Williamsburg Tree Bed Makeover

Our garden team recently took to the streets of Williamsburg to revamp some of the tree beds on our block.
As you can see in this ‘before’ shot, the planters were overgrown and in desperate need of some TLC:

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First things first, the team needed to clear out all those unsightly weeds and replace the soil with some fresh bags from Fox Farm Organic. We also enlisted the help of one of our many kiddie pools to conveniently carry the soil out into the street.

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After preparing the soil, the team got to carefully placing the plants to create a beautiful garden landscape!

Thankfully, a little helper came by to give it the final touches…

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Now that’s more like it!

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Thank you to the Crest Garden Center Team for making this possible!

Spoga Gafa 2018 - Recap!

This month was very exciting and informative for the team at Crest Hardware. I was invited to participate in a discussion with several prominent home & garden bloggers at the Spoga Gafa tradeshow in Germany.

I initially met the folks from Spoga at the annual NRHA conference this past Spring, where I was invited to speak on a panel among other leading hardware retailing experts. After hitting it off over dinner and beers, I was invited to give a talk about my experience with garden retailing in an urban environment. Given that Crest is located in such a hyper-urban area, we carry a unique perspective on retailing. It was amazing to get to share some of the challenges we face and the opportunities that lie here with an entire new continent of people!

I’m excited for these gatherings and to share with the retailing community both nationally and world-wide. I’ll be heading out later this month to the True Value Reunion, so stay tuned for more!

-Joe


Thank you to all the bloggers who attended the meet & greet! Great talks with great people that are taking the garden industry to new heights.

Xenia - http://www.berlingarten.de/

Sandra - http://grüneliebe.de/

Anja - https://der-kleine-horror-garten.de/

Elke - https://guenstiggaertnern.blogspot.com/

Carina - http://wohngoldstueck.de/

Welcome Greg, Our New Garden Center Manager!

We would like to introduce you all to Greg Peterson, our new garden center manager!

 Greg standing in our 5000 SF Garden Center

Greg standing in our 5000 SF Garden Center

Greg's earliest memory of the plant kingdom is trying to avoid the thorns while picking raspberries from the shrubs in his backyard. Also weeding the vegetable garden, mowing the lawn, and his first actual job, detasseling corn.  

He enjoys jogging, the novels of Henry Green, and teaching piano lessons, and is both excited and honored to be the new Garden Center Manager at Crest Hardware. 

Come by and say Hi!

New Plants In-Stock for Summer!

Our Garden Center is poppin' off right now!

We have a grand assortment of plants! From mounted neoregelia to the dramatic flaming sword... Come by Crest and head out back to our 5,000 SF Garden Center, we've got you covered!

Bromeliads galore! Chinese Money Plants! Staghorn Ferns! All of these will make that perfect & unique gift when visiting friends and fam. We've got plants for indoors and outdoors, so don't forget to spruce up your own apartment with a few colorful selections for the Summer season.

We also have ceramic pots and planters to go with your new plants! Each with its own interesting design, including geometric shapes and an assortment of colors and textures.

If you have any questions about plant care & maintenance, please feel free to chat up our friendly Garden Center staff, they're here to help!

Bonsai Trees at Crest!

BONSAI !!!!

We are super excited & proud to now carry Bonsai Trees from New England Bonsai, the largest bonsai nursery on the East Coast!

Our selections includes: Japanese Juniper, Ficus Retusa, Oriental Ficus, Bahama Berry & much more.

Terrariums in the house!

...greenhouse that is! 

All kinds of round, cylindrical and geometric shaped houses for your plants!

We carry a large selection from Syndicate Home & Garden including glass vases,
cloches and hanging terrariums.

 Bubble Ball

Bubble Ball

 Glass Cloche

Glass Cloche

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 Round Hanging Terrariums

Round Hanging Terrariums

 Geometric Hanging Terrariums

Geometric Hanging Terrariums

Our greenhouse is stocked up all year long, so come down and check out our current selection!

Crest Deliveries in Full-Effect!

We finally have our very own fully-decorated Crest Hardware delivery van, featuring our famous Key Guy mascot!
Now you can shop at Crest and not have to worry about carrying heavy or over-sized items home or on the train. 
Check out our delivery page HERE to see our covered zones and pricing.

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Throwback Thursday

Here's a picture from 2007, the year we officially broke ground in creating our now 5000 SF Urban Garden Center. 

 Circa 2007

Circa 2007

We spent a good amount of time clearing out the area, pulling up roots and laying out the framework for our vision. It took a few years before we were able to build the garden center to what it is today, but memories like these remind us how it all started.