Pumped for Pumpkins: DIY Decor Ideas for Fall

We’re getting pumped for fall! Are you? Check out our top five unique pumpkin DIY decorating ideas! 
Fall is here. Halloween is just around the corner. And the orange, yellow, green and white hues of pumpkins glows from every corner. Although decorating with pumpkins stems from a seasoned ritual, Garden Supply Company has a few ideas that put a spin on the fall decorating tradition. Let’s get creative!

Our Top Five Unique Pumpkin Decorating Ideas:

1. Pumpkin Container Garden – Ceramic pots come in all shapes, sizes and colors these days. But if you’re really in the fall fest spirit, why not make your own pot? No need for clay and kiln here! We’re talking about using your pumpkin as a pot. For this pumpkin project, all you’ll need is a kitchen knife and serving spoon. Cut the top off of the pumpkin just like you would if you were carving a jack-o-lantern, scoop the seeds out from the inside, add potting soil and your choice of fall plants.

2. Seasonal Succulent Garden – No need for a knife here! Creating a succulent container garden actually requires gluing, not cutting. For this project you’ll need spray adhesive, a hot glue gun, moss and succulent cuttings. Rather than cutting the top from the pumpkin, simply spray the bottom of your moss and adhere to the area near the stem in small sections. Once the top is covered, gather your succulent cuttings and begin to hot glue them to the moss beginning with the center first.

What we love about this pumpkin piece is that the succulents will begin to grow into the moss if they are cared for properly. Just mist once a week with a small spray bottle. Once your pumpkin begins to age, simply cut the top off and plant the succulents elsewhere!

3. Glitzy Table Arrangements – There are many ways to make your miniature to medium-sized pumpkins and gourds fit for a feast. The easiest way to do this is to douse them in gold! Simply purchase a can of gold (white and silver work too!) spray paint and paint an assortment of our traditionally orange pumpkins. Wait for them to dry and then spread them across your dinner table runner or pile them in a large white or wooden serving dish for display. These center-pieces are sure to dazzle your guests!

4. Festive Table Toppers – Tiny pumpkins and gourds are oh, so cute! Why not buy a few or enough to adorn your dinner table or another place in the house that could use a little light? Take the tops off of each pumpkin and carve them so that there’s room for a votive candle in each one. Just before your guests arrive or the kids sit down for dinner, light the votives for your special occasion.

5. Halloween-Themed Terrarium – With the cooler air coming our way, terrariums are a beautiful way to bring the outdoors in. Dress up your terrarium with miniature pumpkins and gourds or small spooky gravestones and skulls from our gift shop.

Interested in creating your own? Learn more about how to build and spruce your terrarium up for halloween on Sunday, October 25, from 3:00-4:30pm. All building materials such as gravel, activated charcoal, moss and dirt will be supplied. Find out more here. Cost: $25 *Does not include plants and spooky accessories. 

Don’t Miss Brie Arthur!

Brie Arthur will be teaching Foodscaping 101 – Sustainable Growing in Small Spaces on Saturday, February 21st from 11 am to 12 pm. From container gardening to sowing seeds, she will teach you all you need to know to get ready for spring and how to incorporate food into your landscaping. Brie is nationally known for her sustainable gardening efforts and plant propagation skills. She was recently featured in Organic Gardening Magazine as one of the top rising young rock stars of horticulture. Brie will help you transform your space (large or small!) into a garden that gives back day after day.

Saturday, February 21, 11 am -12 pm

Call 919-460-7747 to register. The class is FREE but space is limited so register today!

Starting Seeds Indoors Class


We have a huge selection of seeds to choose from!

Join us on Saturday, February 14th from 10 am-11 am for our free class on how to start seeds indoors. This is the perfect time to get your seeds going indoors to give your garden a head start so you will be able to see the fruits of your labor more quickly. Flowers can spend more time blooming and fruit or vegetable plants can spend more time yielding crops rather than trying to reach maturity. Seeds are fairly inexpensive and it’s easy to get them established now so that when the weather warms up, your garden doesn’t miss a beat! Our class will help you learn about the best products, the process of seed starting, and how and when to transplant the seeds to your garden.

Saturday, February 14 from 10 am-11 am

Call 919-460-7747 to register. The class is FREE.

Houseplants 101 Class

Different ferns and plantsSaturday, February 7, from 10 am-11 am, come learn the basics of houseplant care with us! Keeping indoor plants is a wonderful way to add excitement and beauty to your home. We will help you determine what plants are perfect for your home and understand how to keep them thriving all year long—from watering techniques, to fertilization needs and when to repot. This class is free; simply call us at 919-460-7747 to register. Saturday, February 7 from 10 am-11 am Call 919-460-7747 to register. The class is FREE.

Upcoming Terrarium Workshop

terrariumsLooking for a fun project? Maybe something a little different? Then come to our Terrarium Workshop and make your very own adorable indoor garden! On Thursday, January 29th from 6 to 7 pm, we’ll be leading the group in a hands-on workshop to learn the very cool art of making a terrarium. The cost is $20, which includes the stones, soil, activated charcoal, and moss. (Additional plants or add-ons will be extra.)

Terrariums are an eye-catching way to instantly perk up a space. They look like their own little world which makes you take a closer look. They’re easy to make and can be made with a wide array of plant choices, so they can be as easy to care for as you want. Terrariums complement any décor and give an indoor area a fresh oxygen boost. They can also make great gifts and my favorite thing about terrariums is that my cats can’t get to the plants!

Attend our Terrarium Workshop for a much-needed break from the winter weather!

Thursday, January 29 from 6-7 pm

Cost: $20

Call 919-460-7747 to register

Helen Yoest Coming to Garden Supply!

Helen YoestWe will have renowned gardener Helen Yoest with us to teach “Gardening with Confidence” on Saturday, January 24 from 11 am to 12 pm. Helen is an award-winning freelance writer and garden stylist who has written a number of books and contributed articles to a wide variety of media publications. She focuses on the importance of creating unique outdoor spaces which reflect the creator’s style and preferences. Her works strive to make people think a little differently about gardening and instill in readers the confidence to unleash their creativity on the outdoors.

Helen Yoest’s class will talk about the basics of creating a garden layout and how to have fun with special design features so that your personality comes through in your garden. She will share her experiences with gardening and discuss the importance of being confident in putting your personal touch on your garden.

This class will inspire you to create a garden that is uniquely your own, so don’t miss it!

Saturday, January 24 from 11 am-12pm (Refreshments provided)

The class is free, but please register by calling 919-460-7747.