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Containers, Statuary, Fountains, Antique Roses, Fairy Garden Accessories, gifts and more

We plant containers. We deliver. We have container designers on staff who can work with you to find the containers for your property.

We are a family business since 1994.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to All and to all . . .


What a year it has been. Our 16th year in business has been one of the best. Our customers have been a pleasure to work with. Our staff at the shop, Nancy, Kathryn, and William, thank you. We can only ask for good weather, good economy, and more nice clients for 2011. See you in 2011.


We will be closed from December 25th to January 4th.


Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas 50% off


Aren't the last few weeks/ days before Christmas crazy? Between holiday parties, teachers gifts, buying presents for those we don't know all that well, buying presents for those we do know well who have everything, Christmas is crazy! We hope that you and yours survive it all.
We will be open this week
Tuesday through Thursday 9:30 to 5:00
Friday Christmas Eve 9:30 to noon or so. . .
And Christmas is 50% off.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

2 Weeks Til Christmas!



Just a reminder ... as if you need a reminder. The holidays are quickly coming and going. We have many wreaths and garland and christmas decorations. ALL CHRISTMAS is 20% off.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Shop Local

Shop your local businesses today. Support your community. Did you know that out of $100, 70% of that stays in Charlotte if you shop local. So what do you say. . .take the pledge this year and spend your money locally.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving


"To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony." ~William Henry Channing

Happy Thanksgiving from all of The Royal Gardens.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Largest Hanging Basket


We carry hanging baskets but this is riduculous. Hotel Indigo in London England is where this gigantic flower baskets hangs. It's a bit heavy weighing in at more than a quarter of a ton. And the 20 foot by 10 foot basket hangs 25 feet in the air. The fabulous part is the 100 plus varieties of flowers that fill the basket. Gives new meaning to think big. . .

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Charlotte Garden Club Annual Bulb Sale 2010


The Charlotte Garden Club is kicking off their Annual Bulb Sale October 18th at the Mint Museum. Jeff Drumm will be talking about how to plant your bulbs and which ones would be the best for your garden.
Tulip bulb varieties include Lady Jane, Tinka, Big Smile, Menton, Blueberry Muffin Duo, to name a few. Daffodils bulbs include Barrett Browning, Ice Follies, Mount Hood and February Gold. Specialty and amaryllis varieties will also be for sale. To buy bulbs come to the meeting Monday October 18th at 7pm.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Don't waste the basil


Let's just say how wonderful these cool days and cooler nights are. But with the cooler nights herbs and plants start to prepare for winter or die. Basil doesn't really prepare so much as freeze out and die so don't waste it. Use it or store it or dry it.
My favorite way (and the fastest) is to put it in the blender and whirl it with some olive oil. It should be a little thick. Pour into ice cube trays; freeze, then when winter gets here (winter is bound to happen sooner or later) pull out a few of those cubes and pop them into vegetable soup. Or for a really fast dinner, thaw a cube and toss with a little pasta of your choice. Maybe some parmesan cheese. Viola! Dinner.
The same can be done with parsley, cilantro, mint or a mix of herbs. You could also use butter instead of olive oil. Yummy!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Elizabeth Home & Garden Tour This Weekend

Elizabeth Home and Garden Tour

Saturday, October 2nd from 11am to 5pm

Sunday, October 3rd from 1pm to 5pm

"5 Beautiful Homes and 4 Peaceful Gardens"

www.elizabethcommunity.com

Monday, August 30, 2010

What We Do

Residence

Private Residence


The Metropolitian
Charlotte Symphony Designer House

and much much more . . .

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Easiest Way to Maintain Your Fountain





If there was an easy way to clean your fountain, wouldn't you like to know? Well there is. A shop vac! It's easy. Take the filter out and suck away all the junk and goo.


Another tip to clear away the junk and goo is to splash a little vinegar in the fountain to keep the algae from forming.


