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Daydreaming of Your Garden

Writer  /  Carrie Petty Planning and dreaming a bit is what I am doing during the deep, slumber month of January. Pouring through seed catalogs and drafting my new garden designs in sketch books over a good Merlot. But, February … February is a gardener’s month. Hard to believe, I know. When you garden, your winter is shorter! My “sap” starts to rise as a gardener, there are many chores to be accomplished, and I am seeing daily glimpses of what’s to come: SPRING! As the days are now growing longer, I get out in the yard on the clear ...

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The Windowbox Gardeners: Mary Starnes and Gretchen Jacobs

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Nathaniel Edmunds Photography Mary Starnes loves container gardens, and what once was merely her hobby has turned into a successful business. The Windowbox Gardener has now been dressing window boxes and containers professionally for the past 12 years. “My first home had window boxes built in,” Starnes said. “I loved the freedom and flexibility of doing these arrangements, and it grew from there.” During her sixth year Starnes partnered with Gretchen Jacobs, who left a career in real estate to join Starnes. “Our boys were on the same baseball team,” Jacobs said. “The Windowbox ...

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Celebrate Indiana’s 200th in Flowers

Writer / Nancy Craig This year is the Bicentennial Celebration for Indiana, and we joined the Indiana Garden Club’s Bicentennial Project and planted blue and gold flowers in honor of the Indiana state flag. We made special containers, planted around New Hope Church’s flagpole and added flowers in these colors to our gardens. My great nephew Eli and I used the “Thriller, Filler, Spiller” technique for our containers. We added to his container that already had the blue elephant ear plant (thriller), gold strawflowers (filler) and blue Calibrachoa/Million Bell petunias (spiller). For my container, I chose gold lantana (thriller), blue ...

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The Indianapolis Museum of Art Celebrates Color Me Orchid

Writer / Stephanie Perry Photography provided Step into spring with the new Color Me Orchid exhibition, a vibrant and stunning display of orchids in the IMA’s Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse through March 13. The exhibition will pay homage to the brilliant colors, shapes and pattern of orchids, while also highlighting their history and connection to the IMA. Throughout the show, orchids will be available for purchase in the Greenhouse and at a special Pop-Up Shop in the main Museum building. IMA horticulture experts will be available to share advice on orchid care. For more than 40 years, orchids have been ...

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Gardening Nana

Writer and Photographer / Nancy Craig Tussie-Mussies are a fun way of arranging flowers in a small bouquet to tell someone special that you love them or to express other sentiments by using the language of flowers. My great-nieces, Lindsey and Lauren, like to help me pick flowers and love to give them to their mom. We made her a very special Tussie-Mussie. To get started, we used “Lab No. 49: Flower Arrangement” from our book, “Gardening Lab for Kids,” by Renata Fossen Brown. As we picked the flowers, the twins learned that you should leave some of the stem ...

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Stop & Drink the Flowers

Writer  /  Julie Yates Conceiving an idea happens rarely, acting on an idea even less frequently. The smallest percent of ideas are seen to fruition. The Burkhardt family is in this smallest percent. The Burkhardt family of Fishers are entrepreneurs who developed their idea into a fledgling enterprise that is starting to make a name for itself in the foodie world. Their company, Petality, produces organic flower beverages such as rose, hibiscus and lavender tisanes, as well as palm soda. The company was selected as the grand prize winner in the start-up category at the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge held ...

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Gardening Nana – Cheerful Anticipation

Writer  /  Nancy Craig Anticipation: “wishing with confidence of fulfillment” or “hopeful waiting” My great nieces, Lindsey and Lauren, are three-year-old twins, and they love to learn new big words as they help me in our flower gardens. Anticipation is our big word while we plant crocuses. The twins will learn about anticipation, as we wait for those corms (bulbs) we plant this fall to become delightful colorful flowers in the early spring. In addition, since crocus means cheerfulness in the language of flowers, we will have cheerful anticipation. We love the tulips, but the crocuses are the first flowers ...

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JP Parker Flowers

Writer  /  Joyce Long When Squire Parker bought his Needham farm in 1950, he could not imagine what his two granddaughters, Janet and Pam, would someday create. The family farm now supplies many of the flowers used at JP Parker Flowers. Their flower shops are located in Franklin and across from Shapiro’s Deli in Indianapolis. Pam started the business after returning to the family farm in 1983. Pam had been studying and working in Minnesota. She had a successful career as a general manager and designer for a large floral company. “I majored in education at the University of Minnesota, ...

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