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Garden Show Radio Interview

Michael Bedrick owner of Let’s Bloom Together was interviewed on the Garden Show hosted by Pegi Ballister – Howells from WCTC Radio 1450 AM. Listen to Michael describe the gardening programs he offers and the discussion about what is the difference between a fruit and vegetable.

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News Posted Thu, Jul 1st, 2010 By Pegi Ballister – Howells from WCTC Radio 1450 AM

Refreshingly Simple

Janet Simon Garden Parties

A Gracious Mom-and-Tot Garden Party at New Vernon’s Hidden Pond Farm

On a gloriously golden day under a brilliant blue sky, interior designer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Janet Simon of New Vernon hosted a whimsical garden party at her family’s Hidden Pond Farm residence.

Kids’ potting party Digging in the Dirt is Good, Clean Fun Consummate entertainer Janet Simon of New Vernon believes that every space on her property deserves to be enjoyed. And that includes the tiny garden house that occupies a 13-by-15-foot parcel of land in the middle of the family’s hay field. “It’s so much more than a potting shed,” Simon says. “I enjoy using it for meditating, journaling, summer dining with my husband, and our annual hot chocolate holiday party. You won’t find any garden tools stored there.”

While Simon and a few friends enjoyed tea on the terrace on a sunny afternoon, she invited inquisitive preschoolers …


News Posted Sat, May 1st, 2010 By Susan Brierly - Park Place Magazine

Teaching Recycling at Chatham Day School

"Oh, sure, I'll throw that in the trash," said Marigold Mike, pointing to a piece of cardboard he held up in front of a room full of Chatham Day School students. He then proceeded to pick up magazines from Toys R Us, LL Bean and other companies. "I'll just throw those in the trash, by the way," he said.

Marigold Mike, whose real name is Michael Bedrick, was at the school on Wednesday to teach the children about recycling, and was playing the part of someone who doesn't know how to recycle. It's bad, he told them, to throw such things out, since they can be recycled so easily. But that's what lots of people do—throw them out.

He asked the young students in the room to imagine if each and every one of them decided to fill up their trash cans with recyclable materials, instead of choosing to put …


News Posted Thu, Apr 22nd, 2010 By Zach Subar - Chatham Patch

Recycling Fun At Children’s Museum

On February 15th Let’s Bloom Together’s dynamic Marigold Mike will present two fun recycling workshops to kick off Winter Vacation week at the Community Children’s Museum located at 77 East Blackwell St., Dover, NJ 07801. The two sessions held from 10:30am to 11:30am and from 2:30-3:30pm will use games and stickers to introduce recycling to children of all ages. These workshops and a related take home craft will be free with the price of museum admission. The Museum will be open February 15th thru the 20th from 10am to 5pm providing hands on fun for families in Northern New Jersey during their school vacation.

Let’s Bloom Together® is an enrichment program that provides fun gardening classes to children ages 3–10 at the New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program, a part of Rutgers Extension, the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and many school and organizations in the Morris County area.

The …


News Posted Mon, Feb 15th, 2010

At Work Profiles Let's Bloom Together

At Work with Let's Bloom Together Libby Barsky THE JEWISH STATE January 29, 2010

Name: Let's Bloom Together Type of business: A gardening program for youngsters ages 3-10 in group instruction or as a birthday party Address: P.O. Box 1234, Morristown Telephone: (973) 270-0102 Web site: www.letsbloomtogether.com Number of employees: 1 Founded: February 2008 Top officer: Michael Bedrick

How would you describe your business? "Let's Bloom Together is a gardening program designed to make learning about plants and flowers fun and interesting for children. It's a gardening and enrichment program that is a lot deeper than just gardening. The themes of responsibility, sustainability, and community are woven throughout all the lessons. Sessions also include all the core subject matter that schools are required to teach like science, math, history, astronomy are in the program."

What makes your business special? "It's a unique approach to gardening and I do everything -- …


News Posted Fri, Jan 29th, 2010 By Jewish State Download Jewish State

Corporate Cog Finds Success As Flower Guru

Stonybrook Day Camp Randolph NJ

Money doesn't grow on trees, but at least one Morris Township resident hopes profits sprout from his plants.

Last year, before the recession began uprooting lives, Michael Bedrick took a big risk.

He jettisoned his 13-year career in corporate sales and founded his one-man company, Let's Bloom Together. Instead of grueling commutes to Queens, N.Y., Bedrick visits classrooms and day camps throughout North Jersey, teaching young children about plants and how to care for the environment.

Now known as "Marigold Mike," -- his favorite flower -- Bedrick, 42, hopes his blend of education, humor and salesmanship will help his business grow to become a major part of his family's income.

"Let me explain something very clearly. I am not a teacher, but the goal of teaching is to get a message across and make it stick in a fun, loving, nurturing way," he said in a recent interview at his …


News Posted Mon, Aug 10th, 2009 By Danny Teigman - The Star-Ledger

Tiny Green Thumbs Get To Work In Chester

Let's Bloom Together is sponsoring its first annual "Beautification Project" in Morris County in collaboration with The Kiddie Academy of Chester and KC's Coffee Place.

Pre-k and kindergarten students from the Kiddie Academy of Chester, under the guidance of Mike Bedrick, planted annuals at KC's Coffee Place.

Let's Bloom Together is a gardening enrichment program designed to make learning about plants and flowers fun and interesting for children. Students not only learn about plants through hands-on experiences, they learn the importanace of taking care of the environment.


News Posted Thu, May 14th, 2009 Download Tiny Green Thumbs

Stonybrook Day Camp in Randolph NJ

Classes start April 18, 2009 and are every
Saturday at 9:30am for 8 weeks.
Children ages 3 - 10 are welcome.  Come experience these topics and more:

  • Learn how plants and flowers grow
  • Learn the names of plants and flowers and what they look like
  • Learn the proper use of gardening tools
  • Learn the importance of ongoing care for plants and flowers
  • Develop an appreciation for nature and the environment
  • Learn responsibility for themselves and for the planet
  • Recycling and Composting (Keep It Green)
  • Develop hand/eye coordination as well as fine and gross motor skills
  • Develop observational, social, emotional and creative skills
  • Get a basic introduction to an array of academic subjects

To Register for this event download the attached PDF form and return via mail to:
Let's Bloom Together
PO Box 1234
Morristown, NJ 07962


Event: Sat, Apr 18th, 2009 at 9:30 am for 8 weeks Posted Sat, Apr 18th, 2009 Download Stonybrook Registration Form

New Venture Blooms, Morristown-based business teaches gardening to kids

Michael Bedrick wants kids to know that gardening is fun.

"I can remember as far back as 3 years old when I was planting in the garden with my father," Bedrick said. "Those are some of the happiest memories of being with my dad and being side by side with him teaching me all about gardening and planting. It was so cool to be out there with him. He taught me how to plant flowers, vegetables and so many other things about the earth and the soil."

For 16 years, Bedrick held corporate jobs. But about a year ago, he had an epiphany and made a decision to follow his dream and lifelong passion: gardening.


News Posted Wed, Jan 14th, 2009 By Janet Erwood - Morristown This Week Download MorristownThisWeek.com PDF article

Planting Seeds In Young Minds


News Posted Wed, May 14th, 2008 By myBusiness Section of MORRISTOWN THIS WEEK Download Planting Seed In Young Minds
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