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E-Newsletter 1/19/16
Dear Friends,

       It is time to start thinking about what types of veggies and flowers you may want to grow this spring. We have the largest seed selection and supplies around! Beginning in February, we will give you information and ideas for your home gardens, whatever size they may be. It is time to think seed starting soon!
The Tower Garden with veggie plants growing in the greenhouse at Hillermann Nursery and Florist        I have included a picture of my Tower Garden, which I have used for four years producing greens and veggies for myself and family. Now that I have added lights, I can grow year round! This is fantastic. Stop by the garden center sometime, and we will be glad to share more information on this tower garden with you. You can also check it out at
       The store is looking great with new products coming in daily! Stop by for a cup of coffee. We'd love to see you.

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Come Help Our Team GROW!
The Garden Center entrance at Hillermann Nursery and Florist in Washington, Missouri

We are gearing up for SPRING and need people to fill job openings!  
If you are interested in applying for one of these positions,  
come visit us and fill out an application.

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Join us for these Events!  - Heading graphic 
Picture of a moss ball hanging planter
String Garden Make-N-Take Workshop
Saturday, January 23 at 10:00 am
       String gardens are a cool, trendy way to add living art to your home. Create your own moss ball string garden to take home. $20.00 supply fee. Please call 636-239-6729 to sign up.

A small fish bowl with a plant Beta Fish Bowl Make-N-Take Workshop
Saturday January 30 at 10:00 am
       A Betta Bowl is the best of having a pet fish and a houseplant to live and grow together. Create a classic Beta fish and plant bowl combination to take home. $25.00 supply fee. Please call 636-239-6729 to sign up.

February First Saturday Kids
Saturday, February 6 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
       Bring the kids by to make a fun Valentine's Gift Planter for Mom and Dad - $5.00 supply fee. Make a Valentine's Day Card to match for FREE. Please call to RSVP at 636-239-6729.

Valentine's Day flower arrangement available from Hillermann Nursery and Florist Valentine's Day
Sunday, February 14
       We will be open for Valentine's Day from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Celebrate your relationships! We have gifts to fit all personalities and ages! Flower arrangements, gift cards, plants, garden tools and décor, wind chimes and more! Call us at 636-239-6729.

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Bird of the Week photo and text graphic.

Picture of an Eastern BluebirdEastern Bluebird
Basics: (Our Missouri state bird), Male Eastern Bluebirds are a brilliant royal blue on the back and head, and warm red-brown on the breast. Blue tinges in the wings and tail give the grayer females an elegant look. This species of bird is our number 2 favorite after the Cardinal.
Housing: Eastern Bluebirds don't often visit feeders, but they are a great prospect for nest boxes if you have the space to put one up in your yard, and if your yard isn't too hemmed in by trees or houses. Bird houses should be placed 4-7 feet above the ground. Face the houses on fence posts or tree trunks that face south to protect them from the prevailing northern winds.
Food: Their feeder favorites are mealworms and small pieces of fruit or berries, including raisins. When insects and other natural food supplies are scarce, they will also eat small peanut and sunflower kernels, as well as suet. Bluebird feeder types range from dish-style to the predator-resistant, house- style.
How to attract: Offer mealworms, (dried or live, we carry both). Put out a bird bath! Blue birds are quite attracted to water, especially running water. Above all, patience is required when learning how to attract bluebirds. Bluebirds are very loyal visitors if they find what they need for survival. They are social birds as well, and travel in pairs.
Fact: The oldest recorded Eastern Bluebird was 10 years 5 months old.
Tip: Discourage feral cats, and keep pet kitties indoors to decrease the threat to the bluebirds.

Bird of the Week Special:

20% OFF
Bird Suet, Dried Mealworms  
and Bluebird Nuggets

Good through 1/25/16. Not good with any other sale, coupon or
discount or on previous purchases. Print this coupon or
mention offer at the checkout counter.

