2015 is the Year of the…

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Every year, the National Garden Bureau selects one annual, perennial, and edible plant as their “Year of the” plants. They choose these based on how each plant’s popularity, easiness-to-grow, adaptability, genetic diversity, and versatility. This year they have selected: Annual of the Year: Coleus

Coleus is a sturdy plant that doesn’t need too much care from gardeners. These plants are available in a wide range of colors and varieties and make a stunning statement wherever you decide to put them.

Perennial of the Year:Gaillardia

This is a beautiful flowering plant is in the sunflower family and comes in shades of red, orange, yellow, brown and white. It has a long season of bloom and attracts butterflies.



Edible of the Year:Sweet Pepper

Sweet peppers offer something for everyone—they come in a lot of different shapes, sizes, and colors. They are a garden favorite and are ideal for spot planting around your garden.

We’re still in the midst of winter but spring is just around the corner! As we approach warmer weather, consider finding a place for some of these plants in your garden. Come in to see us to learn what we have in stock and tips to make these plants thrive.

Get Ready for Our Holiday Workshops with Trevor Bey!

Holiday Workshop- Trevor Bey

Holiday Workshop- 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!

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.

New Arrivals: Tropical Houseplants

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Shop the greenhouse for our selection of Tropical Houseplants. Their leafy foliage is the perfect addition to your home after the coziness of the Holiday décor has been packed away! Not sure which plant is a good match for you? Our on-site houseplant expert is here to help you choose the best species for your environment. Get started today!

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Gourmet Foods & Bottled Colas


Check out our selection of gourmet foods and beverages, new to  GSCO! We are now offering some of our favorite baking mixes, canned preserves, and local edibles. 

Shop our Mccutcheon's canned products featuring butters, preserves, jams, jellies, hot sauces, salad dressings, relishes, BBQ sauces, and more. We can't forget their ever so popular Apple Ciders - even better served warm! All with that old fashioned home made quality and taste you will love. Mccutcheon's use only real cane sugar and natural fruit juices as sweeteners.

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Try our Private Label baking mixes with recipes including Rosemary Garlic Beer Bread, Key Lime Coconut Whipping Cream Scones, Herbs de Provence Boule, Lavendar and Rose Whipping Cream Scones, Lemon Squares, Orange Cinnamon Whipping Cream Scones, and Lemon Lavendar Whipping Cream Scones. 

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Also from Mccutcheon's are our staff favorite  -  old fashioned bottled sodas. Choose from Birch Beer, Orange Cream Soda, Grape Soda, Diet Rootbeer, and Black Cherry Cola. 

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We also offer  local favorites from Dewey's Bakery in Winston Salem, North Carolina.  At the top of the list among customers are the Moravian Sugar Cookies. 



Peanuts from Bertie County make great snack when you're looking for that little something salty or even sweet perhaps. Choose from Wasabi, Honey Roasted, Butterscotch, Salt and Pepper, Chocolate Covered and Batchelor Bay.



Fresh Cut Creations From Your Winter Garden


The smell of Fraser firs never ceases to evoke memories of childhood holidays.  A favorite tradition was to journey outside with my grandparents and cousins to gather winter's natural sparkle for our holiday decorations. 

We clipped from branches of grandmother's prized magnolia, nandinas and lets not forget the mistle toe! This is where I had my first taste for what is possible for fresh plant material trimmed from the garden translating into custom works of living art that go beyond a bouquet of flowers. 

Often what looks great to the eye in an arrangement will also compliment in the outdoor living space.  Design elements to pay attention to are not just simply color but also leaf texture and size.  For instance, the velvet brown undersides of large, oval magnolia leaves pair fabulously with juniper's spiny pointed stems dripping with navy berries.  





Fresh from the farm, Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki,' adds sheer speckled light on holly shaped leaves. Adding not only color but texture to the garden and arrangements year round.  



Coral bark Japanese maples are often twiggy trees and it is a great time to prune and use their branches for a linear element in decorations. 



