How to Overwinter and Care for Mums


by Sue Adams

Our winters can be challenging for mums, so to help them survive Hudson Valley winters:

When the foliage has succumbed to frost, cut the plant back to the ground. Apply a thick mulch (chopped leaves, pine needles, etc.) over the plants. When spring arrives and the threat of frost is over, remove the mulch. Simple reminder: When the forsythia bloom, it’s time to remove mulch!

When the plants are 6-8”, remove the top growth, taking it down to three or four leaves up from the base of the mum. This will encourage the plant to produce side branches and create a bushier, more flower productive clump.

Dutchess County Fair 2016 Highlights

What a great week we’ve had at the 2016 Dutchess County Fair! Adams had another strong showing throughout the fair, with Adams Landscaping, Sue Adams and our Poughkeepsie Flower Shop winning awards for their plants and displays. Check out a few of the highlights:

2017 New Variety Display 2016 DC Fair copy


Thanks to all who visited our displays and voted for 2017’s best new plant varieties!

Local Artist Jamie Taylor Featured at Adams Newburgh

For the month of July, our Newburgh store will exhibit artwork by local artist and New York State art educator Jamie Taylor.

“Ms. Jamie Taylor is an artist and permanently certified New York state art educator with over 20 years of teaching experience. Ms. Taylor graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a Bachelor of Science degree in art education. She also holds a Master of Art in Art Studio degree with a specialty in printmaking, from SUNY at New Paltz. While earning her Associate of Applied Science degree at SUNY at Rockland Community College, Ms. Taylor received an honors scholarship. Upon graduation, she was elected by the college to Phi Sigma Omicron for academic achievement.”



When Adams first collaborated with the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region to launch our monthly art exhibits, Jamie was essential in bringing in local artists to participate for the first year. With each artwork sold, 50% of the sale price will benefit the artist directly and 50% will be donated to the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region.

View more of Jamie’s work on her website,

Michael Credo Photography Exhibit at Adams in Newburgh

For the month of June, our Newburgh store will exhibit work by Michael Credo, a Hudson Valley based photographer. You’ll see some familiar Valley scenes in Michael’s photos, along with breathtaking landscapes and mesmerizing long-exposure shots.

Michael Credo was born and raised in Dutchess County. At a very young age his mother introduced him to photography, giving him a disposable camera every time they went on vacation or to a special event with his family. After many years he worked his way up to different film cameras. He has been self-taught for over 20 years.

Michael is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and earned a BA in 2000. While at the CIA his passion for both food and photography blended together as he documented various dishes and places he worked throughout the United States. While Living in Telluride, Colorado, Mike fell in love with the outdoors and the beauty of Mother Nature.

After the passing of his mother in 2007, he followed her advice to not take anything for granted and enjoy life. This is when the spark ignited and he looked at the world not only through his eyes but also through his view finder.

Michael’s work has been published in various local newspapers and used on many websites. One of his most notable accomplishments is his “Bank Sq” picture which can be seen throughout Beacon, NY and has placed 1st in art shows as well as winning “Best in Show”. Michael was also given the opportunity to assist Robert Rodriguez Jr. on his recent “Beyond the Lens” workshop in Tennessee.

Michael takes pride in all of his work and tries to document all of his pictures as he cap- tures exact moments in time.

To experience more of Michael’s work visit