Monday, October 1, 2018

Why We Love Fall, or, 10 Reasons to Visit Valley View Farms in October

Fall is a beautiful season. We get it! The weather, the trees, the time off between vacation and Christmas, the festivals and so much more add up to a good time. We're busy setting up the Christmas Shop, helping gardeners get their plants and lawns rebooted, and enjoying autumn. Here are our own Top Ten Reasons to come see us this month, not in any kind of order.

  1.  Ravens football! We love our team and have plenty of spirit. Honestly, we love the Monday, Thursday and late Sunday games best because they give us a chance to enjoy the daytime outside here at the garden center.
    Ravens gear for the home, the dog or you
  2. Mums and pansies are cool weather performers in the garden and oh, so colorful too. We grow them at our farm in Hydes, MD, and can have them delivered every day.
    4 sizes available 
  3. Trees, shrubs and perennial get the benefit of fall planting because the ground is still warm, even as the air temperatures cool down. Plants planted now will root in, providing a healthy, drought-tolerant plant come spring and summer. 
  4. Bulbs are some of the easiest things to grow, especially daffodils. Deer and smaller varmints don't like them, and who can resist their sunny, yellow blooms heralding spring. 
    Daffodils, tulips, crocus and more!
  5. Lawns may be hurting from too much rain this summer, so seeding now is a great way to have a beautiful grassy space come late fall and spring. 
    Grass seed for most situations
  6. Pumpkins! As one of our founders, Billy, used to say, "Pumpkins are like puppies; everybody loves them." And our BIG pumpkin will go on display Wednesday, October 3 at 10. You've got to see this thing up close and personal. 
    Our own pumpkin people!
  7. The Straw Maze is a fun place to watch the little kids test themselves. They may get a bit rambunctious at times; all the more fun. 
    We all need a hand sometimes
  8. The Haunted House in the back of our greenhouse is dark, scary and fun. We love to watch kids (and adults) work up the nerve to walk through the darkened tunnel. See the display of Halloween houses and accessories too!
    Are you afraid of clowns?
  9. The Christmas Shop is getting set-up. It's fun to watch the transformation and to spot all the new items. But, if it's too early for you, avoid the main building and stay with all that is fall outside and in the greenhouse. 
  10. PEOPLE! If you are a people watcher, love seeing children and families having fun, and are looking for remarkable photo ops, this is THE go-to place for fall. And we'll have face painting available on weekends from 10-6.
    This family arrives for their annual photo shoot
We could go on and on. Phoenix Wildlife Center celebrates Owl-o-ween
Wait until you see his head turn almost all the way around
with us on October 20, Paul DeRemigis will be here working on beautiful, original art all about Maryland, and we even have a guess-how-many-seeds-are-in-the-pumpkin contest. We will be open every day from 7 am-9 pm through fall. There's something for everyone in the family; we welcome your leashed pets too.
We love our pups!
See you soon! In the meantime, enjoy all of your other fall activities.