Archives for October 2013

Benefits of Shopping at The Family Tree Garden Center!

store_frontWhat are the benefits of shopping at The Family Tree Garden Center? The list is so long we would need a few blog posts but we can give you a few highlights. If you are looking for gardening tools, quality plants and tips, we have amenities. We are a destination for everything you need for your landscape. Here at The Family Tree, we have quality hand chosen plants from excellent plant suppliers, registered landscape architects and unique assortments of indoor and outdoor decor.  We specialize in family-oriented customer service, something you don’t find much of anymore.

Want unique design ideas and products for your home and landscape?

  • Professional Customer Service.  Ask one of our GA Certified Plant Professionals, Landscape Designers, or our Horticulturists for assistance.  We want you to be successful in all your plantings.
  • Landscape design by registered landscape architect.  Our designers specialize in knowing the Georgia climate, habitat and plants that grow well here.  We can draw plans that can be tailored to any budget.
  • Quick Sketch.  Do you have one area in your yard that’s giving you trouble?  Quick Sketch is done at The Family Tree.  Bring in a few pictures, the measurements, how much light it gets and our staff can draw a quick design for you with the right plants for that area and the proper spacing.
  • You Pick It, We’ll Plant It Service.  Let’s face it, this Georgia soil is not easy to work with.  Let us do the work for you.  Our fees are very reasonable and our professional planters will get the job done right.  You pick out the plants you want, decide where you want them and let us plant them for you.
  • Gift shop with unique gifts and decor ready for the holidays.  Our gift shop not only changes with the seasons, we get new unique gifts, home décor and novelties each week.
  • Birding department.  We carry over 50 types of bird feeders, houses and feed including Audubon, Coles, Droll Yankee and more.  Many of our houses and feeders are locally home-made!
  • Custom Container Gardens.  Our designers go above and beyond to create spectacular container gardens for every season, event and taste.  We can also help you DIY’ers with plants, pots and accessories.
  • Jewelry, hats, scarves and rain boots.   Choose from beautiful styles for every taste.

We welcome you to come visit our team at The Family Tree! If you need information, direction or help please contact our office by calling 770-972-2470. Make sure to follow-us on Facebook , TwitterGoogle+!

Tomorrow: Pete Pike Museum Grand Opening + Benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association

Pete Pike Museum

Tomorrow is the debut of a museum highlighting the life and career of Pete Pike, founder of Pike Family Nursery, and will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association! The Pete Pike Museum, a newly built addition to the garden center, spans the life to-date of Pete Pike in photographs and historical artifacts covering his childhood on a farm, his service in the Navy and the founding of Pike Family Nursery.

Pete Pike MuseumVisitors can get a first glimpse of the Pete Pike Museum during a day-long fall festival tomorrow Oct. 19 that will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The event, now in its second year, will include a raffle, gardening and cooking demonstrations, music food and activities for families. The Family Tree Garden Center will donate a portion of all sales from the day and all raffle proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Join us tomorrow!

We welcome you to come visit our team at The Family Tree! If you need information, direction or help please contact our office by calling 770-972-2470. Make sure to follow-us on Facebook , TwitterGoogle+!

The Family Tree Is Hosting The Fall Benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association

1391644_10151878669193810_2030606138_nThe Family Tree Garden Center is hosting a day-long Fall Festival Benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association. This is the second annual event we have done and have a fun filled time ahead! We will feature a raffle with great prizes (see below), gardening and cooking demonstrations, music, food and fun activities for the whole family.  The Family Tree will donate a portion of all sales from the day and all raffle proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Want to help raise some money for the Alzheimer’s Association?  Bid on our raffle items!  Just $2 per ticket.  You can bid on great raffle prizes Friday and Saturday!

All the fun activities happening at the Fall Benefit:

Jot’em Down Boys bluegrass band 11am-3pm
Bruce Holliday, LAR 10am-2pm
Petting Zoo 11am-3pm
Pumpkin painting 12pm-3pm
Fall Container Gardening 10:30am
Three Blind Mice restaurant cooking demonstration 11:30-am
Gwinnett Master Gardeners Q&A 10am-4pm
Hot dog lunch 12pm-2pm

RAFFLE PRIZES (so far, more to come!)  $2 per ticket. A portion of our sales that day and all proceeds from the raffle with go to The Alzheimer’s Association. Let’s Make A Difference!  Buy your raffle ticket for $2 each.

Container Garden                                            Southern Living Plant Collection  ($150 value)
Container Garden                                            Skagit Valley Gardens  ($50 value)
Basket of Fine Jellies, Jams, Dressings    McCutcheon’s Home Recipe Products  ($25 value)
1/2 Hour Garden Consultation                   Walter Reeves The GA Gardener
by Phone
Basket full of spring blooming bulbs        Van Bloem Gardens
18 Fresh Herbs                                                  Holy Spirit Nursery  ($90 value)
Dessert Cake                                                       Bill Rhodes Bakery Snellville  ($28 value)
Dinner for four                                                  Tipsy Pig BBQ  ($25 value)
Blow Me Away Package                                  Salon 124  ($35 value)
I-Lipo Session                                                    Vitality Med Spa  ($300 value)
4 Zoo Tickets                                                      the Atlanta Zoo
4 Ticket                                                                 Six Flags Over Georgia
4 Tickets UGA Homecoming Game           from Jim Broadway
Garden Tool Kit                                                 Gro South  ($50 value)
Prize Package Basket                                      Dave and Busters
4 Tickets Trans Siberian Orchestra          The Gwinnett Arena ($248 value)
Box of Essential Oils                                        DoTerra (Lisa Canippeli)
It Works! Wrap                                                 from Lauranell Thomas
Gift Card                                                              Ted’s Montana Grill  ($20 value)
Gift Card                                                              Wild Wing Café  ($25 value)
Gift Card                                                              Texas Road House  ($25 value)
Gift Card                                                              Buffalo’s Café  ($25 value)
Gift Card                                                              Mellow Mushroom Snellville
Golf Package for 4                                           Summit Chase Country Club
Sunday Brunch for 2                                       Summit Chase Country Club
$50 Bottle of Wine                                           FastSigns (Eddie MacFarlane)
Family Passes                                                    Yellow River Game Ranch
Gift Card                                                              Anazano  ($25 value)
2 Ghost Tickets at the Fox Theater           from The Gwinnett Post
Taste of Home Tickets                                   from The Gwinnett Post
at the Atlanta Home Show
Photo Package                                                  CiJi Photography