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Houseplant of the Week - picture of a houseplant with text graphic

Tillandsia air plant creations available at Hillermann Nursery and Florist Tillandsia (Air Plants)

       Tillandsia plants are epiphytes and need no soil because water and nutrients are absorbed through the leaves. The roots are used as anchors only. They are sensitive to frost and are used as an indoor plant in our area. Reproduction is by seeds or by offsets called "pups". A single plant could have up to a dozen pups. Tillandsias love bright, indirect sunlight. Some Tillandsia will bloom on a regular basis. In addition, it is quite common for some species to take on a different leaf color (usually changing from green to red) when about to flower. This is an indication that the plant is monocarpic (flowers once before dying) but offsets around the flowering plant will continue to thrive.
       If the air is dry where you are growing Tillandsia, you will need (at minimum) to submerge the plant in water for 2-3 hours about every two weeks. Otherwise, you can use a soaking mist once or twice a week (more often in a hot, dry environment; less often in a cool, humid one). In conditions of extreme drying, and consequent moisture loss, Tillandsia cannot get replacement water from their roots like a terrestrial plant, or draw on internal reserves like a succulent. Do not water with distilled or softened water because of the salt content. Filtered water, tap water that has sat long enough for the chlorine to dissipate, or bottled water is fine. Pond water, aquarium, or rainwater is preferred if possible.
       Tillandsia make great terrarium and mini garden plant choices. They are fun to grow in areas that plants needing soil cannot be grown. They are also a fun plant for children to grow.

Houseplant of the Week Special:

20% OFF
Tillandsia Plants
 & Empty Potting Containers

Good through 1/25/16. Not good with any other sale, coupon or
discount or on previous purchases. Print this coupon or
mention offer at checkout counter.
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Plants increase memory photo and graphic from Ball Seed.

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Tower Garden

       Do you have limited space, but would still love to grow your own fruits and vegetables? Did you know that HALF of all of your meals should be fruits and vegetables? Check out this tower garden! Grow up to 20 plants with limited space, because this garden is vertical! Attachable grow lights are available to keep your Tower Garden growing year-round indoors!

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Helping Houseplants Survive Winter Weather
Steve Trusty, Multi Briefs
Houseplant on a windowsill with a winter scene outside the window        Keeping your houseplants in top form through the winter can be a little tricky. Days are shorter so they receive less light. Temperatures can vary more causing growth issues. Humidity might be lower so they may need moisture more often. Following are a few tips to keep your plants as healthy as possible.
       Try to place your plants in the brightest part of the room. Sunlight at least part of the day is best. Make sure curtains or blinds are open as much as possible during daylight hours. Mirrors or other reflecting surfaces behind plants on the opposite side of the room from windows can help increase the light for plants in those settings.
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The Pot Shop logo    Hand-made pottery by the Pot Shop inside Hillermann Nursery and Florist. Finished pottery items available for purchase.  

       Visit the Pot Shop in the Garden Center at Hillermann Nursery & Florist. Watch the artists at work creating one of a kind hand made pottery and browse our finished pieces! See pottery in all the different stages of creating, firing and glazing! There is always something new to see just created by the Pot Shop staff.
       Pot Parties: Are the kids getting antsy while stuck inside for winter? Keep them busy for a while by scheduling a Pottery Party! Each guest can create hers or his own piece of pottery. We provide all the materials - all you need to bring is your imagination. Enjoy visiting with friends while you get creative! Ideal for birthday parties, scout groups, home schooled groups, or just a fun get together with family and friends. This is a great activity for all ages! Pot Parties are just $25.00 per person and can host 3 - 12 people.
       Pottery Classes: Learn to make your own pottery items with hands on instruction! We can work with your schedule. Call us to learn more!
       Membership: With a membership, you can join us during our open hours to make your own pottery.
For more information,
call Carol at (636)221-5593 or Noreen at (636)584-3169
or send us an email to

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Valentine's Day is Coming!

       Valentines day is less that one month away. Less than 1 month! Have you thought about what special things you're going to give to loves in your life? Our Flower Shop can create something amazing and deliver it directly to the person your heart beats for! We have many gifts available! Stop by and browse through our displays or call us at 636-239-6729.

Red rose flower arrangements available at Hillermann Nursery and Florist   Valentine's Day display with items available at Hillermann Nursery and Florist
Valentine's Day display with items available at Hillermann Nursery and Florist
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A cat, puppy and a dog
Adopt A Pet Today! 
Franklin County Humane Society
1222 West Main Street, Union, MO 63084
Phone: 636-583-4300 ~ Website

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