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!

Keep Up with Marvin Gardens This May!

May-Gardener's-MarketOne of our favorite times of the year is going just as planned for Marvin Gardens! We have been staying busy keeping our shop full of the best garden accessories and vintage pieces that are available. Coming up, we will also be busy at various events and markets, and of course we want our readers to be the first to know about our happenings.

This weekend, you’ll find Marvin Gardens at the Greenwich Garden Education Center for their annual May Market. We have had the opportunity to exhibit at the event many times since Marvin Gardens began and we look forward to continuing the tradition!

On May 9th you’ll find us at Heart of the Mart in Brimfield, Massachusetts for a special, one-day-only appearance.

The Elephant’s Trunk is also a great place to catch Marvin Gardens coming up. We’ll be there on early on Sundays – 5:30 a.m. to be exact!

Be sure to stop by our booths and say hello!  And as always, you can stay updated with Marvin Gardens daily by “Liking” us on Facebook.

Container Planting Provided by Marvin Gardens

Container Planting
This container boasts a deep, romantic look.

Building a beautiful garden centers on the inspiration you gather for the space while creating it. At Marvin Gardens, our focus is to help you design an outdoor scene that reflects your individual tastes, regardless of your garden experience. One of the services we provide to help our clients do just this is our on-site container planting.

Creating a lush container full of your favorite flowers and succulents is a stunning addition to any design. What’s more, if you don’t have much experience in container planting, we can arrange everything for you. From the various assortments of plants, to a beautiful container, you can choose all the details or we can help choose them for you.

Also in time for your spring planting, our new plants are arriving daily at Marvin Gardens – perfect for containers! To schedule an on-site container planting, simply contact Amabel by calling 203-856-0309.

A Unique Outdoor Find: The Albino Redwood

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The Albino Redwood is truly a rare find.

Among the dense landscapes of California’s redwood forests, you may be fortunate enough to find a tree that doesn’t follow suit of the rest. The tree that we are referring to is the Albino Redwood. Often referred to as “ghost trees,” these trees grow at the feet of redwoods and show off a beautiful snow white color. With a unique lifecycle, these small trees are little wonders.

Since they contain no chlorophyll to maintain themselves, the trees rely on healthy trees to glean nutrients from. The Albino Redwood stays small for much of its life and will continue to thrive as long as it has another tree to survive off of. The little trees are a remarkable find, and show just how adaptive redwoods can be.

Though there are only an estimated 50 albino redwoods in existence, there are plenty enough to draw curiosity and remind us just how intriguing and resilient nature can be.

What do you think of the Albino Redwood?


Source and image via Garden Design

Garden Gates That Tell a Story

Marvin Gardens - Garden Gate
A unique garden gate is much more than just a functional piece, it's a special find!

Upon entering a garden, the goal is to immediately feel a sense of relaxation. Though the specific garden design is completely dependent on its designer, we feel like the entrance is what can define a guest’s first impression of the space. To make it a truly lasting one, consider the use of a vintage or antique garden gate.

As any garden does, a garden gate should tell a story about you. These gates are much more than just functional aspects of the design. Instead of just an entrance, one of these elegant gates can be used to improve the ambiance of the space. Their wrought iron style and limited availability make them a perfectly unique addition for your garden.

To ensure that you find a garden gate that custom suits your style, simply stop by Marvin Gardens. We offer garden gates that are vintage, antique, reproduction styles, and much more!

Inspiration in the Form of Sculptures

When you think of outdoor art, what sort of items come to mind? You might imagine a beautifully designed landscape, a detailed, over-sized fountain, or even a simple field of flowers. For Henry Moore, his sights were set on creating naturally-themed art with outdoor sculptures.

Draped Reclining Mother and Baby, 1983
Draped Reclining Mother and Baby, 1983
Large Totem Head, 1968
Large Totem Head, 1968

 Seen as one of the 20th century’s most respectable sculptors, Moore designed pieces that were both primitive in nature and modern for his time. His priority was to create art that could be enjoyed in an outdoor setting that would bring out the sculpture’s earth-like characteristics. He once said, “Sculpture is an art of the open air.”

