The Garden Enthusiast - Backyard Nature Sta
tion Update November 2014 

Table of Contents 

  Black Friday 
  Small Business Saturday 

Children’s Garden 
From our Customers 
What’s New in the Store? 
Classes & Events 
  *Free Pruner Sharpening* 
  Second Annual Silent Auction
  Old Town Tucker Update/Happenings 
  Community Events and Spirit 
  Other Backyard Nature Events 
  Opportunities in the Garden for November 
  Bird of the Month: Wild Turkey 
   Audubon Field Trips 

Fellow Backyard Nature Lovers

From our family to yours we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving. We will be closed on Thursday, November 27th to celebrate Thanksgiving with our family. We’ll close at 3PM on December 24th and will be closed on Christmas Day, December 26th, 31st, and January 1st. 

According to the Farmer’s Almanac it is going to be a very cold winter with another “arctic blast’ and above-normal snowfall throughout most of the nation”. Fortify yourself by preparing with a stash of hot chocolate, marshmallows, extra wood for the fireplace or a great blanket to curl up in, binoculars for watching the birds at your feeders and dreams about how your garden will look next year.

Black Friday – November 28th – 
We are so thankful for each and everyone of our customers and the continuous support you all give to our store and the Main Street community! Stop in on Black Friday and share light refreshments with us all day as well as special discounts (Not valid with any other discounts or seed credits.) 

Small Business Saturday – November 29th 

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. They're the corner stores that create jobs, the hardware stores that help build our economy, and the mom and pop shops whose very presence makes a neighborhood, your neighborhood - stores like The Garden Enthusiast- Backyard Nature Station! 
Small Business Saturday is the day that consumers like you go out and celebrate small businesses in force. Go out and support your favorite small business and search for savings on unique merchandise while experiencing spectacular service – a cornerstone of many small businesses. 
Stop by for our in-store specials and discounts which will be valid only on November 29th. Some of these include: 
- 20% OFF Flags, Mailbox Covers & Doormats! 
- $5 dollar instant savings on Squirrel Buster Classic, Finch, Peanut and Plus feeders and Droll Yankee Birdfeeders 
- Flash Sales (table with special savings that we keep changing every hour) 
- And MORE 
If you’re an American Express cardholder, register your card at to receive up to $30 in statement credit for shopping at small businesses on November 29th. 

Order for the Holidays! Thinking about gifting birdies wreaths, snowman seed treats or Christmas trees ornaments as special eco-friendly gifts for the holiday? Pre-order by December 10th.                                                              
Our first ever sidewalk sale on October 18th was a great success. Thanks to everyone who came out! Thanks also to everyone who voted for us in the Chase Mission Main Street contest. We didn’t make the cut but we can try again next year! 

Children’s Garden 

Thank you to Barbara Dorfman for the donation of many large containers for the garden. My granddaughter, Krysten, is working on the colorful designs and the aquaponic section. 

From Our Customers 

Linda, I have been receiving the news letter since early spring and have enjoyed every issue. Thank you for compiling so much valuable information. I am president of the Flair Forest Garden Club. Our community is between Shallowford and Briarcliff. I would like your permission to share the newsletter with my members and to encourage them to visit your shop and subscribe to the newsletter as well. I look forward to your response to my request and hope to see you the next time I'm in your shop. Best wishes, Sara C. 

What’s New in the Store?

Birding: Coppertop Caged Squirrel Proof Feeder, Wild Life Science suet plugs, Birdie Wreath, Snowman, and Christmas tree seed ornaments; Classic Perch Venetian Bronze , Fly-Thru Circle Ruby Red, birdbaths, Droll Yankee bird feeders, squirrel stopper pole system, spring loaded baffles, Handy Camel Bag clips (It Carries, Stores and Pours!) 

Garden Art: statuary, forged garden art (rustic birds, wall art and stakes), new wind chimes  

Tools: loppers, hand pruners 

Kids: books, field guides, science kits, Identiflyers (The best way to learn bird songs!) & winter hats 

Miscellaneous: Hanging crystals including Crystal Guardian Angels, Audubon singing clocks back in stock, easy arrangers jewels and gift packs, fire pot fuel and wicks, great new line of greeting cards & tons of new local artist works

Classes & Events 

*Saturday November 15th Free Pruner Sharpening 11AM - 2PM
It’s that time of year to get your tools sharpened and put away for next season. Join us this Saturday as Chris McGregor from Ironwood Tools/Horizons will offer free hand pruner sharpening as well as timely advice on tool maintenance. 

February 7th - 21st, 2015 Second Annual The Garden Enthusiast – Backyard Nature Station Silent Auction 
In 2015 we will once again hold a silent auction which will benefit the Tucker Butterfly Garden’s native plant garden extension. As many of you know this garden is in front of the Tucker Recreation Center/Browning Courthouse on Lavista Road. Watch for more information on this in the upcoming newsletters. Money raised last year went toward additional plants and to help defray the costs of establishing a water source for the garden. Our customers made some wonderful purchases and supported a great cause. 

