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E-Newsletter 4/13/16
Dear Friends,

       Pay attention to all the trees and plants outside! Spring is unfolding right before our eyes as a wonderful miracle of nature! Come visit us as we are filling up our greenhouse and nursery lot. It is nice to see all the beauty of nature in bunches of foliage and blooms in all the plants we have to offer you! See below for pictures that we would like to share. Hope to see you soon!


Display in the greenhouse at Hillermann Nursery and Florist 

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Equipment Center Demo Day, 4-16-16 from 10 am to 2 pm - Picture and text graphic


Earth Day & Monarch Café Event
Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Earth in handsWashington Parks Department will host Kid's Activities from 10:00 to 3:00.

See the Monarch Butterfly Presentation with Joyce Oberle at 10:00 am - designs for a pollinator garden will be given away.

Bring the kids for Story Time by Washington Garden Club at 10:30, 11:30; 12:30 & 1:30.

Mayor Sandy Lucy, Tree City USA and Monarch Pledge at 11:00.

See the Pollinators - Bees & Bats Presentation by Darryl Coates, Land Facilities Manager of Hermann Farms, from 1:00-2:00 pm.

There will be Information Booths by Washington In Bloom, Washington Urban Forestry Council, Grow Native, and Stuart Farm (Pastured Livestock)
from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Mulching Demonstration by Hillermann staff at 11:30.
Buy a Pollinator Kit (6 quart size perennial or native plants) and receive a FREE Pollinator Garden T-shirt. Wear the pollinator t-shirt on Wednesday's in April and May and receive a 20% OFF discount on plants.
Earth Friendly product displays and Tree Specials will be available.

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Bluebird Nest Box Monitoring
By Sandi McDonald
Bluebird at its nest box  
     From the time we are very young we are taught to never touch a young bird, or to go near a nest for fear the parents will abandon it. On the whole, this has done the birds a lot of good. In truth, a parent bird's instinct to protect its young far outweighs its fear of people. Opening a nest box to check its contents can be a great benefit to bluebirds and is a matchless opportunity to learn about their nest biology.
     A bluebird put up and never monitored is like a letter never sent. At, best, bluebirds may get a brood out of it before a house wren or house sparrow takes over and fills it with nesting material, barring any other species.

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Cooking With Herbs
Basil herb plant in a container
       Herbs can make a familiar dish new or lift an ordinary entrée to gourmet status. Their subtle magic transforms soups, stews, salads, breads and even desserts. With a bouquet of herbs or a scattering of herb flowers as a garnish, your food will look as wonderful as it tastes.
     1. Basil - It's warm, heady flavor lends itself to Italian or Mediterranean cooking, especially tomato dishes or with eggs, cheese or salads. Special tips: Pesto Sauce: blend 2 c. of fresh basil, ¼ c. of Parmesan, ½ c. of olive oil, 3 tbs. of pine nuts or walnuts and 3 cloves of garlic minced. Use on pasta and vegetables.
     2. Chives - The subtle onion flavor of chives is perfect in omelets, salads, soups, or on potatoes and other vegetables. Special tips: Get rid of onion like odor by chewing on a fresh parsley sprig.

Click here for more. 
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Growing Tomatoes
Botanical Interests tomato seed packet graphic
       With so many tomato varieties and uses in the kitchen, it's no wonder tomatoes are one of our most popular vegetables! We receive a lot of customer requests for additional tips and tricks on sowing and growing the best tomatoes.
When to start tomatoes:
       Start tomatoes indoors 4 to 6 weeks before average last spring frost, and transplant them out when daytime temperatures are at least 45°F, and soil temperature is ideally 70 - 90 degrees.
       Use shallow, sterile containers with drainage (4- or 6-pack at a garden center). Transplant into larger, 3"-4" containers once the true, scalloped leaves have emerged. Biodegradable paperboard pots (link) are the ideal size, easy to label, and easy to share with friends.
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The Pot Shop logo  Pottery items created by the Pot Shop inside 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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Bring in this coupon! 
Herb container garden
Buy 3 Herb Plants
Get 1 FREE!

Good through 4/19/16.
Not good with any other sale, coupon or discount or on previous purchases.

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Adoptable cat Buzz from Franklin County Humane Society Featured Adoptable Pet 

       Hello humans! My name is Buzz. I am a very creamy colored, medium sized boy who is about a year old. I, like most cats at the shelter, came here as a lost pet. I love to snuggle, so I can't wait to find my new forever home. I like to keep one eye open, so I can tell if there is anything going on  that I need to check out. Nothing here at the shelter fazes me, but I have been here a while. I am ready to get out of here and start my new life of love with you. So, if you are looking for a really handsome guy to call your own, I am the one for you!
       Love, Buzz
Franklin County Humane Society
1222 West Main Street, Union, MO 63084 ~ Phone: 636-583-4300 ~ Website

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