Happy Groundhog Day!

Tuesday January 15, 2019

In February, we wait with bated breath as the famous groundhog emerges from his burrow and looks for his shadow, thus predicting the weather for the next three months. How did this strange series of events come to pass? Well, this most quirky of American holidays has a surprisingly long lineage. Read on to learn more about this wacky winter …

Holiday Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Tuesday December 11, 2018

Are you looking for some great gift ideas for all the gardeners on your list this year? Well look no further than O’Toole’s! We’ve got a huge selection of gift ideas for every gardener – from green thumbs to green horns. Here are a few of our favorite gardening goodies this year! Ames Garden Cart Remember your little red wagon? …

Ask A Gardener – Zombie Garden!

Thursday May 10, 2018

What an awesome idea! I consulted with a few of our plant gurus and we all had a great time coming up with this list. Here’s a few of our favorite frightening plants that would be just perfect for a zombie garden! Black Petunias Annual Full Sun Plant genetics are just amazing, aren’t they? Over the years growers and biologists …

5 Essential Christmas Tree Care Tips (Video)

Wednesday December 6, 2017

1. Get a Fresh Cut – When you buy a tree at O’Toole’s, we’ll cut off about 1.5" inches from the bottom of the trunk. This will help the tree absorb as much water as possible. Keep the fresh cut bottom clean and unharmed to maximize the water intake.2. Store your tree properly before you display it – If you …

This Christmas, Go Au Naturel!

Thursday November 30, 2017

Every holiday season, the Natural vs. Artificial Christmas tree debate come up. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of trees, but from an environmental standpoint, experts agree; natural is better. Over 400 million live Christmas trees are grown on tree farms throughout the U.S. It can take up to 7 years for a tree to be Christmas ready …

Happy First Day of Spring!

Monday March 20, 2017

Today is the Vernal Equinox, the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere. The word equinox comes from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” Today, the sun will pass vertically above the Equator, giving us a nearly equal length day and night all over the globe. Chichen Itza on the vernal equinoxChichen Itza on the vernal equinox Ancient Traditions The …

Paperwhites and Amaryllis

Wednesday November 9, 2016

Paperwhites and Amaryllis have become a holiday tradition for many gardeners and it’s easy to see why. They are easy to grow, they bloom fast and they make beautiful homemade decorations and gifts. And right now is the perfect time to start amaryllis and paperwhites so they’ll be ready for the holidays. Paperwhites Paperwhites are one of the easiest bulbs …