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In This Issue: November 2016
Decorating Inspiration
Plant Choices, Garden Art, Front Entry Design
Thanksgiving Dinner: Tips and Recipes
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Buried deep inside many gardeners is an unappreciated decorator frantically trying to escape.  Holidays provide the perfect opportunity for you to let that frustrated designer sneak out to plan special landscaping displays to delight your family and make the neighbors jealous.  Whether you stay small with a few pops of autumn color or go big with a full-scale spectacle, Thanksgiving provides a colossal theme for your garden canvas.  

Need some inspiration?  Let's explore the Colors of Fall.
Decorating with Pumpkins, Gourds, & Pinecones

The shades of fall come from the beautiful harvest yields, like pumpkins and gourds, as well as the transformation of summer's green leaves to the spectacle of color.  Oranges, reds, yellows and browns traditionally signal the advent of Thanksgiving and can add warmth to the colder look of a winter garden.  But it is important to consider how those colors will complement your home and the rest of your plants.  If you find that the contrast doesn't work well, add foliage or neutrally colored decorating elements to separate the warring colors or opt for dried grasses and other similar plants in tans, browns or greens. 


Discover new plant choices, decorate with garden art, and create a welcoming front entryway that will last through the holiday season.

Colorful Container Planting

By November, many of the summer annuals have faded or died, so you may have gaps in your landscape design.  Annuals partial to cooler weather provide the perfect solution.  Consider flowers like pot marigolds, pansies, primroses, or violas. Foliage plants like cabbage, kale, lettuce, or feverfew add variety and texture to your landscape as well. Chrysanthemums are also a traditional favorite with their rich crimson, orange, bronze, yellow and white blossoms.  Torch lilies, red ti plant and sedum make for a dramatic statement in your Thanksgiving garden along with the different colors and varieties of coleus. 


Wheelbarrow Planting

If you do not want to introduce new plants just for the holiday, there are still Thanksgiving landscape options to explore.  Reassign your wheelbarrow or garden cart - or your child's favorite wagon - to temporary duty as a decorative element by filling it with pots of chrysanthemums, pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and pine cones.  Add a wrought-iron pole with a turkey or cornucopia shaped garden flag, or place small bales of hay strategically about the yard and pile them with pumpkins, scarecrows, or turkey and Pilgrim statues.


Front Entryway Themed Design

Don't forget the front entrance when you plan your Thanksgiving landscape.  Turn your garden rake into a wreath alternative with some dried flowers and festive ribbon.  A smiling scarecrow on your garden bench or on a bale of hay, surrounded by cornstalks, pumpkins, gourds and richly colored fall leaves welcomes friends and family with the warmth of the season, while wicker furniture spray-painted dark green provides a cozy place to share new memories.  Paint your house number on pumpkins, one numeral to each gourd, and stack them atop each other to help visitors find your home.  Also, a few containers of plants can tie the entry display to the rest of the garden. Call today to request a design that you and your family can enjoy through the holiday season.  Stay tuned for next month's edition of decorating for the Christmas season.  

to read up on some great tips for preparing your 
Thanksgiving Day Dinner as well as delicious recipes 
that your family and friends will enjoy.

Keep fall leaves out of your koi pond with netting.  Decaying leaves can deplete the oxygen in your pond.


This year, decorate a tree for wildlife. Cover pine cones in peanut butter and roll in bird seed.  Hang them on a tree where you can see the birds eat.


Remove any diseased plant material from the property.  Do not compost them.


Did You KnowThe first known mention of trick-or-treating in print in North America occurred in 1927 in Blackie, Alberta, Canada?


The American Maze Company, led by Don Frantz, pioneered bringing the art of the maze to America and to the cornfield in 1993.  The maze was constructed in order to fit in the back lawn of an English manor?


The Jack-O-Lantern, a tradition believed to have come from Ireland, where they used to carve faces into turnips, beets and other root vegetables as part of the Gaelic festival of Samhain?


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