Monday, May 25, 2009

Rain Can Be A Pain

Gardeners need rain, but we didn't ask for it all at once, did we? Chances are that today you had time to get out there and see what has happened to your plants. With so much water, there are some things to keep in mind.

Those of you growing tomatoes need to watch out for leaf fungus. If you have spotted leaves, please cut a sample and bring it to the store for review. We can suggest a treatment if necessary. Also, keep up with your garden maintenance. Prune overgrown plants, and make sure to disinfect your pruners between plants. You don't want to carry spores from one plant to another.

Be mindful of your sprinkler settings. It seems obvious, but you should not have your sprinkler watering when we've had so much rain. Take time see if anything even needs water.

Those of you with lawn fungus can stop by the store for some granular or liquid fungicide. Both are available and useful during wet times like this.

You may have become aware of standing water in certain areas of your yard. Now is the time to improve drainage in these areas by building up the soil, or adding sand to areas that are too mucky.

Feel Good Sale-Veggie Plants Now 50% off
This sale won't last, so get them now!

If you have any questions, please call 912-897-5581 or 912-355-1950

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Both Hester & Zipperer locations will be closed
on Sunday, May 24th and Monday, May 25th.
We will resume normal store hours on Tuesday, May 26th.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Memorial Day Sales!

Can you believe this chilly May weather in Savannah? Well, Summer is coming no matter how far the mercury may fall. We've got some exciting new merchandise in stock, and some hot sales.

Those of you that loved those brightly colored metal lizards and crabs we had last summer need to stop by! Not only are they back, but they've brought along huge fish friends! I'm thinking of picking something up for my dad for Father's Day!

While you're here, check out our 50% off section including:

Small Fountains
Solar Lighting
Mood Light Bug Repellent
Rechargeable Candles
Wine Bottle Holders
Motion-Activated Croaking Frogs

Of course, listed on the right side of this page, are still on sale. Don't miss out. We couldn't be having better weather to get them in the ground!

Friday, May 15, 2009


Don't Be Left In The Dark
Hester & Zipperer wants to empower you to make responsible garden decisions and inform you about specific gardening topics. If you haven't already, please check out our selection of informational handouts beneath the bulletin board at the Wilmington Island location.

Information Is Available Now On: Composting, Water Conservation, Armstrong Atlantic's Conifers for the South. Stay tuned for new handouts on growing citrus and berries.

Have You Found Your Treasure?
Hester & Zipperer customers that visited the Savannah Garden Expo, and were clever enough to pick up a treasure map coupon at our display, are saving big! Do you still have your map? Use it now to save 25% off your total purchase. (Excludes Pinestraw, Propane, and already discounted items.)

Garden Destinations That Inspire

Many of us will be planning Summer vacations, so I thought I'd take this time to mention a few for plant lovers. Actually, even if you're not a plant lover, these spaces have a lot to offer.

Atlanta Botanical Garden - Georgia
My sister lives in Atlanta and recently hosted a friend of hers from out of town. They spent a delightful evening at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. From May 2nd - October 31st they are showing the sculptures of Henry Moore. This might sound high brow, but my sister said they drank Apple Martinis and took turns trying to figure out the titles of the abstract pieces.

Cagles Dairy Farm Canton/Resaca - Georgia
What kid hasn't wanted to go to a dairy farm? If you didn't get your fix when you were little, or you have some youngsters that are game, head to this functioning family dairy. The site has specific details about tour times. Also keep it in mind for the Fall, because they have hayrides, bonfires, and a corn maize!

Brookgreen Gardens-Upstate Sculptour - South Carolina
Visit three venues in Spartanburg and enjoy marvelous artwork on loan until August 16, 2009. It's for people who don't know from abstract. See intriguing figurative sculptures amongst the plants and animals of this beautiful part of our country.

Lauderdale County Tomato Festival - Tennessee
On July 10th and 11th head to Ripley, Tennessee and give props to the area's tomato growers. Maybe even stay in The Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge. If waterfowl thrill you, this is your dream vacation!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Mary-Ann Goes To Greenfest 09' Saturday!

You've heard Mary-Ann at the store, but now she's taking her show on the road. She'll be doing "Fun With Composting" from 11AM-12PM at Greenfest '09. Click here for more information on this really fun event.

Mother's Day

I'm using this photo of Dr. Lester, from Islands Vet Care, to illustrate a deer in the headlights. Don't let Mother's Day catch you off guard!

Here are some ideas for the woman that brought you in to this world,
and just might take you out!

ORCHID - easy to care for and makes a great impression!
WATER GLOBE - like the ones on TV! Mom's like glass stuff.
AFRICAN VIOLET - Moms like stuff that reminds them of their mom.
SAVANNAH BEE COMPANY - Whether it is honey or lotion,
this is a great gift for moms out of town.
FRUIT TREE - This gift only works if you plant it for her. They're 50% off during May!
OUTDOOR SEATING - She needs a nice place to relax and think about you!
HERBS - Cause she cooks better than your wife. Shhhhhh.
NEW CONTAINER TO PLANT - Don't let your mom run out of pots!

As always, we've got gift cards ready and waiting for the hard-to-please mother.

Seed Sales Going Strong

You might think that garden seeds were Pokemon or Garbage Pail Kids cards back from the 1980's. They have flown off the shelves this Spring, so much that we've got a new shipment in to keep everyone happy.

A lot of people forget about planting seeds once they've got their first round in the ground, but there is still lots of fun to be had.

What about planting pumpkins and gourds for Fall?
We've also got some new value packs of seed. Try the new Organic Salad Mix! It makes a nice gift too. Think of those parties where you know you want to bring something, are tired off the ol' bottle of wine. Salad greens are easy to grow, and you'll get praise for being original!