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31 Jan 2018

All About Air Plants

Air Plants

Also known as tillandsias or ‘tillies’, air plants are in the bromeliad family, the same as pineapples. You can see the resemblance to a pineapple top in many air plants species. Air plants are epiphytes, needing no soil in which to grow. All their nutrients come from the air, making them a versatile and easy plant to take care of. Although they live on air, they do need some attention to stay alive and thrive especially in our dry climate.
Daily misting is helpful, but a weekly soak is even better, submerging the air plant in room temperature water for an hour or so every week. If the plant has a bloom on it, try to avoid wetting the bloom. Gently shake off excess water to dry completely before placing it back on display. Any trapped water within the plant can cause rot. The leaves will feel stiffer and look a bit darker when they’re hydrated. Soft, shriveled or rolled leaves and paler foliage is a sign of dehydration. Air plants enjoy a brightly lit spot with good air circulation. They can adapt to a wide range of room temperatures from 50 to 90 degrees. Displaying air plants can be as simple as placing a few on a decorative plate or as elaborate as a Pinterest-worthy piece of art. Glass terrariums, mason jars, driftwood or decorative rocks are easy props for display. A simple search on Pinterest will give you a plethora of design ideas or allow your own creativity to have fun and run wild with amazing air plants!

10 Jan 2018

Teton Valley Winter Farmer’s Market

The Teton Valley Winter Farmer’s Market encourages the community to support the local economy throughout the winter. The market does this by providing
growers, producers, artisans, and small business owners of the Greater Teton Valley Region an alternative marketing opportunity to sell their
goods directly to the consumer. By offering the community an indoor market outlet, producers and consumers have the chance to continue
developing relationships with one another to mutually support the local economy year round.

The Teton Valley Winter Farmer’s Market returns for its fourth season beginning January 6th. Kick off the New Year in our heated greenhouse with locally raised beef, prepared foods, bread and mustard. Fill your tummies with tempting Thai food, gluten-free baked goods, preserves and cheese. Enjoy live music from 12-2 each week featuring local talent and enter to win a weekly raffle prize courtesy of our awesome vendors. The Winter Market will continue every Saturday from 10:00-3:00 through March 17th.

Interested vendors or musicians can contact the market manager at for more information.

13 Dec 2017

Gifts in a Mug

Here’s the scenario. You’ve finished your Christmas shopping but wait! What about the bus driver, teacher, coach, hostess, co-worker and your neighbor? Start with a mug, then add to it for a personal touch. We have a huge selection of fun, fancy and practical mugs that make the base for a quick and welcome gift. Try these combos:
– Mug plus a $5 gift card from Marigold Café
– Mug plus fun socks tucked inside
– Mug plus fresh flowers
– Mug plus a mini tinned candle
– Mug plus a dish towel tucked inside or used as gift wrap
– Mug plus an ornament
– Mug plus an air plant
– Mug plus chocolates or candy from Marigold Cafe
– Mug plus mulling spices
You get the idea. There are endless variations on the theme.
As always, we offer free gift wrapping!

04 Dec 2017

Caring for Christmas Plants

It’s December and we have our annual assortment of seasonal plants ready to adorn your home. Most of these are best treated as temporary house guests, but a few simple care strategies can keep them at their best for seasonal show.

Begin by protecting newly purchased plants on the way home. Cover up the foliage and don’t leave them in a cold car. At home, take care not to overwater. Water is not love and plants will promptly perish if they’re kept soggy. Touch the soil and feel if the plant is dry before watering. Remove any decorative foil pot cover when watering to allow for proper drainage. Keep plants away from anything hot (wood stove), cold (opening doors) or anywhere drafty (heating vents).

Note: These practices are best not only for Christmas plants but for most indoor plants.

Norfolk Island Pine: These tropical conifers make great living Christmas trees. They prefer cool to average room temperature and high humidity. Mist leaves regularly and keep in bright to low light. Water sparingly in the winter. Following these tips, it’s possible to keep them thriving year round indoors.

Christmas Cactus: Unlike its spiny relatives this cactus needs high humidity, so regular misting is in order. Keep it at cool room temperature. A bright spot with a little direct sun is ideal. Water thoroughly when completely dry. This is another plant that can be a successful year round house plant.

Poinsettias: Keep poinsettias at normal room temperature away from cold draughts or heat sources. The branches break easily so take care when transporting. Keep them in a bright spot and water only when soil feels dry to the touch.