The winter palette is full of color from the canary bright tones of the feathery Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Vintage Gold', to the bark of red twig dogwoods and ice blue of Cupressus glabra 'Carolina Sapphire'.

 The tapestry of our garden can be woven into your Christmas memories with fresh cut creations for your holiday trimmings as well as new plants for future cutting arrangements from your very own garden.  Come by and our gardeners can help put the perfect plant pairings together for every outdoor living space.  



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How thankful we are at Garden Supply to have entered into the winter celebration season.  As you stop by in the following weeks enjoy not only fresh cut trees but a custom wreath making station where one can watch and learn.  We offer a variety of plant cuttings that you can order fresh arrangements from or take home bundles to make your very own. 

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Fresh Cut North Carolina Frasier Fir Trees

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Celebrate with a GSCO fresh cut Frasier Fir  -

For the more traditional at heart, "keep it fresh" this season with Garden Supply Company's fresh cut Frasier Fir Christmas trees. Our specially selected Frasier Firs have been hand picked by our buyer for premium quality. Guaranteed Fresh as they have just arrived this week from a local farm in the mountains of North Carolina. Support local this holiday and celebrate with a GSCO Frasier Fir. Schedule your delivery today!

Last Minute Valentine Ideas

This is it. Just one more day until Valentine's Day. And for those of you looking for something a bit unique and special for your sweeties this year, we have tons of fabulous last minute gift ideas for you!


Now we all know that flowers are the number one gift for Valentine's Day, and at Garden Supply Co., we have flowers! This year, why not give your loved ones flowers that last?

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Our Greenhouse is literally bursting with beautiful live plants in every shape, size, and color. We have all your favorites like Cyclamen, Hyacinths, Daisies, and Violets, to more rare and exotic beauties, like Orchids.


And of course everyone loves roses for Valentine's Day.

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Here's more peeks at just a few of our stunning blooming plants.


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And for that extra added touch, we have lots of fun metal flower stakes to dress up your pots. Like this little charmer.

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Or these...

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Besides flowers, we have many unique and beautiful gift items in the Greenhouse, including these sweet frames.


And canvases.

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This is truly just a small sampling of the beautiful Valentine ideas you will find in the Garden Center. And don't forget that we offer free gift wrapping and gift cards, too!

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you from all of us at Garden Supply Co!

Winter Blooms

The holidays are now officially behind us, and the chill drear of winter has set in. Although it's been a fairly mild season so far, this past week has really taken a turn for the cold. With peek planting time still a few months away, it seems like spring, and all the flowers and new growth that comes with it, is a long ways away. If you're craving some color to chase away the winter blues, never fear. We have lots of gorgeous plants that are in bloom now that will provide some much-needed cheer all winter long.

Garden Supply Co.- Cary, NC Hellebore (Lenten Rose)

Hellebores are perennial and largely evergreen. Their flowers provide color and interest in the shade garden when other plants are dormant. In addition, their leaf structure is interesting enough to make them a foundation of the shade garden year-round, even when their flowers are spent. Hellebores are also deer resistant and somewhat drought tolerant. We have several beautiful varieties to choose from.

Of course one of our favorite plants for winter color is the pansy. Pansies come is a wide variety of colors, sizes, and shapes and work well in beds, borders, and container gardens. We have several carts full of the 4" pots.

If you're looking to add color, flowers, and fragrance to your winter landscape, try the Winter Daphne.

Winter Daphne has rosy-pink flower buds that open to white with fragrant flowers that bloom in winter and early spring. Reaching 4 feet tall and wide, Winter Daphne is beautiful against a wall or near a patio or deck where its fragrance can be appreciated.

For blooms indoors, we also have many options to choose from, including these gorgeous Paperwhites.

For those DIY folks, we have plenty of bulbs for planting or forcing indoors. Or for instant gratification, choose from our pre-planted selections. These make a great gift when paired with one of our many decorative plant stakes or garden art.

Or add a few African Violets to your kitchen windowsill for an instant burst of brightness.

And we have tons of stunning plants to choose from in our indoor garden, including some really incredible orchids.

As always, we are here seven days a week for all your gardening needs. Stop by and see us today!

