e-Newsletter                  June 5, 2018

For the Love of Children
Some of our most rewarding times in spring are when we assist local schools and scout troops in helping children learn more about plants.

During the month of April, we tour over 500 children through our greenhouses and nursery. Some are middle school students learning plant parts, how they work, what they are - annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs. Others are preschoolers young enough to love ALL the pretty flowers and enjoy the smell of fresh picked herbs rubbed between their fingers. We love to educate them on how their fruits and vegetables are actually grown, not just bought at the grocery store. We let them know that they, too can grow beautiful plants and not just for their own use but to benefit Mother Earth! Kim, Arlene, and Megan head the tours and always make a point of teaching the children how important plants are to our pollinators and in turn how important the pollinators are to our lives.

Thank you to the schools and organizations who let us help educate our youth and share our passion with the next generations.

This year Countryside is teaming up with Bonide® to reach even more children. 50% of all Bonide purchases the weekend of June 16 & 17 will directly go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County!
What could make it even better? Free seminars and a hands-on workshop! Here is our line up for Saturday, June 16:

9 a.m. What's bugging you? Natural cures and preventions for insects and diseases by Gary Graber of Bonide®

10:30 a.m. Shade Gardening Join Kim Hartmann as she introduces you to colorful alternatives for your shady areas.

11:30 a.m. Daddy and Me Painting
Friendship Frog is like a Super Hero! Bring your child, a smock and a smile to paint Friendship Frog on canvas! $10 per child. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.  Friendship Frog will make a special appearance at the end out our painting time to meet everyone! Children 1 - 5 must paint with an adult. Children 6-12, you got this! (parents must be present) Brought to you by:

MEET AND GREET - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Meet with  representatives  from Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County to see what they are up to in your neighborhood - perhaps there is an opportunity for you to be the world to a child in need!
Marcy L Cronin
Every Dad deserves a cool ride or a comfy chair!
Treat your dad to a super cool succulent garden this Father's Day!
20% Off Novelty Succulents
June 5 - June 19

Surprise Dad with a Snack Basket!
Freshly made with all his favorite snacks so he can really relax! Call for your custom snack basket today!  
Does Dad have a nice place to rest after a long days work?
Our Landscape Department can make that happen! Sitting areas, or even a place to hang his hammock can be designed with his rest in mind.
Email today  and make your appointment with one of our Landscape Designers - we'll have dad kickin' back in no time!

A great selection of Hammocks can be found in the Garden Center! A great spot to enjoy it can be created with our Landscape Department!

Who can guess what comes in blue, green, gold margin, creamy centers or white margins? That's right - Hosta!
Countryside offers  more than 60 varieties of Hosta to bring great texture, color and cool flower stalks to your shade loving areas!
They are easy to grow and VERY HARDY! So many to choose from, you are sure to find the one right for you!
Perennial of the Week - Hosta
20% Off June 6 through June 12

We have a truck coming in by the weekend with a couple of outstanding Father's Day specials!

Quick Fire Hydrangea is an early bloomer and will be showing color when they arrive! Their beautiful white flowers fade into a pinky-rose color. The red stems show a nice contrast to the green leaves. In fall, the leaves turn to a delightful orange-red! They reach 5-7' tall and spread 5-6'  wide!
#2 Pot Size reg. $37.99
Now Only $29.99

As an accent or living fence, Techny Arborvitae give instant gratification!
3 feet tall, Reg. $129.00
NOW ONLY $69.99 while supply lasts!

Trust Bonide® brand for organic gardening and pest or disease control.

Gary Graber of Bonide® will be presenting our FREE SEMINAR Saturday, June 16 at 9 a.m. Seating is limited so please let us know if you will be attending AND be entered into our prize drawing!

If you can't make the seminar, no worries - Gary will be available in the Garden Center after his seminar until 3 p.m. to help with 'What's Bugging You'.
Feel free to bring pictures of what you are dealing with so he can prescribe the correct treatment.
NOTE: If you bring in a sample, please be sure it is in a ziplock bag.

Half of ALL BONIDE purchases June 16 & 17 are being donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County!

Lots to do in the Garden during June! 
Click here for our June Gardening Calendar!
Mark your calendar to attend our 
June 16 & 17
to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County!

Flower bed Our Annual Flat Sale Has Been Extended!

Plant color everywhere with bright blooming annuals! 
48 plants per flat - Reg. $18.99 NOW ONLY $16.99

Fertilizing Annuals: Annuals are profuse bloomers. They bring us beautiful flowers all summer long. Just like people, they need food to continue to perform at their best! We recommend Jack's Petunia Feed for ALL OF YOUR ANNUALS! In ground, containers or hanging baskets feed your annuals with every watering and keep them looking as prime as the day your brought them home!
"Every plant deserves a shot of Jack! Jack's Fertilizers" Deanna, Garden Center Cashier

Pruning Lilacs: As soon as your lilac is finished blooming, that is the time to prune and shape them. If you wait too long, you will trim off next year's flower buds!

Rose Slugs Are Out! Notice holes in the leaves of your rose bush? Tiny little caterpillars on the underside of the leaf barely visible, will devour the plant in only a few days! Spray with Bonide® Rose Shield today!

5301 E. Terra Cotta Ave (Rte 176), Crystal Lake
Open Monday - Friday  9 a.m. to 8 p.m.   Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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