What is a Story Worth?
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Life Lived Outside
The Kerby's Nursery E-Newsletter
June 16, 2022
Gardening for the Senses  |   New Arrivals   |   Plants and Pets
What is a Story Worth?
by Joey Bokor

A picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes it's the words that give the picture meaning. Last year for Father's Day, my sister got my dad started on StoryWorth, which is a subscription of sorts that sends the person (in this case my dad) a question each week that they then write an answer to. There are lots of different questions and you can add your own as well. Some of the ones my dad has answered are 'How did your parents pick your name?', 'How different is life today compared with when you were a kid?', and 'Are you more like your mom or your dad?'

I feel like my dad was skeptical of this endeavor at first, and I understand. I know how hard it can be to write a story each week. But for just about 52 weeks, he has done it, and it is an amazing collection of stories. Each week when my dad writes a response it gets e-mailed out to myself and my siblings. Reading those stories, I've learned lots of things about his life. And that's where I think the words do matter. Some of his stories, I'm now connecting with old pictures that I've seen. Without those words, they're just an old picture. Now with some of the stories behind them, we understand a little more about his life and how he got to where he is today.

So, thanks dad for putting in the work that it took to write all those stories. They are memories and stories that we will always cherish. If you've got someone in your family that you want to learn a little more about, I highly recommend getting them a StoryWorth subscription.

Or maybe you can just make some new memories in the garden with dad. You'll find lots of great garden gifts at Kerby's to add something to your dad's garden. I know that my dad has often received a fruit tree or addition for his veggie garden from me for various holidays. And if Dad wants to pick out his own gift, get him a Kerby's Gift Card. Better yet, bring him out this weekend and share some time with him among the beautiful flowers, hardy shrubs, and tasty fruit trees. You know something will catch his eye, and who knows, maybe it will make a great story.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

p.s. Keep an eye out for details about our upcoming Plants and Pets event, scheduled for 9am to 1pm on August 20th. During the dog days of summer, we'll have a Saturday where you can bring your pets to the nursery, and we'll have a pet photo booth for taking pictures, some refreshment stations for them, as well as learning stations for you about which plants are pet-friendly, both indoors and outdoors. We're hoping it will be lots of fun for you and your furry friends.

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Gardening for the Senses

There are so many reasons to garden, it can be hard to choose just one. You probably garden to relax, to unwind after long days back at the office. Or maybe you do it for the feeling of accomplishment. There is nothing like stepping back and looking at a newly planted tree and dreaming of picnics in the shade.

Or maybe you garden to indulge your senses. There truly is something for each and every one of your senses in the garden:

Sight - This is the easy one. Colorful flowers are a feast for the eyes. As we move into the summer months, pentas and salvia lead the way for their heat tolerance, love of sun and because they attract butterflies, which is of course another beautiful sight in the garden.

Smell - Gardenias, almond bush, jasmine, plumeria, lavender, citrus and herbs in all shapes and sizes make your garden smell amazing. A bouquet of gardenias and jasmine can add delightful fragrance inside for days, and of course every time you walk out in the garden you'll want to breathe in the amazing fragrance of the blooming flowers. Smell is one of those really deep-wired senses in our bodies as well. For me, the smell of citrus blossoms conjures up tons of great childhood memories. All from tiny flowers.

Taste - I love walking through my fruit orchard and seeing the bounty of nature. Right now, we have olives, mangos, avocados, grapefruit, and limes, all approaching harvest time. And our tomatoes and peppers have been producing for some time now. There are so many interesting fruit trees, veggies, and herbs that there is something for every taste.

Sound - As the saying goes, stop and smell the roses, but do you ever stop and listen to your garden? Birds chirping, windchimes singing in the breeze, or a fountain with a tumble of water, are simple ways to add the sounds of nature to your garden. 

Touch - Another overlooked sense in the garden is touch. It could be as simple as lying on your back in the grass and staring at the clouds in the sky, but touch and texture are the realm of plants too. One of our favorites is the sunshine mimosa, also called the sensitive plant. (This one is unfortunately out of stock right now, but we are actively looking for it.) When you brush its leaves, they fold up hiding away from what they see as danger. And other plants too, have interesting textures. The velvety underside of magnolia leaves, the soft touch of silver licorice or the sharp (probably shouldn't touch) spines of cactus are all ways that touch enter into the garden.

So, what's your favorite sense to indulge in the garden? Bet you can't pick just one.

New Arrivals
Disco Diva Hollywood Hibiscus

This Shrubs is Fire
Miss Muffet Caladium

Made in the Shade

Bellini Dwarf Crape Myrtle

Compact Size, Gorgeous Blooms

The Kerby's Houseplant Shop

Send a living gift to your favorite plant person anywhere in the lower 48 states from the Kerby's online houseplant shop. Want your favorite person to be able to pick out what they'd like? Then you can also purchase a gift card to the online store. Happy Planting!


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