Open House is just 5 short weeks away ;-)

We just wanted to give you some hope given the icy covering in the Palo/Cedar Rapids area today. Our Open House will be May 2-3, which is just a little over 5 weeks away.  I know it doesn’t seem possible with the ice covering everything this morning, but plants are growing nicely in the greenhouses and each week we will be receiving more plants as we prepare to help you grow beautiful gardens and landscaping this year.

Meanwhile – enjoy the beauty that ice creates on some of the vegetation and materials around Cedar River Garden Center – and yes, that is the one and only miniature iris blooming on the property and covered with ice.

Ice to Spring 5 weeksWe are still open limited hours – roughly 10-2 Monday – Friday.  Feel free to give us a call to see if we are here at other times so you can stop by.


Limited Hours Mon – Fri 10-2

Limited Hrs 10-2 MFWe are open limited hours Monday – Friday roughly 10-2. Feel free to call ahead 319-851-2161. We have all of our Bulk Seed and most of the seed packets in. We have peat pots and Organic Seed Potting and Planting Mix.  We are in the process of setting up the store – you are welcome to look around, go in the greenhouses and see the plants in their growing stage. Stop in for your taste of spring.
If you need a touch of Spring, the heat in the greenhouses is wonderful especially with the sun shining and the smells of soil and plant material are so refreshing. You are welcome to come out, catch up with us and see the plants and gifts.
20150309_144723_resizedOr come check out some of the exciting new gifts. Just pardon our unpacking the many shipments of new items we have arriving.
We look forward to seeing you soon. This is such an exciting time of year.

Closed for the Season – See You in the Spring

Closed for Season - See you in SpringEven though we will be closed for the season, we will be available to provide you Gift Certificates for your Christmas giving as well as load and/or deliver bulk materials.

Gift CardFor gift cards please call:  Margy @ 319-851-2161 (leave a message and we will return your call) or Faye @ 319-721-1384.

For bulk materials, please call:  Dan @ 319-533-1663 or call 319-851-2161 and leave a message.

We want to thank everyone for a great year! We look forward to seeing you all again in the Spring.


Our last week for the season

This is our last week for the season! So stop in to see our incredible deals for you. We want the plants to be happy in the ground, so we are offering 30, 40, 50% off. We will be closed beginning Monday, November 3 and opening again sometime in the Spring.aerial 5

With the Fall weather brings us closer to closing for the season …

This is the time people ask – when will we be closing for the season. We are tentatively planning on being closed beginning Monday, November 3, however, it always depends on the weather.

If you need something in November – bulk material, gift certificates, please feel free to contact us at 319.851.2161 or call Dan at 319.533.1663.

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We can mail out gift cards for your gift-giving needs if you need one, just give us a call.  Thanks again for all your support this year!Gift Card

Fall Sale-abration Time is Here!

In appreciation of our loyal customers, Dan has said “Let’s give our customers discounts throughout the Garden Center,” so …Fall Salebration web

♦ Loretta has put ALL PERENNIALS 50% OFF

♦ Justin has put ALL NURSERY STOCK 30% OFF (trees, evergreens, & shrubs) and 40% OFF (roses, flowering quince & redbuds)

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♦ JoAnn has discounted Pottery, Birdbaths, Bird Houses, Birdfeeders at 30% OFF and has many other discounted gifts so stop in and check them out (tables & chairs, garden stakes, …)

Bulbs sale webStop in and check out the incredible deals we have for you!!


Sales October 13-21, 2014

Loretta says it’s time – all ornamental/ perennial grasses are on sale – 30% OFF. Grasses WEB

Sedum & Coreopsis – 30% as wellSedum web Coreopsis web

Justin has HYDRANGEAs for 20% OFF andhydrangea web CHOKEBERRY/ARONIAS for 30% OFFAronia Chokeberry webGrowing Instructions

Aronia grow best in damp to wet soil. They are native to Eastern North America in wet woodland and swampy areas.  In the home garden they should be planted where they receive at least six hours of sun. They can be 3-5 feet apart.  Plants grow 3-6 feet tall at maturity.  Older stems should be thinned out every 2-3 years for best fruit production.

Harvest and Processing

It is beneficial to freeze the berries after harvest and before they are crushed or ground. The freezing process allows the berries to release more juice. The berries can also be steamed to release the juice. You could expect yield 2 cups of juice from every pound of fruit.

We are receiving our last shipment of birdseed for this year.  Make sure you stop by and pick up what you need for the winter.birds web

JoAnn is putting all bird feeders and bird houses on 20% off (excludes bird seed)

Continuing Sales:

  • Arborvitae – 30%
  • Astilbe – 30%
  • Bee Balm – 30%
  • Birdbaths – 20%
  • Birdfeeders – 20%
  • Bird houses – 20%
  • Christmas Corner – 20% excludes Bottle Tree
  • Chokeberry – 30%
  • Coreopsis – 30%
  • Creeping Phlox & Tall Garden Phlox – 30%
  • Dogwood – 30%
  • Dwarf Alberta Spruce – 30%
  • Echinacea/Coneflower – 30%
  • Ferns – 30%
  • Firepots – 50%
  • Flowering Quince – 30%
  • Grasses – 30%
  • Hosta – 30%
  • Hydrangea – 30%
  • Japanese Maples – 30%
  • Lilies – 30%
  • Maples – 20%
  • Oaks – 30%
  • Pottery – 30%
  • Redbuds – 30%
  • Roses – 30%
  • Sedum – 30%
  • Spirea – 40%
  • Vines – 30%
  • Weigela – 30%
  • Yucca – 30%


Looking for the Perfect Yard?

Are you the person in the neighborhood who would like to have a yard or garden as nice as your neighbors? You know the ones in the neighborhood whose yards look like they have been carefully groomed for the front cover of Better Homes & Gardens. Those neighbors with the nicest yards and gardens take the time in October and November to improve them.Fothergilla-fall

Fall is the perfect time for planting. It is the perfect time to plant, move existing plants, or in the case of perennials – split your plants! We enjoy the beautiful color in the leaves this time of year as the trees prepare for dormancy prior to winter. The best news about dormancy is it is a reversible stage that appears with the anticipated arrival of spring. The nutrient rich organic matter that falls to the earth and feeds the soil for future growth. The plant is investing in its roots sending energy and food downward instead of the showy top growth. As I am writing this the air temperature has dropped from 80s last week to 48 and incredibly windy today, however, the soil is still wonderfully warm for root development into early winter.DSC_0127

DSC_0010Do you have some small, open areas where spring bulbs would look great as they pop from the ground in the spring? It is as easy as dig – drop – done.  Plant them in groundcover areas by digging a hole, dropping in 5 to 7 bulbs and they will show up through the groundcover next spring.

Another reason to plant in the fall – we have some great bargains for you on trees, shrubs and perennials! We have sales that change weekly (Make sure you sign up for our e-mailer and tell your friends about it as well.) as well as our bargain corners where you can rescue plants that have been stressed and need to be placed in the ground at great deals! If you are dividing your perennials, make sure the root clumps are large enough and mulch them lightly so they don’t work their way out of the ground with the frost heave.Oakleaf Hydrangea2

Plants that are showing off right now – Hydrangeas – especially the Oakleaf Hydrangea, Fothergilla, Viburnum, Caryopteris – Lil Miss Sunshine, Ornamental Grasses, Maples, Oaks, Fall Mums, Ornamental Peppers & Cabbage, Asters, Dahlia and Sedum.

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