We welcome you to come visit our team at The Family Tree! If you need information, direction or help please contact our office by calling 770-972-2470. Make sure to follow-us on Facebook , TwitterGoogle+!

FALL IS THE TIME FOR PLANTING – BUT WHY?

There are so many reasons! Many gardeners think that the moment that spring arrives, that it is prime time to get outside and plant. Spring is a great time, of course, however, the fall is one of the best times to plant trees, shrubs, and bulbs for a number of reasons.

With cool air and the changing of leaves, it’s time to enjoy fall but it is also a great time to think forward for spring and summer. Even though the air feels cold, the soil is still warm from the summer months. Roots will continue to grow in the warm soil establishing a more solid foundation for your plants.  Stronger roots means stronger plants for when the harsh summer comes around and water may be scarce.  Cool weather typically means more rain showers in Georgia which is great for your newly planted plants.  It also could mean a smaller water bill!

Think about some of the plants with beautiful bark such as birch, dogwoods, and cherry trees.  These plants are stunning in the spring and summer.  Giving them a solid foundation in the fall will help them create a show for you later.

What to plant in the fall?

  • Spring bulbs: Spring-blooming bulbs need a number of days of cold to bloom.  They should always be planted in the fall.  Choose your bulbs now for best selection and plant them in November and December.  Need ideas for spring bulbs? Try daffodil, tulips, hyacinths grape hyacinth, crocus, Siberian squill, allium, fritillaria, English bluebell, and anemones.  Each of these pop up at different times so experiment with different varieties.
  • Vegetables: Your vegetable garden needs attention in the fall as well as the spring. Great cool season vegetables are tasty and healthy.  Plant peas, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, radishes, rutabaga, spinach, and Swiss chard now.  When these vegetables are done producing, give your garden a healthy dose of lime, compost and winter fertilizer for a spectacular garden in the spring and summer.
  • Perennials: Beautiful selections have arrived.  A great tip for your perennials: set out a marker with the perennial’s name on it so that when they pop up in the spring and summer, you will be able to remember the name and variety.
    1. It is also a great time to divide your perennials like hosta, daylilies and iris.
  • Trees and Shrubs: Fall is a perfect season for planting trees and shrubs. The weather is cool but the soil is still warm which is great for root development. Start the process before winter so the roots can grow before the ground freezes.  The frozen ground insulates healthy roots and prepares the plant for a strong spring and summer.

Get out and enjoy this fabulous weather!  Your plants will thank you!

Here at The Family Tree, we are offering a few great specials for you! See full list below.

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We welcome you to come visit our team at The Family Tree! If you need information, direction or help please contact our office by calling 770-972-2470. Make sure to follow-us on Facebook , TwitterGoogle+!

 

 

Top 5 Fall To-Do’s at The Family Tree Garden Center!

IMAG2389Happy October from The Family Tree Garden Center here in Snellville, GA! We have been very busy getting our calendars booked, store stocked and pumpkins ready for the fall season. We know how busy it can be with preparations for fall so we decided to make it easier for you and put it all in a 1-5 to-do list on what you can’t miss this October!

Add these “to-do’s” to your list this fall:

1. Start shopping for fall home and garden decor! We have been getting in some amazing fun indoor and outdoor home accessories to have your home feeling warm and festive this season. Pumpkins, corn shocks, gourds, beautiful perennials and more!

2. How about a “don’t”… Well, not really “don’t.”  BUT if you don’t want the hard labor of planting your own plants this fall. Let us do it! With our You Pick It, We’ll Plant It Planting Service, our professionals take the stress off your shoulders. You can sit back and enjoy!

3. October Events to attend: WALTER REEVES, THE GEORGIA GARDENER, FALL BENEFIT FOR THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION and The grand opening of the PETE PIKE MUSEUM! All happening this month!  Check all the events out on our events page.

4. Start your fall planting! There are so many reasons! Many gardeners think that the moment that spring arrives, that it’s prime time to get outside and plant. However, the fall is one of the best times to plant trees, shrubs, and bulbs. Read more in last weeks blog “Why plant in fall? Your answers here”.

5. Connect with us on all of our social media platforms! We want to hear from you so connect with us and tell us about your experience at The Family Tree Garden Center.

Facebook: “Like” Us?

Twitter: Follow-us?

Google+: Join the Conversation!

Yelp: We would love to hear from you!

YouTube: Great videos to help with all your gardening needs!

Pinterest: Great inspirational images from The Family Tree!

Instagram: Connect with us.

We welcome you to come visit our team at The Family Tree! If you need information, direction or help please contact our office by calling 770-972-2470. Make sure to follow-us on Facebook , TwitterGoogle+!