by guest blogger Mark Gilson

I Dare You

Lake County Nursery

Lake County Nursery

This month I want to dare you to push yourself to be a unique gardener. What do I mean by this? I want each of you to make the most of your garden. It could be adding a new vegetable that you haven’t grown before or adding a tree you’ve always admired into your own yard! Maybe it’s a new ground cover where you’ve always put mulch. It’s up to you!

We all have an area in the yard, no matter the size where we could add a garden area to enjoy. Butterflies, hummingbirds, songbirds can all be attracted to your private spaces with just a simple addition of a few flowering perennials or shrubs. Maybe you want to mow a little less grass and add some more square feet to an existing bed! The possibilities are endless!

I could list all the plants that I love in the garden but what makes your garden yours is YOUR plant selections and combinations! There are endless possibilities out there for you to choose from! You can narrow down your selections by researching them online, you could join a garden club, you could read a gardening book or magazine but my favorite way to pick out the plants that go in my garden are at the garden center! I like to see for myself what a plant is going to look like!

You are lucky to live in an area that has many garden centers! Of course you have Gilson Gardens but there is also, Martin’s Nursery, Springlake Nursery, Havel’s, Bluestone, Middle Ridge Gardens, Secor Nursery, Sabo’s Woodside Nursery, Wyatt’s Nursery, Petitti, Gales Garden Center, Woodworth’s and many more! Look them up and patronize them! Spend an afternoon and hit several! Although Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Lowe’s all offer gardening supplies and plants, I highly recommend that you shop your local small business for all your plant needs! Keep our county alive by shopping where the experts are! Your local garden centers are employed by some of the most knowledgeable people there are!

Share your love of plants with people that know how to help you! They will help you find that perfect addition to your garden! You may find a new passion for plants that you didn’t know you had! Plants at your local garden centers are most likely grown right here in Lake County! Can it get any better than that? You’ll find the right plant for the right place from the best place in America… Lake County Ohio!

Let me know what you are shopping for! Which spot are you going to add something new? What color bloom are you looking for? Go ahead! Share!

About Mark Gilson

President of Gilson Gardens, Inc, a third-generation nursery and garden center located on North Ridge Road in Perry, specializing in perennials, ground covers and native plants, also offering a full line of container plants, grasses, shrubs, vegetable plants and annual flowers.

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4 thoughts on “I Dare You

  1. Pat Morrisson

    Can we bring a bus filled with approximately 30 passengers and make a day of visiting the above garden centers?

    Pat Morrisson

  2. Elizabeth Wantz

    Hi Pat,

    I would recommend you call the garden center you are interested in directly. I wouldn’t want to answer for them and be totally wrong! Have a great time visiting!

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