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Deck the halls: Holiday design advice from our pro

Deck the halls: Holiday design advice from our pro

It's just a few hours until Thanksgiving and that means we're only about a day away from the official time to trim the tree and deck the halls. It can be stressful but it doesn't have to be. Take a little advice from Lynn Masters, our gift buyer, designer and merchandiser.

It’s That Time: Poinsettias are Here!

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Bright Pink Poinsettia

Bright Pink Poinsettia

Poinsettias: few other flowers are as synonymous with Christmas as this one! This plant was brought to the United States from Mexico in the 1828 by Joel Roberts Poinsett. In Mexico, this plant is a perennial shrub and can grow 10-15 feet tall. The part of poinsettias which most people think of as the flowers are actually colored bracts, or modified leaves. The flowers are the center of the bracts. To get the longest-lasting poinsettias, choose plants with little or no yellow pollen showing because the plant drops its bracts and leaves soon after losing their pollen. While poinsettias have long been rumored to be poisonous, this is not true. Ingesting the leaves of this plant will cause a child or pet to be sick with an upset stomach, vomiting and nausea, and they would have to eat 500 to 600 leaves to experience those side effects (and the leaves are not tasty). Despite that, it’s still best to be cautious about where you place house plants with pets and children in mind.

Red Poinsettia

Red Poinsettia

There are over 100 varieties of poinsettias on the market, ranging from red to pink, white, and purple. The red variety is the most popular and traditional. Although most poinsettias sold in the US come from California and their sales contribute over $250 million to our economy, our Poinsettias are grown locally. They are the bestselling potted plant in the US, which most being sold in the six weeks leading up to Christmas.

Speckled Poinsettia

Speckled Poinsettia

When bringing poinsettias home, make sure to place them poinsettias near sunny windows, or somewhere where they will receive plenty of sunshine. Be careful not to let the leaves of the plant press against the cold window panes, as they are tropical plants that dislike cold. They do not do well with very hot or cold drafts, so take care to keep them away from air registers and open windows or doors. Water only when soil feels dry and when watering, ensure that water soaks the soil down to the bottom of the pot, and then discard any excess water. If you plan on keeping your plant for several months, apply a soluble houseplant fertilizer for best results.

It is possible to keep your poinsettia going for longer than the Christmas season. You will need to care for it as you would any houseplant, and probably cut back the old flowering stems in February or March to maintain a good shape. Continue to fertilize the plant as needed.

For those who just want holiday blooms, take advantage of our “Dead or Alive” Program. Save the “Dead or Alive” tag and bring it back in the new year for a $5.00 discount on any house plant.

Our beautiful stock of Poinsettias is ready and waiting for you, so stop by and see us! Our knowledgeable staff can help you with any questions you have about caring for these festive flowers!

Get Ready for Our Holiday Workshops with Trevor Bey!

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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.

Christmas Boutique

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Visit our Greenhouse Christmas Boutique as we celebrate our 15th year bringing you the latest and greatest in holiday decor.  Stroll through our retail gallery and sip on a cup of freshly brewed coffee or hot apple cider, as we delight you with over a dozen themed vignettes decked with trees, ornaments, garlands, wreaths and decor. We are excited to share this year's holiday collection our team of design experts have brought to you for 2013.

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The front of the greenhouse celebrates a GSCO staff  favorite pick,  Garden and Gun. This hunt club inspired tree is set in front of our cozy stone hearth and features sequined stuffed pheasants a midst large black lanterns, giant metal spheres, and faux stag horns. The tree is dripping in champagne and golden mercury glass ornaments. We've dressed the vignette in faux fur wreaths, rich houndstooth and tweed ribbons, and our best magnolia picks and sprays. The realistic looking cotton picks add instant southern charm to this feminine take on the gentleman's "Best in Show."  

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Christmas Tree- Garden and Gun- Garden Supply Co

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Our designers often take nods from the fashion industry and this year black and white was a duo prominent through out fashion and interior design. We have complimented the black and white pair with shades of lime green and red for a fun, whimsical feel. Snowmen and penguins are perfect additions to this mix. This whimsical theme has been popular among customers in years past and the bold addition of black and white will continue to gain popularity for years to come.

