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2016-17 Christmas and New Year Holiday Hours

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In observance of Christmas and New Year, we will be closed the following days:

Saturday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)

Monday, Dec. 26

Saturday, Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve)

Monday, Jan. 2

Otherwise, we will be open for business with normal Winter Hours.

 

 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.” Proverbs 3:5-7

Posted on: December 22nd, 2016 by admin | Comments Off

We are Open Memorial Day!

We will be OPEN from

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Memorial Day, May 25.

Posted on: May 20th, 2015 by admin | Comments Off

Creating a Secret Garden, Right in Your Own Backyard

-EpHenry blog

They are said to be magical. Ever since Frances Hodgson Burnett first penned A Secret Garden in 1909, young and old alike have been fascinated with secret gardens. These smaller gardens enchant us by allowing us to create a small fantasy world right in our own backyard.

The good news is creating a secret garden is relatively easy and you don’t have to be an expert gardener or have a big budget to achieve magical results.

Defining Your Secret Garden

By definition, your secret garden should not be entirely visible at first glance. They are typically surrounded on all sides, and the entrance can either be a door or hidden passage. Secret gardens can easily be incorporated into existing landscapes, and this is a case where smaller works better (to better keep your garden a secret).

What Magic Lies Ahead?

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A walkway using pavers or quarry steps can lead visitors to your secret garden. Depending on your personal style, a salvaged door or gate gives it a mythical old- world look, while a curved trellis or arbor covered in ivy or flowers is more romantic in nature.  Or try adding hinges t

o a large wall mirror and using it as a door is an inexpensive way to create an optical illusion.

There are many ways to enclose your secret garden. Depending on your current landscape layout, you may need to add walls or additional enclosures. The enclosure can be made of existing structure or an additional wall or plantings.  “Walls” can be created using HardScaping (such a retaining wall) a fence, trellis or plantings.  The side of your home can be closed off on three sides with a trellis and some climbing ivy or plantings, such as arborvitae or bamboo. Fast growing and evergreen, privacy hedges make excellent enclosures.

A walkway in aged pavers sets the stage for the perfect secret garden entrance.

Beyond the Door

Pavers come in a variety of sizes, textures, and colors and they work wonderfully to define your private backyard garden space. Try mixing paver colors to create a one-of-a-kind look. Since the plants will be surrounded by walls, they should be shade or partial shade loving in order to thrive. Good choices include moss, blue corydalis and ferns, since they need little maintenance and won’t overcome the space too quickly.

Furniture should be minimal, but a walkway within the garden can lead visitors to smaller, private seating areas. Form should follow function, so be aware of how much space you’ll need in order to be comfortable.

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When accessorizing your secret garden think about how you will use the space. Is it intended to be a quiet reading nook, a Zen meditation space, or a fairy fantasy garden for the grandchildren? Salvaged and up-cycled items are perfect décor items. Unique and eclectic accessories work best, but resist the urge to over decorate, your secret garden should allow your eye to rest and your imagination to soar.

Have fun creating your secret garden and when you are finished, you’ll always have a place to get away from it all, right in your own backyard.

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by admin | Comments Off

Top 10 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

posted by HowStuffWorks.com

In the days of an uncertain stock market and job insecurity, there’s no place like home sweet home. Even though the housing bubble burst over the course of 2007 and 2008, according to MSN Money, homeowners in many areas of the United States can still recoup 80 to 90 percent of the money spent on home improvements. The key is to know where to spend. Just because you put $20,000 into renovations, it won’t necessarily add that much value. If your house needs a new roof, you won’t see a return on it for a while because people expect the roof in a house they’re buying to be in good shape. The same can be said for your plumbing and electrical systems. Bad plumbing will detract from the value, but new plumbing won’t necessarily drive up the price tag. The key to adding value is to focus on the things that are important to buyers, and to not over-improve. You don’t want to have the most expensive house on the block. So if the houses in your neighborhood have concrete driveways, investing in expensive brick pavers may not be in your best interest financially.

Here, in no particular order, are some tips for how to get the best bang for your buck on your home renovations, even in a tight real estate market.

10. More Space and Light

9. Home Office

8. Curb Appeal

7. Add a Sunroom

6. Add a Deck

5. Paint

4. Landscaping

3. Remodel Your Basement

2. Bathrooms

1. Kitchen

 

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by admin | Comments Off

Customer Appreciation Days Snapshots

Thanks for coming out to our Customer Appreciation Days last weekend! We enjoyed the weekend-thanks for making it a success!!

Enjoying the free pizza…

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The chicken Bar-B-Q Tim and Leonard grilled was amazing.

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The bounce house was a hit with the children!

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Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Posted on: June 30th, 2014 by admin | Comments Off

Greenhouse Snapshots

It’s summer (almost) and the greenhouse is overflowing. Check out these pictures I took today.

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These roses are called Gemini and Electron. Fitting names.

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It’s not too late to add a planter to your patio.

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Lavendar and Coreopsis. Doesn’t this combination of yellow and blue perennials pop?

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And these lilies are blooming their hearts out.

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Posted on: June 11th, 2014 by admin | Comments Off
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