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E-Newsletter 5/17/16

The Hillermann Nursery and Florist ad in the 5-18-16 Missourian Newspaper

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Coming Events to Attend!

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.

  Memorial Day Weekend
Friday thru Memorial Day 
May 27, 28, 29 & 30

Close shot of a USA Flag 
       Fresh and Silk Floral arrangements are available for memorials as well as patriotic and memorial decor items. Come by and pick up plants and supplies for your weekend gardening and landscape projects.

Open Friday 8:00 to 6:00, Saturday 8:00 to 5:00,  
Sunday & Memorial Day 10:00 to 3:00.

 All About BlueberriesBlue Jay Blueberries
Saturday, May 28 
10:00 am - Noon 
       Evelyn Lucas, an experienced berry grower from Hunter's Ridge Berry Farm, will be here to give a presentation on growing blueberries. Learn more about care and growing tips for blueberry plants and ask questions on the subject.

Hermann Garden Club - 22nd Annual Garden Tour and Plant Sale
June 4th- 5th, 2016, 9 AM-5 PM in Hermann, Missouri
       Two Tours in 2016: the popular Town Tour, a walking tour of gardens in downtown Hermann, and a Country Tour, a driving tour to country gardens. Each tour is $10; ticket price includes visits to at least four private gardens and the Garden Demonstration Area. Town & County Garden Tour Combo ticket for $15. Garden Tour tickets and plants will be sold at the German School Parking Lot on Fourth Street from 9 until 4 on Saturday and 9 until 2 on Sunday. Gardens open at 9 AM and close promptly at 5PM. Special Ticket By-Reservation-Only Luncheon/Silent Auction on Friday, June 3rd at the Historic Hermann Rotunda. Visit the Hermann Garden Tours website at for more information.

St. Louis Water Gardening Society's 
  2016 Pond-O-Rama
June 25 and 26, 9-5
 Water Garden Pond - St. Louis Water Gardening Society - Pond-O-Rama tour
       The St. Louis Water Gardening Society (SLWGS) will present Pond-O-Rama, its 16th annual water garden and pond tour, on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The 2016 self-directed tour includes 47 private gardens, each owned and maintained by Society members located throughout the St. Louis metropolitan and Metro East areas.
       Water features range from spectacular high, thundering waterfalls to quiet streams, some "over the top", some small and private.

Click here for more information. 

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Perennial Plant of the Week heading graphic
Clematis blooms and leaves
       Clematis is undoubtedly the most versatile vine you can grow. Few other climbers offer such a broad range of bloom colors, shapes, and seasons. Dwarf clematis are great for growing in containers or along decks and patios; medium-size varieties look great intertwined in small trees. They are low-maintenance plants that attract birds. Most clematis grow best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. They are happiest with cool shade at their roots and warm sun on their foliage. Mulching around the roots will help keep the soil cool, as will the foliage of a low-growing perennial. They can climb from 4-30 feet, depending on the type. Note: All parts of clematis are poisonous.

20% OFF
One Gallon Container Size
Clematis Plants
Good through 5/23/16. 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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Why Birds Sing
By Sandi McDonald

Pictures of various birds        As we move into the spring, the longer days trigger more and more singing behavior from the birds. Resident birds start singing in Feb and March. In April and May, returning breeders add to the chorus. Some birds that only migrate through mid-Missouri may sing as they travel too. While adding to the atmosphere of the backyard, the singing behavior also helps birdwatchers locate birds that may otherwise go unnoticed.
       Males do the most singing, with the primary function being to establish and defend their feeding and nesting territories. The singing behavior also helps them to attract a mate for nesting, so singing is most intense during the spring. Sometimes males and females will sing back and forth to each other.

Click here for more. 
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Vegetable Planting Guide and Tips -
University of Missouri Extension Center
Garden Vegetables
       There is great vegetable planting information available on the University of Missouri Extension Center Website. You can find planting information on vegetables from asparagus to wax beans and many great tips and informational articles on growing vegetables. Keep in mind that the weather has been a little late to warm up. Planting dates may need to be later - you still have time to plant most crops.
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Urban Forestry Commission
Pushes For More Oak Trees
Swamp White Oak Tree  
       The Washington Urban Forestry Council wants to see more oak trees in town.
       The council has launched a "Plant an Oak Tree" campaign aimed at getting the city and residents planting more oaks. Mike Smith, urban forestry council chairman, said oaks are some of the best trees a city can have, but Washington is missing out.
       "Oaks are really lacking from our urban landscape in Washington," Smith said. "We primarily have a lot of fast-growing, but short-lived species. We want to emphasize that the oaks are the most important tree we can plant in our urban landscape now."
       Smith said oaks are great species of trees for a number of reasons. Near the top of the list is the oaks provide a food source for a declining bird population.
        "They are No. 1 as far as providing food for our migratory songbirds," he said.
       In addition to providing food, oaks are a good looking tree than can withstand the elements, Smith said.
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Burr Oak and Northern Red Oak trees available on the Nursery Lot at Hillermann Nursery and Florist
Native Oak Tree Special
Bur Oak and Northern Red Oak Trees 
3 gallon container size -
Just $25.00 each
While supplies last.

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Let us help you shop for produce from your own backyard. We recommend Espoma organic plant food available in our Garden Center - picture and graphic

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Try Our Service Ticket Now App for Mobile Devices
       We are happy to provide our customers with a simple, quick, easy solution for scheduling irrigation and landscape service needs. You can have a direct link to our company for these services when you download this app to your phone or tablet.
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Tread Lightly for Turtles!
       Turtles will be moving around around and on roads about this time each year. It is a good idea to slow down and check to make sure you can safely steer around them. Turtles are at special risk at this time of year, when they are moving around looking for mates and establishing home ranges. They will also walk out onto asphalt to warm in the sun on cool spring days.
       Below is a great article from Missouri Department of Conservation from 2014 that we just wanted to share with you again.
Picture of a turtle on pavement with a car in background from
Turtle Alert -
MDC News Release from 2014
By Jim Low
       JEFFERSON CITY-Have you ever seen a turtle trying to cross a busy highway and wondered how many die under the wheels of automobiles each year? Jeff Briggler has, and as Missouri's state herpetologist, the answer worries him.
       Briggler and other workers at the Missouri Department of Conservation have made informal observations over the years, counting the number of dead turtles - especially box turtles - on stretches of highway.
       "We discovered that mortality rates are very high on high-traffic roads," says Briggler, "whereas mortalities are much lower on less-traveled roads."
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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: 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 $30.00 per person and can host 3 - 12 people ($25.00 per person for parties of 6 or more). You can even just drop in and try you hand on an available wheel for $25.00.

       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.
       Click here for more information on Pottery Membership.

For more information, call Noreen at (636)584-3169
or send an email to

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Adoptable cat Mindy from Franklin County Humane Society Featured Adoptable Pet 

       Hello, my name is Mindy. I am a very nice, sweet and shy girl with beautiful black long hair. I am 3 years old and was brought to the shelter along with my brother, Mork. Our mother passed away and so we are now seeking a new and loving home. Don't worry, we have agreed that we can be separated. Please come to see me.
       Purrs await you, Mindy

Franklin County Humane Society
1222 West Main Street, Union, MO 63084 ~ Phone: 636-583-4300 ~ Website

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