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Today's Takeaway with Florine Mark

Apr 19, 2021

With Rick Vespa, President of English Gardens Landscaping and Co-Chair at English Gardens

Now that the warmer weather is here, I’m so grateful to be spending more time outdoors soaking up that sunshine. There’s just something so wonderfully healing about being outside surrounded by the sight of those lovely green plants and smelling my beautiful flowers. But even when the weather is not cooperating, we can still bring the healthy outdoors inside our home. Did you know that indoor plants and flowers may actually boost your health? My guest today, Rick Vespa, is the President of English Gardens Landscaping and Co-Chair of English Gardens. Rick talks with us all about the health benefits of plants, how to properly care for them, when to plant them, and much more. Listen to this episode to inspire your own green thumb today!


What You’ll Hear on This Episode:


  • Some history about English Gardens.
  • More about English Gardens’ services.
  • What spring flowers are in bloom right now?
  • What are the easiest indoor plants to care for?
  • What are the Garden Pharmacy and Garden Club at English Gardens?
  • Are there plants that don’t need any light?
  • What’s the deal with Orchids?
  • The health benefits of plants.
  • When to start planting different plants.
  • What are fertilizer and mulch and what do we need them for?
  • What changes did English Gardens make during COVID-19?
  • What does English Gardens do besides sell plants?
  • What’s the difference between buying a live or artificial Christmas tree?
  • A final word from Rick on what services English Gardens can provide.



Today’s Takeaway:

Spending time outdoors in the sunshine has been proven to reduce anxiety and stress. Boosting your Vitamin D levels not only lifts your mood, but it may help fight depression and the early signs of dementia. So, get outside and get working in the garden! It’s not only great exercise, but studies show that digging in the dirt may help reduce allergy symptoms. Now that spring is here, there’s no better time to begin planting your garden. While you’re designing your new garden, make sure to leave plenty of room for a vegetable, fruit, and herb garden, as well. I am a regular shopper and browser at English Gardens. It inspires me and it can inspire you too. Remember that each day is a gift. Start your garden today, and you’ll reap the benefits all year. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”

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Florine Mark

Mentioned in This Episode:

English Gardens

English Gardens Landscaping