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Christmas Tree- Whimsical Christmas- Garden Supply Co

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 If you long for the nostalgia of Christmases past, our vintage vignette is the theme for you. Lit Houses literally take the spotlight in this heavily flocked tree, especially appealing to collectors of Cody Foster. Adorned with beaded garlands and crystal icicles, this snowy blanket it the perfect canvas for those brightly colored vintage and replica ornaments we so fondly remember from yester year.

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Christmas Houses- Garden Supply Co

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Take your tiny tots over to the kids corner where Santa is busy making toys in his workshop. Look overhead to find the Polar Express train suspended in a fully decked out garland. Peer high and low to find all of Santa's helpers swinging from garland to tree in preparation for December 25th. This 9 foot tree is covered from sock monkey to easy bake oven. 

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Don't be left with coal - our Letters to Santa tree has the wishlist thing covered! This Americana styled tree is filled with eclectic versions of elves and Santas dressed in cozy sweaters, all busy making lists and checking them twice. Find rustic mail boxes, sleighs, and burlap poinsettias nestled into icy picks, birch bundles, and jungle bell clusters.

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Christmas Tree- Santa's Workshop

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Christmas Elf- Garden Supply Co

Enjoy the playful world of fairies and forest creatures nestled in this year's Enchanted themed tree. From The frosted fern picks to the over-sized foam flowers, this tree is truly something out of a fairy tale. Search for nature's furry and feathered friends tucked into the boughs of this upside down enchanted garden. The enormous moss covered mushrooms and birdcages take center stage in the elaborate garland that stretches over nearly half the length of the boutique.

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Christmas Tree- Fairy- Garden Supply Co

 Celebrate the Holiday Season with Garden Supply Company!

Holiday Open House Weekend

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Vintage Santa- Garden Supply Co

We're kicking off the holiday season at Garden Supply Co. on Friday, November 1st with our annual Holiday Open House weekend! Festivities start at 6:30 pm on Friday the 1st for our traditional tree-lit open house, and continue throughout the weekend. Come get a firsthand look at our fabulous Christmas 2013 collection and see the Greenhouse all decked out for the season. It's an event you won't want to miss!

Holiday Open House Weekend:

Friday, November 1st from 6:30-9:30 pm

Saturday November 2nd from 9 am- 6:00 pm

Sunday November 3rd from 11:00 am- 5 pm.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Skinny Santa- Garden Supply Co

Hope to see you all there!

Holiday Workshops

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Holiday Workshop- Trevor Bey

Holiday Workshop- Trevor Bey

We are excited to announce this season's schedule for our much anticipated Holiday Workshops with Trevor Bey from Holiday Creation, Inc.  This is our third year working with Trevor and he just keeps getting better - and more in demand. Among his credits are designing Christmas magic for public venues like the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, a string of stores in the Bahamas as well as the East Coast (including ours), and the Panther's Football Stadium in Charlotte.  

Trevor's ability to convey in easy-to-understand steps, how to decorate your home and Christmas tree like a designer is why we invite him back.  We are fortunate to have him all to ourselves for a week in October and a weekend in November.  This year we're offering more workshops with smaller class sizes so you have more opportunity for a "hands-on" experience. 

Holiday Workshops:

Trees 101

Instructor: Trevor Bey

This "Hands-On" Workshop will cover ribbon, how to choose it, and why it is important to any design.  You will make a bow, learn how to properly prepare and "fluff" your tree for decorating, as well as the key "Seven Elements of Design" for decorating any style Chistmas tree.   You will leave this class with your own DIY bow, and the knowledge to decorate your tree like a pro.

Dates:

October 15th at 6:30-8:30 pm

October 16th at 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

November 7th at 6:30-8:30 pm

November 8th at 10:00 am- 12 pm

Deck the Halls

Instructor: Trevor Bey 

This hands-on workshop will cover several ways to "deck your halls" this holiday season.  Learn the design elements to make simple swags and wreaths. Apply the same basic principles to create more elaborate garlands and swags on your bannisters and mantles.  Elements of ribbon will also be covered. 

