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.

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.”