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E-Newsletter 3/23/16
Dear Friends,

       I would like to wish you all a very happy and blessed Easter this Sunday. May this holy week have great significance and bring you the joy of the risen savior. We will be closed on Easter Sunday so our staff can enjoy the holiday with their families.
       We had a good turn out and lots of fun at our Spring Kick-Off this past Saturday. Thank you to all who attended and for those who participated in the activities. See some pictures from the event below.
       If you had insect problems on your non-edible trees and shrubs last year, early spring is a good time to use a systemic insect drench to protect them. Fertilome Systemic Insect Drench is a good choice that will protect for 12 months (available in our garden center).

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Passion Flower Bloom
The Legend of the Passion Flower Vine
The Passion Flower Vine is called so because it represents the suffering of Christ on the cross.

The filaments represent the crown of thorns,
the 10 petals and sepals represent the 10 faithful
apostles present at the crucifixion,
the top 3 stigmata represent the 3 nails used to nail Christ to the cross, the lower anthers represent the 5 wounds (4 by nails and 1 by lance)
the pointed leaves represent the lance
and the tendrils represent the whips.
Passion Flower Vine plants will be available in May.

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Celebrate Easter with Flowers ad picture and graphic

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Join us for these Events!  - Heading graphic

Yellow Zinnia blooms
April First Saturday Kids
Saturday, April 2
from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
       Bring the kids by to plant a marigold/zinnia Butterfly Garden - $5.00 fee. Make a butterfly plant marker - FREE. Please call 636-239-6729 to RSVP for the Butterfly Garden activity.
Petunia annual flowers available at Hillermann Nursery and Florist
Garden Kick-Off
Saturday, April 2 at 10:00 AM
       Stephanie from Bailey Nurseries will be here to do a talk on Rose Plants. All the Rage Roses will be given away FREE to the first 200 Garden Club Members who attend this talk! We will have cupcakes to celebrate our 65th Anniversary! Garden Club Specials available - not a member sign up to get these specials (no fees). We will unveil the 65th Anniversary block display. And more!
Ladies at a booth at the 2010 Ladies' Night Out
Ladies' Night Out
Thursday, April 7 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm
       Join us for a fun night out - just for the Girls! Enjoy vendor booths, samples and demonstrations including container and mini gardens during the event. Spring Wreath Make-N-Take workshop at 5:00 pm - $40.00 fee - limit of 20 people (please sign up for Make-N-Take when you RSVP). Much more fun will be available! Get 20% OFF Nursery & Garden Center Items during this event only. Please call 636-239-6729 to RSVP by 4/4/16.
Black lab dog at Bark for Life
Bark for Life
and Safe Paws Event
Saturday, April 9 from 9:00 am to Noon
       A fun event for you to bring your dog(s) and family to enjoy! There are many fun activities for your dogs and you to participate in. There will be vendor booths, training demos and a Silent Auction for everyone to enjoy. $10.00 entry fee includes a t-shirt, goody bag and activities. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life of Franklin County. Contact Rhonda Mueller at for more information. Purina Farms, Tenth Life (with adoptable kitties) and Comfort Dog Ministries will be among the guests for this event. One FREE Dogwood tree seedling per person will be given away, while supplies last. Safe Paws, sponsored by Espoma Organics, offers tips to keep pets safe outdoors by avoiding the dangers of lawn and garden hazards, including chemicals. Bring dog treats for a collection to mail shoeboxes to military dogs across seas. Plant and fertilizer specials available. Monarch Café open 10:30-2:00.

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       Spring has arrived and our garden center, greenhouse and nursery lot are filling up with new items, plants, trees and shrubs of all kinds! New shipments are arriving daily! Come by for a visit and check it all out!