Dates:

October 16th at 6:30-8:30 pm

October 17th at 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

October 17th at 6:30-8:30 pm

Create Your Own

Instructor: Trevor Bey 

This intermediate level class will put the words "Do-It-Yourself" to the test!  Bring in something you own which you would like to enhance for Christmas . . . A lamp, candlesticks, vase, etcetera, and we will help you create a holiday focal point using elements of design that you will translate to any room in your house.

Dates:

October 18th at 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

October 18th at 6:30-8:30 pm

November 8th at 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration for Trees 101, Deck the Halls, and Create Your Own

All morning classes will start with mimosas and muffins.  Evening classes we will be serving wine and dessert.  Workshop fee of $50 includes refreshments, $10 in Christmas Cash, and a one time 12% discount on your entire Christmas purchase!  

If you decide to take a second class, your next class fee is $40, and if you want to add the third one, it is $30.

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Trevor Bey- Garden Supply Co

Christmas Workshop Day Camp:

Trees 101 & Deck the Halls Day Camp

Instructor: Trevor Bey 

Time: 10:00am-3pm  Saturday Oct. 19th and Nov. 9th

This "Hands-On" Workshop will cover "Trees 101" and "Deck the Halls"and more in a one day session with a catered lunch served in between the two classes.  Discover several ways to deck your halls this holiday season.  Learn ribbon and bows "how-to" as well as the "Seven Elements of Design" for decorating any style Christmas tree.  Find out how to properly "fluff" your tree, shape picks, and place prop pieces.

After enjoying a catered lunch, learn the design elements to make simple swags and wreaths and apply the same basics to making more elaborate garland decor for your mantles and bannisters. 

The "all-day" camps are $125 and designed for those of you want to "knock it all out" at once.

Sign-up for all of our Holiday Workshops are open now. Please stop by the garden center or give us a call at 919-460-7747 to get registered.

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!

Deal of the Night-Saturday Dec. 4th

Join us this evening for stress-free shopping during our special extended holiday hours. We'll be open one hour later this evening, until 7pm. And today's deal of the night? When you purchase your Christmas tree with us this evening, from 6-7pm, you will receive a free ornament of your choice (up to $10).

We have a fantastic selection of fresh-cut frasier firs in a wide array of sizes to choose from. Each tree is resting in it's own tub of water to assure you will receive the freshest tree possible. Our friendly elves are on hand to wrap the tree and load it for you, having you in and out of the garden center in no time. And with our Greenhouse full of gorgeous ornaments in every style and color imaginable, this is one deal you won't want to miss.

See you all tonight!

Holiday Elves are Here

Cary, NC The elves have been busy late at night at Garden Supply Company, decorating the holiday trees for Christmas and turning the Greenhouse into a winter wonderland. It is looking absolutely magical in here.  Every year, I never cease to be amazed at the ideas and creativity these talented little helpers dream up. You have got to come take a look! We have beautiful trees in every style and theme imaginable, from fun and whimsical to elegant to everything in between.

This stunning jewel-toned tree is a real eye-catcher. I love the natural elements of the floral picks mixed with the touches of glitter and gold. And aren't those peacock feathers a unique and special addition?

The layered ribbons are another beautiful feature. Many of these ribbons are available for purchase by the yard. Just ask the elves at the front counter for help.

For a natural, outdoor look, how about this beautiful woodland tree?

Snowy and tawny owls mingle with rustic elements like pine cones, hemp ribbon and bird nests on this organic beauty.

These are just a few of the spectacular tree displays the elves have whipped up in the garden center. We'll be showcasing them all at our annual Holiday Open House, scheduled for the first weekend in November. But in the mean time, pop in and see what we've been up to. There is new holiday decor showing up daily that you won't want to miss.

Thanks for stopping by! We'll see you back here soon for more snippets from the garden.