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. 

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.

Get Ready for Our Holiday Workshops with Trevor Bey!

Don’t miss our upcoming Holiday Workshops presented by Trevor Bey from Holiday Creation, Inc!

Want to rev up your holiday decorations? Ready to wow your friends and family with dazzling displays? Trevor Bey is an incredible designer who can help you transform the way you think about decorating for Christmas. He’s an expert in his industry, having decorated public venues like Grove Park Inn in Asheville, the Panther’s Football Stadium in Charlotte, as well as a string of stores in the Bahamas as well as along the East Coast (including ours). He will teach you all the secrets of the pros!Holiday Workshop- Trevor Bey

Trevor will be teaching a number of classes for us in October and November and the October ones are listed below. To sign up for a class, stop by the Garden Center or call 919-460-7747. Registration is open and spots are limited—so don’t delay, sign up today!

November 6 (Thursday)-11:00 A.M. The Five Minute Bouquet-$35.00

For those of you who are skilled in decorating from taking previous workshops, this class is for you.  Trevor’s new and simple tricks of the trade add up to a whole lot ideas to decorate almost everything in your home.

November 6 (Thursday)-6:00 P.M. Christmas Trees 101-$35.00. Limit 50

This “hands-on” workshop will cover ribbon and bow making, as well as the seven elements of design for decorating any style Christmas tree. Learn how to properly “fluff” your tree, shape picks and place prop pieces.  Leave class with your own DIY bow and all the knowledge to decorate a designer tree this holiday season.

November 7 (Friday)- 11:00 a.m. Christmas Trees 101- $35.00 Limit 50

This “hands-on” workshop will cover ribbon and bow making, as well as the seven elements of design for decorating any style Christmas tree. Learn how to properly “fluff” your tree, shape picks and place prop pieces.  Leave class with your own DIY bow and all the knowledge to decorate a designer tree this holiday season.

November 7 (Friday)-6:00 p.m. Deck the Halls-$35.00 Limit 50

This “Hands-On” workshop is all about learning the techniques to create simple swags and apply them to wreaths, bannisters, and mantels…from simple to elaborate, this class covers it all.

November 8 (Saturday)-10:00a.m.-3:00p.m., Weekend Workshop with Trevor Bey-$125.00-(includes lunch)

Join Trevor for an all day workshop covering everything you want to know about professional holiday decorating. Trevor will cover the basics of putting together a beautiful tree, mantel, wreath, garland and he will show you the magic of the 5-minute bouquet. Lunch is provided.

Fall Vegetables Garden to Table Workshops

This week, we are excited to offer two dates for the next in our series of Garden to Table Workshops. This time, we’ll be focusing on fall vegetables. Come learn what to grow and enjoy now in your edible gardens. In this workshop, we’ll tell you all you need to know in order to plant and harvest a bountiful garden this fall.

Fall Vegetables Table to Garden Workshop Dates

Wednesday September 5 from 6-8 pm

Saturday September 8 from 10am- 12pm


Registration of $20 includes 5 vegetable plants, light refreshments, and plenty of time to answer all your questions.

If you took our spring class and have an “Earth-Box”, join us for FREE!

Call us at 919-460-7747 or stop by the store to get registered.


Garden to the Table Workshops

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Garden to the Table Workshops

Now that the threat of “frost” is really behind us, are you ready to get started on your edible garden? The first in the series of “Garden to the Table” Workshops are now open for registration. The first class will be a “how-to” and “what-to” plant, for containers to large plots and every size in-between, and the novice and expert gardener alike. Stephen will be arming you with easy instructions and the confidence to be successful. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and refreshments too. (Getting your hands dirty is optional.)

Workshop Dates

Thursday, the 19th from 6-8pm

Saturday, the 21st from 8:30-10:30am.

Registration is $20 and includes your choice of six veggie/herb plants and 3 seed packages. (Bring your container or Earthbox, if you want to plant while you are here.)

When you call to register please let us know if you will be planting a container garden so we can plan for “space”.

Earth Day Kids Class

We love to see kids involved in gardening, and since they tend to eat something they have had a hand in growing, why not try a “Pizza” or “Taco” garden, or “Strawberry Smoothie” garden ? Bring them Sunday afternoon from 3-5pm for a “hands-dirty” class. The $20 registration per child includes the plants, soil, and pot to get them growing.

Sunday, April 22 from 3-5 pm
Registration: $20

If you register for the kids session, let us know what “garden” you choose so we have plenty of the plants you’ll need.

Hope you can join us for our exciting new workshops coming up this month at Garden Supply Co! We look forward to seeing you soon!