Field Trip to Earth Works Garden Center

Friday November 7, 2014 - 9:30am
By Patty Tomka

We are going on a Field Trip this month - instead of having a meeting so close to Thanksgiving - and you will want to come with us!  We've asked Earth Works Garden Center to give us a tour of their extensive compound. They are a family run business that started 20 years ago as a lawn maintenance company and has grown over the years to become the one-of-a-kind garden center and full service landscape business of today. They have it all!  Besides the familiar landscaping plants, dirt and mulch they also carry Palms, Native plants, Xeric plants and Aquatic plants.  But we are also going to see the gorgeous Water Gardens, the collection of Pottery and Garden Art, the Container Gardens - and the Fairy Gardens.

Since this is prime planting season in Jacksonville now is the perfect time to get ideas for planting projects and to bring home some new plants to get started. They offer in-store help with design and choosing plants and are always happy to offer advice.  But they are also known for the hardscapes they are putting in yards now. More and more of us are putting pavers in for patios and outdoor spaces.  They can even include a waterfall and running stream in your new private space. If you watch the "Pond Stars' show on the National Geographic Wild channel you will see the Earth Works team helping the regular guys on the 'Welcome to the Jungle' episode. You can see more wonderful yard makeovers at  www.earthworksgardencenter.com
  
We will meet at the Deercreek Pool at 9:30 am to car pool over to Earth Works.  Or you can meet us there at 10 am. The address is 12501 Beach Blvd. After our tour and shopping we will have lunch together at 'The Secret Garden' at 10095 Beach Blvd. I'm told their Fried Green Tomatoes are great!  They were featured on HGTV several years ago and are open for breakfast and lunch only. Please let us know if you plan to go with us so we can make the reservations for lunch. Call Patty Tomka 363-6086 or Adele Kunzweiler 464-0647.

If you have any questions about the Home and Garden Club please call Anne Klueppel at 519-5368 or Lee Ann Phillips at 519-6931.  They will be glad to tell you about us. If you would like to stay and have lunch together, you can place your order before the meeting and it will be ready when we adjourn. This is a great way to meet new friends and spend time with old friends.