Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Happy New Year

Victoria Gardens would like to thank you for your support and enthusiasm – we are proud to be a part of your gardening success. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

We are now closed for the winter.

We will be open by appointment through the winter and reopen for regular hours March 2011.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dec 21st is the Shortest Day of the Year Sale

Bring some light into your life as the days get darker - join us Dec. 21 – on the winter solstice for the shortest day of the year sale.

Our Holiday hours are 10 am to 7pm.

We have Christmas trees, ornaments, holiday gifts, and indoor plants. Brighten your door with a custom wreath – designed and handmade by Victoria.

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Science Fiction Themed "Tree" at Victoria Gardens

Not into traditional holiday decorating? Or maybe you just want something different and fun for your kid's room or the TV room this holiday season. You don't need a "tree" to display a fun collection of ornaments.

For our Science Fiction Tree, Victoria used out-of this world bright green twigs and choke cherry cuttings in a big chartreuse planter of red geraniums to display colorful planet, atoms, ray gun, spaceship and robot ornaments.

Visit and be inspired by other holiday gift and decoration ideas.
December hours are Monday - Saturday 10 am - 7 pm and Sundays 10 am -4pm.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hudson Valley Seed Library Guest Blog

As the leaves fall and we put our gardens to bed, seeds keep next year's garden alive in our imaginations. They grow in our dreams.

And as you gear up for the fast approaching holiday season, everyone here at Victoria Gardens wants to encourage you to forgo the usual mall picks, and give everyone on your list the promise of spring.

What better way to do that than with Hudson Valley Seed Library Art Packs? Here are some fun gift pairings we put together for everyone on your lists:

The carnivorous plant theme is a great gift for kids of all ages. The Venus Fly Trap lures insects into its clutches with a sweet smell, and when the unfortunate victim lands, the open jaws snap shut! (What entertainment!) A good match for these Muncher Cucumbers with teeth!

For the dreamer on your list, this fairytale-inspired grouping matches mercury glass mushrooms with Tiny Tim Tomatoes and stain glass inspired hummingbirds and butterflies. The colorful insects are on clips for your tree or suction cups for anywhere!

For the introspective thinker on your list, give the gift of Zen with beautiful glazed Buddha heads and an assortment of seeds. (They have all winter to contemplate which ones they’ll plant.)

Just like the lady you love, Orchids have an elegant and long-lasting bloom. A sure winner for moms, sisters, daughters, and granddaughters alike, by the time the flower fades; it will be time to start her favorite seeds inside.

For the gardener who has everything, we recommend this pair of garden defenders. The praying mantis garden stake is more of a talisman, where as the packet of Good Bug Blooms will bring real insect predators to the garden to eat aphids and other destructive garden pests.

And for every Secret Santa in the office, we recommend pairing Hudson Valley Seed Library Art Packs with these animal ornaments for a very affordable, adorable gift.

You can find these and other great gift ideas, indoor plants, and gift certificates at Victoria Gardens on Rt. 213 and Cottekill Rd between Rosendale and High Falls. Now that Rt. 213 is open, it’s easy to get to us. For directions, hours, and more gift ideas, visit our website

*Of all the reasons we at Victoria Gardens love Hudson Valley Seed Library, and there are many, (they help maintain food diversity with heirloom varieties, their regional seeds are accessible and affordable, plus Ken and Doug are just so gosh darn cute!) the reason we love HVSL the most is their fun and fabulous art packs.

Local artists and local seeds are only the beginning of what has become a network of people and local small businesses cultivating a different kind of consumption. In the spring we carry organic, heirloom vegetable starts, which are grown at Regeneration Farm on Clove Valley Rd. in High Falls (3.5 miles away). Many of the vegetable starts are from HVSL seeds (Ken and Doug are only a couple miles away from Regeneration). So from seeds to our greenhouses, your baby veggies have traveled less than 5 miles! Talk about shopping local!*

Saturday, December 11, 2010

More Locally Hand-crafted Jewelry

Handmade in the Hudson Valley: silk flower rings by local artist Iris Rivera ($22 each).

Friday, December 10, 2010

Locally Handcrafted Jewelry at Victoria Gardens

Designs by Local Jewelry Artist Linda Stella. Beautiful hand-crafted necklaces and earrings make the perfect holiday gift. Prices range from $18 -$84.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Live Evergreens For Your Doorstep And Winter Planters

Still want to put together festive planters for your stoop or doorway? It's not too late!

We still have a selection of plants available for your porch or festive planter:

Dwarf Alberta Spruce Doorstep Planter with Gold-thread Cypress under planting in red holiday pot.

Berryific Blue Holly (male and female) in red holiday pot.

Blue Maid Holly (Pyramidal Shape)

'Goshiki' Variegated False Holly in red holiday pot.

Honey Maid Holly in red holiday pot.

Blue ice Arizona Cypress with red holiday pot.

Blue feathers Cypress in red holiday pot.

Cripps False Cypress in red holiday pot.

Elegantissima Variegated boxwood in red holiday pot.

Flaming Silver Japanese Andromeda in red holiday pot.

Red Sprite Winterberry with red holiday pot.

Baby Blue Blue Spruce in 2# and 5#.

Korean Fir in 2# and 5#.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Trees at Victoria Gardens

We have Christmas trees for sale!

Victoria Gardens
1 Cottekill Road Rosendale, NY