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  • Bees Bees and more Bees, please.

    As the world's bee population mysteriously declines, you can join the many renegade bee charmers by creating environments and habitats in which bees can thrive.
    For starters, we now have Mason Bee Nest Kits that can be placed just about anywhere! Mason bees have lived in the US for millions of years. They are called Masons because they work with mud to build and seal their nests. Masons pollinate orchards and gardens and are active in colder temperatures. They are not honey producing bees and do not chase or sting. In the wild, Masons build mud sealed nest in tubes like reeds or holes in trees. Extensive research here in the US has proven the Mason bees task is made easier if we provide these protective, tubular shelters. In doing so, the female Mason has more time and energy for laying eggs rather than nest building.
    The installation of the Mason Bee Nest is simple - position it firm and level, in a dry, sheltered spot, facing East or South. The nest is eco-friendly, assembled in the US from US bee tubes and imported biodegradable bamboo and rice hulls. We also carry wood houses for multiple nests. Installing just one or multiple will encourage the magic to begin!
    Inhabited Mason Bee Nest
    Wood Bee House
    Wood Bee House with three uninhabited Mason Bee Nests
    You can also assist bees by creating Bee-Friendly Gardens. Bees love a good bloom, but they particularly like white, yellow or blue. A few native species that attract bees are Lavender , ChivesCatmint (Nepeta), Hyssop and many varieties of Salvia. You'll find all these plants and more in our back garden as the season begins.
    Hyssop
    Hyssop
    And for inspiration, see how the London architecture firm Denizen Works, featured on Remodelista, has embarked on guerilla-style bee houses. Denizen Works' straightforward approach transforms scrap wood into functioning bee homes for the urban environment.
    Street Bee House
    Whether you provide a nest or simply encourage pollination in your garden, we can all agree a world without bees would certainly be a different place.
  • GARDENISTA

    GRDN and owner Susanne Kongoy are featured on GARDENISTA by the lovely Erin Boyle!
    "For plant lovers living in the city, it's nice to know there's a place within walking distance that you can visit and leave with a little something green. Susanne Kongoy's shop, GRDN, on Hoyt Street in Brooklyn is just that sort of an oasis..."
    Gardenista
    photograph by Erin Boyle
  • Valentine's Day is Coming!

    Valentine's Day is coming soon. Time to pre-order Valentine's Arrangements with us now! We will have the freshest and most striking flowers for your sweetheart from classic red to romantic winter whites to a cheerful spring mix! Just let us know your fancy.

    valentinesday

    Prices start at $85.00 plus delivery and tax.

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  • Indoor Plants for the New Year

    It is a new year and time to regain your confidence with indoor plants. Let us help you by suggesting a few plants that can get you going.

    Ferns are perfect green companions. They survive with slightly spongy soil - not too moist and certainly not dry. They prefer indirect light and do well in the middle of a room.

    Fern

    Snake Plants offer height and structure to a room. They clean the air better than most plants and are extremely tolerant. They only need watered every few weeks! How convenient is that?!

    snake plant

    Succulents are even more tolerant. They require a bright room and very little attention. And because of their size they look great planted in all sorts of containers.

    succulents

    Orchids hold elegant blooms for 8-12 weeks. The trick with these beauties is to not over water. They need left alone more that you think!

    orchid

    photos by Tori Sparks

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