Lidl expands outdoor Garden Centers to 76 U.S. stores

Discount grocer Lidl said it is expanding its outdoor Garden Center concept to 76 stores in nine states in the coming weeks.

The Germany-based retailer piloted the Garden Centers, which feature a variety of flowers, plants, soil, hanging baskets, planters, and other gardening accessories, at a store on Long Island, N.Y., in 2022, in partnership with local plant grower Gabrielsen Farms. Last year, the retailer expanded the department to additional locations in New York.

Lidl said the garden centers will launch in three phases in select stores:

  • March 27 – May 14: Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina
  • April 10 – May 14: Virginia and Maryland
  • April 24 – May 28: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York

In addition to Jamesport, N.Y.-based Gabrielsen Farms, a family-owned company that traces its history back to the 1800s, Lidl is

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ArrowXL provide game-changing delivery service

Mercer Agencies, the established wholesaler of garden furniture and Christmas products has awarded ArrowXL, the UK’s largest and longest established 2-person home delivery specialist, with a 3 year contract to expand their remit into mainland UK.

Whilst continuing to supply bricks and mortar stores, the partnership will enable Mercer Agencies’ retail customers to expand their wholesale stock business into the ‘direct to consumer’ arena. Mercer Agencies will be able to offer their extensive product ranges to retailers who cannot hold bulk quantities of stock, ultimately enabling the retailers to reach a broader market.

ArrowXL will provide a full-service supply chain solution, including warehousing and delivery, shipping products via their Carrickfergus site in NI to their Wigan depot for distribution to households across the UK.

Hayley McAlinden, Business Development Manager at Mercer Agencies said: “Previously due to logistics, it was difficult to navigate shipping large Garden Furniture sets direct to customers

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Use winter to plan and organize for spring gardening ahead

“Fallingwater Greenhouse” is one of 18 show gardens at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show on display this week in Seattle. It was designed by Tumwater’s Landon Moore.

“Fallingwater Greenhouse” is one of 18 show gardens at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show on display this week in Seattle. It was designed by Tumwater’s Landon Moore.

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The last week of December can be a fresh start if you take a moment to look forward to the days growing longer and the first signs of spring ahead. And we still have plenty of winter days left, giving us indoor time for scheming and dreaming of ways to improve our lives and gardening skills.

Here are some ways to grow great expectations for the season ahead:

Join us in New England

Travel is one way to add adventure to life, and we have some openings for our May trip to the Islands of New England. This trip runs May 9-16, 2024, with an optional two-night Boston post-tour extension. The trip includes the Newport, Rhode Island,

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Gardening for You: Gardening can be murder

Does the gardener on your gift list love to read? “Gardening Can Be Murder” is a brand new read that intertwines horticulture with mystery. The full title of Marta McDowell’s new book is “Gardening Can Be Murder: How Poisonous Poppies, Sinister Shovels, and Grim Gardens Have Inspired Mystery Writers.”

For the gardener on your Christmas gift list that loves murder mysteries, “Gardening Can Be Murder” is a great new read that melds horticulture with crime fiction.

For the gardener on your Christmas gift list that loves murder mysteries, “Gardening Can Be Murder” is a great new read that melds horticulture with crime fiction.

Gardeners are booklovers. We love to read. What else can stimulate our interest but a good murder mystery with plants as the instruments of obliteration? In this 2023 book is a myriad of horticultural themes that well-known mystery writers have used as the method of murder in crime fiction.

Some of today’s column was gleaned from a conversation between the author of “Gardening Can Be Murder” and Margaret Roach. Roach is the author of

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Gardening: Last few chores on 2023 garden set up 2024 garden for success

Well, the gardening year has come to an end. I squeaked under the wire of last Thursday’s dusting of snow to get the last of the vegetable garden cleaned up and ready for winter.

I try to do much of the cleanup labor in the fall because spring is busy enough with getting ready to plant to be doing leftover chores.

