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The Plaza in Spring

Spring Sweet Spring

Posted by on April 15th 2018 in blog

Spring is arriving with her later than usual April showers this week. The challenging weather can make it hard to get out and enjoy your garden, but here at Sunnyside we kick off the early season with plants and gardening that you can do in any weather. Early season plants and planters are an essential part of bringing the happiness of spring to your front door or garden. Pansies and…

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Chinese Money Plant–Pilea Peperomiodes

Posted by on April 11th 2018 in blog

Chinese Money Plant The sometimes hard to find, Chinese money plant, or Pilea has become a hit in the gardening and home decor world. Considered to be a type of succulent, it would love to live in a warm bright room in your home. Direct sun probably isn’t the best option for the Pilea, so that makes it more of an option for homeowners who can’t do full sun succulent…

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trill–true & real

Posted by on April 4th 2018 in blog, News

Introducing trill-– true & real It is with great pleasure that we get to introduce to you a lifestyle boutique that has sprouted within the walls of Sunnyside Gardens. Featuring unique home goods and personal care items, we hope to impress our guests with special pieces you can use to accent your style. Support a worthy cause, find local MN items, or invest in a piece of jewelry that will…

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Posted by on April 3rd 2018 in blog, Featured

The Ficus lyrata, commonly called the fiddle-leaf fig, is a perfect indoor specimen plant. The plant features very large, heavily veined, and violin-shaped leaves that grow upright on a tall plant. These plants are native to the tropics, where they thrive in very warm and wet conditions. This makes them somewhat more challenging for the home grower, who is likely to have trouble duplicating these steamy conditions, but they are…

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Pussy Willow Stems

Posted by on March 15th 2018 in blog, Featured

Pussy Willow Stems are made for the COLD! Pussy Willow stems are the plant of the week! We have all kinds of indoor plants here at the garden center, but when it comes to outdoor planting…well, we want you to wait a couple weeks at least! There are ways to upgrade your old winter tree top pot look before Easter. We suggest pulling out your brown, dry tree tops and…

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Tips on caring for houseplants

Posted by on March 7th 2018 in blog, News

Tips on caring for houseplants: I wanted to share some tips on houseplant care with everyone.  This is the time of year when we get a lot of questions about houseplants at Sunnyside. We Minnesotans are coming out of a dark, cold, dry winter season and your plants may be showing signs of distress. Plants drop leaves over winter. They just don’t have the solar energy resources to keep all…

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9 Houseplants That Clean the Air

Posted by on February 26th 2018 in blog

Decorate your home and benefit from clean air with houseplants! The NASA Clean Air Study found that many common indoor plants provide a natural way to remove toxins from the air, including benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene & more (chemicals often found in cleaners). Learn about nine plants that will make your home more attractive and give you cleaner air. Peace Lily – This beautiful houseplant is not only easy to care for – it…

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Christmas tree…how lovely are your branches.

Posted by on November 28th 2017 in blog, News

Christmas Tree Holiday decorating at it’s best!  The Christmas tree can be a unique expression of you and your family.  Sentimental items hung from every branch.  Your signature lights wrapped, dangled or clipped to the branches. Memories from Christmases past ignite story telling sessions with loved ones. What’s the best type of tree to choose? It’s different for everyone. Some families like to choose the same size and variety tree…

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Fall Garden

Protecting tender plants

Posted by on November 11th 2017 in blog

Protecting Tender Plants Some plants aren’t as tough as others.This can be a grim fact to face for northern gardeners.We invest our sweat, lower backs and money into certain plants only to see them crumple and die by the cold hands of our Minnesota winter.Our topsy-turvy winters dish out unpredictable snow cover.Weaker plants that aren’t given added protection and do not have a substantial layer of snow pack can succumb…

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Scented Greens. That smelly time of year!

Posted by on November 9th 2017 in blog

Scented Greens Delightfully scented, that is. This pre-holiday season, late fall is known as one of the more aromatic times of the year. Indoors, scents such as cinnamon baking and rosemary roasting make you feel all cozy and warm inside. The outdoor decorating pieces each are uniquely fragrant. Juniper and the pines tingle your nose, eucalyptus and cedar are rich with nasal opening side effects. It’s all so exciting to breeze by,…

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Ceramic Pots–RIP petunias–Caring for Ceramic Pots

Posted by on October 31st 2017 in blog

Ceramic Pots Fall is quickly turning to winter in Minnesota, so it’s time to think about what to do with the beautiful ceramic containers that served you so well over the spring, summer, and fall. Sunnyside Gardens recommends that you DO NOT leave them out over the winter. If you must keep them out because of size, we suggest you try to remove all the soil, and keep them as…

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Tree Tops are Here!

