Archives for April 2013

Encore Azaleas

More Blooms, More Often, ENCORE AZALEAS

Do you love blooming azaleas?  Now you canbuddyleeoconee enjoy an explosion of Encore Azalea color season after season. Encore Azaleas bloom in spring, summer and fall!

Each of the many Encore varieties begins their performance with the spring flowering season. Once this “first act” of blooming concludes, new shoots begin to grow and set buds. The Encore Azalea’s “second act” opens when these buds begin blooming into full flower during summer. This unique bloom season continues through the fall, the curtain dropping with the onset of cold weather. But, the show goes on. As an “encore,” these exceptional azaleas flower again with traditional spring azaleas and the process starts over.

Invented by plant breeder Robert E. “Buddy” Lee of Independence, La., the evergreen Encore Azaleas enjoy more sun than traditional azaleas, but offer the same easy care. Lee first envisioned Encore Azaleas in the early 1980s when he found a tray of azalea cuttings blooming in the summer sun at his small Louisiana azalea nursery. Inspired, he began crossing traditional spring-blooming azaleas with the rare Taiwanese summer-blooming azalea, Rhododendron oldhamii.

In the garden with Carmen Johnston!

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Carmen Johnston has a long heritage of gardening roots after working with her father who taught her about the art of alpine gardening and the craft of color scaping which he learned from his father, a master gardener from Austria. With a strong background in gardening design, Johnston started designing for events, commercials and residential properties in and around the Southeast!

The Event at The Family Tree!

Garden designer, garden lifestyle expert for The Southern Living Plant Collection and founder of event company, Nectar and Company, Carmen Johnston, will be at The Family Tree Garden Center this Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 10am! Johnston will be giving a FREE seminar on garden design and will be talking about creative ways to incorporate the love of gardening in day-to-day life!

Want to know more about Carmen and all her fun experience and projects? Check out some of the links below:

The Family Tree Anniversary Sale!

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Kicking-off this Friday we are starting our Anniversary Sale Weekend! We have an exciting line-up of deals, gifts with purchase and special guests! We have put together a daily list to add to your calendars. Hope to see you!

Special Store Hours: Friday & Saturday 7am-8pm, Sunday 9am-6pm

Festivities for the weekend…


  • Early Bird Special – Friday, April 5, 7am-9am Chef Jeff Vegetable Plants Buy one get one free (reg. $2.99)
  • Free with purchase to the first 50 customers: Friday, April 5, One 1 gal Tomato plant


  • Early Bird Specials: Saturday, April 6, 7am-9am, Annual Flats $10, 32 plants per flat
  • Free with purchase to the first 50 customers: Saturday, April 6, One 1 gal Knock Out Rose


  • 11:30-12:30: Georgia Gardener and WSB Radio Host Walter Reeves who will be talking about everything gardening AND giving away great door prizes!
  • 10-2: Mark Maher, Flowerwood & Encore Azalea Representative
  • 10am-2pm: Jowell Thome, Irrigation Specialist
  • 12:30: Meet the Pikes! Share a piece of anniversary cake with Mr. and Mrs. Pike and owner Dana and Jeff Van Vlake!


  • Early Bird Specials: Sunday, April 7, 9am-11am, Glazed Pottery 30% off
  • Free with purchase to the first 50 customers: Sunday, April 7, One 1 gal Gardenia (Frost Proof or August Beauty)

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Deals and Steals! **One per family, while supplies last

  • 99¢ annuals (marigolds, begonias, salvia, petunias and more)
  • 10” Lantana Hanging Baskets for $8.88 regular price $12.99
  • Hundreds and hundreds of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs
  • From Garden To Table, Fresh Is Best Vegetables and herbs including Chef Jeff Designer Veggies (Salsarific Peppers, Popcorn, Peanuts, Cherokee Purple Tomatoes and more)
  • Lowest Price EVER: 1gal Blueberries $3.99 reg. $5.99
  • 1g Japanese Maples 30% off
  • 1g Stella D’Oro Daylilies Buy 1 get 1 free (reg. $8.99)
  • Great lawn alternative for shade! 4” Liriope & Mondo Grass 99¢ reg. $1.89!
  • FAFARD SOILS for all your planting needs 20% off (reg. $10.99)

See you this weekend!