When writing The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett supplemented her research by penning her first drafts in chlorophyll and going undercover as a neglected houseplant. Grow closer to a long-studied subject with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of annuals, perennials, and gardening supplies at Green Acres Greenhouse in Watrous.
Green Acres's experienced staff educates customers on an arboretum of flowers, trees, fruits, and grasses suited to the local Zone 2b prairie climate, as well as tools, decor, and pre-planted arrangements ready for display. Annuals, like ill-conceived new years resolutions, bloom and survive for only one year—creating colourful crops of zonal geraniums and New Guinea impatiens ($6.29 for 5" round). Seedling geraniums ($10.99 for six), red fountain grass ($5.29), and gallons of tumbler tomatoes ($8.99) outlast even the luckiest goldfish, and assorted perennials (starting at $3.99 for 3.5" round) step stylishly into the ring for multiple rounds against the seasons. Greenery gurus can also lead customers through rows of bedding plants grown from cuttings, including growables from acclaimed plant brand Proven Winners.
Customers may create their own gravity-defying greens from Green Acres' custom blooming hanging baskets or patio planters (starting at $34.99), embarking on a two-week cultivating process during which client or staff-picked plants stretch their roots inside included baskets and soil. Guests also peruse a wide selection of herbal hardware, including garden trellises, tongs, fertilizer, trowels, gloves, and gnome repellant.