e-Newsletter                         May 31, 2016

Gardening Keeps You Young!
Every spring while out in the Greenhouses and Garden Center, I am thrilled to see some of our regular customers. By 'regular' customers I mean I have seen them every year as long as I've been here!

Please meet a few of our seasoned gardeners:
June Campbell, of Crystal Lake, will be celebrating her 95 birthday on July 2nd! She loves to garden and has been doing so for as long as she can remember. For Mother's Day, June received a hanging basket of our popular petunia, Raspberry Blast, and was so pleased with how it matched the colors of her house. She was then surprised by a friend who brought her a barn quilt with the similar colors that matched both her flowers and her house! "I just love all the flowers. I love gardening and all the beauty that comes with it". June's favorite flowers are orange roses. When asked, "Mom, where do you want to go today?" her response, no matter what the season, is always, "Countryside", her favorite place to go.

Pearl Willhamer, of Woodstock, was in shopping with her daughters to celebrate her 95th Birthday! Pearl also loves to garden. She planted and maintains the beautiful gardens at Hearthstone in Woodstock - perhaps you've visited family or friends there and have enjoyed sitting among the gorgeous hydrangeas or colorful annual gardens. Maybe, you've also seen her beautiful container gardens at the Historical Society in Union. "I've been gardening for over 60 years. I love flowers and gardening. The key is to deadhead and pinch back plants." Pearl enjoys gardening all spring through summer and in winter, she designs and displays a beautiful and detailed miniature village.

Faye Nelson, of Island Lake, celebrated her 101st birthday on May 20! "It's important to stay active by working in the garden! It's good for long life. I worked in the garden most of my life." Faye has lived in Island Lake for over 60 years. She has revised the landscape of her double lot three times.
While commenting on Faye's youthful appearance, she let me know she loves coming here because "You sell stuff that keeps people healthy!".

As many of you know, gardening and growing food is very rewarding and good for you, your health, your family, and the community. I'm glad I can share these three seasoned gardeners' stories with you today and their wonderful testimonials of how gardening keeps you young!
Lori Harms
Greenhouse Grower, Manager 

If you would like to read more about the benefits of gardening and food growing for health and well being, visit:  American Horticultural Therapy Association  

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Plant your vegetable garden today!

Countryside has grown thousands of vegetable plants for your garden.
70 varieties of tomatoes, including heirlooms!
50 varieties of peppers, from sweet to really, really hot!
Don't forget kale, beets, cucumbers, melons, lettuce and squash!
We are confident you will find your favorites!
Our vegetable plants are CHG (Countryside Home Grown) not GMO. You can rest assured, they are grown from seed, right here in our greenhouses without pesticides!
Feed your family Home Grown Goodness!
'From the garden to the table, you can't get fresher than that!'

Carrots were named the 2016 vegetable of the year!

Jump start your tomato harvest with our 1 and 2 gallon tomato plants in flower now, soon to be producing fruit!
Check out this year's selection of outdoor benches, chairs, gliders and swings!

Our Adirondack chairs, tables and benches are made of Polywood®,a recycled material that is maintenance free and will last for generations to come!
Three generations: Richard Harms, daughter Pattie and grandson Niko!
Our benches are perfect for relaxing in the garden.

Hang a Swing Chair from a tree or stand and enjoy real comfort.

Enjoy a refreshing cocktail as you glide or swing your way into relaxation!

All furniture is now 20% Off

Vivian Slavin just celebrated her 100th birthday in December! Since moving to the Crystal Lake area, Countryside has had the pleasure of making her landscape beautiful all five times she moved! David has been with Countryside for 35 years and has been giving Vivian a hand with her gardens for 29 of those years!
Vivian loves eating tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers from her garden. Feeding the cardinals is one of her favorite past times. "Gardening is very spiritual. If you think about it everything, even human life starts with just a small seed. It grows and gives yet another seed or life. It's very spiritual and we have to tend to it and each other. Those who don't garden are really missing out." Vivian Slavin

Plan a landscape with future generations in mind. Email our landscape department today!  

Aren't these pretty? Magic Carpet Spirea is only one variety of the ten spirea we carry on the Nursery lot.

Check out this butterfly enjoying another spirea, Birchleaf spirea. This variety was cultivated from a very old variety, Spirea vanhouttei "Renaissance' (aka Bridal Wreath Spirea).
Spirea are such a diverse plant for the landscape. They bloom in the spring - some white, others pink. Some even re-bloom in fall! Their foliage also varies from dark green to bright chartreuse.
Some Spirea can be used as a focal point while others are perfect for foundation plantings or to edge a walkway.
Did I mention how easy they are to grow?
Stop in today and see our beautiful selection of spirea and add some seasonal color to your landscape!

All spirea are now 20% Off 

Click here for KC's video on trimming lilacs.

We are seeing worms on mugo pines as well as tent caterpillars! Click here for another informative video.

Should you ever have a question on pruning, fertilizing or caring for your trees and shrubs, please do not hesitate to stop in and see us, call or email. We are here to help you be successful!
It's time to prune your pines!  Watch KC's 'how-to' video.
per cubic yard 
Shredded Hardwood Mulch
Add the finishing touch to your landscape, keep moisture in during the summer months and deter weeds with a thick layer of mulch.
Delivery and spreading available. Sale ends June 14
5301 E. Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake
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