Gifts for Bird Lovers

'Tis the Season at Garden Supply Co..............for birding! We have a brand new bird department with a great selection on seed, feeders, and awesome hand crafted houses.

Stop by and find the perfect present for all ages. Young and old alike will enjoy the gift of nature this holiday season. Plus the birds will love you, too!

Happy holidays from all of us at Garden Supply Co.

Live Trees and Fresh Greens at Garden Supply Co.

December is officially upon us! Time to deck the halls with boughs of holly, and at Garden Supply Co., we have everything you need to make the season bright. Of course you know that the Greenhouse is filled with beautifully decorated trees complete with all the trimmings.

We have also received our first shipment of fresh Frasier Firs from the North Carolina mountains, in a variety of sizes to suit every need. Whether you have a large space to fill, or a small one, we have the perfect tree for you.

Besides live trees, we have beautiful fresh greens, too, including swags and wreaths. And this year, for all those do-it-yourselfers out there, we are excited to offer a variety of unique greens available by the pound. Mix and match to create your own unique arrangements.

For those that prefer to have all the hard work done for you, let us create for you the perfect custom arrangement. Our busy little elves are working hard to keep our shelves full of beautiful arrangements, ready to take home with you.

We have a large select of sizes and styles to choose from, including wreaths and sprays.

Or this beautiful cross design.

One of my personal favorites in the fresh greenery this year are these stunning rosemary topiaries. Wouldn't a pair of these be beautiful dressing up your front entryway? Add a string of lights and you have an instant fragrant holiday tree!

Don't forget that we are happy to create for you custom, one-of-a-kind arrangements from our selection of fresh greenery. We also create custom artificial creations, too, like this adorable one.

Stop by today and let us know how we can help you this holiday season! At Garden Supply Co., we want to be your one-stop holiday shop!

Annual Holiday Open House

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Mark your calendars for our favorite special event! We hope you can join us this weekend as we kick off the holiday season with our annual Holiday Open House. Our helper elves have been working hard to turn the Greenhouse into a spectacular winter wonderland, and we are so excited to share this season's offerings with you!

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The festivities begin Friday with our much anticipated tree-lit evening in the garden. Stroll the Greenhouse in the twinkling lights and magic of the season while enjoying  the peak of beauty of our freshly decorated trees.

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Our Holiday Open House continues throughout the weekend as well, so come on back and visit with us more! We're looking forward to seeing you all!

Holiday Open House

Friday November 2: 6:30-8:30 Saturday November 3: 8:00 am- 6:00 pm Sunday November 4: 11:00 am- 5:00 pm

End of Summer Sale

We have some great deals right now on end-of-summer plants throughout the garden center. Save big on select perennials while supplies last. At only $6.25, regularly priced $9.99- $14.99, these plants are a true bargain. Now is the perfect time to stock up and save, and add a burst of color to your late summer garden. Chose from one-gallon perennials such as:



Tall Verbena

Homestead Purple Verbena and Black Eyed Susans

Ornamental Grasses

And East Friesland Sage.

Also, we still have some great deals on Caladiums. Lots of beautiful color variations to choose from.

5 for $10 on all 4" pots 5 for $20 on all 6" pots

And in the Greenhouse, save big on our entire collection of indoor/outdoor recycled rugs. Now 50% off!

These recycled plastic mats can be used inside or out, in covered and uncovered spaces. They don't absorb dirt or stains. Leaves, debris, and food stains are easily rinsed away, plus they resist mildew because they don't absorb moisture.

For more great sale deals, be sure to stop by the garden center! We're constantly updating our sales tables to make room for all the new fall and winter merchandise that's starting to arrive. You never know what you'll find, so be sure to stop by!


Meet the Designers- This Weekend










Our landscape designers are on hand this weekend for a special Meet the Designers event. Stop in to meet the team and learn about our services from consultation, to design and install, to maintenance packages. Book a consultation for the month of August for only $65. That's 50% off our regular fee!

With the end of summer in sight and the fall season about to begin, now is the perfect time to start that landscaping project you've always been dreaming about!

