This Week’s Specials

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Dec. 17 through Dec. 23

  • All indoor décor items – including holiday décor – 40% off (furniture & select items excluded).
  • All live potted Christmas trees – 20% off
  • 30% off all outdoor pottery (12 inches & larger)

Yes, Warner’s has Gift Cards!

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We know the problem – you’d like to get someone a beautiful plant or garden gift but you just don’t know exactly what they want. Or, even better, you see five or six things they’d be crazy for and can’t decide between them.

The solution? A Warner’s gift card! Stop by today for this perfect stocking stuffer and give the gift of gardening this year.

Holiday Story Time

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Every Saturday and Wednesday until December 15, Warner’s Nursery hosts our always-popular Holiday Storytime for the kids. We start off by reading a neat holiday story, then move on to a craft your child can take home – plus there’s always plenty of hot chocolate!

Each session is $5 per child. Holiday Story Time is held at 4 pm on Wednesdays and 11 am on Saturdays. The same story and craft featured both days of the week.

It’s the last week of Holiday Story Time! The story on Wednesday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 15 will be The Lost Gift: A Christmas Story by Kallie George and Stephanie Graegin.

The craft for this week will be a gift box the kids will make out of construction paper.

 

Holiday Gift Tips

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One of the great blessings of this time of year is that it gives us a chance to celebrate and focus on others, and the perfect opportunity to thank them for the impact they have in our lives all year long.

There’s obviously those nearest and dearest to you, but there’s also a whole group of people who you might not see every day but play a significant role in our lives.

Often these are folks who get some cookies or candy or maybe some cut flowers. But if you want to give a holiday gift that lasts (and is 0 calories) to your hairstylist, dog walker, yoga instructor or babysitter, can I suggest the following:

  • Holiday coasters – Our crafty girl Alex recently held a workshop on creating these cool gifts. If you are into DIY, this is a great way to give a personalized gift. It just requires a few tiles, some holiday wrapping paper, and Mod Podge. Usually, you will give a set of four coasters, but you might want to buy an extra tile or two for practice, particularly if you are new at this.
  • If you are looking for a hostess gift to thank someone for their hospitality, you might consider guest bathroom soaps and novelty guest towels. People who host a lot of parties are always in need of these things.
  • Himalayan Salt Lamps – I’ve been hearing about these a lot the past year. Very pretty, and if you get the ones with the round salt balls that are heated by the lamp, it’s like a home heated rock spa kit.
  • Cookie cutters! I know, I know – I said gifts with zero calories, but who can resist Christmas cookies this time of year. Plus, a lot of high-quality (yet affordable) sets have shapes good for the entire year. One of my favorites includes an elephant, dinosaur, airplane, and footprint.
  • Christmas cactus, poinsettia or other potted plant – This is another gift that lasts far beyond the holiday season (yes, even the Christmas cactus or poinsettia, if you treat them right). Our staff at Warner’s would be happy to help you pick out a nice plant and gussy it up to make it a lovely gift.

I hope you are enjoying the snow, the get-togethers and the joy that marks this season. It’s only a couple of weeks until the big day – I can hardly wait.

Happy Holidays,
Misti

 

Black Friday (and Saturday) Bliss

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We at Warner’s are big believers that you shouldn’t rush the holidays and get stressed out on Black Friday. What fun is it to have to wake up at 4 am to go shopping so you can get the best deals? That’s why our Black Friday Bliss specials are available Friday and Saturday; so you can leisurely shop and enjoy the experience.

Here’s the lowdown for our special sales for Friday 11/23 and Saturday 11/24:

  • 6” poinsettias $9.99 each when you buy three or more (regularly $12.99)
  • Buy 2, get 1 free hanging holiday ornament
  • 10% off live potted Christmas trees
  • $2 off coffee drink
  • 20% off all non-holiday items (not already on sale)

We look forward to seeing you on Friday (or Saturday) with our two-day Black Friday Bliss sale.

Making the Holidays a Little Merrier

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With Thanksgiving this week, we are officially into the holiday swing of things. I love this time of year, but I know how crazy it can be. There’s even a term for it – “festive stress.” So what do we need to do to make the holidays a little more merry and a lot less hairy? Here are a few of my tried and true tips to relax and enjoy the season.

  • Avoid the three o’s. It can be a challenge not to overschedule, overindulge or overspend during the holidays, but if you manage to do it, your mind, body and credit card statement will thank you.
  • Think of your holiday shopping as an event to be experienced, not a chore to check off your to-do list. Of course, part of that has to do with where you shop – we try to make things very “mellow” at Warner’s, even on Black Friday.
  • Deck Your Halls. Yes, there is work involved in dressing up your home, but it’s so worth it. The tree, the stockings on the mantle, the wreath on the door, the garland wrapping around the stairwell, the poinsettias – make your home a showcase of all the holiday things you love!
  • Let others help you. Have your friends or relatives bring a dish or two, so the whole holiday meal isn’t on your shoulders. If someone offers to wrap the gifts, cheerfully hand over the tissue paper and tape. Have your Christmas tree delivered straight to your door, so you don’t have the hassle of trying to get it home.
  • Whether its weight training, long walks or yoga, don’t take a holiday from your healthy routines. They will help your stamina, counteract any extra holiday eating you do, and keep stress at bay.
  • Manage Expectations – Don’t put yourself under the pressure of making the holidays perfect for you and your family. There is so much to celebrate and be grateful for when you are with your loved ones. Why waste time and energy on “perfect” – whatever that means.

