This post is part of our Garden Celebration series. Taking place now through early June at a Heinen’s near you.*
It’s that time of year, again, when patios and porches come alive. Colors are returning to scenery in full force and you’re contemplating what you’d like to grow this year. Or you have a tried and true favorite, like Petunias, and only need to pick a color.
Our relationship with Eagle Creek Growers allows us to provide you with countless options.
Since Jill Cain opened Eagle Creek in 1999, the Mantua, OH-based company has been growing – both its greenery and size. The initial acre has expanded to six acres of growing space, allowing for a variety of annuals, perennials and vegetables.
Inside the greenhouse temperatures can be controlled multiple ways to ensure energy is not wasted. The roof closes in high winds, a heat retention curtain can be unfurled on hot, sunny days, and warmth can be added from above or below the plants. Eagle Creek has transitioned to sustainable energy sources, including a 140-foot windmill and a large biomass boiler that burns sawdust, and conservation is top of mind.
When it comes to watering, a mix of well water and on-site lakes is used. A flood floor system can push water up under selected plants and anything that isn’t absorbed is re-filtered and re-used.
All of these features produce a fuller, healthier plant for you. Whether it’s an ever-popular Dahlia bowl, a Combination Hanging Basket or a ready-for-you Patio Tomato Planter, they’ve been cared for every step of the way.
This time of year is a rush for Eagle Creek and, by the start of June, their floors will start to empty. There is always something growing and blooming within their space, though. Easter Lilies, Knockout Roses and Poinsettias fill the greenhouse at one time or another and nothing is ever dull.
*Supplies are limited and selection varies by location. Heinen’s Garden Celebration is not taking place at our Downtown Cleveland Store.