The Garden Enthusiast- Backyard Nature Station Update

December 2012


Fellow Backyard Nature Lovers,

We have lots of great gifts, stocking stuffers, and - gift certificates for those you’re just not sure what to get – available for these last few days of holiday shopping.

Holiday Schedule

We will be open on Monday, December 24th until 3pm. We will be closed on Christmas Day, December 26th, and 31st. 

Like us on Face book (and print out the page to bring in) between now and December 31st and receive 5% off your total purchase.


Every time you make a purchase between now and December 24th, you can enter into a drawing for a gift basket. We’ll pick the winner of the gift basket at 3pm on the 24th.


What's New in the Store?


Birding: Red Heart shaped peanut feeder, Sunflower suet basket; 10,000 ct dried meal worms, window feeders, mealworm feeder

Garden art: Christmas/winter flags, Matmates, Mail Wraps and Yard Designs; Roundel - round glass art, Rainbow making window crystals, New Kitras coming in this week, decorative bamboo chimes -Gilbert Gooney Chime, Gertyl; the Turtle Gooney Chime


Miscellaneous: Handmade soap, candles and shaving kits by Jason Hutcheson


Children:  Puzzles including mini 100 piece,  new books, Bingos,  Kaleidoscope making kit, My First Bird Book with feeder included (6 & up), Fly Through Bird Paint kits (6+),Piggy Banks  (animated dog & pig); Fairyopoly is back -  great for little girls ages 5-8.


Miniature Garden: The new houses (Woodland Church, Mushroom House, Tea Pot Fairy house, Crookneck Cottage, and more) are in along with miniature gazing balls – great additions for the miniature garden!


Upcoming Events on Main Street

The following events are sponsored by the Old Town Tucker Merchant’s Association (OTTMA). Proceeds benefit the Main Street District.

 March 2013 - Chili Cook-off


Christmas on Main Update


Reports estimated between 2,500 and 4,000 people came out for Christmas on Main this year. Hundreds of children went home with a special ornament they decorated from the Tucker Historical Society and memories of sitting on Santa’s lap. There was the lighting of the tree, music, vendors and even a little ‘snow’!


The Tucker Business Association, Main Street Tucker Alliance and the Tucker Historical Society sponsored the Downtown Tucker Holiday Decorating Contest. Tucker Flower Shop on Idlewood Road was awarded first prize by the panel of judges; second place went to The Custom Frame Shop on Main Street and third prize went to Village Shoe Service on Railroad Avenue. Matthews Cafeteria received an Honorable mention.
                                                             Classes & Events


What fun!  Join us on February 5th for a Mardi Gras mask making event from 5:30 – 7pm. $30/person includes materials, wine and light munchies. If you have children who might be interested in a class on mask making, let me know ASAP and we’ll set up a class for them also. Sign up by calling the store at 404-474-7072.





Now is a great time to be plowing manure and leaves into your garden. This will make a difference in the fertility and water-holding capacity of the soil. Have you done a soil sample lately? Take one to the Dekalb Extension Service on Memorial Drive. The results come from the University of Georgia and reveal what your soil may be missing. If you need to add lime, it’s best to do it now to get more benefit from it in the spring

If you haven’t done so yet, now is the time to pull out any annuals to tidy up the garden. Try harvesting some of the dried seed heads and dried flowers for your winter bouquets.

It’s also a good time to prune trees – shape them up and get rid of dead branches.


Many people are reporting quite a few bluebirds in their garden now. Offer them mealworms, sunflower meats or suet to keep them happy.

Window feeders are a popular gift for yourself or others. They offer a front row seat for watching birds and are a great way to introduce beginners to bird watching. For those who may be bed/homebound, it offers a delightful way to stay in touch with the outdoors and nature. It has also been reported that when a feeder is placed in a window, it reduces window strikes by breaking up the reflection.




Bird of the Month: Cedar Waxwing

·         Cedar waxwings are approximately 6–7 in

·         Cedar waxwings have a small cluster of bright red feathers on the wings. Adults have a pale yellow belly. Immature birds are streaked on the throat and flanks, and often do not have the black mask of the adults.

·         During courtship the male and female will sit together and pass small objects back and forth, such as flower petals or an insect. Mating pairs will sometimes rub their beaks together affectionately.

·         The nest is a loose open cup built with grass and twigs, lined with softer materials and supported by a tree branch.

·          Usually 5 or 6 eggs are laid. Incubation period is 12 to 16 days. The eggs are oval shaped with a smooth surface and of various shades of light or bluish grey with irregular, dark brown spots or greyish-brown splotches. Typically, there are two broods. Young leave the nest about 14 to 18 days after hatching.


Christmas Bird Count

The 113th Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14, 2012 through January 5, 2013 and it’s free to participate. 

From December 14 through January 5 thousands of volunteers throughout America take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.

Each of the citizen scientists who annually brave snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.

To join up or for more information go to





Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years to each of you!

Hope to see you soon,

Linda, Brittany, Jessica, Jeremy, Stephen & Greyson

The Garden Enthusiast - Backyard Nature Station

2316 D Main Street

Tucker, GA 30084

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6PM

Sunday 12PM - 5PM

Monday Closed

Contact us at 404-474-7072 or [email protected]we love to get your feedback!