Locking Piece, 1964
Locking Piece, 1964
Seated Woman, 1959
Seated Woman, 1959
Henry Moore
Henry Moore

His passion for this sculpture art led him to win numerous awards and for his work to be featured in dozens of galleries. His work is a tribute to the notion that our outdoor spaces are the perfect place to display our passion for creativity! For inspiration, simply visit our shop at Marvin Gardens.

Source The Artist Who Loved Nature 

Images via Henry Moore Foundation on Veranda

Getting Creative with Bingo and Letter Balls!

Who says that a garden should only be flowers? To us, a garden is an environment full of all your favorite things. It’s an opportunity to showoff your creativity and design a space that includes things you won’t find in any other home.

Bingo Balls

One of our favorite ways to add detail to this sort of design with our Bingo Balls and Letter Balls currently in stock at Marvin Gardens! These charming letters can be combined to spell out a favorite phrase, garden description, or even plant label. They also provide a lovely arrangement in just an antique bowl.

Bingo Balls

Can you think of any other ways to display these letter balls? With our creative readers, we’re sure you can come up with several ideas!

Bingo Balls

These little pieces of décor are a fabulous ways to add expression to your home and to make it easier for you, we’ll even ship them directly to you. To learn more about these and our others garden products, simply contact Marvin Gardens by calling 203-544-2020.

A Centennial Celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival!

One of the hallmarks of the spring season that we look forward to each year is the blooming of the cherry blossom tree. You might recall that the National Cherry Blossom Festival is held each year to celebrate these beautiful trees and the history of their place here in the U.S.

Cherry Blossom Tree
Cherry Blossom Trees, like these at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, have long been a sign of the springtime.

Almost a century ago, the mayor of Tokyo presented Washington, DC with the gift of 3,000 cherry trees to signify the friendship held between Japan and the United States. Since then, the nation has celebrated the occasion with “the nation’s greatest springtime celebration,” the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which is currently underway.

In honor of this year’s Festival’s Centennial Celebration, a vote is even being held for the nation to decide America’s Favorite Cherry Tree. Americans are asked to choose the Autumn Flowering Cherry, the Yoshino Cherry, or the Kwansan Cherry as their favorite. Then, at the conclusion of the Festival and on Arbor Day, April 27th, the winning tree will be announced.

What do you think about the cherry trees? Share your thoughts with us below!


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Cast Iron Plant Markers Bring a New Style to Garden Organization

Garden at Greenwich Estate
Taking on a spring garden is a fabulous way to enjoy the season!

As you think through all of the lovely flowers and plants you would like to plant in your gardens this year, what are some of your favorites that come to mind? Of course we love the succulents and sedums we mentioned last week, or the vibrant flowers of the spring season, but don’t forget to include your favorite herbs in the garden as well!

Growing your own herbs is a wonderfully rewarding experience. A garden full of fresh herbs means that they can be grown in an environment that you control and will be contained in a convenient place for cooking.

The only thing you’ll need? A little help with organizing your herb garden! At Marvin Gardens, we offer permanent herb markers to help you keep the herbs organized. The markers are made of cast iron, so not only are they beautiful, but they’ll last through the years to come. Now, labeling your lavender, oregano, basil, thyme, chives, and sage can be more convenient, and lovely than ever!

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Delightful Succulent and Sedum Assortments to Boost Garden Style

In every garden there are certain plants that tend to draw all of the attention. In some areas of the garden, it could be the bright, vibrant plants. In others, it’s the plants that have a unique, intricate look. Many of these arrangements are often succulent and sedum arrangements. As you can see from the images below, the look created with these beautiful plants is a brilliant one.

Succulent and Sedum Assortment

Succulent and Sedum Assortment

Succulent and Sedum Assortment

Our newest batches of succulents are quite impressive aren’t they? When you stop by Marvin Gardens to peruse the selections, our team will even pot them for you in your favorite faux bois or iron container while you continue browsing.

We will also be making a presentation on April 18 on “Succulent Arrangements in Stone Containers” for the New Canaan Beautification League at the New Canaan Nature Center – be sure to mark your calendars to learn more about using these plants to boost your garden style.

As we get ready for a season full of gardening and planting, have you had a chance to stop by our shop yet? Our newest pieces are flawless and we look forward to sharing them with you!