As I have written before a fountain is a great addition to any garden. Keeping it clean and clear and you will enjoy your fountain always.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Importance of Containers

It's almost time to plant for fall. OK we have 3 weeks or so, but I am getting excited about the cool temperatures to come and changing out our containers. As I drive around town I see tired containers everywhere. To me, homes with no containers stand out like sore thumbs. They seem uninviting in a way. To see a container at the entrance of a home welcomes and is truly the first bit of hospitality you extend to someone as they drive to your home.
You have watched the HGTV shows. When they put a pot of plants any place in the yard things look freshened. I was watching one of the shows and they re-did the neighborhood in addition to re-doing someone's front yard. It truly was amazing to see the transformation of just a home that had a front door painted and 2 containers planted with annuals and placed in the front.
I also tell everyone that placing pots at the front door is an extention of the decor in the house. Not as many people see the inside of your home as they see the front yard. Make it the best that it can be.



Friday, July 30, 2010

Summer Time!

It's hot and, well just hot. Sitting by the pond or laying in the shade is the prefered mode these days.
Around the shoppe most people are coming in with algae bloom in these ponds. We recommend using a barley bag. Simply throw in a bag and wait a few days for crystal clear results. It's magic.
Our summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm. We have a little sale going on with 20% off containers, pottery and fountains and 50% off perennials, annuals, herbs and water plants. Just sayin'.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Vacation!!


We will be on a much needed vacation starting July 3rd re-opening July 13th. Our hours will also change. Our summer hours will be : Tuesday thru Saturday 10 to 4pm.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Brussels Flower Carpet

I wish my begonias looked like this. http://www.flowercarpet.be/site/main.php?lg=en


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Let's Meet at the MET


The 2010 Symphony Designer House at The METTerraces 1225 Baxter Street (at Kings Drive
overlooking Uptown) buy your tickets now! click here

Open to Public:
Apr 17 to May 9, 2010
Wed - Sat: 10am - 8pm
Sun: 1pm - 6pm
Closed Mon-Tue

THREE fabulous condominiums displaying design concepts for:
Empty Nesters (Unit 303) Check out The Royal Gardens on the Terrace
Urban Families
Young Professionals

Containers used on Unit 303 Terrace

Square glazed $299
Large strawberry pot $199
Medium Face Pot $113
Brookfield Half Rounds $299
Medium Green Lion Pot $350
Small green ball $150
Large Green Lion Pot $499
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar $375
Tall Mother in Law $999
Green Urn $599
Red ball $250
Campania Merida Planters$312
Campania Saguaro $327
Small Mother in Law $799
Fox $49.99
Oxo Watering pals $29.99
Glazed stones small $12 per color

(Some of the following containers are sold but can be ordered. Call the Royal Gardens to find out more)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Art In the Garden


The Charlotte Garden Club is proud to present a weekend of gardens, art and festivities. Relying upon the beauty of spring gardens, artists will set up their easels and paint "en plein air", capturing on canvas the serene beauty of the unique southern garden. Your one ticket includes touring six unique gardens with artists painting "en plein air" and the event on Sunday evening.The tickets are $15 in advance for members of the Mint Museum and Charlotte Garden Club, $20 in advance for non-members. Featured gardens are: Ginger Kemp (301 Eastover Rd. 28207), Ingrid and Walter Steele (2115 Foxcroft Woods Ln. 28211), Vaughan and Don Justice (3701 Columbine Circle 28211), Sharon and Steve Hockfield (5819 McAlpine Farm Rd. 28226), the Elizabeth Lawrence Garden (348 Ridgewood Ave. 28209) and Wing Haven (248 Ridgewood Ave. 28209).
Hours are from 10 - 4 p.m. on Sat., April 24 and 1 - 4 p.m. on Sun., April 25. Party at the MMA begins at 4:30 p.m. Sun. April 25 with an art auction by our garden plein air artists, drinks, refreshments and music. Tickets may be purchased at the Mint Museum of Art or individual gardens once the Tour begins. For more information: http://www.charlottegardenclub.org

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Celebrate Earth Day!


Celebrate Earth Day by planting your vegetable herb garden! Currently we have tomatoes, cabbage, rhubarb, peppers, brussel sprouts, and broccoli. Our herb selection is great with basil, oregano, thyme, lemon thyme, parsley, par-cel (Parsley/ celery or cutting celery some call it), marjoram, salad Burnett, Thai basil, and sorrel.

(photo from Bonnie Plants. Basil- Thai)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Garden Party Saturday!

