Evening Water Garden Tour 2017

DSC_9344This year the Autumnal Equinox takes place on Friday, September 22.  It is easy to see why for some folks, Autumn is their favorite season!  Eight days after the official start of fall we will be hosting our annual Evening Water Garden Tour on Saturday, September 30th from 5:00pm – 11:00pm.

This fall tour features an eclectic array of gorgeous properties beneath a stellar September sky.  The moon and the stars won’t be the only illumination on this special evening.  Each property will include a beautiful water feature; a pond, a pondless waterfall, or fountain, all illuminated by an array of lighting techniques. From integrated LED fixtures, bullet lighting, pathway and deck lighting, laser lights, up-lighting and underwater lights; all energy efficient and low voltage, there will be many different examples of ways to extend your outdoor living season.  Besides adding beauty to your property, lighting also adds to your home’s value and creates additional security.

DSC_9325This festive tour will include a progressive dinner al fresco for attendees throughout the evening.  As we travel by bus we will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, a main course, and dessert and coffee, each served at a different featured location.  Attendees will marvel at the unique outdoor vignettes that each of our homeowners has created.  It is our hope that attendees will find inspiration as they travel from location to location in the guided bus.  The lure of outdoor dining seems to be primeval, much like the draw of the warmth from a burning fireplace or fire pit.  We seem to gravitate to this outdoor lifestyle like moths to a flame. 

This year’s 2017 Evening Water Garden Tour is anticipated to be a sellout, so if you are interested in attending, please reserve your tickets as soon as possible by clicking here!  Check out photos of previous tours by clicking here!  This is truly a magical night that we are sure you will thoroughly enjoy!

IWGS (International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society) at Longwood Gardens & Turpin

Longwood Gardens 01We are extremely honored to announce that Turpin Landscaping has been chosen to collaborate with the International Waterlily & Water Garden Society and be part of their annual symposium that visits Longwood Gardens.   We will be offering a mini pond tour for the attendees and international visitors. This Annual Symposium has been instrumental in uniting like-minded individuals and organizations to share their knowledge and passion. A practice that is instrumental in furthering the hobby and the industry. It is with great pride that we look forward to continue uniting the water garden industry in a cooperative and collective way. This symposium is open to all who would like to attend; from novice gardeners to award winning champions, the society is open to anyone with a passion for waterlilies and water gardening.

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This year the IWGS will be going ‘Back to the Garden’; Longwood Gardens that is. It will be the third official visit in 30+ years of IWGS Symposia. One of the world’s great gardens, Longwood’s story is one of legacy, innovation, and stewardship, history, horticulture, education and a vision for the future.  The Symposium will take place in Glen Mills, PA from August 8th-11th, 2017. For more information.

What are Pond Plants and How do they Benefit my Koi Pond in Philadelphia?

Pond PlantsPond plants, or aquatic plants, aren’t just used in water gardens to provide beauty and naturalization. Aquatic plants also serve the very important function of helping to balance the Koi Pond ecosystem. Their valuable biological filtration helps remove nitrogen, ammonia, nitrates, and other minerals that algae would otherwise feed on. In addition, the pond plants provide food, shade, and protection for the fish and wildlife that live in and around you water feature or koi pond. Typically, they are divided into four groups – water lilies, marginals, floating plants, and submerged plants.

To Learn How to Plant Aquatic Plants Click Here!

Water Lilies

Water Lilies are available in hardy and tropical varieties. They both come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Their leaves provide your fish with shade from the sun as well as protecting them from potential predators. [Read more…]