5 Festive Winter Plants

Contrary to popular belief, it’s very possible to have a beautiful and healthy garden in the winter time. There are a wide variety of plants that can be grown successfully during the cooler months and with a little bit of know-how and some TLC, they can thrive wonderfully into the spring and even the summer of the following year.

At Marvin Gardens, one of our favorite winter plants has always been the Poinsettia with the whimsical Christmas Cactus not too far behind. They both add such a festive touch of cheer to any yard and also liven up interiors just as nicely!

A few others include:

Skimmia x confusa Kew Green: Shiny green leaves with fragrant greenish-yellow flowers. great for under trees in partial shade, drought tolerant.

Choisya ternata Sundance: A rounded dense shrub, evergreen with bright yellow-green glossy leaves. Scented white star shaped flowers in clusters in late spring.

Helleborus niger ‘Christmas rose: Clustered light green flowers on strong stems, forms bold clumps of deeply divided evergreen foliage.

Contact Marvin Gardens today to learn more about how we can help with your holiday decorating!

Decorative Repurposed Garden Animals

If your garden needs some character, there’s no way you can pass up this adorable collection from Marvin Gardens. Featuring a wide variety of animals from piggies to goats and everything in between, “Animals” is a collection of Mexican folk art that’s been created from recycled pieces of industrial and agricultural sheet metal. Many of the pieces are life-sized creations that still bare original paint and lettering. These repurposed little guys make great holiday gifts so purchase a few today!

Contact Marven Gardens for more info and visit the Animals album on our Facebook to see more from the collection. And don’t forget, you don’t have to be a member to view our Facebook page!

Photo Credit: Madeleine Stanley

A Closer Look at Some Elegant Items from Marvin Gardens’ Fall Collection!

Elegance, timelessness and quality are three characteristics you’ll always find in Marvin Gardens’ fine home and garden decor. Accessorize indoors or outdoors with items from our antique, vintage, contemporary and traditional collections to craft a genuinely unique ambiance that cannot be found elsewhere. Take a look at some of our newest fall items for sale. Contact Marvin Gardens today for more information!

Old 46"D Firepit Available for Sale
Redding Estate Large Teak Root Ball: Marvin Gardens Landscape Architect: Richard Hartlage, AHBL.com
Ridgefield Estate, 2010 Large AgriOrb: Marvin Gardens Other Styles and Sizes Available for Sale
Redding Estate Custom Pergola by Marvin Gardens, 2004 12'x16', Aluminum Columns, Painted Redwood
Redding Estate Garden Cloche Landscape Architect: Richard Hartlage, AHBL.com
Jacquemart Iron Dogs French Reproduction Available for Sale

Photo Credit: Marvin Gardens

Brilliant New Flooring That’s a Pretty Penny

If incorporating new flooring into your latest room design is a task on your to-do list, there are literally dozens of different materials to choose from: laminate, bamboo, tile, cork wood and vinyl, just to name a few. The possibilities of what you can use are endless and various options can beautifully complement a specific room better than others depending on the décor you have in place. Additionally, certain materials may be better suited to your needs depending on the type of climate that you live in. For example, if you live in an area with high humidity and moisture, then it is best to choose flooring material as like stone, marble, granite or concrete slabs because it won’t rot and does not absorb water. If you live in a cold climate, then carpet might be a good option as it’s a good insulator and will help keep your space warmer than it’s cool counterparts.

A recent post from Inhabitat introduced us to an innovative type of flooring material that might just be versatile (and hip!) enough to be used in any home. Take a look, it’s absolutely brilliant!

Photo Credit: Inhabitat

Contact Marvin Gardens today to learn more about how we can help with your next remodeling project.

Take a Look at Marvin Gardens’ New Design!

You’ve probably noticed some changes to the Marvin Gardens blog this week. But fear not, all the same information that you’ve come to expect from us is still right here! We’ve simply changed the design to be more efficient and accessible to our readers. Some of the new features include:

  • Boxes at the bottom of each post that suggest similar content for posts that “you might also like”
  • More posts on the homepage arranged as smaller excerpts
  • Facebook “like” and “tweet” buttons at the top of each post so that you can easily share with friends on your social networks
  • A cleaner featured-post gallery window at the top of the blog that previews recent posts (see below)

Leave us a comment today and tell us what you think about our sparkly new look!

Wilton Historical Society Presents “Norwalk and Mark Twain”

To commemorating the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain’s death, historians Madeleine and Ed Eckert and The Wilton Historical Society are presenting “Norwalk and Mark Twain”. The production will be held on Sunday, September 26, 3:00 at the historical society and chronicles the relationship that existed between Twain and the residents of Norwalk, CT.

From The Wilton Historical Society:

The hour-long slide presentation describes two friendships developed by Mark Twain with Norwalk residents: Frederick Dimon, a shipping merchant, and Edward Keeler Lockwood, a leader in the mercantile industry, as well as a dramatic theft of valuables from Mark Twain’s Redding home during his residency. Also included are “bonuses” of connections with Silvermine artists Justin Gruelle, George Avison, Worth Brehm and Warner Chappell, each of whom illustrated books written by Mark Twain.

The  presentation was originally written as part of Connecticut’s 2010 Mark Twain Centennial Project. Twain’s death and will also be commemorated at the Mark Twain House in Hartford.

The Exhibit & Program are free to members and all children accompanied by an adult. There is a $5.00 admission charge for non-member adults.

Click here for more information.

The Wilton Historical Society Presents “Jack and The Beanstalk: A Marionette Show”

The Wilton Historical Society present a “Jack and the Beanstalk Marionette Show”, performed by the No Strings Marionette Company on Saturday, April 10.

From the Wilton Historical Society:

Come experience this well-loved tale retold with all the magic and mischief that marionettes can muster! The children’s tale Jack and the Beanstalk is brought to life with 15 hand-crafted marionettes filling the stage. The event includes an interactive sing along where kids get to be part of the show and an intimate question and answer session where everyone gets a closer look at the puppeteers trade.

Two showtimes are available: 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., both at the Wilton Historical Society at 224 Danbury Road. Tickets are $10 for Society members, $15 for non-members.

Reservations can be made at: WiltonHistorical.org or (203) 762-7257.