Archives for January 2015

Landscape Design At Your Finger Tips

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Imagine perfect fragrances, abundance of glorious colors, and even edible and floral bouquets to last a lifetime. Surround yourself with Japanese, story book, or English style cottage garden experiences – or chose a unique theme to delight the whole family, such as the sustainable edible landscape, or the fairy-tale, hide and seek, or secret-garden setting. And all of this can be tailored specifically to the metro Atlanta growing conditions.

Having quality landscape designs at your fingertips will deliver satisfaction and aesthetic nurturing for decades to come. An investment that directly supports resale value as well as resident environmental well being, there is no better way to generate the feeling and experience you wish your family and friends to have – than by delivering a landscape design professionally developed to provide exactly what is needed for you.

Certified Professionals Deliver Excellence and Breath-Taking Results

Resale values are enhanced because  the quality of environmental conditions definitely impacts the daily living experience. Take control of this experience and discover how to enhance your environment in a manner that will amaze the neighbors or draw out the sighs of jealous visitors.

Regardless if you need more colorful and fragrant tranquility or the space for more focused athletic activity, your goals and visions will be respected by design experts Bruce Holiday, Registered Landscape Architect of The Family Tree Garden Center. With over thirty years of experience, Bruce will keep your personality in mind along with your most important goals and visions.

Timing Is Everything

To design a landscape plan personally for you, Bruce Holliday, RLA, will come to your site and discuss your outdoor living goals. A low design cost of $125 for the first hour and only $80 for each additional hour, a typical design takes one to three hours.  Your landscaping package is augmented by a significant 15 percent discount on landscape plants for up to six months.  That way, you have the option to install the entire plan at one time, or break it up into pieces. The professionally drawn design is yours to keep.

The Family Tree Garden Center also offers an in-store option to your landscape needs.  For smaller areas, make an appointment with our professional landscape designer for a one-on-one 20 minute Quick Sketch. This is a free service.  Just bring in 4-6 pictures of the problem area, measurements in feet, and how much light the area gets.  Our designer will draw a quick sketch for you and show you the plants in the sketch.

Let Us Do The Dirty Work

Our professional landscape installation service is here to make your dreams come true!  We can install your entire plan, a few trees & shrubs, or small beds.  No job is too big or too small for our landscape crew.  They love doing the dirty work for you.  Remember, we install, you enjoy!  There is no dream that cannot be created!

Choose Landscape Design Investments Delivering 15 Percent Off Landscape Plants

Simply call 770-972-2470 for design and installation details and to set up your appointment today.



Build a Terrarium Garden with these 5 Steps

Bringing outdoor gardens inside is easy and fun. A terrarium garden is a great way to get your outdoor gardening fix, while adding a beautiful decorative piece to your home or office. Here are the steps you need to take to create the perfect terrarium. You can use any type of container for your terrarium, whether it’s an old coffee pot, a glass globe, or a flower pot; let your imagination run wild!


  • Step 1: Begin with a layer of lava rock at the bottom of your container. This acts as a drainage layer and keeps the roots of your plants from drowning in standing water.
  • Step 2: Next, add a layer of activated charcoal. The activated charcoal will draw out organic chemicals and bacteria from the water you are using to hydrate your plants.
  • Step 3: If you like, you can add a few layers of different colored sand for contrast and visual interest.
  • Step 4: Add a layer of potting soil to give your plants a great source of nutrition to flourish.
  • Step 5: Now it is time to add your plants and moss. Keep in mind that the plants should be removed from their containers and planted in place. The moss can sit directly on the surface of the soil, which helps maintain appropriate moisture levels.

The base of your terrarium is ready to go, but choosing appropriate plants to thrive in your mini indoor garden is going to be essential to your success. Some of our favorite terrarium plants include golden club moss, air plants, ferns, and philodendron. For more terrarium plant ideas click here.

We’d love to help you pick your plants, containers and products to make your terrarium successful. Stop by The Family Tree if you have any questions!

DIY Flowerpots for The Birds

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(Compliments of Home Stories)

Birds, flowers, and a craft for your garden.  What could be better?  This easy DIY project will create smiles with the seasons.
Make it your own by using your own measurements and judgment. These are guidelines to follow so be creative and add your own flair, pot sizes, rebar size, birdbath top, paint color, etc.

As a starting guideline, you will need:

  • 1 – 8″ tall terracotta pot for the base
  • 4 – 6″ tall pots
  • 1 – 4″-5″ tall pot
  • 62 inch piece of rebar: Lowes said they could cut it but if they won’t you may need to purchase a hacksaw for this project. It’s about $5.
  • Spray paint primer. (Or just keep it the natural color)
  • Spray paint in your color choice. (If you want to paint it)
  • Pot saucer or large bowl
  • Little ceramic bird (Optional but uber cute.)
  • DAP Household/Aquatic Adhesive (If you want a birdbath at the top. If you are making a birdfeeder, you don’t need the adhesive.)

