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SPONSORED CONTENT BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT SPONSORED CONTENT Colonial Gardens GARDEN PARTY! CELEBRATING JUNE 17th Colonial Gardens’ 50th anniversary is in full bloom, and owner Eric Schmidt can’t help but smile when reflecting on the last half century of his family’s business. Schmidt is the second-generation owner, taking over Colonial Gardens from his father who had purchased the business in 1967 in an effort to return to his family roots in farming. Colonial Gardens isn’t your average garden center or florist; it is a Phoenixville oasis without comparison. With its recently expanded facilities, Colonial Gardens is proud to offer all forms of agri- entertainment — with Pumpkinland, Haunted Gardens, a butterfly garden, garden art, a maze, Butterfly, Holiday Light Festival and so much more. Additionally, a wedding area has been constructed featuring an allée. Brides and grooms will now have the opportunity to hold an intimate wedding ceremony in an exquisite formal garden, and walk through a boulevard of flowering trees on the way to the altar. The facilities can even be rented for events and parties. What excites Schmidt most is that Colonial Gardens has been more than a business; it has become a reflection of Phoenixville’s growth and ever-changing community. As Phoenixville has grown, so has the garden center. Over the past year Schmidt and his team have been making significant investments to ensure that Colonial Gardens will be able to continue serving the Phoenixville community for generations to come. Along with community growth, the diversity of clients and their needs have changed. “It’s no longer just older couples coming in to do weekend gardening,” Schmidt explains. “We are starting to see a huge diversity of clients, from all ages and backgrounds.” He credits local restaurants for helping to inspire culinary interest. The diversity of vegetables in the center’s inventory has increased by more than 30% this year alone. “Two years ago people didn’t grow kale, and now it’s a superfood. People try something in a restaurant, and then they want to add it to their garden so they can create it at home,” notes Schmidt. The types of gardens have changed too, with more and more customers having container gardens or small raised beds. Regardless of the changes around them, the foundation of family and community on which Colonial Gardens’ success has been built remains stronger than ever. Schmidt and the staff design and install many of the public plantings in the area while serving on the Phoenixville Beautification Committee and donating time and materials to many local nonprofit organizations. 12 1.800.558.0940, ext. 202 TO ADVERTISE | Phoenixville Area “It is important to us to connect with our surrounding communities and create beautiful public plantings so that our area is a better place to live and enjoy,” Schmidt says. Colonial Gardens, which offers landscape consultation, design, house calls and installation, carries a large selection of plants including many new varieties that are exclusively offered. Experts are always on hand to assist customers and offer gardening guidance either at the shop or at your home for more personal service. The florist also specializes in custom weddings and corporate parties, and you can rent blooming plants and shrubs to decorate a special event. “The more information you bring us in the form of pictures, samples and measurements, the better we can serve you,” Schmidt adds. With spring finally in season it’s time to get growing with Colonial Gardens. 50th Anniversary Garden Party Help us celebrate 50 years of excellence on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 10:00 a.m. Herb Presentation • 11:30 a.m. Butterfly Release • 1:30 p.m. Ladybug Presentation • 2:00 p.m. Ladybug Release • 2:30 p.m. Gift Raffle • Plus music, food, hayrides, gift vendors and special sales! Call 610.948.9755 to reserve your butterfly/ladybug now.. Colonial Gardens 745 Schuylkill Rd., Phoenixville • 610.948.9755