Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Poinsettia Care

Here are some care and handling tips for your holiday poinsettias.  

Moderately bright light is best, but poinsettias will tolerate low light.  High light areas like windows should be avoided, the direct sunlight can scorch the tender leaves and petals.

Moderately moist soil is preferred.  Water thoroughly when soil surface feels dry to the touch.  Drain excess water in saucer at base of pot to prevent root rot and protect furniture.

Moderate temperatures are ideal.  60 to 70 degrees in the daytimes and 60 to 65 degrees in the evenings.  Avoid excessively hot or cold areas.

Long-lasting poinsettias will benefit from periodic applications of fertilizer, used according to manufacturer's directions.

Key tips for success.  Bright light, but not direct light, and cool night temperatures will help delay flower bud drop and will maintain brightly colored bracts.  

So as you can see proper care will help keep your poinsettia lasting longer and insure it looks beautiful on Christmas morning.  As a florist we will insure that we take good care of your poinsettia before it even arrives at your door.  We will monitor the water, light, and temperatures for you.  Not to insult the big box stores but when you see them sitting in the doorway and the pots are dry you know that they are not receiving the proper care.  You may pay a little more at a florist for your poinsettia but you will get more in return.  Remember the old saying, "you get what you pay for."?  Well in this case that is 100% true.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Crackling Wick Candles ~ Warm Your Home This Season

Introducing our Crackling Wick candles by Time & Again.  These scented candles with a comforting sound make a great gift.  The wick is made of natural wood and is lead free.  Guaranteed to give hours of burning pleasure.  Crackling Wicks provide a crackling sound when burned and they release a rich scent from the candle. Our Crackling Wick Candles are 11.85 Oz. They come in a beautiful glass jar.

November 27th - December 4th
Buy one get one 50% off
Our entire selection of Crackling Wick Candles.

Our Holiday Scents Include:
Christmas Memories
Twinkling Garland
Christmas Angel
Holiday Tree
Jingle Berries

Each week we will have another great special so stay tuned to either our promotions page or our facebook fan page.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Trim a Tree Sale ~ November 22nd - November 27th

It's that time again, time to dig out all the ornaments and decorate that tree.  
We want to make trimming the tree cost you less this year by offering you this great deal!

Buy one get one 50% off on all Trim a Tree items.

November 22nd - November 27th

This includes ornaments, garland, bows, and more!  We have a wide variety of ornaments to choose from to make your tree one of a kind this year. 

We also custom make tree toppers and bows for trees and wreaths.  

Come see our selection of ribbon and get your topper ordered today. 

 We will be closed for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.  We will reopen on Saturday for Small Business Saturday.  Stop in and see how we have transformed the store into a winter wonderland.

We would love the opportunity to serve you this holiday.  

1215 E. Pershing Rd.
Decatur, IL 62526

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cornucopia's ~ Fall is passing us by

I think we may have mentioned before that we LOVE fall.  When we start filling cornucopias we know that fall is almost past.  But we have Christmas colors, and Christmas greenery to fill the store with scents and joy very very soon.  

So we offer up this cornucopia of fall flowers to you and yours this Thanksgiving season with joy in our hearts.  What a beautiful centerpiece for the table this Thanksgiving.  We will fill your cornucopia with mums, carnations, roses, and fall leaves.  Berries and greenery accent the beautiful fall colors.

Call us to order yours today 217-875-9038 or stop by and visit us at 1215 E. Pershing Rd.

Our First Ever Friends & Family Event!

We would like to invite you to our first ever Friends & Family event. The event will take place November 18th through November 20th here at The Secret Garden. You are invited to shop and save during this event and, if you like, invite your friends and family to do the same.

This is the perfect time to shop early for Christmas and book your holiday centerpieces, mantle pieces, and wreaths. We will showcase our holiday designs... along with our fall merchandise. You can browse the shop for gifts, ornaments, or silk pieces for holiday time. Remember, Thanksgiving is just around the corner from this event so be sure to order your centerpiece or table top floral decorations.

During the event the more you buy the more you save. Here is how it works:

Spend up to $50.00 and save 10%
Spend up to $75.00 and save 15%
Spend $100.00 or more and save 20%
*excludes sale priced merchandise.

This is just our way of saying thank you for allowing us to service all of your floral and gift needs throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you and being your florist for years to come.

