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Spring is less than six weeks away and we’re passing the time by looking ahead to this year’s outdoor growing season. Recently, we reviewed Garden Media Group’s 2014 Garden Trends Report. Here’s a look at which trends we found most notable and why.

Drink Your Garden - RaspberryGardening Trend: Drink Your Garden

“People are drinking their gardens using such super foods from their gardens, like blueberries and raspberries to craft cocktails and green smoothies.”

We absolutely love “incredible edibles” and, frankly, we’re not surprised by this latest gardening trend as it seems like everywhere we look people are writing, blogging and chatting about the “juicing” craze that is sweeping the nation. Edible plants such as raspberry and blueberry bushes make wonderful additions to your landscape and continued innovations in this category such as compact growth habits and thornless varieties keep making them better and better. So, what do you say? Ready to “drink your garden”? Look for a wide selection of edibles including blueberries, raspberries, grapes, and goji berries this growing season at Stein!

EcoscrapsGardening Trend: Ground Up

“Recycling food scraps and creating compost is the new recycling.”

We’re excited to hear that recycling in the form of composting is on the rise and something that you’ll find new this season at Stein's happens to be right in line with this trend! Ecoscraps® is a fascinating company that turns food waste that would otherwise be disposed of and sent to landfills into organic gardening products. How’s that for recycling? Look for Ecoscraps Organic Compost, Potting Soils and Plant Foods this growing season at Stein.

Gardening Trend - Tree-mendous ReversalGardening Trend: Tree-mendous Reversal

“Losing more than four million urban trees a year, Americans are being asked to plant trees. There are many environmental, economical, and emotional benefits of trees. Plant a tree – or care for one you have - this year and be part of this growing trend.”

As gardeners and supporters of all things green and growing, this is one trend that we take to heart. Trees provide endless value to our homes and surrounding environment. We’re proud to carry a large selection of trees, many of which are grown right here in Wisconsin. Consider planting a new tree this growing season and help reverse this trend.

Gardening Trend - Think GardensGardening Trend: Think Gardens

“Plants make us smarter, more productive and less stressed and are showing up in offices, schools and hospitals across the country.”

Super-powered houseplants? That just might be the case as research study after research study confirms that tropical houseplants provide us with more than just a pleasant sight.
They’re known to reduce stress, improve our well-being, purify the air and even increase oxygen levels. So, yes, it’s safe to say they are super-powered! You’ll find a beautiful selection of tropical houseplants year-round in our greenhouse.

Gardening Trend: Dress Up Your Yard

“From decorative throw pillows to decorative insect traps and shabby-chic mason jar hummingbird feeders, people want their yards to have a personal stamp.”

We’ve always believed that your outdoor living space is an extension of your home and because of that we couldn’t agree more with the idea of putting a “personal stamp” on your yard. In fact, you can always count on us to help you find those special touches that express your personality and make your yard your own.
This year, we’re really excited about a new collection of outdoor home décor items including outdoor solar clocks, marble top dining and bistro sets, colorful bird baths, whimsical statues, bird-inspired outdoor pillows and more.

Look for items from this great new collection this outdoor growing season at Stein.


Source: Garden Media 2014 Garden Trends Report, Finding Balance in the Garden, information obtained from www.lgrmag.com/garden-media-unveils-its-2014-garden-trends-report, February, 2, 2014.

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