How-To Video: Tips for Beginning Gardeners

Gardening can be fun, and gardening can be easy! The key is being confident about what you’re doing. At Armstrong Garden Centers, our goal is to take the guesswork out of gardening, because it’s the guesswork that makes gardening mysterious and sometimes not so much fun.

1. Decide how much time you want to devote to gardening

  • That will help your garden center associate suggest what’s right for you
  • Decide what you want to get out of your efforts. The showcase yard of the neighborhood? Cut flowers for the house? Fresh, homegrown veggies?
  • It’s best to start with a simple, weekend project. Don’t attempt to do everything at once.
  • Once you’ve defined your simple project, hit the garden center.

2. Find your neighborhood independent garden center

  • That’s where the experts are
  • That’s where the quality plants are
  • They’ve hand-selected the best plants for your area
  • With 31 California nurseries, there’s sure to be an Armstrong not far from your neighborhood

3. What to do at the Garden Center

  • Don’t be shy! Simply tell the nursery associate that you’re a beginning gardener. Nothing wrong with that! We are all beginners at one time.
  • If you want to walk around and get inspiration, tell them that! Garden centers are colorful, fun, interesting, inspiring places.
  • Tell the associate about your project. Ask them how to get started—and to make it simple!
  • Tell them you want them to point out everything you’ll need to be successful.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Experienced gardeners love to help beginners.

4. What to do if something seems wrong (or you’re just not sure)

  • Come back in to the garden center.
  • Explain (or show) what seems wrong. (Plastic sandwich bags are for mysterious leaf problems and funny-looking bugs!)
  • The nursery expert can help you get things right.
  • Remember, gardens are always a work in progress. But they should always be fun and not difficult.
  • Don’t forget: At Armstrong Garden Centers, our job is to take the guesswork out of gardening.