accents That Style a Rain Garden

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A rain garden is a wonderful innovation not only in containing natural beauty, but as a means of protecting and restoring natural resources as well. We also love rain gardens because of their ability to nurture and grow native plants, intercept runoff, infiltrate storm water to restore aquifers, reduce flooding, purify water and improve the base flow of streams and rivers. Further, a rain garden can be just as beautiful as it is useful with the proper concrete accents bringing contrast to the natural lushness.

Some Ideas include:

  • Concrete stones which can be used to bring the green elements together with the water elements for the purposes of creating lovely waterfall effects.
  • Concrete walkways that wind throughout the rain garden can not only offer a safe path to enjoy the garden on, but also offer a marvelous juxtaposition to the flora.
  • It is also important to have areas within your rain garden reserved strictly for the people seeking to enjoy it, as such combining a concrete base with matching outdoor furniture can create the perfect environment for a pleasant day or evening spent enjoying your rain garden.

What do you think of having a rain garden at your home? Share your ideas and thoughts with us on the Marvin Gardens Facebook page!

Planning Your Garden Setting for the Spring

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Winter is finally coming to an end, which means you can begin using your garden setting again, whether it’s for preparing the garden for spring planting, or setting out your patio furniture to begin entertaining. The following are a few tips to help with planning your garden for this upcoming spring.

  • Prepare for Spring Planting – Make sure to test the pH level of your soil. For example, if it is lacking calcium, then add gypsum. Make sure the soil has plenty of nutrients for when you begin planting by adding a layer of compost to the soil. Begin planning out what you are going to plant and where. Some vegetables that are perfect for spring include arugula, carrots, kale, lettuce and spinach.
  • Prepare for Entertaining – Take out any furniture that you stored during the winter months and make sure you clean them off thoroughly, as they may have gotten dusty or dirty. Add to the atmosphere by picking up vases, small tables, extra chairs, throw pillows, garden statues and more.

Be sure to visit us online at Marvin Gardens to find all the garden inspiration that you need this spring.

Using Outdoor Furniture to Complement Your Garden Design

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You’ve put a lot of time and effort into planning and caring for your garden. Now you want to enjoy your handiwork with your family, friends and neighbors. A few garden design ideas can easily turn your backyard into an inviting gathering space or relaxation spot, making it a comfortable extension of your home.

You’ll want the furniture you choose to blend in and seem like a natural part of your garden. However, you will not want to place furniture where it will be in danger of harming plants or preventing plants from obtaining proper sunlight. You’ll want enough seating for your guests to be comfortable, but not so much as to give the area a cluttered look.

For a small space meant mostly for “me” time, you might choose something as simple as a free-standing and comfortable glider. If you are expecting company and enjoy a large, overgrown area, you might consider a more rustic look and go with wrought iron table and chairs. If French gardens are your passion, modern, minimalist furniture may be your choice.

Contact Marvin Gardens for more garden design ideas to make your space a greater reflection of yourself, and be sure to take advantage of our Relocation Sale Event!  You can enjoy up to 50% off on our products through March 31st, making now a perfect time to find your ideal garden accessories.

Cast Iron Urns Customized for a Unique Garden Style

Marvin Gardens UrnsCreating and maintaining a beautiful garden is one of the most involved, yet rewarding projects you can take on in your home. The scale of the project depends entirely on the style of your home and space you’re working with but often, using a few, essential pieces in your garden is enough to make the area all that you want it to be. We recommend doing this by using our beautiful cast iron urns.

A cast iron urn can be as simple or intricate as you want it to be and since every garden is unique, we offer a huge selection of urns for you to choose from – over 200 urns to be exact! When you visit our shop, we encourage you to bring a photo of your home along with you (smartphones are great for this)  so that we can help you determine a form and size that’s most suitable for your style. Then, you can head home to re-evaluate your space.

Afterward, we can help you customize the urn to your exact color preferences with a fresh coat of paint at no charge and complete the project with our delivery services. For our on-site design services, simply contact Marvin Gardens and we would happy to help!

The Topiary Traditions of Pearl Fryar

Every now and then, we come across the work of designers and artists that is so impressive that we are immediately compelled to share it with you, our Marvin Gardens readers; such is the work from Pearl Fryar.

After moving with his wife to South Carolina during the 1980s, Pearl Fryar set out to create a garden worthy of the local garden club’s Yard of the Month award. His motivation came from the community, as they expected that the African American couple would not keep up their yard properly. At the time, he knew nothing of gardening yet fashioned his three acre garden from salvaged plants from a local garden center’s throwaways. In doing so, he created a garden full of distinctive shapes and garden artwork.

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Pearl Fryar went on to create incredible topiary designs though he had no formal training in horticulture or art. His work can now be seen anywhere. From local colleges and his hometown, to the Phillip Simmons Garden in Charleston and the South Carolina State Museum, his topiaries are certainly captivating.

He states:

“Gardening books will tell you that some of these things in my garden can’t be done, but I had never read them when I got started. Not knowing ahead of time that something is supposed to be impossible often makes it possible to achieve. I didn’t have any limitations because I really didn’t know anything about horticulture. I just figured I could do whatever I wanted with any plant I had.”

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What do you think of these topiary designs? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section!

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