Mini Cypress: Who wouldn’t love a live mini Christmas tree? Keep them in bright light and evenly moist, but be careful not to let them sit in standing water.
Cyclamen: If you have a cold house, the cyclamen is for you. Warmer room temperatures cause the stems to droop and flowers to drop. When cyclamens are dry, set the pot in a saucer of water and allow it to drink up from the bottom. Remove spent flowers or yellowing leaves promptly.

Live Holly: Some direct sunlight is essential to keep the leaves looking their best. Water sparingly.

Wintergreen: Bright light and moist soil are important for this pretty and fragrant plant.

08 Nov 2017

Long Lasting Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers make a cheerful addition to your home or office. The Flower Market at MD receives shipments of fresh flowers several times a week. This ensures a steady stream of the freshest flowers possible. Our floral team inspects, cleans and conditions new arrivals to ensure quality and longevity.
To prolong the life of fresh flowers at home, cut an inch off the stems at an angle using sharp, clean shears. This will help flowers ‘drink’ up water easily. Place flowers into a clean vase with cold water. It’s important to change the water in your vase every few days since bacteria build-up will quickly cause your flowers to decline. Flowers will stay fresh for longer at cool room temperature. Always keep your flowers away from any heat source.

Not all flowers have the same lasting power. Here are our favorites for longevity:
• Chrysanthemum (mum or pompon)
• Alstromeria
• Carnations
• Mini Roses
• Statice
• Protea
• Safari Sunset

01 Nov 2017

Last-Chance Late Fall Tasks

It’s not too late to sneak in a couple of late fall tasks. Take advantage of any nicer November days to cross a few jobs off this list and prepare your landscape for winter and spring.
• Plant bulbs: As long as the ground is still workable, fall bulbs can still be planted. All fall bulbs are now 50% off.
• Spread wildflower and grass seed: Late fall is ideal for seeding. Seeds lay dormant and germinate next spring as the soil temperatures rise.
• Mow, fertilize and protect your lawn: A shorter final cut will reduce the amount of raking next spring. Spread fall fertilizer (such as Scott’s™) and a granular rodent repellant like Molemax™ if voles are a problem in your area.
• Hang and fill bird feeders: We carry a variety of birdfeeders and seed to attract a range of wild birds. Feeders placed near trees and shrubs will encourage more visiting birds since they like the protection of nearby branches.
– Cover tree trunks with tree guards to protect from voles and other gnawing critters. This is especially important for fruit trees.

11 Oct 2017

19th Annual Fall Fest

In its 19th year, the Fall Festival at MD is happening Saturday October 21st from 12-3. Join us in our greenhouse for an afternoon free family fun including games, activities, face painting and hayrides. Donations will be collected at the pumpkin painting tables to support the Teton Valley Education Foundation, so bring some cash. A mini farmer’s market and a pumpkin pie bake off round off the event. Pie contestants can bring their finest pumpkin pie to our expert judges upstairs at Marigold Café. The Bake off winner earns a $50 MD gift card.
Wear a costume for fun!

04 Oct 2017

It’s October, Now What?

Leaves are dropping, the air is crisp, growing season is over and this is the month to prepare your landscape for winter and the next growing season. Taking the time to for some final chores really pays off.
October is Time to:

1) Plant bulbs: Wake up your garden next spring with colorful daffodils, hyacinths, crocus and tulips. Plant bulbs any time in October and enjoy pops of color for years to come.

2) Water: A cold dry fall can be deadly for many ornamental plants. Well-hydrated roots increase a plant’s chance of survival before our seasonal blanket of snow covers the ground. Water trees, shrubs and flower beds every week or two (depending on the weather) until the snow stays on the ground. Fall watering is especially important for evergreens as they continually loose moisture through their needles.

3) Spray evergreens with Wilt Pruf™: Wilt Pruf™ is an anti-desiccant that gets sprayed on evergreens late fall to protect from winter burn. Winter burn happens to newly planted evergreens that don’t have deep roots to draw moisture from. Evergreens continually transpire (give off water vapor) through their needles, even in winter. If a tree is unable to replenish the water in its needles, winter burn damage will result. Wilt Pruf™ coats needles with a clear film that slows transpiration resulting in less winter burn.

4) Spread wildflower and grass seed: Fall is the best time for seeding. Many wildflowers require a period of freezing temperatures to germinate. Wildflower and grass seed will lay dormant until spring.

5) Replenish veggie beds: Fall is a great time to ‘feed’ the soil in your veggie garden. After harvesting and cleaning up plant debris, spread a 2-4 inch layer of compost (we like Happy Frog or Black Gold) over top and work it into the top 6 inches or so with a spade or digging fork. Rake smooth and your beds will be ready to rock next season!
Note: Do this when the soil is dry to avoid a clumpy, muddy mess and to keep the soil from becoming compact.