Meet the Designers

Friday August 3: 10 am -4 pm Saturday August 4: 10 am- 4 pm Sunday August 5: 11 am- 4 pm

For more information about our landscape services and a photo album of our work, please visit our website.


Farm Fresh Perennial Sale

The trucks have been rolling in this week with shipments of fresh plants, straight from the farm. And we're super excited to be able to offer special savings on select perennials all this weekend at Garden Supply Co. Now through Monday, select perennial favorites are on sale for $6.95. Favorites such as drought-tolerant iceplant, an excellent ground cover for hot, dry areas.

Foxgloves, perfect for adding height with their elongated stems.

Deer-resistant Lamb's Ears

Homestead Purple Verbena, a perennial favorite for continual color and heat-tolerant blossoms all summer long.

Give your garden four seasons of interest with low-maintenance  ornamental grasses.

Easy-to-care-for and heat tolerant coneflowers

And daylilies, another easy-to-grow perennial favorite perfect for naturalized areas.

Farm Fresh Perennial Sale, this weekend at Garden Supply Co.

One-Day Daylily Sale

Garden Supply Co.- Cary, NC Just a quick note to let you know that tomorrow, Tuesday July 24th, for one day only, all Daylilies will be on sale Buy One, Get One Free at Garden Supply Co.

If you love plants with bold blossoms that are easy to grow and perfectly suited to our Piedmont area growing conditions, then Daylilies are for you. Daylilies are rugged, adaptable, vigorous perennials that endure in a garden for many years with little or no care. Daylilies adapt to a wide range of soil and light conditions. They establish quickly, grow vigorously, and survive winters with little or no injury.

Each Daylily plant produces an abundance of flower buds that open over a long period of time. There are many varieties, a wide range of flower colors, and the flowers continue during the heat of the summer.

Daylilies are useful in the perennial flower border, planted in large masses, or as a ground cover on slopes, where they form a dense mat in just a few years.

If you haven't given them a try, now is the time to stock up and save. Hope to see you tomorrow for our special One-Day Sale.

Tuesday July 24th One Day Daylily Sale- Buy One, Get One Free

Summer Savings Spectacular

Summer is in full swing and we're celebrating with HUGE savings on plants and home & gift decor throughout the garden center. This is one giant sale that you won't want to miss!

Everything Edible Sale

For those of you interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, now is the time to stock up and save.  EVERYTHING EDIBLE is now BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE, while supplies last. Our fruit trees are loaded with fruit and if you enjoy blueberries, this prolific plant adds interest year-round to your landscape. Tomato plants, vegetables, you name it.....anything edible is now on sale.

Caladium Sale

Also on sale right now is our entire stock of Caladium plants. Add these tropical beauties to your borders, beds, and container plantings for an instant burst of color.

Caladiums are tropical plants that are grown for their spectacularly colorful foliage. Although tropical, they grow fast enough to be enjoyed during the summer in our area and all year long as houseplants. Shade and humidity lovers, Caladiums dazzle in shade gardens with their large, pointed arrow-shaped leaves splashed with shades of green, white, cream, pink and red.

Caladium Sale:

4" pots- 5 plants for $10

6" pots- 5 plants for $20

Purple Fountain Grasses & Sweet Potato Vine Sale

Next on our sale list are annual purple fountain grasses and sweet potato vines, now 50% off.

Purple Fountain Grass is a popular, drought tolerant grass that forms neat clumps of purplish maroon blades. Topped by rose red flower spikes summer through fall. Beautiful as landscape specimen or planted in groups. Provides quick annual color in any climate.

Among the most popular container-garden plants, sweet potato vine is a vigorous grower that you can count on to make a big impact. Its colorful foliage, in shades of chartreuse or purple, accents just about any other plant. Grow a few together in a large pot, and they make a big impact all on their own.

Gift & Home Decor Sale

Our summer savings spectacular also includes home and gift decor from the greenhouse. This weekend is the last chance to buy any gift and home decor at 35% off.

