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In 2017, the average amount of money spent on home and garden supplies was $503 per household. We love growing plants and cultivating backyard gardening ecosystems that are a point of pride. Human beings, however, are eternally guilty of being unfailingly shortsighted. Despite what we may think, our gardens don't flourish merely by way of our presumably green thumbs. There are innumerable unseen entities at work that make your garden the thriving crop that it is.

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The holidays will be here before you know it, but it's not too late to get the perfect present for the resident gardener in your life. As of 2017, nearly 117.6 million Americans gardened over the last year. Anyone who has a green thumb will love any of the ideas in this gift guide -- and you might even want to pick up one of these gifts for yourself, too.

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Older generations still dominate gardening participation at 35%, but younger generations are building interest at a rapid rate. One thing that's been attracting younger generations to garden centers is plant parenting. Yes, you heard us correctly, becoming plants parents.

Stop by any Al's Garden & Home to find unique gifts that are sure to delight!

Sometimes gardeners just simply forget how much beauty can be achieved in the winter garden. As annuals and deciduous plants die back, they give way to glorious conifers and other winter beauties that rely on texture and fall colors to maximize the winter interest in your garden.

Here are few of Al's favorite conifers that fill that spot in your yard:

Last July, we took a look at the wondrous tropic garden created by Al's manager Peter Eastman. If you were inspired to plant some tropical red bananas of your own, we’d like to show you how they can be overwintered and survive the cold. Believe it or not, you can store and overwinter your bananas in the protection of a cool dry basement or garage, and then bring them out and replant them the following spring.

Now that most of the leaves have fallen and the landscape turns to winter hues, it's always nice to see a little blooming color. The lovely camellia with their peony like flowers and ruffled edges, can add a welcomed pop of color to your winter garden.

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and you may be getting ready to host the big dinner. So much detail and planning can go into making sure that the turkey is cooked just right, and that you do Grandma's famous cranberry sauce justice. But the food isn't the only thing that creates the warm and inviting feel of the holiday - your table-top decor can really help your guests get into the Thanksgiving spirit!

As we quickly turn our attention towards Thanksgiving, it's never too early to count our blessings. A roof over our heads, food on the table, and a warm bed to rest on, are just some of the simple pleasures that we can perhaps overlook. Just think of what a new pair of shoes can mean to people that may need them.

Here at Al's, we're known for our beautiful hanging baskets, especially in the springtime around Mother's Day. As the winter weather sets in and the abundant spring and summer blooms have faded, we wondered what else we could create to fill that hanging spot in your outdoor entryway. Create a great holiday look with our Fir Balls!