Hello Friends,

Though January and February are slower months for us, we are nevertheless just as busy gearing up for Spring.  New Gift Shoppe and Produce Market merchandise is coming in every day.  Fresh plant stock will roll in on trucks over the next few weeks.  And, although it will be another month or two before you see a lot of color around here, flowers are sprouting up everywhere you look at Wingard's. 

spring flowers

Wally & Delores Steinhauser
spring fling 2018
Save the Date - 2018 Spring Fling
Saturday, March 17 | All Day
Come join us to view all the beautiful spring color throughout the garden center, check out all the new products in the Gift Shoppe and Wings & Things and don't forget to load up on the freshest spring fruits and vegetables in the Produce Market. 
  • 50% off one item - first 100 customers
  • 25% off all trees & shrubs
  • 15% off birdseed
  • 75% off in the Gift Shoppe tent sale
  • and so much more... 
wings and things
birds in your backyard
What You're Seeing in Your Yard
Spring is the start of the breeding season for most of our local backyard birds. Be on the watch for (1) Bluebirds, (2) Chickadees, (3) Titmice, and (4) Brown-headed Nuthatches as they pair up with mates, build nests, lay eggs and raise their young in your backyard.
songbird spa
What's new at Wings & Things
Don't forget to provide your birds water in the Winter! 
The Songbird Spa is a
n electric birdbath that you can attach to deck railing or set on the ground or on a stand. It keeps water from freezing and provides a crucial source of water for birds in the winter.
birdseed wreath
Don't forget to show your birds how much you love and enjoy them during this Valentine's month, by giving them their own birdseed wreath.  Birds need supplemental food sources   especially  during cold weather
Ask Zach
  • I see a bird at my feeder with warts & swollen eyes. Is this a sick bird?
  • Yes, this bird is infected with a disease contagious to the rest of your feeder birds. Take the feeder down immediately & clean it. Clean feeders will prevent the spread of disease & keep your birds healthy.
garden center
cold weather damage to your plants
How to Spot Cold Weather
Damage on Your Plants

Are your outside plants looking a little sad? 
Don't give up hope on them just yet!  We have a list of tips and ideas to guide you through taking care of those plants that have been damaged by the cold snap we've experienced.  Typically, temperatures falling below freezing will quickly damage or even kill many types of plants. However, with prompt care, many of these cold damaged plants can be rescued.
Garden To-do List
 
Punxsutawney Phil lives far away from South Carolina so don't wait for the groundhog to tell you spring is on its way! Take this time to shake the winter blues off and head out to the garden for some pre-spring clean-up. 
 
Get ahead of the game, prevent insects and fungus now!
  • Cut back your liriope.
  • Cut ornamental grasses, such as Miscanthus, Pampas, or Muhly Grass, back to 6-12 inches.
  • Prune your roses.  Shrub roses, such as Knockouts, can be cut back to 2 feet tall and wide.
  • Rake up the leaves you ignored in the Fall and apply fresh pine straw or other mulch.
  • Prune Spring flowering shrubs after they bloom (Forsythia, Loropetalum).
  • Prune your crape myrtles, but don't commit "crape murder."
  • Prune peach and plum trees, apples and pears if necessary.
  • Prune tree branches that cross or rub other branches.
  • Use Horticulture Oil Spray on any plant that tends to get insect or fungus problems in the Spring/Summer... Gardenias, Azaleas, Magnolias, Palms, Crape Myrtles, Indian Hawthorne, Roses, etc .
  • Clear extra leaves and pine straw around emerging bulbs to allow them to grow.
  • Plan your Spring projects now!
  • landscape design services
     
