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

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Please Welcome Award-Winning Industry Pro, Wendy Scott

Please join us in welcoming award-winning PR communicator, Wendy Scott, as account executive. Wendy brings extensive horticultural and public relations experience to the table. 
Prior to joining Garden Media, she was public relations and policy advisor at the Delaware Center for Horticulture.
Wendy brings star power to the table. Her award-winning garden communication skills, extensive knowledge of nature and her enthusiasm for conservation offer us vast opportunities to delight our clients in new, innovative ways.
She has been recognized nationally with numerous awards. Her expert writing, communication and PR skills have earned her top honors from the Garden Writers Association, the Hermes Creative Awards, the National Federation of Press Women and the Delaware Press Association.
Wendy is equally enthusiastic about us and our work. She says, “Working to promote environmentally conscious clients is tremendously rewarding, and the company culture reflects that. The collaborative team atmosphere and access to state-of-the-art communication tools are the foundations of our effectiveness.”
Upon completion of her degree in English, sociology and philosophy from Westminster College, she embraced one ideal: “I wanted to believe in what I was doing and make a positive impact on something I cared about”.
Hooked on the outdoors from a young age, Wendy is a self-proclaimed “certified professional tree hugger” who has turned her passion for nature into a career.
In her work at the West Wisconsin Land Trust to The Nature Conservancy to the DCH, Scott has done just that. The passion she was raised with on her family’s tree farm in New Jersey is reflected in everything she does. We are proud to have her on our team.
Contact Wendy at Wendy@gardenmediagroup.com or 610-444-3040 to welcome her yourself!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New App from Suntory® Flowers Offers Free On-the-go Garden Advice

The most recent introductions to the garden aren’t plants at all. They’re apps. People are digging technology as they seek garden inspiration, advice and information.

The new summer edition of Easy Gardening Tips app from breeders of the Suntory ® Collection has just been released. It is more of a digital magazine than an app with suggestions for color combinations, engaging how-to videos, seasonal updates and new flower introductions.

The app gives advice on how to decorate your deck, create stunning containers and tips for coping with summer heat.  Users can search for flowers by color, bloom time and conditions.  It even tells you how to can and preserve your summer fruits and vegetables.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Friday Find: Moss Graffiti

Good artwork takes time, skill and careful preparation. However, you don't have to be an artist to find enjoyment in the sheer simplicity that is moss graffiti. Bound to one color and texture it's much easier to create a great looking piece of art than slaving over a canvas with a myriad of colors, paints and methods to choose from. 
And the best part? Most, if not all of the ingredients needed to create moss paint are free or already in your kitchen! No need for expensive materials, just moss, water, sugar, and beer or buttermilk. You will however, need a blender. Preferably your own, as most likely if you borrow your friend or neighbor's, they will not be too keen on you mixing moss in their blender!
Moss prefers to be in areas with low lighting and high moisture. So a dry area with lots of sun may not be ideal for you to try this. That aside, let's begin!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

RESCUE!®’s New OrnamenTrap™ Makes Pest Control Attractive

Homeowners can now decorate their gardens and catch pesky flies and yellowjackets at the same time. RESCUE!®, the leader in environmentally responsible household insect control, recently unveiled a new trap with an ornamental design, named the OrnamenTrap™.

The eco-friendly OrnamenTrap™ appears to be just another garden accessory, but it actually catches the yellowjackets and flies. This newest trap from RESCUE!® is the solution for homeowners who want to control pests around an outdoor living area and desire a device that is attractive around the garden and isn’t recognizable as a trap.

The filigree design and metallic plastic are crafted to resemble weathered, cast copper, complementing all backyard styles and patio decor. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Hanging Flower Baskets from The Suntory® Collection Make Everyday a Celebration

Summer is almost here, which means it’s time to dress up your outdoor porch, patio or deck with beautiful blooms. Flowering annuals offer limitless color and are easy to find at any local garden center.

According to Chris Spanton, gardening expert from the UK, the biggest trend in gardening today is simple elegance. He suggests picking one flower color and sticking to it. “Choose flowers like those from the Suntory Collection that provide non-stop blooms that can be enjoyed from spring through summer.”

To instantly transform any outdoor space, Spanton suggests trying these top garden flowers:

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Find: Four Simple Tips for Growing Perfect Blueberries

There’s nothing like fresh-picked berries to add to a morning smoothie, fruit salad or evening dessert. For foodies and families wanting to grow their own blueberries, picking which variety and growing them doesn’t have to be hard.

We asked Amelie Brazelton Aust, a berry expert and second generation owner at Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, about the secrets to blueberry success. “While I know a lot about the blueberry business, I do not have a green thumb like the rest of my family. However, blueberries are relatively simple and even I have great success with my blueberry plants at my home,” says Aust. “Simply follow these four simple tips to help your bushes flourish with berries season after season.”