It has finally arrived!!! GardenPalooza, presented by Dramm, is here! We are so excited that we are hosting our 12th annual GardenPalooza event at Fir Point Farm in Aurora. We are welcoming people today (Saturday April 5th) from 8-4 at the farm. There are over 45 different vendors with great garden plants, garden art and other garden related items.
We also have a great bunch of giveaway items too! Stop by the greenhouse and see Judy and William for your free box of Black Gold fertilizer while supplies last. We will also have signups for $500 towards a garden makeover for some lucky winner at the Black Gold booth. While you are at the Black Gold booth have your kids plant up a small sweet pea pot to take home and grow. Speaking of taking something home, we will be having a hourly drawing for Dramm watering tools and accessories too.
Today on the show we featured just a few of the vendors you will find at the event. Come on out and see the rest!
This week we featured...
Dramm – GardenPalooza
We are happy and proud to have Dramm be our Presenting sponsor of the GardenPalooza event again this spring. They are a well-respected company that makes a great product! We even had a chance to tour their facility last year on a trip to Wisconsin. They have built machines that try to simulate the abuse we give our garden tools so they make sure theirs last. We saw machines that worked the shutoff valves, dragged the watering wands on the ground and even one that slammed the tools into concrete just so they could manufacture a more durable tool. The newest feature is a one finger, easy to use, shutoff switch. It is great! If you would like to try and win one of these tools, stop by and see William and Judy to sign up for a chance. If you can’t make it to GardenPalooza, just look for the colorful Dramm display at your local garden center!
French Prairie Perennials – GardenPalooza
Rick at French Prairie Perennials (503-679-2871) is known for his wonderful selection of cool conifers and that is why we are always happy to see him at GardenPalooza. ‘Coneheads’, lovers of conifers, will love some of the great plants he is bringing to the event this year. He showed us a few of his favorites including a Golden Spanish Fir, A Korean Fir ‘Silvershow’, and very unique Hinoki Cyprus. He will also have a variegated climbing hydrangea and even some smaller perennials like the heuchera ‘Fire Alarm’. You may also know Rick from his Visualscaping system of garden design. That is where he brings plants to your home and places them in the landscape so you can see what will look like before you buy and plant! Stop by and ask him about it and pick up a plant or 2 while you are there.
Black Gold – GardenPalooza
Black Gold is a great supporter of the GardenPalooza event every year. Donna and her crew always share some of the great Black Gold products with our fans and even have something extra to share. This year they have a few things up their sleeve. First of all, if you stop by the Black Gold booth your kids can plant up a sweet pea seed in Black Gold seedling mix to take home and grow. While you are at the booth you can also sign up to win $500 towards your own garden makeover. If you would like to try out the Black Gold fertilizers you can stop by and see William and Judy in the main glasshouse for a free box of fertilizer while supplies last. Black Gold makes a great line of products and at GardenPalooza you can learn more about it and even sample some!
Margie’s Farm and Garden – GardenPalooza
What is spring without a little bold color? You can find plenty of great color at GardenPalooza at Margie’s Farm and Garden (503-866-6123) booth. She showed us some of the great plants she will have at GardenPalooza. We started with the Swan Hibiscus, also called the Australian hibiscus and she also had some Sweet Williams (Heart attack dianthus) with deep red color. Then she had African daisy, Voltage Yellow Osteospermum and a bunch of nice succulents to choose from too. One of the last things we saw were the abutilons, or flowering maples. These are hummingbird magnets and come in lots of bright colors! Margie also has a little freebie for visitors to GardenPalooza. The first 20 people who come to her booth and mention GardenPalooza and her TV story will get a planter full of lettuce starts. It will be your very own lettuce bowl! Stop by and say hi!
Out in the Garden – GardenPalooza
Perennial color doesn’t have to have a bloom to impress us! We found lots of great foliage color at Out in the Garden (503-829-4141) with Carol Westergreen. Carol loves foliage color and she is bringing some plants that are sure to impress you too. She started her plant tour with a leather leafed viburnum that is a dry shade evergreen plant. This is one for those difficult areas in your garden where you need something under a large tree. She also has a large selection of ligularias. These are generally shade or light sun plants and can tolerate moist conditions. The first one we saw was Dragon Wings which will get 5-6 feet tall in bloom (with yellow flowers in summer), followed by Dragons Breath which will get 15 inches at maturity. Confetti was her last ligularia that she showed us, with its variegated leaves and deep red stems. Carol will also have acanthus which are great, large foliage plants with a big purple spike bloom in the summer and bleeding hearts, which always put on a great spring flower show. If you are looking for unusual perennials for your garden then you need to stop by her booth at GardenPalooza.
Three Sisters Nursery – GardenPalooza
If you have been to Three Sisters Nursery (503-668-5808) at any of the previous GardenPaloozas you know that Three Sisters Nursery is known for their great maples for your garden, but recently they have really stretched their ‘artistic’ wings. We met with Terry as he was loading up his great garden art for GardenPalooza. Terry and Sue Powers started as a nursery specializing in specialty maple trees. The garden art was something that they did to exercise their creativity. The art portion of their business has really grown! This is due to the funky nature of their art. They take recycled materials and really have fun with it! You can now get a saxophone player made from a Coleman camp stove, or a windmill made from old license plates, or a rose made from scrap iron. If you are looking for something new for your garden, you can find it here! They even have stuff made from new materials too. If you want a one of a kind garden piece, stop by their booth and take something special home!