Recycled Indoor/Outdoor Garden Rugs Sale

All our remaining inventory of recycled plastic mats are now 50% off.

These amazing recycled plastic rugs can be used inside or outside in covered and uncovered spaces. With their unique tubular fibers, these rugs don't absorb dirt or stains.

Leaves, debris, and food stains are easily rinsed away, plus they resist mildew because they don't absorb moisture.

We have lots of sizes and patterns to choose from, so come take a peek!

Hope to see you all in the garden center soon!


DIY Terrariums and Mini Gardens

Cary, NC If you missed out on our winter workshop series earlier this year, not to worry. You can still come in anytime and create a fabulous terrarium or mini garden at our new Do-It-Yourself workstation in the Greenhouse. We've got all the supplies and help needed to get you started today.

Terrariums and mini gardens are a fun and unique way to incorporate some fresh, living greens into your home. Like all houseplants, terrariums and mini gardens add a decorative element to your home decor, while also contributing a zen feeling of relaxation to any environment. They also provide many health benefits by purifying the air and removing pollutants from your home, like VOCs, cigarette smoke, allergens, and carbon dioxide. Plus, it's believed that houseplants actually reduce stress. And for those of you with young children or pets, terrariums and mini gardens may be a worry-free way to add greenery to your  home.

The first step is choosing your container. It can be open or closed, large or small, the choice is up to you. You are welcome to bring your own container from home, or chose from our fabulous selection.

Next, head to our workstation. For $10, we provide all the soil, stones, and moss you will need to create your project. Our friendly staff is on hand to get you started.

Then shop from our selection of hundreds of beautiful plants to fill your container.

Finally, and perhaps the most fun of all, add decorative accessories and finishing touches.We have a ton to choose from!

We're here seven days a week to help with all your gardening needs. Hope to see you soon at Garden Supply Co!

Valentine Gift Ideas

Valentine's day is just one short day away, and if you are looking for some last minute gift ideas,  have we got some fabulous options for you. From gorgeous blooming plants, to home decor, to bath and beauty products, our garden center is bursting with Valentine's, just for you. Here's a few of my top faves:

Rather than the usual cut flowers, why not consider a beautiful, blooming potted plant, instead? Pots last much longer than cut flowers, and many have the added benefit of being able to be transplanted into the garden once they are done blooming. We have many varieties to choose from right now in the Greenhouse, including daffodils, tulips, cyclamen, hyacinths, tuberous begonias, orchids, and more.

Looking for a way to dress up those potted plants? Add a folk-art metal Valentine pick for an instant cheery gift.

PAPAYA! has a line of accessories that are unique, fun, and very artsy. So perfect for that unique and special woman in your life. PAPAYA! has been pushing the envelope since 2003 with fresh graphics, bold imagery, and a philosophy all their own. Since the beginning they have pursued an unconventional harmony of art & design.  We are excited to offer a large selection of products, including handle bags, large accessory bags, magnets, and canvases and prints. I am just smitten with these, and think you will be, too.

The Tyler Candle Company is an absolute favorite in the home fragrance department. We have a large selection of their candles, as well as Glamour Reeds, lotions, and fragrances.

For more bath and beauty products, check out Tokyomilk, and exciting new company out of Denver, CO. to arrive at Garden Supply Co. You are going to love their bold fragrance combinations available in both bubbling bath and candles. Like Bon Bon, a combination of lily, peony, vanilla bean, and violet petals.

There's also Lapsang Su Chong, a mixture of winter moss, asuka rose, sandalwood, and black current.

Or try Paper & Cotton, a blend of coriander, white sage, birch wood, and tundra moss.

We also offer a stunning variety of home decor pieces in a wide range of styles. My favorite is this one-of-a-kind reclaimed barn-wood art plaque.

Or how about some smaller pieces like these?

And for one last top-fave Valentine pick, check out these adorable burlap alphabet banners. Pick and choose your own combination to create custom banners for any occassion.

For more great gift ideas, be sure to stop by the garden center. Our friendly staff is always available to help pick that perfect gift. And don't forget we offer gift certificates and complimentary gift wrap, too.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!