6) Protect from critters: Protect trees and shrubs from browsing deer and moose by spraying with Plantskydd™ repellent and fencing with DeerBlock™. Plastic trunk protectors will keep chewing animals like voles from damaging the trunks of your trees. Broadcast a granular repellent like Repellex™ or Molemax™ over your lawn to reduce the tunneling of voles. Although these measures don’t guarantee a damage-free landscape, they can reduce the extent of winter damage.

7) Fertilize your lawn: A late application of fall lawn fertilizer will give your lawn a boost next spring with a quick green-up and faster new growth. Fall fertilizer has the addition of potassium for strong root development and overall health.

Need some help? From spraying to fencing, our maintenance department can do it for you!
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20 Sep 2017

Protecting your Landscape from Big Game Damage

Protecting your Landscape from Big Game Damage

Throughout our region we are fortunate enough to encounter all kinds of wildlife. They inhabited this area first and we over took their migration paths and feeding grounds. As majestic as they are, moose, elk, deer and even buffalo can wreak havoc on newly planted and established landscapes. Big game animals tend to be in our neighborhoods in the fall, winter and spring. As the snow melts, they return to higher elevations for the summer months.
There are a few strategies to deter wildlife from our landscapes. Use these strategies alone or in combination to protect your valuable landscape from big game damage.

Use Wildlife-Resistant Plants:
No plant is ‘wildlife-proof’. If animals are starving, they will eat anything available. However, some plants tend to be less palatable to wildlife. If your home is in an area frequented by wildlife, avoid disappointment by choosing these plants:
• Spruce
• Buffaloberry
• Cotoneaster
• Juniper
• Lilac
• Potentilla
• Serviceberry
• Spirea
• Viburnum
• Hawthorne

Apples, crabapples, birch, willow, roses and dogwood are best avoided as these are preferred by wildlife.
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Commercially made repellants such as Plantskydd™ are effective when applied as directed. Apply repellants at intervals throughout season for best results.

Scare Tactics:
Wildlife don’t like unfamiliar sounds, lights or movement. Lights on motion sensors or a well-trained barking dog can be helpful.

Predator Urine:
This is a natural way of keeping wildlife out of your yard. A few drops in placed in strategic areas around your property can keep game out for 1-3 weeks. Animals eventually get used to the scent and other tactics need to be used at this point. Available from

Wildlife Fencing:
A physical barrier has proved time and time again to be the most reliable way to keep big game away from your plants. Fence off individual trees, groups of trees or entire properties.

Dealing with wildlife can be tricky.  On one hand you want to protect the investment of your landscape while being as respectful to nature as possible. Being flexible and ready to use multiple strategies is often the best approach to dealing with wildlife on your property.

09 Sep 2017

Spring Flowering Bulbs: Plant Now for Spring Color

Spring flowering bulbs are one of the easiest ways to add color around your home in early spring. Tulips, crocus and daffodils need to be planted this fall to bloom next spring. Instead of dull brown, white and grey surrounding you next April, imagine brilliant pops of yellow, purple, red or orange after a long Teton winter.  Pollinating insects also love flowering bulbs in your garden. As one of the first food sources available early spring, pollinators rely on these flowers early season. A little investment in bulbs this fall will be well appreciated next spring.

Planting is easy and can be done anytime between mid-September through October, or even later if the ground is not yet frozen. Select a location with good drainage. If you’re not sure if the drainage is good or not, dig a test hole and fill it with water. The water should drain through in a few minutes. If not, find a different site. Bulbs will rot if situated in spots with poor drainage. Dig a hole twice as deep as the height of the bulb. For example, a 2 inch daffodil bulb needs a hole that is 4 inches deep.  Sprinkle bulb food or bone meal at the bottom of the hole. For larger masses of bulbs, dig one bigger pit at the correct depth.  Place the bulbs in, pointy side up and top with soil. Water thoroughly and enjoy a happy display of color next spring!

Bulbs and Critters:

Worried that everything you plant will be eaten? Fear not, follow these tips:

  • Select less palatable varieties such as daffodils, snow drops, crocus and alliums.
  • Plant with a repellant such as Plantskyd ™, Repellex™ or blood meal.
  • In extreme cases, bulbs can be planted within a wire mesh cage.So tough! Crocus come up each spring and are not phased by additional snow or cold.