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Clydesdales will be here during our Holiday Open House!
by: Betty Bless


Dear Edward,
Clydesdales are perhaps the most recognized breed of horses. We have all seen the Budweiser commercials in which these majestic animals are showcased doing funny, and at times almost human-like things. They are an iconic part of our of television culture, especially on Super Bowl Sunday!
Anheuser-Busch owns approximately 250 horses, one of the largest herds in the world. They tour all over the United States and while we will not have the actual Budweiser Clydesdales, we will have a pair of local Clydesdales visiting our garden center during our Holiday Open House, Saturday December 2nd from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, weather permitting (Just like humans, horses can get sick, so if there’s inclement weather, the horses will stay home). Make a purchase of $50 or more and receive a ticket for up to 4 people for a short ride in the horse-drawn wagon around the parking lot (while time allows- the horses have another booked event after ours, so they will be leaving at 1:00 sharp).
To introduce you to Clydesdales, here are a few interesting facts from the Clydesdales Breeders of the USA.
Mature Clydesdales weigh between 1600 and 2400 pounds. That’s as much as a Volkswagen Beetle car!
In addition to bay or brown, which is the most common color of horse we see, Clydesdales can also be black, sorrel (Chestnut) or Roan (white hair throughout the coat).
The extra hair that covers the bottoms of a Clydesdale’s leg is called feather and where it goes over the hoof is called spat. It used to be for protection of the leg, but now is there primarily for show.
A Clydesdale’s hoof is about the size of a dinner plate and weighs 5 pounds!
An adult Clydesdale may eat 25-50 pounds of hay and 2-10 pounds of grain in ONE day!
The United States has the largest population of Clydesdales, with approximately 600 new horses born/registered annually.
Pregnancy in Clydesdale’s lasts 11 months and newborn foals weigh 110-180 pounds when born! The mother produces up to 100 pounds of milk daily for her foal!
Come join us for our holiday open house on Saturday, December 2nd and see these magnificent animals (weather permitting). It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to see them up close!


Winterizing your Roses
Now that the weather is starting to feel more like fall, it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your roses. It’s important not to winterize them too early, so make sure your roses are dormant before you begin the actual winterization process. Generally, this happens after 2-3 hard freezes (temperatures in the 20s). We have not had those temperatures yet, but we are headed in that direction! It’s also important to make sure you do this before the ground actually freezes. Once your roses are dormant, you are ready to put these to bed for winter. Want to learn more?
Q. What does it mean if you find a horseshoe?

A. Some poor horse is walking around in his socks.

Thanksgiving is around the corner
Are you getting ready for the holidays? Let our floral team help you brighten up your holiday table with a centerpiece of fresh flowers arranged with festive fall colors. Call us and order your Thanksgiving centerpieces early. We can also create custom pieces to match any style and color you want.

Did you hear about the tree that had to take time off of work in autumn?
 It was on paid leaf. 

FALL Plant SALE!!!!
All Fall plants are
Buy 1 Get 1 FREE!!!


Mums, Ornamental Cabbage, Kale and so much more!!!
Better hurry in here!
ALL Plant Stands are 40% off 
Espoma & Bonide 30% off  *excludes soil 
Spinners 40% off 

Warm up with a bowl of soup
by: Spike Carothers
I don’t know about you, but soup always tastes great when the temperature starts to drop.
My Favorite has always been creamy potato soup.


8 peeled and cubed potatoes

1 chopped onion

2 stalks of celery, diced

1-3 Cloves of garlic, minced

4 Cups of Chicken Stock

3 Tablespoons of Butter

1/4 cup of flour

1 cup of heavy cream

3 teaspoons of cilantro, chopped

1 teaspoon dried tarragon

Salt and Pepper


Cook the bacon until done. Remove bacon from the pan, but save 1/4 cup of the bacon grease.

In the bacon grease, cook the onion and celery for a few minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional 1-2 min.
Add the potato and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add the bacon back in and add chicken stock to cover the potatoes.

In a different pan, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook on medium for 1-2 minutes while stirring. Whisk in the heavy cream, cilantro and tarragon and bring to a boil while stirring, until the mixture has thickened. Stir into the potato and stock mix. Salt and Pepper to taste.

Enjoy! It’s even better the second day!


Other Upcoming Events
Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take
Sat, Nov 18 – Sun, Nov 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Make your place festive with a colorful container brimming with fragrant greens and sparkly accents. Drop in and you’ll get assistance on selection and design and browse glittery everlasting botanicals to accent fresh, local evergreen boughs.Then bring it all together with a creation to complement your front door for the holidays and well into winter.


Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take
Sat, Nov 25 – Sun, Nov 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Christmas Miniature Garden Make & Take
Sun, Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Create an indoor miniature winter wonderland with tiny plants and holiday decorations. Come for either workshop, 10-noon or 1pm-3pm. Pre-Registration appreciated.

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