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Year After Year, Perennials Keep Coming Back!

Writer / Carrie Petty This is the time of year to plant flowers! Flowers bring extra beauty and happiness into our world, and the best kind of flowering plant is the kind that keeps coming back year after year — the perennial. Growing perennials is one of the easiest ways to garden. I have more than 40 varieties of perennials in my yard, I just love them because they give me a great ‘cutting’ selection all growing season long in which to make beautiful floral arrangements. In the summer months, entertaining and gardening life go hand in hand. Purchasing Perennials ...

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Plumber’s Grief Blossoms Beauty

Jerry Cieslak’s Grand Garden Draws Public Interest Writer  /  Matt Roberts Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Jerry Cieslak is a man of diverse passions. Based on the large plumbing truck parked in his driveway, you might expect the flat, metallic smell of pipes and oil around his yard. A glance at the dozens of trophy fish mounted might remind you of fresh air wafting off a clear Canadian lake. But the intense fragrance all around his home is from the innumerable flowers carefully planted around his property north of Zionsville. “I plant more than 50,000 annuals every year,” he says proudly. ...

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Connecting Hearts: Jennie Hesher

Fishers mom brings flowers, cheer to local seniors. Writer / Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer / Brian Brosmer My grandmother adorned the altar of her parish with her homegrown roses every weekend faithfully. My sisters and I accompanied her when we were in town visiting. When my grandma was placed in a nursing home and no longer capable of decorating the church, I often wondered if someone might remember her and bring her flowers to put a smile on her face. Had our family not lived two-and-a-half hours away from her, I would gladly have done it. Sadly, many residents at nursing ...

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Wasson Nursery & Outdoor Living Celebrates Grand Opening In Fishers

Writer / Jon Shoulders Photographer / Brian Brosmer Hamilton County residents in need of a nursery, garden center, outdoor living or landscaping supplier, without the big-box store feel, are in luck starting April 21 when family-owned Wasson Nursery & Outdoor Living kicks off the grand opening for its new Fishers location. Located on East 126th Street, Wasson Nursery will feature bold residential design concepts, state of the art grills, such as the new American Muscle, unique home and outdoor accessories and employ 30 to 40 people in its first year. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Friday, April 21, ...

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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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