Now for the fun:
Step 1.  Prime and paint your pots (if you want color, that is).

Step 2: Measure the height of all of your pots and then add 24 inches to that number to determine the length of your rebar. Cut your rebar to size using a hacksaw. Use a hammer to pound the rebar into the ground at least two feet down so that it will hold your heavy pots.

Step 3: Thread your pots onto the rebar and fill with soil. Alternately tilt each pot from right to left, filling with soil as you go.

Step 4: Take the pot saucer (or bowl with a hole in the middle) and place it onto the top of the rebar. The bowl will be resting on the top flower pot but the rebar should thread all the way up into the birdbath bowl. (If you are using the bowl for a birdbath – use DAP household/aquatic adhesive to attach the bird and to seal around the gap between the bowl and rebar hole. The adhesive takes a day to cure, so done fill your bowl with water yet.  If it’s a birdfeeder, no need for adhesive.)

Step 5: Plant your flowers and enjoy!

Step 6: Fill the top bowl for your birds and watch the fun!

The Family Garden Center is proud to carry our own Premium Bird Feed for all types of birds.  A 10 lb bag is just $19.99.

Planning Is Easy With The Family Tree

So you may not want to get out in the cold this time of year, but January and February are the perfect time to start planning for a beautiful spring and summer.  Most plants are dormant and gearing up for the warm months ahead.   It’s going to get warm… flowers are going to bloom, trees and shrubs are going to leaf out and the lawn is going to need attention.  Why not make these months ‘planning ahead’ months?  It’s a great time to take a look at your lawn and gardens and get excited about the upcoming seasons.

It’s personal and it’s FREE!
Our “Quick Sketch” service is perfect for smaller areas in your yard.  Our professional landscape designer will spend 20 one-on-one minutes with you at The Family Tree sketching out a design specific to your desires for that area.
Just bring in 4-6 pictures of the area, figure out how much sunlight it gets per day, and measure it in feet.
Make an appointment today by calling 770-972-2470.  Oh, by the way – this service is FREE!

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** For extensive areas in your yard, consider our Landscape Design service.  Our Registered Landscape Architect, Bruce Holliday, will visit with you at your home and draw a full design for you that you can keep.  Our fees are very competitive.  You will be able to work on your landscape at your own pace.
Don’t want to do the hard, backbreaking work? Have our professional landscape division install it for you.  AND – with a design by Bruce Holliday, you will get 15% off trees and shrubs for up to six months.

Take a close look at your lawn. Do you have sparse patches and areas that never seem to grow in? It’s probably too shady there (even if it doesn’t look too shady to you, your grass will let you know).  Now is a good time to make a clean edge, dig out the sparse area and add mulch or groundcovers.  It will look so much cleaner this spring and summer.  Our professional landscape service can do that dirty work for you!
** Don’t forget about staying ahead of weeds.  February is the perfect time to add pre-emergent weed preventor to your lawn to keep those nasty early spring weeds at bay.

Houseplants Are Special

We want you to love houseplants as much as we do. houseplantsThere are “styles” for everyone! Houseplants are wonderful in terrariums, fairy gardens, on tabletops and as striking floor plants.  With the right container they can be a show stopping focal point in your home or office.

 Never cared for a plant of your own before?
Start with a Spider plant, Snake plant, Zee Zee plant or Peace Llily. These beauties can be somewhat neglected and will still love you.

Houseplants are excellent for senior citizens.
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension gave a class on houseplant care, and houseplants to a number of senior citizens. They found that the senior citizens enjoyed taking care of their plant and considered it “much like a companion,” suggesting that houseplants can bring positive vibes not just to older people, but to anyone who is lonely. And there are lots of other reasons to bring plants into your home: several studies have linked houseplants to the reduction of stress and indoor air pollution.

Have you ever wondered why it’s typical to bring plants to hospital patients?
Research published suggests that hospital patients tend to feel better if there is a houseplant in the room.

Improve your quality of life and indoor air quality by raising indoor plants.
Houseplants have been known to clear airborne toxins in your home.

What’s more!
Along with offering a feeling of well-being, companionship, and cleaning the air, houseplants are just plain pretty in your home or office.

We want to help you pick the perfect houseplant! Stop by The Family Tree and browse our extensive collection of pots and plants to find the ideal combination.

It’s Time To Mulch


Time For Specials

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time for amazing deals on all the holiday decor at The Family Tree Garden Center! Stock up for next season on all of our fun, festive and perfect for the holidays decor for your home! Save on ornaments, nativity scenes and more!

Christmas 75 percent

Christmas Shop is having 75% off red outlined price tags only. Special Pre-Inventory Sale on select decor.

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 ,Twitter,  Google+!