Four Reasons to Attend the Philadelphia International Flower Show

As we shared with you a few weeks ago, this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show is quickly approaching! To be held from Sunday, March 4 through Sunday, March 11, the annual event will once again bring together some of the finest garden talents in all of the world. In fact, since Marvin Gardens will also be one of the exhibitors in attendance, we encourage all of our readers to do the same! Here are four of our favorite reasons we think you should attend the Philadelphia International Flower Show.

1. Exceptional Talent of Designers

 This show is dedicated to showcasing the finest talent in today’s garden design. Creative designers worldwide who have spent decades perfecting their work will be on hand to showoff their skill!

2. Evening Outings

The Garden Show isn’t just a daytime event. Be sure to keep up with information about the Flower Show Preview Party, Wedding Wednesday, Girls’ Night, and other evening events.

3. Events for Everyone

During the daytime events at the show, you’ll find activities for everyone. There will be culinary demonstrations, wine tasting, a Garden Tea, and garden lectures.

4. Proceeds Support PHS

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) receives tremendous support from the Garden Show each year. Proceeds allow the PHS to continue to “improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture.”

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Each year, we find that the Philadelphia International Flower Show gives us an extra boost of enthusiasm for the approaching spring season.

 

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Think Outside of Your Garden Box!

With just one visit to our shop here at Marvin Gardens, you’ll notice something a little different. Unlike traditional landscape stores and garden centers, Marvin Gardens is ripe with bold, innovative ideas for your home garden.

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There is much more to creating a stunning landscape than having a green thumb. Though flowers and plants provide a lovely backdrop, for a truly remarkable home, your outdoor scenes should be expressive of your inner creativity. Bringing in old items and finding new ways to use them, or in finding something new to repurpose, we can create a new product – a new landscape that is worth boasting about.

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That’s why our team at Marvin Gardens searches high and low for unique, special pieces for your home. In designing this way, your home becomes a true representation of your individual style and something no one else can imitate.

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For closer look at our unique and blended garden style, stop by our shop or browse our photos at the Marvin Gardens Facebook page!

What’s New At Marvin Gardens for 2012?

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After all of our garden accessories have thawed out, be ready to stop by for a visit!

With all this time away from Marvin Gardens, you might be wondering what we have been up to. As we shared with you a few weeks ago, preparing for the Philadelphia Flower Show has certainly been one of our top missions this winter, but we have also been preparing to bring you some new items for your landscape this year! Here’s a peak at some of our favorites.

As we begin to unveil our new pieces for this year, we wanted to share the items with our Marvin Gardens Blog readers first! This year, you can look forward to our new wrought iron columns, along with the trellises and arbors that we’ve brought back into the inventory. We will also be offering our custom services to create custom-designed iron pergolas. As always, we will be providing you with the pieces that bring distinction and character to your garden, while also adding a bit of fun to the scene. Are there any pieces that you are planning to add to your gardens this year?

The selection here at Marvin Gardens is second to none in the area. Later this week, we’ll share with you a few more additions that you can look forward to seeing at our shop!

Looking Forward to the Philadelphia Garden Show!

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Every year, the Philadelphia Flower Show is highlighted with a specific theme. In the image above, 2008 was the year to "Jazz it Up!"

With 2012 well underway, here at Marvin Gardens we have been busy getting ready for the year ahead! Though there will be many new products, displays, and projects you’ll find at our shop this year, right now we’re excited to be gearing up for the annual Philadelphia International Flower Show. You might recall that last year, Marvin Gardens was honored as a prestigious Blue Ribbon Winner!

Each year, designers and talented gardeners travel from all over the world come to the show to display their fine items and plants, and with a Hawaiian theme for this year, we can’t wait to see what’s in store.

Marvin Gardens will also be proudly exhibiting some of our interesting and new garden products. We especially look forward to finding new, creative ways to incorporate our unique garden style into a Hawaiin theme – the ideas are already pouring in! This year’s show will begin on March 4 and continue through March 11, so be sure to mark your calendars.

Also remember to keep in mind that this month, Marvin Gardens will be closed until January 18th but we are still gladly accepting private appointments and you might even be able to catch Amabel at the shop if you time it right! In the meantime, stop by our Facebook page to share with us what you are looking forward to during 2012!

 

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Create Your Own Tabletop Garden for 2012

If you’ve spent much time with us here at Marvin Gardens, you know about our passion for bringing new life to old items and traditions. Though each object may begin with one role in your home, there is no reason why that role can’t be expanded and molded into something new over time. That’s why we wanted to share with you the concept of creating your own tabletop garden!

It’s true – gardens are often something we envision for our outdoor spaces or for sunrooms and windowsills, but there is much more that can be done with nature. Taking the colors, shapes, and textures of nature, and forming them into a tabletop garden can bring an inspirational element of nature inside.

