Just a Memory

Bob the Garden CoachFerda’s Garden Center is no longer in business. The buildings have been sold for another purpose and the inventory has been sold at auction. We hope that you remember us fondly as we will remember you.

Please shop at another independent garden center instead of the big box stores. Without your support, independently-owned businesses like ours will be just a memory, and you, as customers, won’t have any choice of where to shop for your garden plants and supplies.

Bob will remain in the green industry, doing business as Bob, the Garden Coach. He will be available for personal consultation on garden design issues and other related problems. Call him at 740-310-2065.

Ferda’s Garden Center Closed

Ferda’s Garden Center has closed it’s doors after 32 years of serving the Ohio Valley. All remaining inventory and fixtures will be auctioned here at the garden center on Saturday, November 9th, beginning at 10AM.

Bob Ferda will continue in the green industry as a personal garden coach, Bob, the Garden Coach. Watch for details of this service as they are firmed up.

Ferda’s Garden Center Going-out-of-business Auction

Ferda’s Garden Center will be selling off remaining inventory, furniture, fixtures and equipment on Saturday, November 9th, beginning at 10AM. http://pryorandson.com/november_9_auction.htmauction-word

Going Out of Business Auctions

auction-wordAll good things must come to an end. Ferda’s Garden Center, which has been serving you here in the Ohio Valley for 32 years, will close their doors at the end of business on Sunday, October 27th. There will be one auction (previous post indicated that there would be two) to liquidate the remaining inventory. Gift shop items, candles, antiques, furniture, display fixtures, office furniture, greenhouses, trees, shrubs and perennials, a white Chevy van, Hyster forklift, tools, soils, mulches and statuary, and personal and miscellaneous items will be auctioned beginning at 10AM on Saturday, November 9th. (Check online at Pryor Auctions next week for details, photos and descriptions of items to be sold.)

Clearance Sale Each Weekend in October. Bag a Bargain!

Sale-imageWe’re open each weekend in October. Saturdays you’ll find us from 10 until 4, and Sundays from Noon until 5. Almost everything is 50% off or more. (Yes, even Yankee Candles!) Come in soon to bag a bargain for yourself or get a jump on your holiday shopping.

We’re here sometimes during the week, too. Call before you make a trip. 740-546-4467.

More Perennials Have Arrived!

We got a delivery of new perennials at the end of last week. Have you checked them out yet? Lots of varieties that are in bloom right now that could fill in the spaces in your perennial garden. Now that we’ve had some rain to soften the soil, it’s a pleasure to plant again.

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Loaded with Color

Orange Gerbera DaisiesOur greenhouses are loaded with pots and flats of colorful flowers, as well as hanging baskets, vegetables and herbs. The outdoor lot has blooming trees and shade trees, and flowering shrubs and perennials. Come in now for a treat for your eyes and your soul! May we suggest a colorful pot of gerbera daisies? Lots of color with a small outlay of time and money.

We’re Ready for the Spring Season

We’re ready for the spring season. Are you? Perennials, trees, shrubs, tropical plants and early season vegetables are in stock now, as well as seeds, onion sets and plants, seed potatoes, and all the soils you need to get them all started. Come and see us!

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Growing Edibles More Popular than Ever

Based on the results of a survey by the Garden Writers Association Foundation published in its 2013 Winter Gardening Trends Report, 51.9% of all American households that garden anticipate growing edibles this year– an increase of 11.3% over the previous year. This number includes gardeners who grow traditionally in the ground as well as those who grow in pots or containers.Garden Fresh Tomatoes

So, if you are considering growing your own vegetables and fruits this year, you’re in good company.

The reasons for growing your own food are many. Freshness, of course, is number one. You can’t get much fresher than just-picked! I come home from work, pick tender lettuces from my garden, rinse them, put them into my salad spinner and tuck them into the refrigerator to crisp up while I make the rest of the dinner.

And in these days of food recalls, safety is also a big issue.  Whether you choose to grow without pesticides or to use relatively safe organic solutions, you know what is on your food because you are the one who chooses what to put on it.

Flavor is a big factor. Large farms produce varieties of vegetables and fruits because they ship well, not because they taste better. The tastiest varieties are often more fragile, and can only be sourced locally from a farm market or your own garden.

If you have children at home, growing food together can make them more willing to try healthy fruits and vegetables they may have refused in the past. And at the very least, they will learn that vegetables don’t just appear, fully formed, on the shelves of the local grocery store!

And the physical act of gardening is healthy. Fresh air, exercise and contact with the soil are known to be good for you. It’s like therapy to me– plus I get tomatoes…

We’ll Be Open Friday

Eggs-and-Buds-for-coverWe’ll be open for the Spring season beginning Friday, March 22nd. Our early spring hours are Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 4PM. (We’re closed on Sundays until April.) We have the first of our trees and shrubs in stock, as well as packaged garden seeds. Onion sets and seed potatoes are due in by opening day. We hope the weather begins to act like it’s spring soon, too.