Preparing your garden for winter is the best way to keep Santa's elves from setting up a shantytown in the vegetable patch. Stave off unsettling seasonal invasions with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of indoor and outdoor gardening supplies and holiday decorations at English Gardens. This Groupon is valid at all eight locations in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Clinton Township, Dearborn Heights, Eastpointe, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, and West Bloomfield.
Since 1954, English Gardens has supplied green-thumbed Michigan residents with a vast selection of holiday decorations and gardening supplies. Gleaming with 100 lights, the 9-foot angel pine garland ($27.99) can dress up a mantelpiece or double as an evergreen boa for a sultry rendition of ”Frosty the Snowman.” Each 24-inch anchorage pine-cone wreath swirls with 160 faux evergreen fronds ($20.99), and more than 100 types of artificial trees ($39.99+) stand between 2- and 14-feet tall. Patrons who yearn for warmer weather can grow tulip bulbs ($0.89+ each) that bloom in the spring or amaryllis bulbs ($16.99 each) indoors.
English Gardens began as a single, family-owned nursery in 1954, and has since blossomed into a full-service landscaping and garden center with multiple locations, all owned and operated by second-generation family members. Each location facilitates both indoor and outdoor gardening projects. The florist department brings the outdoor flourish inside by arranging fresh-cut floral bouquets and gift baskets for all manner of occasions. Workshops and in-store presentations also allow the green-thumbed experts to impart advice on common gardening and decorating topics such as building a kitchen herb garden or housetraining a dogwood tree. During the summer season, English Gardens holds a summer planting sale as well as weekly in-store gardening tutorials every Saturday.