Spring is the Time,
Kerby's is the Place

March 20, 2013   

 
Lavender is a beautiful flower and its foliage has a lovely fragrance. Dried leaves can be used to make potpourri or sachets. Lavender grows very well in container gardens.
6" Pot - $6.99

Happy spring. Of course here in Seffner, it has felt like spring for a little bit already, but today marks the official first day of spring. Celebrate by adding some beautiful color to your garden, such as lovely lavenders or spiky foxgloves. And it isn't just flowers that make your garden beautiful. Blooming azaleas, golden trumpet trees and tropical hibiscus are all great ways to make your landscape bright and fun. If you missed last weekend's workshop, here is a link to the handout on creating curb appeal, with some simple principles for laying out a beautiful landscape. This weekend is the herb gardening workshop. Check out some cool uses for herbs below and then come out to Kerby's this Saturday, March 23rd at 10am for the workshop. We'll be talking about planting, caring for and using yummy herbs. Don't forget that Kerby's is back to spring hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 - 5:30 and Sunday, 9 - 4.


Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family


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Featured Plant


Get Herbal

Upcoming Events
Workshop:
Herb Gardening
Sat. Mar 23rd at 10am


Blooming Hibiscus
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Lily of the Nile
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Orange Pride Hibiscus
$12.99 10" Pot
Featured Plant
Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
 
How can you not like hibiscus? Gorgeous blooms as big as your hand brighten any sunny landscape from spring to fall. Hibiscus grow 4 to 8 feet tall and are hardy to 25 degrees. They love at least 6 hours of sun each day and grow equally well in the ground or in a large pot. There are lots of great varieties from the beautiful orange pride to yellows, reds, pinks and white. Add a little taste of the tropics to your landscape today.


Let's Get Herbal

So after you've attended the Herb Workshop this weekend and learned how to grow beautiful herbs, what do you do with them? Below are some ideas for using those delicious and useful fresh herbs that you've grown.

Bath Thyme - Use fresh garden herbs to create an aromatherapy bath that will relax and refresh you. Infuse oil with lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus or lemon grass ahead of time and simply add to hot bath water. Or, pick a handful of fresh herbs at bath time, crush to release the oils and add to the bath. You can also put freshly crushed herbs in a sachet before throwing them in the water to keep the leaves from getting caught in the drain. However you choose, sit back, relax and let the fresh fragrances lift your stress away.

 

Make it Spicy - Of course the most popular use for fresh herbs is cooking, and what dish wouldn't taste better with oregano or basil from your garden instead of dried up old leaves! Crush or chop herbs just as you are about to use them so that the oils are released in your dish.

 

 

Healing - One of the oldest uses of herbs is not for their flavor and spice, but for their healing powers. Many of these remedies have been used since ancient times. Next time you have a headache or stomachache, try a freshly infused herbal tea instead of grabbing pills from the medicine cabinet. Below is a list of some common herbs and the healing properties they have.

Basil - can help alleviate kidney problems, as well as soothe anxiety.
Chamomile - also calms nerves and settles the stomach.
Fennel - helps detoxify the body and restore normal stomach function.
Parsley - is a blood builder and full of vitamins.
Sage - is antibacterial and antiviral. Great for treating colds and sore throats.
Thyme - is a powerful antiseptic.
Catnip - soothes a cough or cold.
Dill - makes a powerful tea for stomach or intestinal issues.
Rosemary - is a food preservative and digestive aid.
Tarragon - is a great treatment for toothaches.



Upcoming Events

 

Workshop: Growing Delicious Herbs
Saturday, March 23rd at 10am

We all love food. And we love food even more when it's cooked with tasty herbs.  Growing your own herb garden is easy and it is a great way to always have fresh herbs for all of your favorite recipes. Come to this workshop to learn all about growing herbs and what herbs can be used for.

 

 

 

 

 

4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 30th at 10am SHARP!
Please note the Easter egg hunt is on Saturday

Bring your Easter basket and get ready for a whole lot of fun . . . it's the 4th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kerby's. Starting right at 10:00am, be ready to hunt and see how many Easter Eggs you can find hidden among the beautiful flowers.

 

 

 

Workshop: Butterfly Gardening
Saturday, April 6th at 10am

Bring on the butterflies! Butterfly gardening is a fun way to get everyone involved in the garden. Plus the plants that butterflies love are beautiful to us too. Come out to this workshop and learn the best way to attract butterflies to your garden. 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop: Growing Roses in Florida
Saturday, April 13th at 10am  
Presented by the Tampa Rose Society

Ready, set, grow! Sure roses can be a challenge in Florida, but armed with the information from this workshop, presented by the Tampa Rose Society, you'll be on your way to growing healthy rose bushes that produce the loveliest roses on the block. As a bonus, Rose Society members will be at Kerby's until 1pm to answer questions and talk roses.

 

 

Workshop: Growing Delicious Citrus
Saturday, April 20th at 10am

Citrus are a staple fruit tree in Florida. From oranges to tangerines, and lemons to limes there is a wide variety of citrus to suit everyone's tastes. At this workshop, we'll discuss planting and care of citrus trees and what you can do to get the best harvests.  

 

 

 


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2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265
www.kerbysnursery.com


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