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Main Line Gardens
376 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2300

Seasonal Tip

Drying Fresh Flowers
July 23, 2009

Now that we are approaching August, it is time to give thought to preserving the beauty of your flowers and the bounty of your herb garden for enjoyment through the upcoming fall and winter. "How can we do this?" you may ask. The answer is drying.

There are many different ways to dry your herbs and flowers but the easiest and least expensive way is through air-drying. It may seem like a slow process but it will give you great results. The plant material to be dried is collected, tied, and hung upside down in a warm, dark, dry place with good air circulation. The darkness helps preserve the flower color and does not deplete the herbs of their oils. If you have the space or are trying to preserve larger sized blooms, you can also elevate wire racks or screens on blocks and place your plants on top until they have dried. Attics, garages, and potting sheds are ideal locations for drying plant material.

When drying fresh flowers, pick late in the morning when plants are dry but not wilted from heat and sun. Select flowers at different stages of development, from buds to fully open blossoms. Flowers will open further as they dry.

Most plants dry best when tied in bunches and hung upside down. Make sure the plants are dry. Tie 6 to 10 stems together - about two inches from the stem ends, or use a rubber band to fasten them together. Your plants are thoroughly dry when the stems snap easily. This can take up to three weeks.

To strengthen your dried flowers, spray them with clear lacquer, hair spray, or clear craft spray.

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Read about Main Line Gardens acquiring Waterloo Gardens!

Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.

Please note that Main Line Gardens is not able to honor Waterloo Gardens gift cards/certificates, item exchanges or returns, broken or damaged items, etc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.