The first job was to untangle and tie up my blackberry and marionberry vines. The blackberries aren’t too hard to handle because they don’t have thorns. I’m still picking thorns out of my fingers from the marionberries even though I had gloves on. I gather up all the canes into a circle and tie them to the wires.

It was easy to prune out the old canes on my raspberries and tie the new ones to the wire. I leave the canes long and bend them over and tie

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Harry (94) wins prestigious gardening competition

Harry Gerber (94) is the proud winner of the Eedenglen Retirement Village Garden competition.


Harry Gerber (94) is the proud winner of the Eedenglen Retirement Village Garden competition.

After working diligently in his beautiful garden for many years, Harry Gerber (94) is the proud winner of the Eedenglen Retirement Village Gardening competition, a prestigious award for the elderly at the village.

Gerber said that before moving to the retirement village 16 years ago, he built his own homes over the years and planned out his own gardens.

Despite moving to the retirement village 16 years ago, Gerber only moved into his current home with his wife Minnie (88), 12 years ago.

He said that when they moved to their new home he redid their entire garden and transformed it into a succulent plant garden.

Since transforming the garden, with help from his wife, Gerber continued to maintain the garden and occasionally planted new plants while removing those that died.

He said that when

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Poway’s Enchanted Garden with its mythical creatures opens for holiday tours

Fairies, brownies, gnomes, elves and hobbits live in the Enchanted Garden in Poway, and many of them have fanciful stories about their lives and livelihoods.

Those stories are usually told by their caretakers, Bejai and Dan Higgins, who host guided tours of the garden at their home at 13631 Rostrata Road. They also open the garden to the public three times a year on Easter, Halloween and Christmas.

The next scheduled open house will be noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Dan Higgins will dress as Santa Claus and pose for pictures with children while his wife tells tales of what the garden’s creatures are up to in their miniature homes, businesses and other buildings.

“I don’t have stories for every building because there are too many, but when we build something for the garden we think about who lives there, what jobs they take in the garden, who

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Brussels sprouts are gems in the garden

A row of Brussels sprouts growing in the fall garden looks like green gems strung on upright, hanging necklaces. Brussels sprouts make an elegant border for the garden when their sprouts are filled out.

A clever marketing strategy for Brussels sprouts like these is to sell the entire stalk while the sprouts are still attached to the stalk, thus eliminating labor cost for harvesting each sprout separately. There are 57 sprouts on this stalk, which weighed 2.5 lbs. when cut from the stalk.

A clever marketing strategy for Brussels sprouts like these is to sell the entire stalk while the sprouts are still attached to the stalk, thus eliminating labor cost for harvesting each sprout separately. There are 57 sprouts on this stalk, which weighed 2.5 lbs. when cut from the stalk.

Brussels sprouts are members of Brassicaceae, the cabbage family. The specific epithet of Brussels Sprouts, Brassica oleracea Gemmifera Group, totally describes the little sprouts that look like green gems, hence the group name Gemmifera. The sprouts grow in nodes of leaves on thick upright stalks. Brussels sprouts look like tiny cabbages, but they are distinctly different from cabbages that form heads from the ground.

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Your end-of-season gardening to-do list in the Midwest

As we approach winter, consider adding a bird feeder to your garden.

As we approach winter, consider adding a bird feeder to your garden.

We celebrated Thanksgiving, and the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game was played. This is usually all that needs to happen for people to put this gardening season behind them and look ahead to the upcoming holidays. There is nothing wrong with this. As we shut the gardening season down, I would like to remind you of a few things you may not have considered.

Out on the patio

There might be a few things out in the yard or around the patio that could be damaged if we have periods of extended sub-freezing temperatures. Items such as plastic rain gauges might get overlooked. You will want to move these items to an area where they will stay a little warmer, such as a garage or shed.

Ceramic and terracotta pots could crack if they are still filled

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