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!

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It's delightfully common for people to continue gardening through the end of summer and into autumn. That said, with winter just around the corner, there are some preparations your yard garden will need before wintertime fully begins.

yard garden

You've readied your yard garden for winter, but have you thought of your trees? Gardening doesn't stop at the backyard plants that grow in the space you designate the garden. From sapling to Sequoia (ok, maybe not that big), the trees on your property should always be counted among your yard garden flora.

an array of holiday decorations on a tablescape

Here at Al's, we're busy getting our stores ready for the Christmas season, and we want your home to be holiday ready too. With a few simple additions to your existing decor you can welcome in the season. Whether you're entertaining the whole crew, or just your closest friends, we can help your home feel inviting to all.

looking up at a large red cedar tree

When it comes to fall, I love all the big ol' maple trees that start to own the landscape.  The ground studded by smaller trees and shrubs that only serve to provide contrast to the fiery display of deciduous leaves turning color.

Soles 4 Souls

Hello, my name is Rachel Bigej and I am 16 years old and a junior at Canby High School. I am excited to share my journey with you. When I was in the 4th grade, I wanted to do something that would help others and make a difference. I did some research and found Soles4Souls.org, an organization that not only donates shoes to people in need in the United States and around the world, but is also committed to empowering individuals in extremely poor countries to provide for themselves and their families by starting sustainable small businesses.

garden centers

Gardening is one of America's most popular springtime and summer hobbies; as of 2017, approximately 117.6 million Americans did some sort of gardening in the preceding twelve months. But just because the temperature is starting to drop doesn't mean your gardening has to stop. Plenty of vegetables thrive in colder climates, and the start of autumn is the perfect time to incorporate these cold-loving veggies into your home garden. Here are five plants to pick up from one of your local garden centers for your home vegetable garden.

garden store

Just because the temperature is starting to drop doesn't mean you have to stop gardening! Plenty of people have found ways to garden year-round, even into the fall and winter. Obviously, houseplants are a strong option for winter, with roughly 30% of homes having at least one houseplant. However, there are plenty of ways to keep your green thumb busy throughout the fall and winter! Here are just a few plants to buy from your local garden store for the coming colder months.