Every year, the Pantone Color Institute releases its "Color of the Year" to help designers, decorators, and fashionistas stay on the cutting edge of color. While it is a symbolic choice, it serves as a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture and serves as an expression of a mood or an attitude. And 2017 looks like it will be all about freshness and revival.

Greenery

The 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature revives itself. A refreshing and revitalizing color. Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. Illustrated through the use of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the attributes of Greenery signals us to take a deep breath and rejuvenate.

That sounds like a match made in heaven for us at Al's. We've been in the business of Greenery since 1948! This natural hue can be seen all over the garden center, especially as the muted tones of winter start to give way to the new growth of spring. And because we like to stay up on the latest style trends, you will find Greenery throughout our clothing and home decor sections in 2017 as well.

Greenery is nature's neutral.  For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, so the more submerged people are in modern life the greater their craving to immerse themselves in the natural world. Greenery used to be a great background color, but now Greenery is being pulled to the forefront.  A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal growth and vitality. Take it from Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute:

"Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose"

Well said, Leatrice. Look for Greenery all throughout the garden center this year.


Judy Alleruzzo

So you have been to the mall and a holiday bazaar or two, but you still can't find that perfect gift. How about giving somebody special a beautiful living gift? Here are a couple of suggestions from Al's.

a bowl full of hellebore blooms
Hellebore blooms

Hellebores

Hellebores are a welcomed sight in late winter and early spring. If you are a four season gardener, let your hellebores take center stage. These long-blooming, low-maintenance evergreen perennials can tolerate lots of shade. Wrap the pot in a pretty scarf, and you are good to go!

a decorated miniature Rosemary Tree

Lavender or Rosemary Holiday Trees

These 6" small trees are perfect if you don't want a large Christmas tree. Plus, they smell divine! Add some small ornaments and lights and these little trees look perfect on the mantle or coffee table, along with votive candles and your other favorite Christmas decor.

Christmas ornaments on a Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island Pine

If you have an apartment or condo, the Norfolk Island Pine is the perfect gift. You can use it as a Christmas tree now, and continue to use it as a houseplant long after the holidays.

Conifers

A conifer with a festive Christmas bow

It's easy to see why conifers are a staple of most backyard landscapes. They offer nice color and year round structure in your garden, and are mostly maintenance-free. Because they are slow growers, they are perfect for small garden spaces. Add a beautiful container and bow, and you've got yourself the perfect gift for the avid gardener.


If you are shopping for the gardener on your list and need some gift ideas, we've got you covered! Every gardener appreciates the right tool for the job, and being dressed for any weather.

3 garden tools by DeWit

DeWit® Forged Gardening Tools

  • Touted as the best designed trowel on the market
  • Hand forged boron steel had will hold a sharp edge
  • Heavy duty and durable
  • Strong yet lightweight and unrivaled Dutch-made quality
  • Lifetime guarantee
A pair of garden boots from Bogs

Bogs® Footwear

  • Inspired by and created for folks who work and play outdoors -- no matter what the weather.
  • Bogs were born when they designed a durable, comfortable, waterproof, insulated boot for life off the asphalt
  • Bogs are loaded up with legendary durability and comfort

For the Birder in your life, our Suet Kits make for a great present

Supplies for feeding the birds

Pacific Bird & Supply® Suet Kit

  • An excellent start to a hobby that brings tremendous joy and relaxation
  • A terrific way to enhance your backyard birding buffet
  • A perfect outdoor family activity

Al's also has a great selection of bird feeders and bird houses!

Bring the outdoors in with terrariums and indoor home gardens

LED Mini Garden

Tucker's Pride® LED Mini Garden

  • 7" wide X 14" long, it's small enough to sit on your kitchen counter
  • Great for growing fresh herbs and microgreens
  • Avid gardeners can starts seeds for the vegetable garden 
Succulents in a glass terrarium

Syndicate® Home Garden Terrarium Kit

  • Create your own terrarium
  • Easy to assemble and includes all supplies needed
  • Perfect for the college student or apartment living



Syndicate® Home Garden Terrarium Tool Kit

  • Includes 4 tools; brush, rake, shovel and a pair of tongs
  • Perfect for getting into those tight places
  • Show up to our next Wine & Workshop Wednesday in style!

With snow and freezing temperatures in the forecast, there's important work to be done in the garden!

frost on a dormant bush

Remember to:

  • Turn off the outside water, if you already haven't
  • Drain all hoses of water
  • Remove hoses from outside water faucets, and store for the winter
  • Mulch around established plants to provide insulation
  • Wrap tender plants with burlap or bubble wrap to help protect against the cold.
  • Cover tender plants
  • Prior to freezing temperatures, apply Bonide Wilt-Stop® to the foliage of plants to help prevent freeze damage
  • Move containers closer to the house
  • Remove saucers from under all containers to eliminate the collection of water
  • And if you're really concerned, bring plants inside your garage or covered area

So while you're staying warm and cozy inside, you'll know your plants have all been taken care of outside.


Whether your style is traditional or over-the-top glamorous, there is something for everyone at Al's. So get your tree, wreath and garland going, by embellishing them with beautiful home décor.  Add some ribbon, candles or special Christmas ornaments and you've really got something special.

Traditional

A large lantern, block sign, or wooden horse can enhance the warm Christmas feel of your entryway or mantel.

Nordic

Metal houses aglow on the mantle with greens added complete the Nordic look. Simple holiday seasonal signage adds that touch of Christmas to any room.

Woodsy

You may already have a couple of hurricane lamps, just trade out the candles to create your holiday look. A wooden deer and small decorative tree add to the festive woodsy look.

Glamorous

If you're going for glitz and glamour this holiday season, be sure to pick a strong color like red, and don't be shy with the glitter.  This display should be the center of attention in the entrance hall or fit for the dining room table.

Have fun making your house that special gathering place for friends and family.