Here's an example of one of our succulant and sedum garden arrangements.

What’s even better about using a tabletop garden in your home is that you are able to craft the setting in whatever way you choose. Selecting plants and potting tools that you love will inevitably create a space reflective of your own tastes. For ideas about what you can use in your arrangement, just visit Marvin Gardens on Facebook!

Finalize Last Minute Gifts at Marvin Gardens!

With the holidays right around the corner, our team at Marvin Gardens has been busy bringing you the finest garden décor and modern accents available. We’ve also enjoyed being out and about in town sharing our favorite pieces with neighbors and local businesses and of course, spending time with each of you!

Hopefully you’ve finished up your holiday shopping and can take the next few days to relax. But if you still have a few last minute gifts to pick up, don’t worry – we have you covered! Our shop will be open until tomorrow, December 23rd.

We also wanted to take a moment to say “Thanks!” to our amazing clients, readers, and team members for all the support throughout the year. Working with a dedicated team and eager clients makes our job enjoyable and allows us to take our passion for design to an entirely new level.

From our team to yours, we’d like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday!

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Winter Care Tips for Those Houseplants

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Care for your houseplants this season just as you would care for anything else in your home.

While we all deserve a much needed break this time of the year, so do our houseplants! Since winter conditions make life much different for even houseplants, they’ll need a little extra attention to stay healthy and growing. During the colder seasons, there is less daylight, lower temperatures, and dryer air, so to keep the growing conditions ideal, pay attention to these areas.

Watering – Always check the plants’ care instructions first and foremost. Then, keep in mind that during the winter, plants typically don’t need quite as much watering.

Fertilization – To encourage active growth for your houseplants, you’ll need to keep them nourished but during the winter, fertilize sparingly. Mainly, focus on fertilizing your plants during the spring and summer.

Keep Everything Clean – Winter is the perfect time to clean your plants. Like anything else in our home, plants also collect dust and need to be cleaned so that they can breathe better!

Caring for your indoor gardens is as important to us as caring for your outdoor gardens. To learn more, be sure to subscribe to the Marvin Garden’s Blog!

 

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The History of Mosaic Art

photo of a multi-colored mosaic in a starburst pattern There is something incredibly satisfying about a piece of mosaic art.

Combining hundreds of seemingly bland fragments of glass, clay and pottery in order to create a beautiful garden accessory is not only a way to re-purpose old objects, but can also add an element of elegance and architectural flare to an organic environment.

But despite the relatively modern and folksy feel of the art form, the history of mosaic art actually dates back over 4,000 years, when terracotta cones were first pushed into various backgrounds for decorative purposes.

Since then, multiple cultures have put their own twist on the craft.  By 400 B.C.E., the Greeks had incorporated the mosaic art form into a practical way to enhance the public road system, and only 200 years later, specifically manufactured pieces called “tesserae” were produced, which allowed artists to start creating even more detailed work with a wider variety of colors and tighter patterns.

Today, the mosaic is still considered an art form of dual functionality.  Masterpieces adorn the walls of soaring European cathedrals, but the craft has an equally important function as the foundation for simple kitchen tile patterns, or the extra little flourish in an outdoor garden.

So if you’re in the need for an aesthetic change-up, try your hand at crafting your own mosaic masterpiece, or stop in to take a look at our selection of beautiful tiled accessories that will bring a bit of color and history to your space.

Crazy About Containers

If you’re a fan of Marvin Gardens on Facebook, you’re probably well aware of the fact that we’re just crazy about using industrial containers for new planter styles this fall as we’ve been uploading images of plenty of them. Well we’re not just crazy about them anymore—we’re carrying an exclusive handful of them that are now on sale! Many are made of zinc and have clean lines and a few particular recent additions include unique turpentine barrels (early 1900s) and bakery ingredient bins from the 1920-1940s. These styles can’t be found in catalogs anywhere and are entirely unique, which is our new focus. We want as much vintage as possible with the exception of modern day castings of iron urns.

Faux Asbestos Pots - Fabulous Design!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing individual items with photos and the story behind each, so check back with us soon to see them all!

 

 

Philly Horticultural Society’s Fall Garden Festival a Huge Success!

 Despite the nagging rain’s attempt to pour down throughout the day, the Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s Fall Garden Festival this past Saturday managed to stay relatively dry and was a huge success! Marvin Gardens had a grand time and was happy to see such great attendance from such enthusiastic folks at the Philadelphia Navy Yard! Thanks again to PHS! You just continue to do a great job creating fabulous events, year after year!

To learn more about becoming a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, please click here. If you would like to volunteer at the Festival, click here to learn more.