We love our hanging baskets and are always looking for fun new planters to fill with spring annuals. Once we laid our eyes on this playful galvanized umbrella hanging planter, we knew we just had to add it to our workshop series. Hopefully the umbrella will remind you on hot and dry days that your plants need a little rain to stay happy, even if you must provide it.

a field of many pollinator-friendly blooms

Our pollinator friends need our help. These hard-working animals help pollinate over 75% of our flowering plants, and nearly 75% of our crops. When bees and other pollinators visit our crops, we get higher yields and more flavorful fruits. Without them, wildlife would have fewer nutritious berries and seeds, and we would miss many fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

Large pink hydrangea blooms

It may be nostalgia for “the giant puff balls that grandma grew,” or it may be the simplicity of the look and ease of care, but there’s probably a reason why these plants have stuck around since we began cultivating them in North America in the 1700s. No matter the reason, the hydrangea is a favorite of gardeners especially in the Pacific Northwest where many varieties thrive.

Memorial Day was originally “designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers” to honor the men and women who have served and sacrificed our country.

Plant a container of beautiful blooms for Mother's Day! These annuals offer a long lasting color explosion that can be enjoyed by all throughout the spring and summer. We will be using a fun planter that Mom will love! Show your appreciation for Mom and learn what it means to be an "annual" flower.

blooming pink knock out roses

Whether you have dreamed of having your own prolific rose garden filled stunning color and fragrance, but dismissed it as unattainable - or have already had some success with roses but are hesitant to take it to the next level, you are in good company. The rose has suffered a notorious reputation for being too finicky, needy, disease-prone, expensive, and all around too much work. The time and effort was too prohibitive. There was just too much to know and most of us don’t have the time to dedicate to become an expert.

Show your mother how much you care this Mother's Day. Al's Gift Department carries fantastic gifts that any mother would love.

This cheeky little birdhouse will surely make your feathered friends the talk of the town. Planting succulents and sedums on the roof of a nesting box is just about the cutest project we have seen in a while.

Easter will look very different this year. Large family gatherings will be replaced by long-distance chats over video. Annual egg hunts will be modified for some children into social-distanced walks around the block, spying paper eggs hung in a neighbor’s window. And as we learn every spring, the winter will end, the earth will be new again, and this too shall pass.

Home made bread fresh from the oven

Everyone loves pizza, but it's one of those dishes that rarely gets made at home. If you have never created a pizza from scratch, give it a try.