Hello, again!

Happy Thanksgiving! I know this year Thanksgiving is going to be a different looking holiday, but that’s not all bad. It seems that the holiday season can be too busy with events; maybe this year will be a little more relaxing than what we're used to.

This Saturday is Shop Small Saturday. Last weekend, Angie and I spent the weekend shopping local. We started at Norton’s Brewing Company for dinner on Friday evening, and then Saturday we visited the Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum, did some gift shopping at the Health Connection in Delano, and had lunch at Molino's Mexican Cuisine in Midtown. It was so convenient and easy to park close to the storefronts, safely shop and dine.

We have other local plans, too. Lucy, the Johnson's Trolley and our popular Fresh Evergreen Wreath Workshop is headed to The PourHouse in downtown Wichita next Tuesday, December 2nd! Learn to make a fresh evergreen Christmas wreath while you enjoy a Walnut River Coffee Porter hot chocolate (yum!) on the heated PourHouse patio. We will provide everything you need to make your wreath, including fresh greenery, wreath frame, wire, tools, bow, and instruction. You're welcome to order dinner or beers from The PourHouse during or after the workshop. Class size is limited and reservations are required. Parties of up to 8 are welcome; please make your reservations together.

We'll help you craft at home also. New this season at the garden centers, from Peace of Mind Nursery, is a very unique mix of cut evergreens and branches from the Pacific Northwest. If you have ever visited Oregon, you have seen what a mix of plant material they are able to grow. Peace of Mind Nursery offers a fantastic array of rare and unusual conifers and ornamentals. The gem of conifer nurseries, they offer exceptional dwarf, prostrate, var iegated, and pendulous var ieties. For the holiday season, they trim some of their mature plants and offer the foliage for decorating. My favorite is Cryptomeria japonica ‘Cristata’; think of it as cockscomb Japanese cedar. The uniquely twisted, mutated growth is very slow growing, about 1” per year. Their mixed evergreen wreaths are so beautiful as well.

I was asked recently how our fresh cut Christmas tree selection differs from the big box stores' selection. With our trees all displayed in our lath houses to view, our fraser, noble, nordmann and concolor fir trees range in height from 3’ to over 12’. We’ll give the tree a fresh cut, run it through the tree netter and load it in or on your car for transport home. We also offer delivery, set up and will pick the tree up after Christmas. Ask in the store for details.

With the Christmas season upon us, I love sharing my favorite Christmas tunes. They may be repeats, but I know you’ll enjoy hearing them again. This week is the Reverend Al Green with his soulful voice singing ‘The First Noel’:

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center

P.S. - If you haven't yet, be sure to sign up for one of our holiday workshops!