  • Landscape Design ServiceNow's the time to get your design done while the designer is not so busy.  If you wait until Spring to request a design, you will likely have to wait weeks for an appointment.  Do it now, so you can get your plants in the ground well before summer.
  • It's time for STEP #1 of the Lawn Care Program - Step 1 is applied between February 15 and March 15.  Wait until the daytime high temperature is above 65 degrees for four days in a row before you apply.  March 15th is the latest you should apply STEP 1.
    • FOR ALL GRASSES APPLY: Hi-Yield Turf & Ornamental Weed & Grass Stopper - This product prevents listed weeds from coming up. It will also stop Crabgrass from germinating and destroys the weed during the first five weeks of growth. For a more thorough weed control, spray visible weeds with ferti-lome Weed-Free Zone 10-14 days
    • Click here to figure out how much product you'll need for your yard:
valentines day
Say it with Flowers
Surprise her! (or him) With flowers 
 that declare your love year after year after year  with red or pink Miniature Roses, Daffodils or Tulips! 
bare roses
What's In  
  • Our bare root hybrid tea Weeks and David Austin roses have arrived, and we've been busy potting them up for you.  You can see what varieties we will have in stock this year on our website. 
  • You may start buying them now, but you must realize they have just been potted from bare roots and need to be dealt with carefully.  Our guarantee applies only to roses purchased after March 31st.
shamrocks
What's Blooming  
  • Shamrocks!  Both green and purple, with tiny white or pink flowers adorning them.  Pop them in your containers for a fresh burst of color.  Use them in the house for a St. Paddy's day decoration.  Or, plant them in your perennials shade garden for early spring color.  The plant is actually oxalis, but since the leaves have a clover shape, they have become known as shamrocks here in the U.S.  We only carry them in February - March, so if you want some, now is the time to get them!
gift shoppe
valentines day
Valentine's day is all wrapped up and waiting for you in the Gift Shoppe.
Come let us help you create a custom gift boxes for him or her made up of items throughout the Market.  The possibilities to say I love you are endless at Wingard's Market.
lake life
What's new in the Gift Shoppe
We have everything you need to get your lake house ready for the spring including pillows and lamps for that cozy corner.
solar eclipse ornaments
We have received another shipment of Solar Eclipse Ornaments
 If you ordered before Christmas, they're available for you to pick up.  We have about 50 ornaments that are not "spoken for" and are available for sale.  
produce market
strawberries and candy
Say it with Fresh Strawberries & Candy
Fresh Florida strawberries and homemade fudge from Faithful Foods is the perfect way to say "I Love You" to that special someone this Valentine's Day.
grab a bag of fruit
What's new in the Produce Market
Not sure which fruits you'll have a HANKERING for this week? We've solved that problem for you! 
  • Come in and try our Mixed Fruit Grab Bag. For $5.00, fill the white bag with any combination of two or more fruit items. Oranges, grapefruit, minneolas, tangerines, lemons, apples and pears.
loveland coffee
Loveland Coffee available at Wingard's
While the temperature keeps dropping, you can come warm up with our new selection of Loveland Coffees. Roasted right here in Columbia, SC, you'll love the fresh roasted hometown taste of good coffee. 
The Juice is Loose!
The Juice is Loose!
Krause Brothers Citrus Co. is a third-generation family-owned business (we can relate) based out of Greenville, SC. They get their oranges from their father's orange groves in Wauchula FL. All fresh, completely natural orange juice, with no additives or preservatives. Stop on in at Wingard's Market & pick some up today.  We're the only location selling Krause Bros. in the Midlands!
Fresh this month in the Market...
  • Apples, Bibb Lettuce, Cucumbers, Grapes, Green Beans, Green Peppers, Lemons, Okra, Oranges, Red-Yellow-Sweet Onions, Pears, D'Anjou, Sweet, Baking & Red Potatoes, Butternut - Spaghetti - Yellow Squash, Tomatoes
  • Smoked Chicken Salad and Pimento Cheese
  • Milk, Sausage, Eggs, Clemson Blue Cheese
  • Frozen Shrimp, Fresh Shrimp when available
  • Nut Candies
  • Dried Soup Beans
  • Ham Hocks
  • Seedless Grapes
  • Winter Florida Strawberries
  • Citrus which will include Minneolas and Valencia Oranges
  • Pork Products, Ground Beef, Beef Tips, Chicken Sausage
  • Kraus Brothers Orange and Grapefruit Juice
  • Local Goat Cheese 
  • Ashe County Cheese
  • Pint Jars of Oysters
  • Baked Goods by JoAnn
  • Faithful Foods Soup Mixes, Fudge, and Dip Mixes
  • Grey Ghost Cookies
  • Loveland Coffee
  • Charleston Tea Plantation Tea Line (Bagged Teas)
workshops _ events
Take Time to Smell _and Prune_ the Roses Workshop
Take Time to Smell (and Prune)
the Roses Workshop

Postponed to Saturday, February 10 | 2:00 PM
If you prune your roses properly, they will give you a beautiful show all summer long!

There is a $10 fee for this workshop, and you will receive a $10 coupon to use at Wingard's.  Register online or call 803-359-9091.
right bird_ right house workshop
Right Bird, Right House:
Attracting Cavity Nesters Workshop

Saturday, February 10 | 10:00 AM
The South Carolina Bluebird Society will be teaching us about cavity-nesting birds (ones that will nest in man-made birdhouses) that live in South Carolina and how you can attract them to your backyard.

There is a $10 fee for this workshop. Register online or call 803-359-9091.
owl prowl
Owl Prowl
Thursday, February 15 | 7:30 PM
Come join our Wildlife Specialist, Zach, as we search for these beautiful nocturnal birds and other creatures of the night in their natural habitat.

There is a $10 fee person; you must register in advance. Children 15 & under free; must be accompanied by a registered adult. Meet at the 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 or call 803-359-9091.
backyard fruit workshop
Backyard Fruit Growing Workshop
Saturday, February 17 | 10:00 AM
If you've ever wanted your own fruit orchard, in your own backyard, you will enjoy this workshop.

There is a $10 fee for this workshop, and you will receive a $10 coupon to use at Wingard's.  Register online or call 803-359-9091.
staring seeds workshop
Starting Seeds Indoors Workshop
Saturday, February 24 | 10:00 AM
Are you interested in starting seeds indoors for your spring veggies or flower beds?  We will show you how. 

There is a $10 fee for this workshop, and you will receive a $10 coupon to use at Wingard's.  Register online or call 803-359-9091.

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Free Education Programs for the public!
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