Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Enter to Win a Fall Flower Bulb Giveaway this Labor Day

When warm summer nights transition to cool autumn ones, it’s the perfect time to plant fall flower bulbs. To celebrate, Longfield Gardens wants to help gardeners grow their gardens with a $100 gift card to its website.

Beginning August 25, fans of Longfield Gardens’ flower bulbs can enter the Fall Bulb Gift Card Giveaway for a chance to win a $100 gift card.

“A $100 gift card can really go far when you’re talking about flower bulbs,” says Hans Langeveld, co-owner and bulb enthusiast at Longfield Gardens.

“Plus, investing a bit more in bulbs is a budget-friendly way to add a sea of color to your spring garden with little effort on your part,” adds Langeveld.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Garden Media Group Catches Rising Star in Jourdan Cole

Jourdan Cole, a rising star in the world of journalism, has joined Garden Media Group as an assistant account executive. Cole brings a wealth of award-winning writing experience and national recognition to GMG. 

Before joining Garden Media, Cole was edited and oversaw the production of 25 monthly community magazines. She managed a team of writers and interfaced with community leaders across the country.

While studying at Penn State University, Cole wrote and edited for The Daily Collegian. She received both the national and regional Mark of Excellence Awards for editorial writing by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Get Creative and Brew Up Something Good

We've done a lot of talking about super foods and "drinking your garden", two trends detailed in our 2014 Garden Trends Report. Surely you know there's a whole world of ingredients out there just ripe for the picking so to speak. So why aren't you getting out there and experimenting?

You've decided you want to break into this growing trend of DIY beverages, but where do you start? What ingredients should you look for and what do you do once you have them? You've heard about foraging for food, but what items are good to pick and which should you avoid? Are you even skilled enough to create something good?

These questions are expected, and even scare people away from trying something new. Guess what? It's not as hard as you think, it can even be fun!

Friday, August 08, 2014

Media Analyst Joins Garden Media Team

Dan Ream has joined Garden Media Group as a media analyst to gather, evaluate and present reports on public relations results, consumer trends and marketing activities.

He is responsible for using current technologies and discovering new tools crucial for communicating public relations successes. These reports are used to demonstrate and improve the effectiveness of Garden Media’s marketing campaigns.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Enter Suntory's 'Big Bad' Patio Contest!

Suntory Flowers and Big Bad Flower have teamed up to launch the Big Bad Patio Pinterest Contest. From Aug. 3 to 17, Pinterest Users can create their own board showing off their ultimate summer patios to win one of three gift certificates from Big Bad Flower. Winners will receive a $150, $50 or $25 gift certificate to Big Bad Flower!


Read Contest Rules & Regulations

Friday, August 01, 2014

Add Color to Any Outdoor Space with Easy-care Container Flowers

Outdoor celebrations are in full swing. From weddings to a simple family barbeque, the nation’s backyards and outdoor spaces will be places of sparkling sophistication and leisurely fun.

To dress up the great outdoors for any special occasion, party throwers can decorate patios, decks and balconies with The Suntory® Collection by creating summer flowering containers, cascading with splashes of color that are great performers in the garden.

The simple act of adding color to a space with flowers is one of the quickest and most cost effective ways to decorate an outdoor area. Putting flowers in containers allows you to add that surprising splash of color anywhere—on a table, in a large urn, at the end of a garden path, hanging from a fence or even a tree—not just in a garden bed.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gardening Spotlighted at the Largest Event for Women in Social Media in the World

As interest in outdoor living and decorating continues to grow, especially in the blogosphere, Garden Media Group once again will introduce new content, plants and garden products to thousands of key bloggers at the 10th annual BlogHer Conference in San Jose, California.

Some 4,000 social media experts in food, parenting, health and wellness, entertainment, style, social change, politics, technology and business are expected to attend the conference.

This year, Garden Media , the top public relations firm in the outdoor living industry, returns with its popular pop-up “Garden Shop” to introduce the world of gardening to even more bloggers. Located at Booth #306, the “Garden Shop” is open from 9 AM to 6 PM July 25-26.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sun Parasol Mandevillas from Suntory Flowers Stun in Any Summer Setting

Suntory Flowers’ Sun Parasol mandevillas, the tropical vines with trumpet-shaped flowers, are easy to grow and ideal for a unique look. These bold flowers add high impact color to containers, patios and landscapes. Plus, the tubular flowers are also known to attract hummingbirds to the garden.

Though these natural climbers are usually found growing along trellises, there are many other ways to incorporate Sun Parasol mandevillas into outdoor living spaces. Available in original, giant and pretty sizes, these vines can grow to be 10 to 15 feet long.