You are invited to the Royal Gardens Garden Party THIS SATURDAY! From 9:30am to 5pm we will bring in the gardening season.

From 12:00pm to 2pm a Bonnie Plants representative will be here to answer all your herb and vegetable questions. Get tips on how to grow a bountiful garden. Bonnie Plants as seen on HGTV.

And as always we will help you plan and plant your pots or fountains. Mention the blog and get 10% off anything in the shoppe.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Maintaining your Fountain

Fountains are very simple and very easy to enjoy. For disappearing fountains all you need is a container, a basin, a pump and some stones. (More on those later in the month.) Or there are many other kinds of fountains that bring the calmness of water to your garden making it a place to enjoy.

There are a few key maintainance points for fountains.
  • Remember you will have to clean this fountain a minimum of 2 times a year. Once in the spring and once in the late fall before winter.
  • Get a pump with more power. You can always turn the power down.
  • The basin should have a "door" so you can reach the pump.
  • We recommend turning off and draining your fountains before winter, so the pumps don't freeze.
  • When digging in the basin for a disappearing fountain, it should be leveled above the ground by 2 inches so the mulch or soil around it does not run into the fountain. Big mess when this happens!
  • When you go away, you should turn off your fountain. If the fountain runs out of water, the pump will burn up.
  • If you have green algae in your fountain, put a splash of white vinegar in your fountain to neutralize the water. It is safe for your birds and pets.

These warm days that we are having are great times to get your fountains working just in time for spring.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Has Sprung!


Spring is finally here! We still have a few more days until the frost date (April 15). Enjoy your first days of spring.
Stop by the shoppe because we have basil, chives, cilantro, parsley, and sage. Also a wide assortment of vegetables. We EVEN have tomatoes!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Just In! Pots Pots and More Pots!

Tall ones, short ones round ones too! We have pots how about you! Many varieties to choose from. Concrete and glazed.









Monday, March 1, 2010

Start your Seeds!




Start your seeds now. Remember some seed variety's need 4 to 6 weeks to start good plants. Paper egg containers, milk containers, juice boxes or small pots can be good containers to start your seeds in. You want to start them inside because you don't know what kind of weather we will be getting (Snow!?!) and some varieties birds and squirrels take a liking to. Let us know how you plant your seeds. More to come on plant seeds.


Botanical Interests has a terrific blog and website that discusses everything seeds. They take great pride in the botanical illustrations on the packaging and more importantly the SAFE SEED PLEDGE. They do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. With over 400 varieties, it is hard to choose! (We carry about 100 of them)


Our hours are still winter hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Call us. 704-334-3764



Bonnie Plants are In!

It's time to plant some cold weather vegetables and herbs. We have started to carry Bonnie Plants with the 100% biodegradable containers. You know Bonnie plants for their tomatoes and vegetables, but they carry a nice variety of annuals and perennials as well.
But you say you don't have a vegetable garden or herb garden? Plant herbs under a rose shrub or create a space for a chard. Remember we carry planters and the newest hots thing is to grow your garden in containers.
Currently we have chives, collards, cabbage, rosemary, and strawberries. Selection will grow as the weather gets warmer.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Inspiration! Mint wall





Inspiration! A wall of mint. Perfect for the summer Mint Julip, Mojito, Iced tea. Other ideas might be to create a wreath of mint. We have a wreath of strawberries at the shoppe.

Succulent


What a winter we have had. Weekend after weekend, it seems we are getting socked with an interesting array of weather. Be it rains, snow, sleet, or just dark clouds. I wonder if we will ever see the sun again?

During these unbelievably cold days, I find myself bouncing around the Internet in search for a garden of green. I found a few wonderland pictures of green. I look for tell tale signs that let's me know that warm weather (above 50 degrees) will come again.

In the next few weeks I am going to work on some inspiration for gardens. Maybe it's whole gardens or maybe it is parts. What inspires you and your gardens?



(Succulent wreath, from Gather and Nest blog, gatherandnest.com)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

While we wait for spring. . .


Not much ground to dig these days with record freezing temperatures. And because it is winter, we are going to snuggle down for a few months. Our winter hours are shorter now but we will extend them once the thremometer goes above 60 degrees. Call it our hibernation. Come by and see us while we wait for spring.

Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Closed Sunday and Monday