Old Town Tucker Update/Happenings 

Saturday November 29th Help decorate the Christmas tree on Main Street 12PM 
Bring an extra weather-resistant ornament or two if you’d like and hang it on the tree in the Freemason’s Square.   

  Saturday December 6th Christmas on Main 5 – 9PM

Come join us as we have our annual Christmas tree lighting and other activities including: 
•The Tucker Historical Society will again offer free ornament making for the children in our classroom 
•Santa Claus will be at Las Colinas 
•The Masonic Lodge will have hot chocolate, spiced apple cider and s’mores 
•The Thursday Farmers Market will be on Main Street 
•Entertainment from local choirs, a band, Main Street Theater, and more… 
The street will close down at 3PM for this event. 

  Sweet Dee's Bakeshop Pie season is upon us! Pumpkin, apple, pecan and more - mini and 9". Don't forget to get your holiday orders in early! Pickup for Thanksgiving will be Wednesday, November 26th. Call 770-696-4461 to preorder. We will also be closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after but will be back open on Saturday, November 29th for Small Business Saturday. Join us! 

 The Tucker Fountain
 is continuing a push to redefine itself in the community. Proprietor Mike Holcomb takes the task of preserving this historic part of Tucker more seriously than ever. Two new Food Safety Managers and new helpers from local culinary school Le'Cordon Bleu spearhead the effort to underscore a great casual eating spot for all. Also planned is an affordable, casual catering program featuring their great bbq and all beef Sabrett Hotdogs. With more exciting announcements to come... the latest news is the co-branding with Mayfield Ice Cream, a regional favorite. "Through the winter we will add more flavors to our lineup, so come in and vote for your favorite”, says Mike. Recent renovations have resulted in a cleaner, less cluttered space with room for more improvements to come. Consider supporting the effort that is being made by this veteran Tucker establishment. 

Eric’s Fit Lab
 is hoping to open in his new location at Browning Shopping Center in December. Check out his new space and all of the classes he has to offer. 

Massage Associates of Atlanta, LLC Presents... 
Saturday November 15th A Day of Self Care Classes~ Open to Everyone! 
Call Today to Register 770.493.8181 
Aromatherapy: Basics of Essential Oils ~ 10a-11:30a 
The class is an introductory discussion of the science behind the many uses of essential oils. Oils will be sampled and a sample kit ($20 value) given to participants. $30 
*Reiki 1~ 1p-7:30p 
Class will cover, What is Reiki? How to access Reiki energy, Level one attunement and Treatment protocol with practice. $108 
The day will be taught by national educator Mary Ellen Derwis, LMT, Cht, CNTT 5165 Lavista Rd, Tucker 

If you didn’t happen to make it down to Main Street for this year’s Taste of Tucker you missed a great opportunity to listen to some music and try out dishes from some of our local restaurants. The winners for 2014 were:  
Best Entrée: Marlow’s Tavern’s Shrimp and Grits (2nd year in a row) 
Best Appetizer: Sprig/1910 Public House Pimento Cheese Crostini 
Best Dessert: Roly Poly/The Auxiliary’s Chocolate Cheesecake 
Best Tent Decoration: Blue Ribbon Grill 

Thursdays through December 18th from 4 - 7 PM Tucker Farmers Market 

2333 Main Street in the Freemasons Square and Bank of America parking lot Community 

Events and Spirit 

Volunteers will be picking up trash on Railroad Avenue and Fellowship Road and cleaning/painting at the Tucker Rec Center. Reflective vests, trash grabbers and bags will be provided. Please meet in front of Tucker High School at 9 AM. For more information, email [email protected] or call 404-371-3681. 

Other Backyard Nature Events 

Experience the Japanese Maples Festival at Gibbs Garden
 in November.  1987 Gibbs Drive, Ballground, GA 30107. 770-893-1881 

Gardening, etc. 

Opportunities in the garden for November

• Fertilize your pansies using a water-soluble fertilizer. 
• Fertilize fescue lawns. As their flowers fade, cut back mums and asters to 4”. 
• There is still time to plant shrubs, trees, spring bulbs, perennials and strawberries. 
• Keep the leaves off of your lawn. Mow and then use the chopped leaves as mulch or in your compost bin. 
• Dig up or spot spray weeds in your lawn. 
• If you haven’t done so, clean up all the old vines and stalks in your vegetable garden. 
• Decorate your fairy garden for Thanksgiving. 
• Clean up your garden tools as you finish using them for the fall. Sharpen & oil pruners and loppers. Use steel wool to clean up rusted areas on tools. 
• Run the fuel out of your gas powered lawn tools such as edgers, trimmers and lawn mowers. 
• Store your pesticides safely. 