Shrub, berry, and tree delivery pictures from Hillermann Nursery and Florist  Nursery plants available at Hillermann Nursery and Florist 

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       Short on space and time? Have no fear. You can grow food outside your kitchen door with this system that takes up only 6 square feet. It saves on water, too. Get inspired by the article below. Stop by the store to see it in operation and in person. It is made with food grade plastic and is a 'new wave' product. For more information, call Sandi McDonald at 636-299-8452 and check out this website at
Tower Garden
       Spring has officially begun! Follow these 5 steps to prepare your Tower Garden® for a new growing season:

Step 1: Plan
A Tower Garden with plants growing on it  
A great garden starts with a great plan. When planning, consider:
* Tower Garden location
* What plants you want to grow
* Plant requirements (e.g., light, temperature, space)
* Each plant's number of days until harvest
* Plant location and arrangement
* Number of plants needed
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Prevent Fire Blight -
Now Is The Time to Spray!
Fire Blight on an ornamental pear tree  Fertilome Fire Blight Spray available at Hillermann Nursery and Florist

       Fire Blight is a disease that can affect apple and pear trees including ornamental apple and pear trees. Bradford and Cleveland ornamental pears often get this disease. The tips of the branches die off and look as if they have been burned with fire. If it spreads and infects most of the branches, it can kill the tree. Your first spray should be when the blossom are swelling and then spray every 4 days during bloom time. Use Fertilome Fire Blight Spray available in our garden center at $14.99 for a 2 oz. jar that will make 2 1/2 gallons of spray.

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Rain Barrels and Rain Chains
Rain Barrels
       Rain barrels are great for storing water from a downspout when it rains until you need it when there is less rain. Catch the rainwater in spring. Then, water your gardens with the water you saved during the hot, dry summer months. Conserve water and save on your water bill when you water your plants with rainwater instead of tap water, which might have chemical treatments. We have several styles and sizes of rain barrels available. 40 gallon to 65 gallon rain barrels are available ranging from $108.99 to $145.99. 
Rain Chains
       Originating hundreds of years ago in Japan, Rain Chains act as linked funnels and are a decorative alternative to a regular gutter downspouts. They make delicate music as they guide the water to the ground during rain showers. Many styles will develop a patina over time, adding to their character and charm. Several rain chain styles are available ranging from $42.99 to $99.99. 

A rain barrel and rain chains available at Hillermann Nursery and Florist  Rain barrels and rain chains available at Hillermann Nursery and Florist

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The Pot Shop logo    Handmade pottery with a horse hair fired finish by the Pot Shop inside the garden center at Hillermann Nursery and Florist  
       Visit the Pot Shop in the Garden Center at Hillermann Nursery & Florist. Watch the artists at work creating hand made pottery and browse our finished pieces. See pottery in all the different stages of creating, firing and glazing!
       Pottery Parties: This is a great group activity for all ages! Each guest can create hers or his own piece of pottery. We provide all the materials - all you need to bring is your imagination. Ideal for birthday parties, scout groups, home schooled groups, or just a fun get together with family and friends. Pot Parties are just $25.00 per person and can host 3 - 12 people. You can even just drop in and try you hand on an available wheel for the same cost.
       Pottery Classes: Learn to make your own pottery items with hands on instruction! We can work with your schedule. Call us to learn more!
       Pottery Membership: With a membership, you can join us during our open hours to make your own pottery. The Pot Shop is an open studio for all new and experienced potters to practice their skills.
For more information, call Noreen at (636)584-3169
or send an email to

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Featured Adoptable Pet Adoptable cat Rocksteady at Franklin County Humane Society
       Hello kitty lovers! My name is Rocksteady! I am a rather large boy, about one and a half years old, who came to the shelter as a lost pet with my friend Bebop. We love to play and lie together while we snooze. It would be great, but not necessary, for us to be adopted together. Some folks think we may be brothers. I am very loving and can be very laid back. My fur is a gorgeous mix of white and orange, like the color of a "dreamsicle popsicle"- that's probably because I am a "dream" of a kitty. So if you are looking for a new feline friend, I am waiting to meet you!
       Love, Rocksteady
Franklin County Humane Society
1222 West Main Street, Union, MO 63084 ~ Phone: 636-583-4300 ~ Website

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