The calendar says that it’s spring. The weather is trying to act like spring. And the ads from the big box stores are telling us that spring is here! If you watch these ads, then you know that we are being told that we must spend our weekends getting our gardens ready to enjoy, and we need to rush right out to their stores before we lose the opportunity to have the best garden possible.
That’s all well and fine. But have you ever gone to a Garden Center to explore and not gotten lost for hours?
There are so many exciting new products that need to be thoroughly checked out. And then there are our old favorites that we routinely use every year. I think that the garden center is the one spot that can offer something to everyone. For the more hands on type of person, there are all kinds of power tools. From the simple weed eater to the newest riding lawnmower, they can be lost to their partner for hours.
For the more detailed, creative person there are more flowers and bushes than you can possible plant in one weekend. And the Gardening accents are vast and varied; whimsical statues, containers of all shapes and sizes ornate fountains, lights, flags, wind chimes…the list goes on.
And now there is even a section full of kid’s gardening tools. Personally, I think this is great. Train that next generation to love plants and respect the earth! Can you think of a more wholesome family activity than gardening. Cultivate a child’s imagination and let them have their own garden spot where they can do what they want. The results may just surprise you.
The Garden Center can even help you plan your entertainment activities. The proper grill, comfortable lawn furniture, lighting, maybe even a fire pit. To me that just screams for the planning of a weekend barbeque with friends.
The Garden Center can even be a spot for a couple to spend time together. There is something that pulls a couple in love together when they are planning for their future. Picking out the right colors, deciding where the newest pot of flowers is going to be set, envisioning how everything will grow shows a commitment to the future.
Isn’t that what gardening is… planning and planting for the future?