Hello Friends,
When we held the first Art in the Garden in 2006, there was not much to do in Lexington in the Fall, besides going to high school football games and eating out at your favorite BBQ restaurant.  We wanted to host something for the community that would be a little more upscale and would incorporate our love for gardens, good music, good food and generously helping our neighbors in need.  Art in the Garden was born from that desire. We've had a great run, but we've decided this will be the last year for this event.  There's so much more to do now, and the new Icehouse Amphitheater in Lexington offers a fabulous venue for outdoor concerts.

Thursday, October 5, will be the last day for ticket sales.  No tickets will be sold the day of the event. Come enjoy a cool Carolina evening in a beautiful setting and listen to The Return sing The Beatles' song, "The End," at the last Art in the Garden to be held at Wingard's Market!

Wally & Delores Steinhauser

P.S. We will be CLOSED Friday, Oct 6, to prepare for our BIGGEST event of the year. We reopen Saturday morning at 8:30 am.
Art in the Garden
Art in the Garden XI
Friday, October 6th | 6:30 pm -10:30 pm
  Come celebrate Wingard's 50th Anniversary and help a great local, non-profit organization, Lexington Interfaith Community Services at the same time. 
2017 Lake Murray Ornament
2017 Lake Murray Ornament
The 2017 Lake Murray ornament, "Birds Over Lake Murray" is now available exclusively at Wingard's...tenth in our series, collect them all!

It's never too early to start thinking ..."Stocking Stuffer"
wings and things
Zach's Checklist for Fall
  • Stock up on birdseed for the Winter
  • Get your feeders cleaned (Bring it in and we'll do it for you; $5.00 per feeder)
  • Take your Hummingbird Feeders DOWN
  • Prepare your yards for Fall
    • Leave a section of your yard unraked (bugs will hang out under leaves and birds will search through leaf litter for food)
    • Don't dead-head your flowers (the seed heads of bloomed out perennials are good wildlife food)
    • Build a brush pile (good cold weather cover for wildlife)
    • Provide a source of water that doesn't freeze by adding the Songbird Spa Heated Birdbath found in Wings & Things.
Bird Spa
Ask Zach

I just put a feeder out, but birds are not eating from it. Where are they?
  • It is normal for birds to not immediately start using on a newly installed feeder. It can take a few days to a couple of weeks for the birds to find it. Be patient. Birds are more attracted to water than they are to food so to potentially speed up the process, install a birdbath close by.

garden center
Best Time to Plant a Tree
A tree planted in the fall has a better-established root system by sprin
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The cooler temperatures of Fall make it the best time to plant a tree in the Southeast. The mild Fall and Winter weather of South Carolina allow the roots, from fall-planted trees to establish before Spring. Because the tops of the trees are dormant during the colder months, all their growing energy is sent towards root growth. When Spring does arrive the expanded healthy root system can support and handle a full surge of spring growth.

Early October is still showing us plenty of blooms on our favorite summer plants.  Most likely you are enjoying the last of the garden tomatoes and are starting to pick pumpkins and gourds for your holiday d├ęcor'.  Our to-do lists are getting shorter, but there is still plenty to do to keep you busy in the gardener.
  • Collect fallen leaves to start a compost pile.
  • Plant trees and shrubs!  Best time of year!  Roots have time to establish before the plant becomes dormant in the winter.  Less watering is required.  Lower likelihood of transplant shock.
  • Divide daylilies, hosta, agapanthus, grasses, amaryllis, iris, elephant, daffodils.
  • If you want to winter-over tropicals, such as hibiscus,  move them inside before the first freeze/frost.
  • Plant spring flowering bulbs.  Our climate is not suitable for tulips.  Crocus, daffodils, and hyacinths do much better.
  • Plant pansies, snapdragons, ornamental cabbages and kale now!
  • Dig and store caladium bulbs.
  • It's time to apply STEP 4 of the Lawn Care Program
just in - october
Just In
  • Japanese Maples - We just unloaded a truck filled with 17 different varieties of Japanese Maples.  Red leaves green leaves, coral bark, lacy leaves, tall growing, small growing, weeping.  Take your pick!  
  • Camellias and Sasanquas - For Fall and Winter interest, plant these evergreen shrubs, with dark green glossy leaves and rose-like pink, white or red flowers.  Lots of different varieties to choose from.
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What's Blooming  
  • Pansies, snapdragons, mums - Freshen up your containers for Fall.  
  • Encore Azaleas - These repeat bloomers are on their third cycle for the year.  Come pick them out while you can see their blooms, get them in the ground now, and they will liven up any boring spot in your yard three times a year.  We recommend they be planted in an area that gets some protection from the afternoon sun.
  • Knockout Roses - If you don't have any shady spots, then plant knockout roses instead of azaleas.  They bloom nonstop from April until we have a hard frost.    
gift shoppe
gift shoppe specials october

It's time to snuggle into Fall!