This is a great time to put out suet to provide high energy food for your birds. Have extra nuts, cranberries and other fruit during the holidays? Put it out as a special treat! 
I’ve seen fewer birds at our feeder. There are lots of berries, insects, and other goodies still out there for them. However, the weather is cooling off and we’ll have many birds arriving in the next few weeks such as Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Wood Thrush, varied warblers, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. 

Bird of the month: Wild Turkey 

•Turkeys are more than just big plump chickens – more than 45 million years of evolution separates the two species. 
•There are six subspecies of wild turkey, all native to North America. The pilgrims hunted and ate the eastern wild turkey. They are year round residents of Georgia. 
•They prefer hardwood forests combining coverage and open areas. 
•They usually fly close to the ground 
•Male turkeys are called “gobblers”, after the “gobble” call they make to announce themselves to females (which are called “hens”) and compete with other males. Other turkey sounds include purrs, yelps, and kee-kees. 
•The color of the head of the gobbler can change from white or blue (they’re excited) to red (when they’re ready to fight). 
•While males can weigh from 11 – 24 pounds (or more), the females generally weigh around 5 ½ - 11 ½ pounds. 
•Wild turkeys feed on the ground or in shrubs or small trees. Their diet is varied and made up of acorns, nuts, seeds, berries, roots, insects and small reptiles. 
•They nest in shallow dirt depressions filled with vegetation. The hen has one brood per year made up of up to 17 tan spotted eggs which incubate for about 28 days. The babies (poults) leave the nest within 24 hours. 
•The wild turkey was hunted nearly to extinction by the early 1900’s, when the population reached a low of around 30,000 birds. But restoration programs across North America have brought the numbers up to seven million today. 
•Benjamin Franklin never proposed the turkey as a symbol of America, but he did once praise it as being “a much more respectable bird” than the bald eagle. 

Audubon Field Trips 

*Saturday November 15th Fernbank Forest 8AM 
Birding Focus: Come discover more about the feathered inhabitants of Fernbank Forest, both fall migrants and residents. This program is excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. All ages are welcome. Program is held rain or shine, but may be cancelled in cases of severe weather. We recommend participants bring binoculars, field guides and water with them. Cost: This program is free for Fernbank Museum members and Atlanta Audubon Society members. Advance reservations are required at 404.929.6400. Participants should check in at the Museum ticketing counter, then meet the walk leaders in the Museum lobby. The group will depart promptly at 8:00 a.m. Due to the nature of the program, latecomers will not be accepted. 

Saturday November 15th Rolling Meadows Farm 8AM 
Birding Focus: This private family farm in Coweta County is comprised of a few hundred acres with a diverse mix of habitats including pastures managed for grassland birds, open pine forest, mature hardwood forests and a few lakes and creeks. We will focus on winter sparrows and waterfowl. All levels of birders are welcome. 

Wednesday November 19th Murphey Candler Park 8AM
Birding Focus: Three main habitats (lake, wetlands, mixed woods) provide good species diversity. We'll look for winter visitors and residents, including waterfowl, shorebirds, and passerines. The site is also reliable for turtles. This walk is suitable for adults and children over 14 years of age. Please do not bring your dog. This site can be especially good for beginning birders. 

Saturday November 22nd Hard Labor Creek State Park 8:30AM
This trip is offered in cooperation with Oconee River Audubon Society and includes an opportunity to volunteer to prepare habitat for a prescribed burn. Birding Focus: Hard Labor Creek is the 2nd largest GA State Park. It boasts a variety of habitats and has a history of birds like Loggerhead Shrikes, American Kestrels, and a variety of waterfowl on Lake Rutledge. During this short walk, we'll look for winter residents, including woodland birds, waterfowl, and raptors. Participants, who are interested, may stay and help Phil and other park staff prepare a site for a prescribed burn. Saturday December 6th Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area 8AM Birding Focus: We will look for wintering and permanent residents. Habitats in Dawson Forest include old fields, wetlands, freshwater ponds, and mixed pine/hardwood forests. 

Saturday December 6th Piedmont Park 8AM 
Birding Focus: Breeding birds and permanent residents. All levels welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. 

Sunday December 7th Noonday Creek 12PM 
Birding Focus: We'll be looking for wintering and permanent residents in wetland and woodland habitats. Likely species include Great Blue Heron, woodpeckers, thrushes, warblers, and vireos. Any level of skill is welcome.

Hope to see you soon, 
Linda, Brittany, Jessica, Jeremy & Greyson 

The Garden Enthusiast - Backyard Nature Station 2316 D Main Street Tucker, GA 30084 
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6PM Sunday: Closed 
Contact us at 404-474-7072 or [email protected] – we love to get your feedback!

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