Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Celebrate a Special Mother-in-Law this October

Sunday, Oct. 26 marks Mother-in-Law Day, a special day to honor the woman who gave birth to your spouse and the grandmother of your children. This unofficial holiday offers a chance to get to know “mom” and show her the appreciation she deserves.

“Whether you’ve known her for years or you’re new to the family, every mother-in-law deserves recognition and thanks,” says Katie Dubow of Garden Media Group, a public relations firm specializing in the gardening and outdoor lifestyle industry.

Before choosing a gift, think about her interests and hobbies. Everyone loves a present that shows some thoughtfulness.

Not sure what her interests are? Surprise her with one of these sure-to-please gardening and houseplant ideas:
Costa Farms® Sansevieria Houseplant ($9.99-$24.99)
If “mom” doesn’t have much of a green thumb, look no further than this durable houseplant. Coined Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, this Plant of Steel from Costa Farms has stiff, upright leaves rimmed in yellow or gold. Its striking appearance makes it perfect for both modern and contemporary styles – and anyone can keep it alive.

As an added bonus, it keeps “mom” healthy by naturally filtering the air and adding much needed moisture to a room. Visit to learn more.

Amaryllis bulb kit, Longfield Gardens ($16.95-$64.95)
These easy-to-grow flowers are a great surprise for any mother-in-law. No bulbs bloom with greater color or beauty throughout the dark winter months than amaryllis and paperwhites.

Longfield Gardens’ customizable gift sets, from vintage wooden wine crates filled with amaryllis to birch wrapped containers overflowing with paper whites, can be mixed and matched to suit “mom’s” style.

Amaryllis bloom six to eight weeks after planting.  Flowers will open wide to show off their striking coloration. Visit to learn more.

NEW NativeCast’s DIY Container Kit ($20)
Mothers-in-law will love this DIY planter kit, especially since it’s a project she can do with grandkids.

And with NativeCasts’ NEW Hypertufa DIY kit, DIYers can mimic the texture, drainage and color of rock without any of the weight or fragility. All NativeCast DIY kits come with everything needed to cast a container that will be cherished for years to come. Everything needed to create a tabletop hypertufa planter is included.

Visit for more DIY shapes, décor accents or planters.

BrazelBerries® Raspberry Shortcake™ Shrub ($29.95)
The health conscious mother-in-law will love this thornless dwarf raspberry plant with full-size berries. The compact shape means a big garden space isn’t required. It grows great in containers so “mom” can harvest delicious sweet berries right from her patio. Plus, there are no thorns to get in the way.

For more details on locating an online retailer, visit

Remembering “mom” on Mother-in-Law Day this October 26 is a sure way to keep her happy and help you grow in her love.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Protect BrazelBerries® From Old Man Winter With These Easy Steps

The new line of BrazelBerries® blueberries and raspberries shrubs that grow easily in containers or gardens are a snap to care for over the winter with some simple steps.

Most varieties within the BrazelBerries® collection can take cooler temperatures and actually need a certain amount of chill to set fruit the next year. The blueberry varieties Jelly Bean™ and Blueberry Glaze™ and the thornless Raspberry Shortcake™ raspberry all are specifically bred to survive during cold months either inside in a protected spot or out in the garden or landscape. Peach Sorbet™ is a hybrid that may need a bit more protection during extreme cold spells. Most plants can withstand more cold if planted in the ground where roots are protected.  BrazelBerries varieties planted in patio pots generally need more protection with the roots above ground and less protected.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

New Infographic from Longfield Gardens Illustrates How to Enjoy up to 60 Days of Spring Flowers

As fall approaches, gardeners are making plans to plant flower bulbs for brighter spring gardens, landscapes and bouquets. With a little understanding and forethought, gardeners can extend their flowering season by choosing the right bulbs that bloom one right after another, filling spring with flowers for months.

“Bulb gardening is very easy by nature. Just dig up some dirt, put in some bulbs and wait,” said Marlene Thompson, creative director for Longfield Gardens.

“Our new infographic further simplifies the bulb gardening process by helping gardeners understand spring’s four ‘sub-seasons’ – very early spring, early spring, mid-spring and late spring. If you plant the right bulbs, you will have a succession of blooms and enjoy a season full of color.”

Monday, September 15, 2014

Celebrate National Indoor Plant Week with Costa Farms

To help spread the word on the benefits of indoor houseplants, Costa Farms is once again backing National Indoor Plant Week, September 15 – 19, 2014.

Since beginning in NYC in 2008, Costa Farms’ "O2 for You: Houseplants with a Purpose" campaign has continued to raise awareness on the benefits of houseplants. These green beings help to purify the chemical pollutants (volatile organic compounds) emitted from products and materials found in our homes and offices.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Trumpet Daffodil Commands the 2014 Spotlight

Searching for a fresh, bold burst of spring color? Look no further than Trumpet daffodils. Crowned 2014 flower bulb of the year, the Trumpet steps into the spotlight this fall.

Trumpet daffodils are beloved for their classic shape and style: huge, bright canary flowers with a prominent, extra-long cup. Plus, this daffodil is a dependable "repeater," returning year after year with more blooms.

The Trumpet daffodil has proven to be a classic display of color that offers beautiful blooms each year.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Easy Tips for Dorm Room Plants

Every room benefits from a breath of fresh air, especially a new dorm.

A houseplant is the perfect green accessory as students finish their back-to-school shopping. Plants are guaranteed to spark a smile and friendly conversation while scrubbing the air clean.

Plants are amazing. They provide oxygen and remove toxins, as well as reduce stress, fatigue and headaches -- making the college experience a little easier.

No green thumb? Try these easy-to-grow O2 for You houseplants: snake plant, ZZ plant, ponytail palm, peace lily and Chinese evergreen. These low-maintenance plants survive with little to no attention.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Tips to Boost Late-Season Gardens

As summer comes to close, gardeners across the country are delighting in every blossom before the change in seasons.

Fortunately, homeowners can plant now to ensure another burst of color in the garden before the trees turn color and the mums come out.

Even though we’re in late summer, you can invigorate your yard. The key to late-season planting is to cover all your bases, from color to structure, restoring your wonderland of color.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Make the Most of Labor Day with Gardening Tips from Garden Media

Labor Day marks the end of summer and time to prepare the yard and garden for Old Man Winter.

“Spending time outside in your garden this Labor Day weekend while the weather is nice is the perfect time to get a jumpstart on spring,” says Suzi McCoy, president of Garden Media Group, a public relations and marketing firm specializing in the garden industry.

Put gardens on the fast track to success this fall with these Labor Day gardening projects from Garden Media Group:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It's "Last Call" to Trap Stink Bugs Outdoors

For an increasing number of homeowners across North America, brown marmorated stink bugs are another sign of the changing seasons.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) says these smelly pests are likely to be found congregating in attics and hanging on curtains, lampshades, screens and other objects inside homes in the coming months.

"If you don’t want stink bugs in your house this winter, you need to be proactive now and set up traps in your yard by Labor Day." says Rod Schneidmiller, president of Sterling International Inc.

With no effective natural insect enemies in the U.S., stink bugs continue to expand into new areas. They’ve now been discovered in 41 states, most recently in Arkansas.

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!


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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.