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Spring arrives this week, and if you haven’t already started planning and prepping your garden and outdoor living spaces, now is a great time. At InsideQ we love gardening and outdoor spaces as much as you do. That’s why we’re here to help you create your own little patch of paradise with décor, tools, and tips from gardening expert Barbara King.
Barbara is a third-generation florist. Her grandfather had a wholesale flower shop in New York City; her father owned and operated Valley Forge Flowers boutique in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania; and now there’s a fourth generation in the business—her two boys. “It’s pretty wonderful when a family can work together, and absolutely awesome for a mom to be able to work with her children every day. When work is so connected with your life it doesn’t really feel like work, it feels like living!”
Guided by her creative vision, Valley Forge Flowers is now home to 35,000 square feet overflowing with flowers; garden and home accessories; numerous design services; and cafés where customers can come to have a coffee and enjoy the nature-inspired décor.
So what does Barbara love about gardening at home? “We have a farm that’s our getaway and vacation spot that’s an hour from home. Having my vegetable garden, herb garden, and apple and pears trees, I feel like Susie Homemaker at the farm in our little log cabin. I can cook with all the stuff, make floral arrangements, and it’s pretty gratifying and doesn’t take a whole lot of work.”
To help you achieve a beautiful garden, Barbara provided these answers to frequently asked questions.
What are this season’s gardening trends?
What is an annual, biennial, and perennial?
What is deadheading?
Barbara King takes you inside Valley Forge Flowers.