  • Worlds Softest Socks  - We finally have our HUGE selection of the Worlds Softest Socks out for you to choose your favorite new pair or several new favorite pairs!
  • Diffuser - Airome diffusers help you to naturally take care of headaches, sinus issues, sleeping problems, bad odors in your home, they're also wonderful to help get you energized for the day ahead. We are now carrying some of the Bridgewater Candle scents in the diffuser oils. 
  • Ridley's Games Room - Perfect card game for all ages. The different games include 'Brain Teaser', 'Brain Freeze', 'Baseball', 'Football', 'Pop Music', and the most popular one 'Sing It Back'
produce market
A Visit to the Farmer's Market with Mark

A trip to the Farmer's Market

Mark, our Produce Manager, is in charge of stocking up our Produce Market with nothing but the freshest local produce South Carolina farmers have to offer. However since South Carolina's climate is too warm to grow pumpkins, we rely on our good friends at Severt & Sons Produce at the State Farmers Market to get them for us from the cooler Virginia weather. You can see Mark picking out the "cream of the crop" to provide you all with the best Halloween pumpkins!

What's fresh at the Market this month...

Acorn squash, Apples, Fuji- Honey crisp - Pink lady, Bananas, Bibb lettuce, Butter beans,  Cabbage, Cauliflower, Corn,  Cucumbers, English Cucumbers, pickling, Eggplant, Grapes, Green beans, Green peppers, Lemons,  Microgreens,  Okra,  Onions, red - sweet - yellow,  Pears, D'Anjou,  Potatoes, baking -  red -  sweet,  Pumpkins, carving -  heirloom -  mini -  pie -  x-large,  Radishes,  Shitake mushrooms,  Squash, butternut - s paghetti - y ellow,  Tomatoes -  green -  heirloom

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! Big and small, lumpy and smooth. It's officially fall at Wingard's! 
workshops _ events
Kid_s Corn Maze
Kid's Corn Maze 
Monday - Saturday | 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
throughout October
Bring the little ones for our amazing Corn Maze, just the right size for younger kids. Make it a new tradition and capture those memories!

Pay $3 for each child to explore the maze and get a pumpkin at the end. Great spots throughout the maze for photo opportunities! 
Purchase tickets in our Fresh Produce Market. Tickets cannot be purchased online.
Bats_  Nature_s Pest Control
    Bats:  Nature's Pest Control 
Tuesday, October 10 | 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Paper silhouettes of bats mounted on the wall, carved into pumpkins or hanging from the ceiling are meant to be a scary sight around Halloween.

The cost is $10.00 and you will receive a $10.00 coupon to use at Wingard's.  Space is limited and advance registration is required. Register online below or call 803-359-9091.. 
Monarch Butterfly Workshop
    Monarch Butterfly Workshop
Wednesday, October 11 | 6:30 - 7:30 pm
The Monarchs are coming! As fall approaches, Monarch Butterflies will be making their way south to their winter home in Mexico.
   
The cost is $10.00.  We will donate $5.00 of your registration fee to the Irmo Middle School Milkweed for Monarchs program,  and you will receive a $5.00 coupon to use at Wingard's.  Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Register online below or call 803-359-9091.
Chimney Swift Roost Tour
 Chimney Swift Roost Tour
Thursday, October 12 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Have you ever had Chimney Swifts take up residence in your chimney? Can you imagine having a couple hundred or maybe even a few thousand birds cramming into it in the evening?

There is a $10 fee person; you must register in advance. Children 15 & under free; must be accompanied by a registered adult. BYOB - bring your own binoculars. Meet at the roost location, which is to be determined.   Directions to meeting place will be emailed to you after registration and closer to the time of the event. Register below or call 803-359-9091..
bird watcher
 Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve Bird Walk
Saturday, October 21 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Meander the trails of Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve with our wildlife specialist, Zach Steinhauser, who will point out various bird species and discuss habitat, migration patterns, and answer any questions you may have. 

There is a $15 fee person; you must register in advance. Children 15 & under free; must be accompanied by a registered adult. BYOB - bring your own binoculars. Meet at the park. Directions to meeting place will be emailed to you upon registration. Register online below or call 803-359-9091.
Hallopalooza
 Hallopalooza XII 
October 28 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
All Hallows Eve...or two days prior...is always fun at Wingard's! 
 
Halloween is always fun at Wingard's! Stop in and get ready for Halloween with your child, where they will enjoy riding the Gobblin Train and venturing thru the Corn Maze. The train is free and there is a $3 charge per child for the Corn Maze. There will be coloring, apple bobbing and more fun activities for the children, and Ray's Pizza will be here, selling the best NY pizza this side of New Jersey!

Admission is Free.
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