Posted by on October 25th 2017 in blog

Tree Tops Did you know now is the perfect time to get fresh tree tops in place, before the cold really hits? For one thing, it’s a lot more pleasant to be out designing your pots when it’s 50 degrees, instead of 5! Tree tops can also be a lovely backdrop to an autumnal arrangement – no need to break out the decorative balls and winter berries yet. Mix in…

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How to Overwinter Roses

Posted by on October 19th 2017 in blog

How to Overwinter Roses Before you start to worry about whether or not your roses need winter protection, check to see if they are a Zone 3-4 hardy variety. There are many different series of rose cultivars developed both in Canada and the northern US that can make it through the winter without help from us. If you are unsure, check out this list from the University of Minnesota Extension…

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Specialty Pumpkins and Gourds-How to “Carve”

Posted by on October 17th 2017 in blog

Specialty Pumpkins and Gourds With their thick, tough outer shells, specialty pumpkins and gourds can be so much tougher to carve than a traditional jack o’lantern pumpkin. But they would look so cool glowing from within! Power tools to the rescue! (To clarify, a specialty pumpkin is a pumpkin that is unique and quite different that a traditional orange field pumpkin. Some are blue, white or red. Some are lumpy and…

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How to Prepare Trees for Winter

Posted by on October 12th 2017 in blog

Winters in Minnesota are not only hard on humans, they are tough on plants, too. Even fully hardy plants can be affected by a variety of stressors during the winter. However, there are steps we can take to keep our plants happy and healthy. One of the main causes of winter damage to trees and shrubs is called sun scald. This happens when the sun warms up the bark or…

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DIY Succulent Pumpkin Garden

Posted by on October 11th 2017 in blog

Create a beautiful fall centerpiece with a pumpkin, squash, or gourd of your choice and some succulent clippings! Materials: Pumpkin, squash, or gourd Hot glue gun and glue Moss Succulent clippings or plugs Method: Remove or clip the stem, if you’d like. Attach the moss to the top of the pumpkin using a bit of hot glue.  Select succulents with varying colors, shapes, and heights. Cut bits of succulents and hot…

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The Pumpkin Derby!

Posted by on October 11th 2017 in blog, News

Come one, come all! The 9th Annual Sunnyside Gardens Pumpkin Derby is this coming Saturday, October 14th. Join us in celebrating the fun of fall with food, candy, crafts for the kids, and, of course, the big event, which starts at 11:00 am. There will be three one-of-a-kind trophies awarded: Most Creative Derby Pumpkin, Furthest Distance Derby Run, and Shortest Distance Derby Run. Anyone can watch the Derby, but here’s…

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Fantastic Pumpkin Varieties

Posted by on October 10th 2017 in blog

There are countless varieties of pumpkins and winter squash in this big, beautiful world. Here are just a few of the varieties we have this season at Sunnyside Gardens. Most can be used for much more than just decorating. American Tondo – This is a very beautiful pumpkin variety with green and yellow stripes. The flesh is similar in flavor to a butternut squash. Lumina – With a thin skin…

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Be a BEE habitat helper this winter

Posted by on September 28th 2017 in blog

Let’s talk about how we can help native MN bee habitats. As a quick review, native bee populations are in need of our help. Food sources for local bees are being contaminated by pesticides, their native habitat has been reduced due to agriculture and housing development, and air pollution, in general, is affecting their overall health. That’s just the tippy top of the iceberg for our native bee populations’ troubles.…

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What’s in that bag of soil?

Posted by on August 22nd 2017 in blog

Soils: Demystified Here at Sunnyside, we offer a variety of soils and soil amendments. The array of options to choose from can be daunting, but fear not! This quick guide is here to help. First, you need to know where you’re planting. Whether you’re planting in a container or in the ground makes a difference in the soil you choose. Planting in a Container If you’re planting in a container,…

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