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November 2014 
Issue Twenty Three
Saying Goodbye!
Help us give a warm send off to Geri. She will be retiring at the end of the season after 12 years of dedicated hard work.

Geri has been our house plant guru, along with being one of our Garden Girls. Like all of our employees, she gives 110% of herself. We will miss her greatly and wish her luck while she relaxes on the couch.

We love you, Geri! Don't be a stranger.
Yule Log
November 15: 2 pm
November 19: 10 am
November 21: 7 pm

Create a lovely yule log to grace your table this Christmas season. Decorate with faux greens for a centerpiece that will last year after year.
Cost: $29.99
Limit of 10 people
per workshop
Porch Sitter
November 16: 2 pm
November 23: 2 pm

Your entrance can offer a warm welcome for holiday visitors this season with this elegant porch pot. We'll show you how to arrange fresh greens, decorative berries, and pine cones in a unique creation of your very own.

Cost: $39.99
Limit of 10 people
per workshop
Fresh Greens
Door Swag
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November 21: 6 pm
November 22: 10 am

Usher in the holiday season by making your own handmade door swag. Made with fresh greens, pine cones, berries, and topped with a bow, this swag looks great on a door, fence or mailbox - the possibilities are numerous!
Cost: $19.99
Limit of 10 people per workshop
Triple Pine Cone Door Charm
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November 22: 2 pm
This is our most popular You Tube video. Dress up pine cones with ribbons and faux greens for a beautiful holiday accent.
Cost: $19.99
Limit of 10 people
Pine Cone
Door Swag
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Nov. 23: 3:30 pm
Nov. 26: 10 am

Decorate a giant pine cone with faux greens and ribbons to dress up your door for the holidays.

Cost: $14.99
Limit of 10 people
per class.
Fresh Greens
Hanging Basket
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November 29: 2 pm
November 30: 2 pm


Nothing says the holidays like the beauty and smell of fresh greens. Put them in a hanging basket, add some holiday accents, and you have a show-stopping holiday creation!

Cost: $39.99
Limit of 10 people per class.
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

Monday - Saturday:
9 am - 6 pm
11 am - 6 pm
Closed Thanksgiving
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We are a family owned and operated garden center specializing in plants that thrive in Central Ohio

For more information about our store please
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Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

Have you ever had days where you just keep putting things off  and you say, "Oh, I will get to that another day," and then weeks have passed and you realize that you still haven't gotten the stuff done you wanted to get done?  I have been having a few of those days lately.

I have been putting off writing this edition of the newsletter for a week now. It's not that I don't have topics to write about. I do keep a notepad on my desk of questions asked during the week or ideas I have seen on the internet. I think when winter starts to set in, my brain wants to go into hibernation mode and that is why I keep putting things off.

In this edition: Tips to make sure your garden is set for winter. Learn how to grow paper whites. And add a little sizzle to your porch this season with winter sizzle.

Also, don't forget our Christmas Preview and Open House are right around the corner (Nov. 21 - 23). I am set on my decorating already. My daughter made me put Christmas up the first week of November.

Please keep your questions coming. They help tremendously when I get writer's block.

 As always, have a great-gardening day.

Garden Chores
Old man winter is on its way. Make sure that your garden is put to bed with these helpful tips:
  • Make sure all hoses are emptied of water and put away for the season.
  • Remove dead annuals from planters and garden beds.
  • Put away planters in a garage or garden shed. If left outside in the elements they can crack from the expanding and contracting of the soil in the pot.
  • If over wintering plants in pots make sure plants go dormant before placing them into an unheated garage or garden shed. Place straw or mulch around the base of the pots to help insulate soil from freezing.
  • Store all lawn ornaments for the season in garage or shed to prevent breakage.
  • Weed your garden one last time to limit spring time weeds.
  • Plant Spring blooming bulbs up until the ground freezes.
  • Make sure any perennials with diseases have been trimmed back and the foliage disposed of in the garbage. Otherwise leave foliage alone.
Thanksgiving Chores
Work off some of those calories in your garden after your Thanksgiving dinner is done.