“Sun Parasol is a great choice for creating that wow look this summer,” says T. Jay Higgins from Big Bad Flower. “These mandevillas allow you to add a splash of color anywhere — on a table, in a hanging basket or around garden edges. Welcome guests to your home by planting Sun Parasol in unexpected places.”

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Enhance Garden Style and Control Pests With New, Decorative OrnamenTrap

Decorate the garden and catch pesky flies and yellowjackets at the same time with the new, eco-friendly OrnamenTrap™.

The newest design from RESCUE!®, the leader in environmentally responsible insect control, is an attractive solution to control pests while enhancing garden layout. Disguising itself as a garden accessory, the OrnamenTrap™ does double duty as a yellowjacket or a fly trap.

The reusable OrnamenTrap™ is a non-toxic and is safe to use around children and pets. These traps are also made in the USA.

Bloggers at BlogHer, the largest conference for influential bloggers nationwide, were buzzing over this beautiful and affordable lawn ornament that keeps families safe from yellowjackets or flies.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tips for Growing Berry Shrubs in Small Spaces from Fall Creek Farm & Nursery

Fresh blueberries and raspberries have never been easier to grow. With new BrazelBerries, all that is needed is a sunny spot big enough for a container. Patios, decks, front steps and urban balconies are perfect choices.

These revolutionary berry shrubs are changing where fruit is grown. They’re as decorative as they are tasty, offering compact, gorgeous foliage for any small outdoor space. And, all BrazelBerries are self-pollinating, so only one bush is needed to produce fruit.

Why are BrazelBerries different? “They’ve been selected to be simple to grow, beautiful in landscapes, and delicious to eat,” says berry expert Amelie Brazelton Aust, a second-generation owner at Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, whose family’s breeding program has been focused on finding berry plants for the home gardener for more than two decades.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

New Desert Escape Collection from Costa Farms

Home gardeners looking for bold, easy-care yards have a new option for landscaping—the Desert Escape collection from Costa Farms.

The new Desert Escape collection includes a variety of bold, no-fuss cacti and succulents ideal for consumers who seek attractive, low-maintenance landscapes. Desert Escape cacti and succulents, once established, are extremely drought tolerant and typically don’t require pruning or other maintenance.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Common Filth Flies Are More Than Just a Nuisance – They Carry and Spread 60 Diseases!

Flies are common, annoying and unsanitary. But they’re more than just a nuisance. They’re carriers of filth and more than 60 human and animal diseases. With temperatures warming, experts warn that hot, humid conditions create ideal environments for flies to breed and develop.

“The warmer the weather, the faster the flies are produced,” says Dr. Qing-He Zhang, Ph.D., lead scientist and director of research at Sterling International, Inc., developer of the RESCUE!® line of eco-friendly pest control solutions. “The common housefly and other filth flies can lay up to 100 eggs that hatch within 24 hours. An adult female fly may lay up to 2,400 eggs in her short lifetime, about two to four weeks.”

Zhang says that in hot weather it only takes eight days for these thousands of eggs to hatch and develop into adult flies. This poses a problem for homeowners without an effective fly management solution.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy 4th of July!!!

We at Garden Media hope you have a fun-filled day of BBQ's, games, and fireworks! Or even just visiting with family and friends! No matter what you have planned though, be sure to kick back, relax, and enjoy the holiday!

If you're planning to set up your own festivities, here are a couple red, white, and blue ideas to decorate with!

Surfinia Pretty Deep Red Petunias from Suntory Flowers
Handmade Cast Wood Planter from NativeCast
Blueberry Shrub from BrazelBerries

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Kick Off Summer Entertaining by Giving the Backyard a Makeover

Garden parties, barbeques and outdoor gatherings are the perfect way to kick off summer.

Turning a dull outdoor space into a backyard oasis has never been easier. Simply spruce up the backyard with these fast, easy and beautiful solutions before a summer party.

Heat Things Up with Color
Start with flowers. This year, outdoor decorating is all about simplicity and elegance. Begin by showcasing beautiful flowers in the garden. A colorful choice is Suntory's new Surfinia® Heavenly Blue™ trailing petunia.

Surfinia® Heavenly Blue™ comes in large, ready-to-use containers that can be popped into any basket or container for an instant burst of color. Plus, the deep lavender blue flowers stand up to heat and humidity, blooming all the way through summer until the first frost.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Garden Plot!

The Garden Plot blog turns 8 today!

Thank you to everyone who has
visited over these past 8 years! 

This last year has been a great one
and we look forward to many more!

We strive to continually improve the blog and want to know, what kind of posts are your favorite? What would you like to see more of? Less of? Specific topics you would like to see covered?

Let us know in the comments! We want to hear from you!!

~ James
Garden Media Group