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E-Newsletter 4/26/16
Dear Friends,

       Spring is in full bloom now. The trees are coming out and you can smell rain in the air. We are fully stocked with all the plants and supplies you need to create the gardens, landscape beds, curb appeal and outdoor living areas you've been dreaming of.
       Thank you to all who attended the Earth Day Celebration that we held in conjunction with the City of Washington Parks Department here at the Nursery last Saturday. I've included a couple of pictures below. 
       Mother's Day is coming up fast! It's just one week away from this Sunday! Choose a gift from our many great options the next time you visit us. Hillermann Gift Cards are a favorite among moms of all ages - and they are good in all our departments!

Earth Day Celebration - Monarch Butterfly Presentation by Joyce Oberle at Hillermann Nursery and Florist  Earth Day Celebration - Tree City USA and Monarch Pledge with Mayor Sandy Lucy at Hillermann Nursery and Florist
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Happy Administrative Professionals/Secretaries Week!
       The holiday cTeleflora Make A Wish floral arrangement available from Hillermann Nursery and Floristan be celebrated anytime through Secretaries Week of 4/24 - 4/30/16. Show your staff your appreciation for their hard work by sending them a delightful gift!
Call Hillermann Nursery & Florist at

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Fresh vegetables for salsa Salsa Saturday
Saturday, May 7
       Enjoy chips and salsa samples and salsa music to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Pick up Salsa and Edible Container Gardens created by our staff. Try some Grilled Vegetable samples in our Monarch Cafe from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Pepper and tomato plant care information sheets available. And more!
Garden Vegetables May First Saturday Kids
Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
       See the opening of our All American Selections (AAS) Vegetable Garden and help us, along with Master Gardeners John and Scott, do the planting at 10:00 am. Learn about vegetable gardening and get a FREE vegetable plant to grow at home! Kids, decorate a large Floral Mum to give Mom for Mother's Day from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm ($5 supply fee) and make a Mother's Day Card for FREE. Please call to RSVP for the Kids' Mum activity.
Teleflora Painted Blossoms Bouquet - Call Hillermann Nursery and Florist at 636-239-6729 Mother's Day Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, May 9 & 10
       (Open Sat: 8:00 to 5:00, Sun 9:00 to 5:00) We have many gifts that mom will love including flowers, plants, gift cards and much more! Bring Mom by to choose her own special gift! Support the benefit food booth on Saturday 5/7/16.


Franklin County Master Gardener's
Garden Symposium
Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
       Learn design, growing, pruning, and maintenance tips for a beautiful garden. Choose from 15 different garden classes. The cost is $25.00 for 4 classes. The location is East Central College Training Center, Building #7 on Audrey Lane, Union, Missouri. Registration in advance is required. Get more information and register on line at: or call Karen Leslie (573)459-2454. Payment should be returned by May 14. Registration forms can also be picked up from Hillermann's Nursery or the Washington Public Library.
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Coreopsis plant with bloomsCoreopsis
       This perennial plant is superb in the border. Reliable, long blooming daisy-like flowers are produced from early summer into fall. Blooms are mostly yellow, but are sometimes available in pink or other light colors. Coreopsis naturalize with ease and will attract lots of butterflies and birds to your garden. Bright and cheery, they make great cut flowers. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Multiplies readily and can be divided every few years as new growth develops in spring.

20% OFF
One Gallon Container Size
Coreopsis Plants
Good through 5/2/16. One-gallon container size plants only.
Not good with any other sale, coupon or discount or on previous purchases. Print this coupon or mention at the checkout counter.  

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Monarch Butterflies Could Use Your Help
By Tim Smith, Missouri Department of Conservation
Caterpillar on Butterfly weed plant  
       The sight of a beautiful orange and black monarch butterfly in Missouri is likely to be less common this year, but you may be able to help the ones that do arrive here. A January 2014 report from their overwintering forest areas in Mexico indicated that only 1.65 acres were occupied by monarchs this winter. That makes this the third straight year of steep declines. The overwintering areas have been monitored since 1993 and the largest occupied area was 45 acres in 1996.
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How to Plan a Vegetable Garden
Here's all you need to know about what to plant  
in a garden filled with vegetables.
From Better Homes and Gardens
  Vegetable garden picture
       Starting a vegetable garden at home is an easy way to save money -- that $2 tomato plant can easily provide you with 10 pounds of fruit over the course of a season.
       But planting a garden with vegetables also gives you the pleasure of savoring a delicious, sun-warmed tomato fresh from the garden. In almost every case, the flavor and texture of varieties you can grow far exceed grocery store produce.
       Plus, growing vegetables can be fun. It's a great way to spend time with children or have a place to get away and spend time outdoors in the sun.
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Companion Herbs for Vegetable Gardens
Close picture of herbs
       Many herbs are beneficial grown alongside vegetables as well as uses of their own.

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Getting Dirty Can Be Good
Girl planting in the garden       Getting dirty isn't all bad! Get your kids and grand kids out to help and learn with you in the garden. We found this interesting article on and wanted to share it with you.
The Dirty Truth
       Playing in the soil may deliver more than just good unclean fun. According to what scientists call "the hygiene hypothesis," our society's overemphasis on cleanliness may block our exposure to beneficial bugs. The trillions of microorganisms that live inside us (including ones we pick up from our environment) "are doing something important for us," says Dr. Dorothy Matthews, a professor at The Sage Colleges. "Especially the ones in our gastrointestinal tract, where most of our immune response happens."  
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How to Build a Bee House
Mason bee house  
       "Bee Houses" provide cover and places to raise young for bees. They're easy and fun to make, or can be purchased commercially from several vendors.
The Orchard Mason Bee is a wonderful little creature. It does not live in a nest like other bees; it lives in wooden blocks, but does not drill holes and destroy wooden items like other bees. It uses holes that are already available. The male Orchard Mason Bee can not sting and the female rarely stings.
How to build a bee house:
  • With drill bits of various sizes (5/16th of an inch works best for Mason bees) simply take some scrap lumber
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Herb Garden Video

Click the image above for a fun video on creating a
Herb Container Garden by Garden Answer.

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The Pot Shop logo   Noreen throwing pottery on the wheel at 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 Classes: 
       We are enrolling now for adult and kids pottery summer classes! Learn to make your own pottery items with hands on instruction! Supplies are included.
       Pottery Parties: 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 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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A cat, puppy and a dog

Adopt A Pet Today! 



Franklin County Humane Society
1222 West Main Street, Union, MO 6308
Phone: 636-583-4300 ~ Website

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