The holidays are special for many reasons. Top among them is the chance to cherish long-held family traditions and enjoying time spent with our loved ones. We hope you take advantage of all of the joys this season holds. And from our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

Succulent Plant Workshop 11/17

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We’ll be at Lia Leaf Tea House during the Aspen Place Block Party on Nov. 17 to help you create a beautiful planter. $15/small or $20/large includes all the materials you’ll need. We look forward to seeing you there.

Succulent Workshop
11 am to 1 pm
Saturday, Nov. 17
Lia Leaf Tea House
601 Piccadilly Drive #10
Aspen Place @ the Sawmill

The Great Christmas Tree Debate

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It’s only a couple of weeks away; the Christmas trees are coming.

For many of us, that jewel of spruce, fir or pine twinkling with lights and decked out with treasured ornaments is the centerpiece of our holiday celebrations.

But every year families throughout our nation go through the big debate – get a live tree or an artificial one. We hear from folks who are worried that getting a tree is less environmentally responsible than buying an artificial one. That way, the argument goes, you only buy one tree and aren’t helping denude the forests for the holidays.

For those of you concerned about having a real Christmas tree and its effects on the environment, here’s a couple of things to consider.

  • Most artificial trees use polyvinyl chloride, a non-biodegradable compound that produces carcinogens during the tree manufacturing process and when it’s disposed. (On average, artificial Christmas trees last about five to seven years).
  • Most artificial trees are produced in China, so shipping them here also adds to their carbon footprint.
  • Cut Christmas trees are typically not being chopped down in a forest near you; from Oregon to North Carolina, Christmas trees are grown on farms as a sustainable crop. A single Christmas tree farm can absorb a ton of CO2, plus each acre of trees produces enough oxygen to meet the daily needs of 18 people!
  • Most cut Christmas trees are recycled.

And if you really want to be pro-environment, how about a potted Christmas tree? Bring it into your home, decorate it and when the holidays are over, plant it in your backyard (and if you don’t have the room to plant it, call your local parks and rec department or nonprofit group that could use a tree – they’d probably appreciate the donation).

For me, the real argument for a live tree is tradition.

It doesn’t feel like Christmas without that rich evergreen smell in the house from a live tree, garland, and wreath. Placing ornaments and lights on those soft, supple bristles is just more rewarding than decorating an artificial tree. And then there’s the tradition of a fun night out with my family, bundled up in our coats and scarves, finding that perfect tree to grace our home this season. It just feels more in keeping with the holidays than hauling an artificial tree out of the garage!

We’ll be getting our selection of cut and potted trees the week of Thanksgiving.

Look forward to seeing you soon,

Misti

Winterizing Seminar this Saturday

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Join us for a free seminar on how to winterize your garden. Feel free to bring your questions on how to prep your garden for the cold so it’s ready to bloom again next spring.

Winterizing Seminar
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 am
Free

 

The Story Behind Dottie’s Garden Coffee Shoppe

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So why put a coffee shop inside of a nursery?

Back when my husband, Dan, and I started to get involved in the management of Warner’s Nursery & Landscaping, my Dad sent the two of us on a tour of garden centers in England. It was an amazing trip, and one thing I noticed was that many of these gardening stores had restaurants or tea and coffee shops right inside the nursery.

The mix of gardening and coffee isn’t as popular in the U.S., but the idea of having a coffee shop here at Warner’s always stayed with me. I think that with the crazy hours we work, particularly in the spring, the idea of having a coffee shop right here so I can get a caffeine fix without leaving the premises was really appealing!

For several years, as I was traveling for work or pleasure, I’d write down things I liked about different coffee shops – the displays, the signage, the menu items, the seating – all with the thought that, someday, Warner’s would open its own coffee place.

Finally, the timing seemed right. It was during our slow time in winter. There were no big projects on the horizon and I wanted to keep my team busy. Most of the work creating Dottie’s was done by our staffers, with me trying my hand at being a general contractor. It was both thrilling and terrifying, but it turned out great!

And then I found out something funny – I knew exactly how our space it should look, but nothing about operating a coffee shop!

Thank goodness for Marni and our niece, Amanda. They picked out the espresso machine, the grinder, and the other equipment we needed. Amanda had experience in the industry, so she developed our operations manual and inventory plan. They also hooked us up with a local coffee vendor, the amazing Matador Coffee.

So we had the space, the equipment, and the coffee – now all we needed was a name.

Everyone loved my grandmother, Dot. She started Warner’s Nursery back in 1970 and even after she retired, I remember her coming in to check that everything was running smoothly. She noticed every detail and wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty to ensure success. I wanted to honor the fact that none of us would have this amazing life and company if it weren’t for her. A friend of ours who knew our grandma and used to work at Warner’s came up with the perfect name that captured everything I wanted it to be – Dottie’s Garden Coffee Shoppe.

What makes me so happy about Dottie’s (besides having high-quality coffee on demand when I need to refuel) is that creating it was a real family and friend affair.

From Dan and his landscaping crew constructing the counter and installing the new flooring and tile, to our niece sharing her expertise, to friends old and new helping out, starting Dottie’s was an amazing collaborative experience.

I feel it every time I see someone sitting down with a cup of our coffee. I hope you can taste the love in every cup. And I know my grandmother would be proud.

Hugs,
Misti

PS – Our coffee shop is open every day from 8 am to 4 pm.