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FREE PLAYSHOPS FACEBOOK CONTEST

Posted on October 17, 2016

Silverthorn Landscape Supplies is giving away free Playshops to our friends on Facebook! You and a friend could win a chance to be invited to one of our Playshops between October 14th and December 10th at no charge!

HOW TO ENTER

  1. Visit our Visit our Facebook page
  2. Like our page if you haven't already
  3. Find our Playshops contest post and comment a friend or family member that you think would enjoy the Silverthorn Playshops experience! There are no limits as to the number of entries!

How many Playshops are being given away?
There will be 9 Playshops given away between October 14th and December 6th at 9am to the person who commented and the person who they tagged.

How are winners chosen?
Winners will be randomly chosen from our Facebook contest post.

How do the winners redeem their winning Playshop?
Once you have been notified of your winning, simply call (519 765 2379) or send us an email: info@silverthornlandscape.com to reserve your seat in our Playshops experience on Fridays and Saturdays from October 14th to December 10th!

ABOUT PLAYSHOPS

Times
Fridays 6:30pm
Saturdays at 9am and 11am and 1pm.
For Groups that would like their own playshop- we will try and accommodate a time that works for you and SLS. We require a minimum of 6 people.
Running from Oct 15 – Dec 10th 2016.

How it works and what is included
We help you create, celebrate and make memories using natural stone products. Together with an instructor you will create a piece of art that can be a family heirloom, wonderful gift or a piece of your own art to show off as you please. The playshops are held in a heated barn, where we provide you with an atmosphere of fun and laughter. Hot chocolate, mesmerizing tunes and lots of inspiration are provided to help you create your unique piece of art. You can choose supplies from a large variety of creative material both natural and manmade. You can take your masterpiece home with you or if required, it can stay awhile at SLS till it completely dries. You can Start Building some family or friend traditions that let you build art and strengthen relationships at the same time. Relax and unwind, no experience necessary and don’t forget – we clean up the mess! CAUTION: may be addictive: you will want to come back and create all the time!

For Groups
Group playshops are based on a minimum of 6 attendees. For Adult playshops only, you are welcome to bring in your own food and drinks including wine or alcohol of your choice. You just need to purchase a Liquor License. They may be purchased by you online or at any liquor store for ~$10.

INTRODUCING THE #1 WATER FEATURE

The most interesting, most personal, most intriguing, and most fun water feature that is inspiring many gardeners is the “Bubbling Rock.”

What in the world is a bubbling rock you might ask? Let me explain...

A bubbling rock is comprised of a unique, gorgeous (can you tell I love rocks) piece of rock with a hole drilled down the centre. Then the rock is placed on a special water basin and fitted with a pump and hose…and voilà! Add water, turn it on, and you have water bubbling out the top of your magnificent rock piece.

There is so much fun to be had in simply getting a bubbling rock! The first steps include you meandering over areas of diverse, unique and exquisite piles of rock and picking out the one that calls to you. This can be an interesting process as we have observed many couples going back and forth to pick out the one that’s just right for them.

Step two entails deciding exactly where you want to put the feature in your yard. Some things we like our customers to consider are:

After those decisions have been made it’s easier to pick out the size of basin, pump, and hose required.

Decorative gravel to surround the bubbler and hide component parts is the final item to pick out – and believe it or not there are over 20 kinds, colours, and textures to choose from. Come on out to Silverthorn and see our incredible displays of bubbling rocks or sign up for a How To Install A Water Feature Seminar to get hands on experience before you build it.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO INSTALL NIGHT LIGHTING

As one of our signs at SLS so eloquently states: “Don’t you dare buy a bubbling rock without installing night lighting! It’s like an ice cream cone without the ice cream!”

Many customers put a lot of thought and effort into creating a beautiful haven in their backyard but unfortunately don’t include night lighting. Night lighting creates a magical look – it’s actually my preferred time of viewing my backyard. Rocks are softened, leaves gently sway in and out of the light, and fish swim through the light in the pond. Lights create an ambience not found anywhere else and elegance is brought to the landscape.

Here are a few reasons you need to make night lighting an essential part of your landscaping:

A tranquil garden, softly illuminated with night lighting, helps to establish the landscape as your haven, your shelter, your place to unwind and relax.

Imagine sitting in your backyard, a favourite beverage in hand, the moon in the sky and the beauty all around you softly illuminated with nightlight. Your plants and garden ornaments are showcased.

Easy? Yes very easy. Technology in the lighting field has increased substantially. It’s simple for a homeowner to install outdoor LED (high efficiency) night lights not only in the garden beds and around pathways and decks, but also in and around water features. These new lights are capable of being constantly submerged.

Lights come with various forms of attachment – a spike in the ground or a swivel base, which can be camouflaged with soil, mulch, or decorative stone. Lights are plugged into transformers that have dawn to dusk automatic on/off cycles or easy 4 or 6 or 8 hour “on” features. If you are an early riser, have them come on in the morning also, just so you can benefit from the beauty of your backyard while enjoying your first cup of coffee. What a wonderful way to start the day!

ONE SIMPLE, YET SO EFFECTIVE WAY TO CHANGE UP YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE - ROCKS, ROCKS, ROCKS
(Or is it Stones, stones, stones, or Decorative Gravel, gravel, gravel?)

Some of the most beautiful landscapes the world has to offer are largely made up of rock. Yes, rock has, is, and always will be an easy, beautiful way to change your landscape. One of the most versatile elements in nature, natural stone makes for a great landscape makeover. Rocks add contrast, they add texture, and they can serve as a durable ground cover.

Large pieces of landscape rockery can strategically be placed in and around your garden bed adding height dimension and interest to an area. All on their own they can create a centre piece or focal point to work a landscape around.

Try using the trick of placing decorative rocks or boulders in the landscape and burying the bottom of the rock into the ground. How far you go depends on the size of your rock. By doing this you give the illusion of the rock having always been there and that it might be bigger than one realizes. It leaves room for imagination when viewing. If a decorative or accent rock is properly placed it will have much more impact than you realize, as it can truly define a space and add sculptural interest.

Using large cubicle boulders as an edging can add various levels to your landscape without having to create a berm or raised planting bed. Most interesting landscapes tend to have more than one level.

Whimsical Ideas for Decorate Gravel

Crushed rock of various colours, known as decorative gravel, can be used in a myriad of ways.

And let’s not forget the Zen gardens – carefully composed arrangements of rock, often using sand or decorative gravels that are raked into beautiful designs. These are peaceful retreats and in this hectic world they are a valued treasure.

Beautiful boulders, medium stones, and small gravel add character, interest, and impact to your outdoor living area – you are only limited by your imagination.

At SLS we carry rocks from around the world of all shapes and sizes. They last a lifetime – in fact you can bequeath them to your children.

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