1. Give trees and shrubs one last soaking for the season, around Thanksgiving.

2.  Spray broadleaf evergreens, such as Rhododendrons, Evergreen Azaleas, Boxwood, & Hollys with an antidessicant such as Wilt Pruf. The Wilt Pruf will help protect evergreens from losing moisture and browning out through the winter months. However, avoid spraying it on anything with a blue cast to it as it will remove the coloring.

3. Protect young tree trunks from rutting deer with tree trunk protectors.

4. Avoid heavy winter mulching until after the ground is frozen, usually after Thanksgiving.
Winter Sizzle Planter
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Who says you can't garden year round. Add a little sizzle to your front porch this season with this cute planter. Click on the picture to watch the video.
Growing Paperwhites
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I am super excited. I got my Amaryllis to rebloom this year. (I knew I forgot to take a picture of something when I was at home.) Now I am going to try the paperwhites. I have actually never grown paperwhites so this is a first time experience for me, just like with the Amaryllis. There are a couple of different ways to force paperwhites,  either with pebbles and water or in soil. I am going to do the soil way, which seems much easier to me. Join me in this adventure by trying to grow some yourself.

What you need:
  • Bulbs
  • Shallow Pot or Saucer
  • Potting Soil
  What to do:
  • Fill pot with potting soil mix. 
  • Plant your bulbs close to each other, with hips about an inch apart, for the most brilliant display. Position them with the pointy end up and avoid planting them too deeply. tips of bulbs should be exposed above the soil.
  • Water well, and let drain. Place pot in a cool place (50-60 degrees) for up to 3 weeks. During that time, check them once a week by tugging gently on the bulbs to see if they have begun to produce roots. When your tug meets with firm resistance move the container to a sunny window. Do not over water during this time frame. Keep on the dry side, but not bone dry.
  • Place in a warm spot (around 70 degrees) with full sun or bright light to produce foliage and flowers.
  • As leaves emerge, rotate your pot every few days to keep stalks straight. As buds swell and open, move the pot to a cooler spot out of direct light to extend the life of the flowers. Keep soil slightly moist.
According to some websites if you use liquor you can keep your bulbs from growing too tall. Now I don't know if that actually works or not, but it seems like a waste of perfectly good liquor.
Your Questions Answered
1. Can I cover my roses now?

No, not even with the colder weather this week. You want to wait until the ground is frozen and the plants no longer have leaves on them. If you cover them too early and we get a warm snap, the cover can act like an incubator and new growth will start. This new growth will not have time to harden off before the colder temperatures. We recommend after Thanksgiving into December for covering.

2. How do I overwinter my garden mums?

Leave the foliage on the mum even after it has turned brown for the season. The foliage helps protect the roots. This also goes for any perennials that are not diseased. Leave the foliage alone as it will help insulate the roots. Once the foliage is brown on the garden mum, mulch around the base of it really good. It truly depends on how harsh of a winter we have as to whether or not it will successfully overwinter.
Christmas Preview
November 21, 6 - 8:30 pm
We're staying open late to usher in the Christmas season. Please join us for an evening of special savings and discounts. Enjoy Music, Free Refreshments (Hors d'oeuvres, Hot Cocoa Bar, Mulled Cider) and A Taste of Wine from Buckeye Winery. You can also get started on your holiday decorating with a Fresh Greens Door Swag Workshop at 6 pm and a Decorated Yule Log Workshop at 7 pm.  (See website for more details.)
Christmas Open House
November 22nd & 23rd

Sample some of the dips, jellies and salsa available for sale at Wilson's. Warm up with a cup of cocoa and a cookie from our Hot Cocoa Bar or have a cup of Mulled Cider, plus enjoy these events.
10 am (Sat. Only): Fresh Greens Door Swag Workshop

10 am - 2 pm (Sat. Only): Meet a Furry Friend

11 am - 3 pm (Sat. & Sun.): Local Artisans and Crafters

12 noon - 2 pm (Sat. & Sun.): Warm Up with a Hot Lunch

12 noon - 4 pm (Sat. Only): Massage your Holiday Stress Away

1 pm - 3 pm (Sun. Only): Just For Kids

2 pm (Sat. Only): Pine Cone Door Charm Workshop

2 pm (Sun. Only): Holiday Porch Sitter Workshop

3:30 pm (Sun. Only): Pine Cone Door Swag Workshop

Visit our website www.great-gardeners.com for more information
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