Last week, the A Garden Party team was incredibly honored to have Jennaphr Frederick and her Fox29 news crew come to our shop in Elmer and film us giving some of our garden tips and tricks. The garden here is a part of Mary's home, and a true labor of love. It has grown (pun intended) so much over the years, always becoming more lush and varied -and is now a productive and active member of the team. There have been more times than we can count when we've been sent cutting flowers for daily orders and events, and love that we can include a little piece of "us" with as many arrangements as possible.
Of course, we needed to have the fabulous Tami of Tami Melissa Photography come and take photos since we knew that everything would be pretty and CLEAN - not the usual chaos that goes on with all the wedding craziness! We are so grateful for this special photographer friend - we even had to split this topic into two blog posts since she gave us so much to work with!
And then there's no way we are going on live television without our go-to girl Jess Spina of Your Day Your Way coming to make us look like total knockouts - it may have been 7am but she made sure we didn't have any bedhead over here!
The red van arrives!
In the first segment, we covered "sad spots" in the garden. We hate to admit it, but sometimes there are spots where nothing. will. grow. But you can use these to your advantage! Mary says she can't plant in this corner because that's where her well is, so instead, she lined it with stones and added some vintage accessories. Having chairs with cut out bottoms, milk cans and extra stone slabs all served as perfect holders for container gardens with succulents and other "kill - resistant" plants. Adding the shepherds hook with a hanging birdcage gave some dimension to the corner, and the way it swings in the wind brings even more life.
This is a chance to bring out your personality - a bird bath, hanging watering can, pair of boots - all different kinds of decor could be used to match your garden to your interests. Have fun with it, and show us what you come up with!
If you don't just so happen to have beautiful, vintage chairs lying around, check out Royal Port Antiques in Salem, NJ- they always have great finds, for both indoor and out.
Our dynamic and gorgeous friend, Jennaphr, working it for the camera!
Here are some more garden accessories Mary has featured. Spreading them down the fence gives all visitors a warm welcome as they come into the driveway.
And because every garden needs a little bit of woodland magic, here is an adorable fairy garden featured at the base of her tree. How could you not love these details? My favorite is the little covered bridge with the blue stone river!
Oh my goodness, there's even a potted plant at the door. Whoever makes these miniatures is genius.
If you don't have the space outside, there's always this container fairy garden to have as an option - just as adorable and personalized, and can be moved wherever you'd like!
This cart is at the entrance to the shop, and the potted plants vary by season. Here, we have some scattered succulents and a potted fern.
This iron globe is also changing by the season. For Christmas, we had holly berries and evergreen, and for spring we had giant Easter eggs! Now for summer, we have more succulents tucked in, and some string lights give the perfect glow for whoever comes for an evening meeting.
This cute little corner for two is a quaint set up for a morning cup of coffee or evening night cap. The best part of having a garden is when you can sit and enjoy it, so we definitely recommend making a seated area a priority!