We will also have a drawing for a pair of “Air Choice One” round trip tickets to your choice of St. Louis or Chicago. These vouchers must be used by December 31, 2010 so they would make a great gift for the Holidays.

18th & 19th ~ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
20th ~ 9:00 am ~ 2:00 pm 

Hope to see you here!

The Secret Garden Owners & Staff
1215 E. Pershing Rd.
Decatur, IL 62526

Friday, November 5, 2010

Care for your fresh cut Mums

Fall is the season of the mum.  We love the bright vibrant colors that mums provide for our arrangements.  We also love the great prices on our mums.  You can get one of our Happy Harvest bouquets that feature 5 stems of our mums for only $7.99.  

This hearty flower has been known to last weeks in a vase or arrangement.  Now if you want some tips on keeping them fresh here is a good list to follow.

  • For best results keep your water clean.  
  • Replace your water every 3-4 days or when it becomes murky.  
  • Fill the clean vase with cold water just about up to the top.  You will notice that mums "drink" a lot of fresh water. 
  •  It is also a good idea to ask your florist for some "Crystal Clear" or their variation of flower food, this will help fight bacteria growth in your vase.
  • Before placing your mums back in the water be sure to cut about 1/2" off of the bottom at an angle to help your flowers drink better.  

So stop in today and pick yourself up some fresh mums.  They are sure to cheer you each cool fall morning.  

Facebook ~ Push to 500 ~ Friends & Fans!

Hey gang!  We love our facebook friends and we hope you enjoy our posts.  We are pushing to have 500 fans (that gives us some serious bragging rights) by the end of the month.  Here is what we are offering to you.

When we reach 500 fans a 10% discount for all of our facebook fans will go into effect for the rest of the year.  Yes that is correct you will receive 10% off anything you purchase from us for the remainder of the year!

The sooner we reach the goal the sooner you start saving.  You will be able to use your discount online, in the shop, and on the phone! We will give you the full scoop when we reach our goal.

What you can expect in the next few months from our facebook page: Advanced notice of sales, specials, promotions, and new products.  Pictures of our work are always well received so we will keep those coming as well.  

How can you use your discount?  You can use it on anything in the shop that is selling for regular price.  For example you need an arrangement for Thanksgiving ~ done 10% off.  If you are shopping for merchandise that is already on sale you will receive the greater of the two offers.  We will discount you so you receive the best deal possible.  This is just a token of our affection because you, our friends and fans, are what make what we do so enjoyable.  

So what are you waiting for???  Share our page with your friends and family so they can save too.  Simply click the share link under our facebook post.

November Highlights

Well another month is gone.  Our first year at The Secret Garden seems to be going faster with each passing day.  With the Holidays fast approaching everything is sure to be in a whirlwind from here on out.  So what did October Bring?

October brought our first ever Pumpkin Design Contest Some great deals on fall merchandise and us one month closer to Christmas.  We also collected money for Breast Cancer Research and made a lot of new friends doing so.  In the mix we had an open house, a canned food drive, and a lot of fun decorating the shop for Christmas.  It was a busy month that is for sure.

So looking ahead to November we suggest you follow Our Promotions Page to stay ahead of the crowd and see what great sales and promotions we have running. 

Now is the time to order your centerpieces for Thanksgiving.  They really make the table something special.  We suggest that you order at least one week in advance so that you can get the flowers and style that you are wanting to make this Thanksgiving dinner one to remember forever.

We also have 30% off all fall merchandise including silk wreaths and silk floral designs right now.  Stop into the shop at 1215 E. Pershing rd and see what we have to offer.  

For the first time ever we have coupons for every week leading up to Christmas.  These start the week of November 22nd and run through Christmas Eve.  For a complete list just download and print this list.  

Did you know that we can ship your holiday purchases worldwide.  Well we sure can.  Any gift item in the shop can be shipped around the globe for you this holiday season.  Also send flowers or plants around the corner or around the world by simply stopping in or giving us a call.  We can make sure that everyone receives something unique this Christmas.  Also check out our eBay store if you can't make it in to see what we have to offer for the holiday season. 

This is just the beginning of what we have in store for you this year.  Be sure to subscribe to this page or watch Facebook or Twitter for more exciting updates.  


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